Philip M. Daetwyler

Senior Managing Director

Philip Daetwyler has over 27 years of experience in hands on corporate transition management, transactional structuring and financings, business and product line strategic planning, and plan execution leadership within the manufacturing, service, and financial industries.

Philip M. Daetwyler is a Senior Managing Director at HWSC. His clients have seen his core strengths evidenced in both the: (i) strategic planning and structuring phase of a corporate growth initiative and then (ii) more prominently in the execution phase, where the plans and timelines meet the pavement. This is that key point where the teams focus is on accomplishing its defined objectives and real traction begins. He is a senior level leader with a multi-industry perspective and knowledge base derived from his successful career engagements in long-term and interim contract roles as a: Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Division President, Plant General Manager, Region President, Vice President, Director and independent consultant. Mr. Daetwyler has completed interim transition and implementation management assignments, and provided private investor management oversight to investment portfolio operating companies. His engagements have spanned across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. In these roles he has successfully worked with and provided leadership to cross-functional teams working to relocate production lines and businesses from one region, country, language, and culture to another; he transitioned operating divisions of a major corporation into a standalone manufacturing companies serving the automotive industry.

Mr. Daetwyler’s applied knowledge and experience is based in: (i) transactional and acquisition finance, (ii) financial performance and cash flow forecasting, (iii) direct and indirect business development strategies and execution, (iv) supply chain operating system planning and implementation familiarity, (v) strategic transition planning, and (v) post-acquisition operational leadership. His combined financial and operations management background, and developed abilities to work with diverse cross-functional managers and line workers, has helped Mr. Daetwyler and his clients to reduce transition related financial and operating risk.

His clients have included various private investors. These have included, for example, The Kirchhoff Group, a $2 billion annual revenue Germany based conglomerate, which has been family owned and managed for over 200 years, through activities focused on its wholly owned subsidiary, Faun Trucks, Europe’s largest manufacturer of refuse trucks and street sweepers, where he acted as the North American Market expert for acquisition candidate evaluations, and product and customer market entry options; and The Labrie Environmental Group - North America’s third largest producer of refuse trucks, headquartered in Quebec City Canada with operations throughout the USA and in Mexico, completing two separate six month engagements as a contract plant general manger during the acquisition of Pendpac Manufacturing and its relocation from Oklahoma to the Mexico manufacturing facility, and again to prepare and plan for relocation of a major over the road heavy truck product production line from Quebec City, Canada to the northwestern Mexico manufacturing plant; Interim Division President American LaFrance, manufacturer and distributor of heavy over the road truck chassis, fire truck chassis, and fire trucks; CEO of E-Z Pack holdings through its entry and exit from bankruptcy and positioning for its eventual sale to Navistar Corporation.

Beginning his professional career in 1986, Philip dedicated the first 14 years of his career to developing long-term business relationships as a senior commercial lender in Northeast Ohio progressively expanding his role within the banks to that of US Bank President, Akron-Canton Region beginning in 1997. Prior to this role Philip enjoyed 7 years as a senior commercial banker with National City Bank, now PNC, and prior to this five years as a project leader and a commercial lender with FirstMerit Bank headquartered in Akron Ohio. Philip’s customers included international publically traded companies to include Sterling Jewelers Plc, Myers Industries, and Roadway among others, as well as local and regional manufacturing, service, and healthcare concerns.

Mr. Daetwyler graduated with a Masters of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Business, Cleveland, OH in May 1995. He earned a Bachelor of Accounting and a Bachelor of Business Administration Finance, and a minor in Economics from the University of Akron, Akron Ohio in 1986.


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