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William  D. Swanson

Education & Certifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, Accounting and Business Administration, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
  • Certified Public Accountant, State of Illinois               
  • Certified Cash Manager 
William D. Swanson
Senior Director, AEG Partners
Tel: (312) 948-5600 | (815) 388-5002
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Bill has an extensive background working in restructuring, corporate leadership and C-Suite roles over his more than 25-year career.  He is recognized for quickly sizing up the fundamentals of a business as well as accomplished at building and executing restructuring initiatives, strategic and operating plans, organizational plans, and budgets.  His broad-based experience encompasses multinational, private equity owned middle market, as well as family-owned businesses.

Bill began his career at Deloitte and moved on to roles in direct marketing, multi-location retailing, distribution, manufacturing, and global franchising.  Bill is regularly tapped as a subject matter expert, appearing on Fox Business News and publishing articles in various franchise and business periodicals.

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Professional Experience

Select examples of Bill’s operating and financial restructuring experience include:
  • Managing the acquisition of underperforming companies in the building products space and managing the core businesses to improved financial health.
  • Transitioning a franchise organization from a consumer base to a business base in the face of the home printing business rapid decline.
  • Implementing effective financial disciplines to support a client’s first unqualified audit opinion and first timely filing of franchising disclosure documents in five years and continuing in each subsequent year.
  • Executing financial risk management improvements via interest rate swaps and cross currency swaps to stabilize earnings volatility and reduced interest expense.
Prior to joining AEG, Bill’s corporate leadership roles included:
  • CFO, CEO and SVP of Richards Building Supply, a family-owned wholesaler.  In those roles, Bill negotiated bank loans, led financial planning, and led the acquisition of more than ten companies.     
  • Global CFO and American-Region CEO of Cartridge World, a private equity owned global franchisor focused on laser and ink cartridge remanufacturing.  Bill executed the operating plan and positioned the company for sale to a Chinese strategic buyer.
  • CFO and COO of Nicodem Enterprises, a middle market closely held manufacturer of printer related products.  Bill implemented a new ERP system that resulted in a high volume, efficient manufacturing process.
  • SVP Treasurer, European Direct Marketing CFO, and SVP General Manager for Staples, where Bill drove significant improvement in financial and operating performance.