Industry Experience

  • Oil & Gas – Engineering Services & Automation
  • Plastics & Packaging
  • Beverage Industry
  • Industrial Chemicals Polyester, PTA, Soda Ash, Paints

Functional Experience

  • Strategic Business Planning
  • Multi entity Corporate Governance
  • Balanced Score Card (BSC)
  • Transfer Pricing & Global Tax Planning
  • M&A and Strategic Sale
  • International Supply Chain
  • Manufacturing Excellence
  • Activity Based Costing
  • Back Office & Shared Services Center
  • Operations Management
  • Project Management
  • Organizational Restructuring

Systems Experience

  • Microsoft AX, CRM
  • Microsoft Great Plains, Oracle, SAP
  • Excel, Word, Power Point

EDUCATION

Harvard Business School PLD – 2012

INSEAD, France YMP – 2002

University of Engg & Tech Electrical Engineering
(B.E.) 1995

Sohail R. Zaidi

Relevant Business Experience:

Business Leader capable of driving sustainable change, steer international growth and deliver effciencies across supply chain through unique business, financial and operational strategies. Diversified experience of packaging, beverage, industrial chemicals and oil & gas sectors in an international space in Strategy, Finance, Manufacturing & Supply Chain functions. Energetic, well-organized and perceptive team player with extensive hands on experience and strong multicultural awareness. Past roles have included CFO, COO, Director Manufacturing & Supply Chain and Manager Operations in both public and privately held companies.

Strategic Sale: Provided leadership to Strategy, Finance & Accounts, HR and Information System functions of an engineering company with a mandate to prepare it for strategic sale.

Helped align regional businesses with global corporate strategy by launching balance scorecard (BSC) as a business strategy and enterprise performance management tool.

Successfully led a corporate restructuring project involving 15 global entities structured under a single holding company in Singapore while navigating local regulatory requirements, inversion risk and legal challenges.

Developed & implemented ‘intercompany services model’ that leveraged services from a low cost back office delivered tax efficiently in all international jurisdictions.

Helped accelerate international growth through rapid set up of legal entities in Africa, South America, China and Middle East that allowed fast mobilization of resources on ground ahead of the competition.

Developed enterprise valuation & employee equity frameworks. Completed due diligence exercises on compliance, risk and corporate governance. Developed & improved business continuity and planning processes.

Provided leadership for the implementation of Microsoft ERP & CRM to improve business visibility and enhance controls in multi-country business environment. Implemented management systems to drive profitability through development & regular reporting of smart KPI’s and business review platforms.

International Supply Chain: As a COO led a packaging company through restructuring of business operations by consolidating plant assets, reducing fixed and variable costs and establishing tight controls over business operating cycle

Initiated and implemented an expansion project based on ‘through the wall supply’ concept to a Pepsi Cola Filling Plant by installing a blowing production line at customer premises.

Improved capacity utilization of plant assets by initiating preform sale to anti-polar customers in South Africa during beverage off-season.

Synergized manufacturing, supply chain and sales teams by developing an activity based costing digest to improve margin visibility on 200+ product lines.

Led new packaging product development with Technical Experts in Coke, Turkey & Pepsi, China that helped launch exports in Central Asia & Africa resulting in 12% improvement in utilization of plant assets

Manufacturing Operations & Project Management: Handled manufacturing operations and expansion projects at Soda Ash, Polyester, Paints and Agrochemical manufacturing facilities.

Successfully commissioned a Co-generation Project involving a 5.25MWe Gas Turbine (Alstom, UK), 20 tons Heat Recovery Steam Generator and High Pressure Natural Gas Compressor (Toromont Process, USA)

Member of the project team for the commissioning of 31.5KTPA Polyester expansion based on DuPont Technology which included installation of Continuous Polymerization Plant, 120 TPD Spinning Bank and 120 TPD drawline based on Neumag technology

Handled the upgrade and expansion of Foxboro DCS that involved design reviews with Foxboro Singapore and detailed engineering with Chemtex USA.

Project Manager for an Asset Modernization Project to replace obsolete high noise Attritors with new Bead Mills and Baskets Mills for a Paints Manufacturing facility.

Led plant expansion involving selection, purchase, erection & commissioning of a state of the art Injection Molding Facility by Husky Canada (240m CSD Preforms per annum) and 150m Bottles per annum Blowing Facility by Sidel France.

Shared Services Center: Developed and improved the effectiveness of a shared services center for centralized accounting, HR and IT services to global operations at ‘lowest imaginable cost’ delivering bottom line improvement and making the back office a strategic asset to the company being prepared for sale.

Organizational Restructing & Pre-Acquisition Assessments: Performed strategic and operational assessment of potential acquisition targets in Italy, China and Indonesia. Prepared assessment reports through management interviews, indepth review of financial reports and independent market assessments.

Relevant Career Experience:

2016 – Date ProspEquity Partners, Tampa, FL Operating Partner

2012 – 2016 INTECH Process Automation, Houston, TX Chief Financial Officer (CFO) General Manager Corporate

2005 – 2011 Ecopack Limited Chief Operating Officer (COO) Director Manufacturing

1995 – 2005 ICI Pakistan Limited (a subsidiary of ICI PLC UK) Manager Electrical & Instrumentation Services Operations Manager Maintenance Manager