Business Strategist and Corporate Turnaround Specialist
Saul Kattan is a business strategist and corporate turnaround specialist with more than 25 years experience building and leading companies in a variety of industries. Leveraging his extensive experience in performance leadership and turnaround management, Saul is a valuable asset for any organization looking to improve performance, manage complex negotiations, navigate a merger or acquisition, transform its corporate culture or implement any strategic initiative.
The highlight reel of Saul's executive career includes the complete turnaround of three companies in his native Colombia and in the US Blockbuster Video Colombia, Juan Valdez Café USA and ETB, the Bogota city telecommunications company.
As CEO of Blockbuster Colombia, Saul delivered a 3-fold increase in revenue, reversing a multi-million dollar operating loss over 18 months. Additionally, he led the sale of Blockbuster at the peak of its market valuation, which garnered 300% ROI for the firm's owners. Under Saul's leadership, Blockbuster Colombia was recognized as one of the best-performing Blockbuster operations in the world.
At Juan Valdez USA, the North American division of the iconic Juan Valdez coffee company, Saul overhauled another money-losing operation, reducing costs, boost sales and delivering a 130% revenue growth over 18 months.And, as CEO of Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogota (ETB) for four years, Saul led the public-private company to its highest profits in more than two decades.
In Colombia, Saul has ranked among the Top 100 Business Leaders and a Top Young Executive by leading economic publications Portfolio and Revista Dinero. Additionally, he has been member of various executive boards including KOKORIKO, TIGO (Colombia), Grupo de Energia Bogota and Almacenes Maximo S.A
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