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John Debus

  • Managing Director
  • T: +1 214 397 1600
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    • 2001 Ross Avenue
    • Suite 300
    • Dallas, TX, 75201
    • United States
    • T: +1 214 397 1600
    • F: +1 214 397 1790
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John Debus is a Managing Director in the FTI Consulting Corporate Finance/Restructuring practice and is based in Dallas. Mr. Debus is a member of the Telecom, Media and Technology group. He has more than 17 years of experience, including the start-up, turnaround, organizational restructuring and operation of various companies. Mr. Debus has held senior-level officer positions in both public and private companies. Further, he has proven financial leadership and management skills with companies ranging in values from several million to more than $3 billion.

Mr. Debus’ experience includes interim and crisis management; turnaround advisory; bankruptcy debtor advisory; operations due diligence; credit advisory; and financial and operational restructuring. These efforts have been focused in the telecom, technology, retail and manufacturing industries.

Mr. Debus has also advised major law firms in connection with various litigation matters, including document review, research and deposition support for expert witnesses. Cases included the probable financial success of a spin-off of a public entity, management intent of a merger agreement and financial performance and disclosures of a public company. Transactions Mr. Debus has worked on include an initial public offering, two senior debt deals, two secondary offerings and a private equity offering raising more than $2.5 billion. He has also managed the successful completion and integration of eight separate acquisitions and has directly managed a $1.5 billion investment portfolio.

Currently, Mr. Debus serves as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Sage Telecom, a CLEC operating in 13 states with annual revenues of more than $200 million. His other engagements have included serving as acting chief financial officer of Wine.com, an online wine retailer; controller of Pacific Crossing; and a telecommunication and operations advisor to a committee of senior secured lenders of Hawaiian Telcom Communications. Additional assignments have included serving as financial advisor to the debtor in possession lender during Chapter 11 for NewComm Wireless and the purchaser of PRWireless post Chapter 11; and financial advisor providing a business and market assessment for a domestic and international telecommunications company.

Mr. Debus joined FTI Consulting with its acquisition of CXO, a boutique turnaround and advisory services firm. Prior to that, he held various financial positions and advisor roles with progressive responsibility for financial and administrative aspects, including accounting; finance; treasury; SEC reporting; risk management; human resources and information technology. Mr. Debus served as chief financial officer of Goodman Networks, a privately held EF&I telecommunications services company, specializing in wireless, wireline, outside plant and staffing. Further, he served as vice president of finance and controller of Allegiance Telecom, at the time, a publicly traded CLEC with a market capitalization of more than $3 billion. Mr. Debus’ earlier career includes management positions and advisory roles with Greyhound Lines, U.S. One Communications, Fischer Imaging, TresCom International and Neodata Services.

Mr. Debus holds a B.S. in business administration with an emphasis in finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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