Karim El Solh, Co-Founder and CEO of Gulf Capital
Gulf Capital, a leading Middle Eastern Private Equity firm, announced today the launch of its operating improvement arm, ExcellenceO2, to assist it in the operational enhancement and growth of its portfolio companies.
The initiative is in line with Gulf Capital’s firm belief that active operational enhancement and value addition is the most sustainable way to deliver superior returns to investors in the long-term. ExcellenceO2 will be run by three senior operating partners, Patrick Buffet, Alfred Farwagi and Nabil Kassem, a highly qualified team with a proven track record of restructurings, turnarounds, operational improvement and profit enhancement.
Commenting on the launch, Dr Karim El Solh, co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Capital said: “We are excited about the prospects of working with ExcellenceO2 to enhance operations and drive growth in our portfolio companies. The ExecellenceO2 partners are amongst the most seasoned and proven industry veterans who have worked regionally and globally at the highest levels in a number of multinational companies. Their experience and track record in restructuring and optimizing companies and restoring them to profitability and growth will be an important addition to Gulf Capital’s skill set and capabilities.”
Nabil Kassem, Senior Operating Partner at ExcellenceO2 said: “Our strategic partnership with Gulf Capital is a ground-breaking one in the Middle East and is modeled on the best practices in the US and European private equity industry. As the regional private equity industry matures, the surest way to deliver sustainable and superior returns is to focus intensely on operational enhancement and profit maximization. The senior operating partners will work collaboratively and closely with the Gulf Capital team to reposition their portfolio companies and accelerate their growth, ahead of an eventual exit.”
Mr. Richard Dallas, Managing Director of Private Equity at Gulf Capital said: “The ExcellenceO2 partnership is an important tool kit available to us to help us screen investments early on and, post-acquisition, to enhance the operations of our portfolio companies. The inclusion of the ExcellenceO2 partners into our team will add substantial bandwidth, restructuring expertise as well as deep industry knowledge. Our portfolio companies will only benefit from this new partnership and we hope this will translate into superior returns to our investors in the long-term.”
Nabil Kassem and the Excellence O2 partners will be embedded in the operations of Gulf Capital's portfolio companies, providing them with significant resources for improving margins and profitability and, ultimately, delivering growth and superior returns.
excellenceO2 aim is to bring to its customers the value from the 20% of their activities that count the most, and to provide them with the operational Oxygen for their business.
excellenceO2 is a group of highly experienced executives that came together from across the spectrum of industries to assist organizations to significantly improve their performance. The experience and lessons learnt over a lifetime of achievement are deployed to assist excellenceO2 customers to succeed.
The excellenceO2 approach is to rapidly identify and focus on the aspects of business that quickly add the most value to the performance of an organization.
The excellenceO2 methodology is practical and free of the clutter and confusion of text book methods and speculative management theory. For more information, please visit: www.excellenceO2.com.