Michael Buenzow | Senior Managing Director | FTI Consulting
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Michael Buenzow

  • Senior Managing Director, Vice Chairman of Restructuring
  • Corporate Finance
  • T: +1 312 252 9333
  • F: +1 312 759 8119
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    • 227 West Monroe Street
    • Suite 900
    • Chicago, IL, 60606
    • United States
    • T: +1 312 759 8100
    • F: +1 312 759 8119

Michael Buenzow is a Senior Managing Director and serves as Vice Chairman of Restructuring and Leader of the Company-Side practice. Mr. Buenzow has more than 25 years of experience as an interim executive and financial advisor to middle market to large cap, private and public companies with domestic and international operations. He concentrates on driving rapid change and enhancing value for clients by providing performance improvement, interim management, business transformation and restructuring services.

Mr. Buenzow has extensive operational leadership experience, with a strong background in business strategy, efficiency, and cost optimization. Clients rely upon his deep expertise in finance, manufacturing, distribution, supply chain, product sourcing, labor relations, revenue enhancement, brand management and licensing. Mr. Buenzow has worked in a wide range of industries, including consumer and industrial products, retail, steel, automotive, distribution, construction, apparel, transportation and real estate.

Renowned for his interim management expertise, Mr. Buenzow specializes in bringing stability and order to complex and often fast moving situations. He has served as interim chief executive officer (CEO) for numerous companies, including a $900 million integrated steel producer, a $350 million furniture manufacturer, a $300 million bicycle company, a specialty auto parts supplier, and a golf equipment and apparel company.

In turnaround and restructuring matters, Mr. Buenzow has served as chief restructuring officer (CRO) for a $2.6 billion grocery retailer, a $550 million processor of protein products, a $500 million apparel manufacturer and retailer, a $375 million furniture retailer, a $800 alternative investment fund and a $650 million distributor of heating oil and petroleum products.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Buenzow was a partner in the Business Recovery Services practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Mr. Buenzow holds an M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a B.B.A. from Niagara University. He is a Certified Turnaround Professional and a Certified Insolvency Restructuring Advisor. Mr. Buenzow has served on the board of directors of Huffy Bicycle and HOP Energy and currently serves on the Global Board of Trustees of the Turnaround Management Association.

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