Keith Cooper is a senior managing director and the southeast region leader in the FTI Consulting Corporate Finance/Restructuring practice and is based in Atlanta. Mr. Cooper is the national leader of the FTI Consulting Performance Improvement Solutions group. He has more than 27 years of experience in providing operational, financial and business process transformation services to global companies.
Mr. Cooper advises senior management and boards of directors in the revitalization of companies that are stagnant or underperforming. He frequently serves as an advisor to private equity sponsors in providing a full range of services to their portfolio companies. He is an expert in refining operational strategy and operational effectiveness, while delivering accelerated value creation through the elimination of redundant and non-value added processes. In addition, Mr. Cooper routinely serves in interim management positions for companies, including in the chief executive officer, chief operating officer and chief restructuring officer roles.
Mr. Cooper’s experience in creating and implementing strategy execution programs that deliver sustainable performance improvement includes revenue enhancement; product portfolio optimization; strategic sourcing; strategic realignment of business units; operational process management; inventory optimization; cost realignment; SG&A optimization; and working capital maximization. His experience covers a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, such as furniture, textile, consumer products, medical products and steel; food and agriculture; freight and logistics; healthcare; retail, including clothing, specialty and automotive; and information technology distribution.
Mr. Cooper has led numerous performance improvement and turnaround engagements across a number of industries. He has served as an advisor to private equity sponsors and portfolio companies, as well as served in interim management positions and advised secured lenders and unsecured creditors committees. Select examples of Mr. Cooper’s experience include advising Transit Group, a $450 million trucking company in connection with the integration of 19 separate divisions into four strategic business units and developing and implementing a comprehensive profit improvement program; Indalex, a $450 million revenue aluminum extruder, in connection with operational process improvement; and Burger King in connection with improvement initiatives in its franchisee performance and portfolio. In addition, Mr. Cooper assisted Pilgrim’s Pride, a $8 billion chicken processor; GTSI, a $1.1 billion IT solutions provider in connection with an overall performance improvement program; Beaulieu of America, a $1.6 billion carpet manufacturer in connection with operational process management and revenue enhancement initiatives; a $1.5 billion turkey processor in connection with an overall operational process improvement review; and Christensen Family Farms, a $450 million revenue pork producer in connection with an operational process management review.
Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Cooper was a partner with the U.S. division of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Business Recovery Services practice.
Mr. Cooper holds a B.S. in accounting and a B.A. in management information systems from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. He is a certified public accountant in Georgia and Missouri.