Cooper Crouse | Director | Deloitte CRG | Deloitte Advisory

Cooper Crouse

Director | Deloitte CRG

With more than 20 years of experience in line management, operations, quality systems implementation, sales, and marketing in complex situations, Cooper provides strong, flexible leadership in a wide range of industries. Cooper's broad skills include operational leadership, financial analysis, operational assessment, performance improvement, profitability improvement, working capital reduction, and business development.

Recently, Cooper ran operations at The Culver Studios where he managed all aspects of client service for leading entertainment productions and orchestrated a remarkable turnaround at the studio that touched all aspects of the business, from organizational design through major facilities improvements.

Cooper worked as a key member of the management and professional advisory team that developed and executed the successful restructuring of a $400 million retailer of fabrics and home decor products during a Chapter 11 proceeding. As the first retailer to successfully emerge from bankruptcy under the new law, Cooper provided the strategic operational and financial leadership that generated the sufficient liquidity to enable creditors to receive a full recovery on their claims, plus interest.

Cooper has led the development of new products and services to achieve top-line results and has driven operational improvements to increase profitability and cash flow. In addition, he has led operational assessments to develop new supply-chain strategies and identify high-impact operational improvements.

A few noteworthy engagements include:

  • Led the quality improvement and cost reduction initiative for a $4 billion heath care products company, which yielded a significant return on investment
  • Improved profits and reduced working capital for a $300 million capital goods manufacturer, generating a net $10 million bottom-line impact
  • Improved collections, fill rate performance and working capital efficiency for a $400 million supplier of avionics equipment, reducing working capital requirements by more than $40 million and generating a bottom-line impact of $6 million

As the chief restructuring officer (CRO) at a national composite plastics producer, Cooper led the organization through a Chapter 11 filing, negotiated financing with costumers in absence of DIP financing and managed the sale of two of its companies. These 363 sales generated a 95 percent recovery for secured lenders and provided unsecured creditors with a substantial settlement.

Previously, Cooper was with a privately-held Lean Six Sigma consulting firm where he developed curriculum, deployment strategies, and trained clients in Lean Six Sigma at all levels of the organization. In addition, Cooper served in the U.S. Navy as a ballistic missile submarine officer after graduating from the United States Naval Academy.

Education

  • B.S., U.S. Naval Academy
  • M.B.A., Indiana University