- Managing Director
- Corporate Finance & Restructuring
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- TD South Tower, 79 Wellington Street West
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- Toronto, ON, M5K 1G8
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- Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory
- Merger Integration
- Telecom, Media & Technology (TMT)
Raymond Lahoud specializes in leading organizations through new strategies and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Lahoud partners with executives in transforming large business organizations in response to the everchanging technology landscape. With more than 20 years of experience, he is a seasoned business and technology executive with a proven track record in operational improvement, strategy development, technology evaluation and merger integration and carve-outs.
Over the past 20 years, Mr. Lahoud held many senior executive roles in business, operations, network and IT disciplines. Most recently, Mr. Lahoud served as COO for Allstream, a subsidiary of Zayo, a large public telecom company, where he oversaw the overall leadership of the company, including all daily business operations, involving strategy development and implementation, meeting growth and performance objectives and leading change. In this role he established policies, promoting the company’s culture and vision and goal-setting and managed relationships with channel and technology partners and vendors.
Mr. Lahoud led Allstream operations, with revenue of $500M and 800 employees, and its full profit and loss (P&L) accountability, as the company became North America’s only transnational provider of innovative cloud-based collaboration and more traditional telecommunications solutions and services. There, he delivered cash positive results and significantly improved EBTIDA, in line with industry leading operation metrics through aggressive sales and cost management. Mr. Lahoud shaped Allstream’s evolution through significant contributions and leading roles in several strategic development initiatives including mergers and acquisitions from MTS to Zayo Group and the acquisition of ELI. In addition, he had responsibility for Allstream separation out of Zayo in preparation of its sale.
Prior to the merger at MTS Allstream, Mr. Lahoud was Vice President of Network and IT Services, responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s network and IT strategy, including leadership of the 500-person team responsible for the entire technology development and implementation lifecycle in support of the company’s innovative product and service portfolios. In addition, he held overall responsibility for the successful integration, and the financial and professional management, of information technology services with network services and carrier management.
Prior to his role at MTS Allstream, Mr. Lahoud was Vice President of Network and Access Management. He led all aspects of network strategy and architectural design, including access analysis, network operations, and support. In this capacity, his role directed operations, maintenance, performance, restoration, and security of the company’s 30,000 KM national broadband network. He implemented industry leading data and VOIP networks, allowing Allstream to continue to grow annual revenues and profitability and spearhead the market in innovative services. Mr. Lahoud boosted capital efficiency and minimized capital spend by 30% while delivering a revenue plan and allocating sizable investments in strategic initiatives (e.g., VOIP, Mitel).
Before that, Mr. Lahoud was Senior Manager, Local Access and Data Technology at AT&T Canada and Manager, Technology Development and Support at Metronet/AT&T Canada.
Mr. Lahoud is a board member of LebNet, a U.S.-based non-profit organization, which serves as a multi-faceted platform for Lebanese professionals residing in the U.S. and Canada, as well as entrepreneurs, investors and business partners in a broad technology ecosystem.