Michael Musso is a senior operations, turnaround and restructuring executive with 30 years of experience in leading and rebuilding underperforming companies as Chief Executive Officer, Financial Advisor and Chief Restructuring Officer. He is the leader of Conway MacKenzie’s Consumer Packaged Goods/ Grocery Practice.
He has a “blue chip” consumer products foundation having served in various leadership roles of increasing scope at Procter & Gamble, Pepsi Cola and Frito-Lay.
A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Mr. Musso has been a presenter at the UT MBA Executive in Residence program and currently serves as a presenting member of the Consumer Packaged Goods “Boot Camp” for MBA students. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, Turnaround Management Association, CFA Institute and Guidepoint Global. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Cosmetic Specialties.
Prior to joining Conway MacKenzie, Mr. Musso was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Summit Industries, a 90-year old consumer products manufacturer and distributor based in Atlanta, GA. Here, Mr. Musso assembled a world-class team, successfully rebuilding every aspect of the company from brand equity to a complete overhaul of operations. Under his leadership, he positioned the company as an innovation leader resulting in transactions that delivered significant shareholder value.
Before joining Summit, he took on the challenge as Chief Executive Officer of Cosmetic Specialties International and led the transition of the company from an underperforming stock manufacturer of basic cosmetic jars and closures to a custom molder, innovator and packaging design firm. This strategy resulted in significant sales and EBITDA growth, and new customer contracts with many leading global cosmetic brands. In 2008 he joined Morris Anderson & Associates, a leading middle market restructuring and turnaround firm. As the leader of the firm’s Consumer Packaged Goods Practice, he was responsible for sourcing and leading multiple successful turnaround and restructuring assignments with over $900M in combined asset values. Here he also served as the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, leading the business development and marketing functions of the firm.
In 2009, he was awarded the Southeast TMA Turnaround and Transaction of the Year award for his team’s successful restructuring and ultimate 363 sale of Cosmolab, a $70M contract manufacturer of color cosmetics and packaging. From 1998 to 2008 he spearheaded M&A, strategic planning, and operations for multiple portfolio companies at Windriver & Associates, a private wealth partnership. Here he demonstrated a consistent ability to reignite underperforming companies by building sustainable business processes, recruiting top talent and implementing financial discipline.