Malcolm France In 60 Seconds

I am an accomplished CFO of some of UK’s best known hospitality brands with extensive private equity experience. A holistic approach that combines strategic vision and attention to detail with a collaborative attitude. An ability to distil complex issues down to what really matters, simplify processes and present with clarity. A credible interface with management, investors, lenders and advisers.

Specialist Skills

Strategic Thinker

Able to distil and clarify what matters to ensure business focus.

Systems and Controls

Implemented multiple systems covering a wide range of functionality.

Banking Relationship

A credible presence for lenders in highly leveraged environments.

Management Information

Distilling data to provide clear and concise information.

Profit Improvement

Balancing investment, costs, revenue and customer experience to deliver profit.

Track Record Highlights

  • Led sale of The Savoy Hotels Group for £750 million - then a world record price per room.
  • Three times CFO for businesses owned by Blackstone Private Equity is evidence of my commercial focus and ability to deliver.
  • Restructured a Group in preparation for sale involving the formation of new companies, transfer of trading assets and employee contracts and the agreement of lenders etc to save £120 million tax.
  • Delivered a cultural change to balance the focus of a business on driving revenue as much as it had done on controlling cost and margins. This helped grow EBITDA by 50% in 3 years.
  • Transformed an IT department from a peripheral player to a key component in delivering significant growth in shareholder value as well as a greatly improved guest experience.
  • Resolved an extraordinarily complex, multi-faceted and unprecedented second HMRC "Code-9" investigation.

Sector Experience

  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Retail & Consumer Products
  • Insurance: Lloyd's of London
  • Property & Real Estate

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