Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company (“Cerberus Operations”) is a premier operations platform that is proprietary to Cerberus. Over multiple business cycles, Cerberus Operations has been purposefully constructed to help drive value by seamlessly integrating operating expertise with portfolio company management and investment teams. Our overriding goal is to create stronger and more competitive businesses with greater financial positioning and more strategic options.
Our operations platform has approximately 90 operating executives and functional experts that work across Cerberus’ investment platforms to maximize financial and operating performance. We employ seasoned executives with wide-ranging industry and functional expertise from top-tier companies.
Strategic Operating Partners
Our executives and functional experts partner with management teams to provide tailored insights about their business’ strategy, markets, and opportunities. When it comes to execution, we can provide our portfolio companies with a pool of talent who knows the company and is ready to help drive initiatives.
As strategic operating partners, we seek to remove complexity, optimize a company’s operating rhythm, and instill the discipline of “getting consequential things done” while keeping the customer’s point of view as the priority at all times.
Leadership and Talent Acquisition
Businesses work best when there is a diverse mix of people with industry expertise and outside perspectives. One of Cerberus Operations’ strengths is our ability to actively recruit and add great operating talent to our investments.
We look for and develop highly engaged leaders who appreciate the opportunity to lead and understand that sustainable results are driven by teams who can balance commercial effectiveness with operational efficiency.
Our executives and functional experts work on interim and permanent bases wherever needed, whether that be in the boardroom or in the back office. Our collaborative partnership provides a competitive edge to our companies, particularly in instances where developing stand-alone and scalable organizations is required.
Core Practice Areas
Cerberus Operations directly employs teams that are organized in practice areas that cover the core business functions. This gives us continuity, accountability for results, and enables us to centralize best practices with frameworks and proprietary tools developed across a wide variety of engagements. Our core practice areas include:
- Commercial Effectiveness
- Communications and Branding
- Environmental, Social, and Governance
- Human Resources
- Information Technology
- Legal and Regulatory Affairs
- Operating Initiatives Group
- Product Design-to-Delivery
Flex Network of Resources
We supplement our core practice area teams with a broad network of expert advisors as well as retained or third-party resources to “flex” our operating capabilities to diverse business requirements. We continuously invest in developing our Flex Network of consultants, specialist advisors, and contractors to ensure we are adding value across the spectrum of operational resources. We optimize our practice areas and our Flex Network to provide the right resources at the right time and in a highly efficient manner.
Our Competitiveness Council is an advisory board of stature executives who actively engage with our teams to deliver tangible value to our businesses and investment activities. Members support deal sourcing and due diligence, provide valuable advice to portfolio company management teams, and take on formal operating roles or serve as directors.
The Cerberus Business System
The Cerberus Business System is how we bring all of these elements together in an active operating engagement model designed to improve the performance of our investments. Our operating teams engage directly with portfolio companies and investment professionals, leverage our Flex Network and Competitiveness Council, and maintain continuity throughout the lifecycle of an investment.
Our active operating engagement model, and the way we evolve it to flex to the needs of our portfolio companies and global opportunities, provides Cerberus with a competitive edge to drive value for our investors and business partners worldwide.
Operating executives and functional experts in Cerberus Operations
Practice areas spanning core business functions
Flex Network resources of specialized experts
Note: HR data as of November 1, 2022, and there can be no assurances that any of these professionals will remain with the Firm.