Jose Arozamena

Interim CEO, Turnaround

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A graduate of the University of Southern California in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mr. Arozamena has been an active participant in private investments in the U.S., Europe and Mexico since 1981. From 2005 to 2008, through Cambium, Mr. Arozamena occupied the position of Operating Partner to Lehman Brothers’ Merchant Banking funds III and IV in Europe, private equity funds with combined capital of over $ 2.0 billion. Mr. Arozamena was responsible for working with management of the invested companies, and in some cases assume the position of CEO, to set strategy, improve results and improve governance. From 2003 to 2005, as CEO of Cambium, Mr. Arozamena led the acquisition of, or investment in, American Rice, Inc. (with the Schupak Group), Mineraqua Portugal Lda., and PetroAlianza. From 1995 to 2003, Mr. Arozamena was Chief Executive Officer and Partner of Alpha Private Equity Group, a dedicated direct private equity investment vehicle for several large families. At Alpha, Mr. Arozemena was responsible for over 15 investments including Majorica and La Casera. Mr. Arozamena has also been a strategic advisor to Thyssen Industrie, DAF Trucks, Grupo SOS and other international corporations.


Company Stage Focus: Startup, Late Stage Venture Funded, Private, Turnaround/Distressed, Private Equity Backed, Bankruptcy, IPO, Family Owned

CEO – $200 MM branded consumer goods company

Designed, implemented and executed a complete restructuring and turnaround of a middle market consumer goods company reducing workforce from 1,200 to 540 and relaunching the company’s main brand. Gained 3 points in market share and doubled profits in 3 years

Chairman of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee – €650 MM branded consumer goods company

Coordinated the consolidation of a group of brands and companies into a single coherent group and oversaw the implementation of risk and compliance procedures

CEO – $40 MM packaging manufacturer

Designed, implemented and executed a complete turnaround of this manufacturer of glass packaging. Doubled sales in 6 months through innovative sales and pricing techniques. Improved production and logistics increasing margin by 4 percentage points.

CEO – €150 MM beverages company

Turned family owned/run business into a professionally run organization with improved financial performance, reporting and clear strategic objectives. Grew by more than 20% over 3 years

Chairman – €450 MM shipping company

Organized and executed Europe’s first management buy-out/buy-in of a shipping company. Streamlined operations and improved overall performance


• Chairman of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee of the Board of Directors of MW Brands
• CEO of Spumador
• CEO of Alpha Private Equity
• CEO of La Casera
• Strategic Corporate Advisor, Oxbow Carbon


• MW Brands
• La Casera
• Spumador
• Saludaes
• American Rice
• Grupo SOS
• Difrisa
• Alpha Private Equity Group


• BS – Industrial Systems Engineering, University of Southern California

Years Executive Experience: (30)
# Interim Assignments: (5)
# Board Roles: (15)
Company Size: ($20M-$1B)

• Board Advisory
• Building a Management Team
• Contract Negotiation
• Corporate Development
• Corporate Governance
• International Business
• Budget, Cost & Internal Controls
• Investment Advisory
• Operations – Cost
• Cycles / Response
• Offshore Development
• Sales Business Development
• Partner Programs
• Sales Pricing Strategies
• M&A – Fundraising, Company Sale
• Acquisition Integration
• B2B Marketing
• Brand Management
• Global Expansion
• Guerilla Marketing
• Systems Integration & Infrastucture
• IT Team Development

• Beverages
• Building Materials
• Consumer Durables
• Consumer Products
• Fitness, Health, Nutrition
• Luxury Goods
• Manufacturing
• Packaging and Supply Chain
• Restaurant and Hospitality
• Transportation and Logistics