Paul O'Conor has almost 40 years of experience as a CEO and in numerous advisory and interim executive management roles. He began his career with B. W. Berenschot, a Netherlands-based, international consulting firm, and spent eight years as a management consultant through Berenschot and O’Conor International.
In 1980, Paul engineered the leveraged buyout of L. Farber Co., Inc. As the President and CEO, he grew the company from $15 million in sales to become the largest manufacturer of high-end shoe components in the world with revenues of over $350 million. In the process, Paul completed 28 acquisitions, oversaw five start-ups, consolidated the businesses into five operating units, with facilities in the U.S. and China, and expanded sales into 36 countries by positioning the company as the leader in its marketplace in terms of quality, performance and cost. The company was successfully sold in 1996.
Both during and after his tenure with Farber, Paul has acted in interim executive management positions (CEO, CMO) and/or advisory roles for numerous public and private companies in a wide variety of manufacturing and service industries. His strategic, operational and sales/marketing expertise has guided companies through bankruptcy, restored distressed businesses to profitability and transitioned development stage companies to full operating status. He has managed a number of acquisitions and divestitures on behalf of his clients and for his own account and has repositioned companies for global sourcing and marketing. Much of Paul's advisory and interim engagements have been through MEA, LLC, his privately-owned platform for turnaround, start-up and M&A services.
Paul has been active in the Young Presidents Organization, serving in many International Board positions including Chairman of the Executive Committee. He has been on numerous Boards over the years. He is a past member of the Finance Committee of the Harvard Community Health plan and the Board of the ADL School of Management. For nine years, Paul served on the Investment Committee, and as an Executive in Residence, for the Watermill Group, a private equity firm specializing in distressed investing and advisory services.
Paul earned his MBA in Marketing at Columbia Business School and a BA in Political Science at Gettysburg College. He also has a post graduate degree from The American School in Switzerland.