Principals

Mehdi Ali

Mehdi has been a principal of the firm since its inception in 1996. Mehdi’s background includes more than twenty years of operating experience. His prior experience includes serving as the President of Commodore International, where he accomplished a major operational turnaround. Mehdi served as a Vice President at General Motors Corporation, where he was instrumental in improving the performance of a number of GM’s European and Latin American operations. Mehdi was also a Vice President at PepsiCo Inc., where he headed-up a major restructuring which led to the divestiture of all non-core businesses. Mehdi was a Managing Director at Dillon, Read & Co. Inc., where he headed the firm’s restructuring business and performed turnarounds for several clients. Mehdi has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from Yale University.

Jim Laird

Jim has been a principal of the firm since its inception in 1996. Jim’s prior background includes a dozen years on Wall Street where he consummated numerous buyouts, mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and turnarounds. His prior experience includes serving as a senior member of Dillon Read’s Saratoga Partners buyout group, where he led a number of successful buyout investments, and at Salomon Brothers, where he specialized in buyout investing and turnarounds. Jim was also a corporate attorney at the law firm of Cahill, Gordon & Reindel. Jim has a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University, a MBA from The Wharton School and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Mehdi Ali, Jr.

Mehdi Jr. has been a principal of the firm since 1998. His prior experience includes management consulting at IBM Consulting, where he served as engagement manager overseeing and participating in business restructuring and marketing strategy engagements. Mehdi has a Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and a MBA from Columbia University.