Zain Mahmood

Zain Mahmood

Operating Partner, CEO
Florida Social Capital

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Zain Mahmood has an extensive record of growth leadership across multiple industries, orchestrating business turnaround and re-launch, developing dynamic A Teams, acquiring and integrating companies, and subsequently generating double-digit, profitable growth.
Most recently, Mahmood was the President of Innovative Chemical Products (ICP) Construction Division, part of ICP Group, owned by Audax, a middle-market Private Equity. During his tenure, Mahmood organically grew the revenues of this business by 12% and added 4 strategic acquisitions to increase annual revenues by 50% and improved EBIDTA by 70% Prior to this, Mahmood was the President of Specialty Building Materials, Global Operations and Supply Chain at GCP Applied Technologies (formerly a division of WR GRACE). Publicly traded GCP (GCP; NYSE) with revenues of $1.4B, is a premier producer of building materials, coatings and specialty chemicals. During his tenure, Mahmood served as an officer of the company, successfully taking this division of WR GRACE public, launching at the NYSE, and increasing market capitalization by 96% in a year. Within this time, the SBM division delivered 8% growth (2.5X market) in revenues, 12% growth in gross margin and 15% EBIT growth; Mahmood also completed one bolt-on acquistion, delivering over 2X of identified synergies. In his role as the Operations and Supply Chain leader, Mahmood oversaw 65+ facilities in 5 continents, and a supply chain of $900M and a $50M capital spend. In 2016, Mahmood and his team delivered $25M of operations productivity, upgraded the team with new leadership talent, and improved quality by 25% in key product lines.
Prior to this, Mahmood was the President and CEO of the Demilec Group, a portfolio company of Sun Capital. During his tenure, the business was transitioned from original entrepreneurs, and put on a growth trajectory, all 7 class-action law suits were dismissed, a new leadership team installed and a compelling strategy to double the business in 5 years was instituted. First year Revenue growth 12% YOY. EBIDTA improvement 16% and equity valuation improved by 35%. Prior to this, Mahmood was the President & CEO of Parkson Corporation, a privately held portfolio company for the Axel Johnson family of Sweden. As one of the world’s most sophisticated manufacturers of water and wastewater treatment equipment. Mahmood’s successful career at Parkson was distinguished by doubling it’s revenues and increasing profitability by 10X and ultimately, increasing owner’s equity valuation by 2.5X; in his five-year tenure as Chief Executive, Mahmood successfully led the organization through a challenging turnaround, quadrupling international sales, doubling recurring Aftermarket/Services revenue and successfully completing three product line acquistions.
Promoted through a series of key positions with blue-chip multinational companies, e.g. ABB, AlliedSignal and Johns Manville, The business foundation of Mahmood’s success started at Toledo Metal Spinning Company where he doubled sales and streamlined the operations of this small family-owned metal forming business. Next, Mahmood was recruited by AlliedSignal as Senior Industrial Engineer to lead the automation of an Auto-Parts factory; and within a short-window he was running the site with over 900 associates in a contentious UAW environment.
After joining Berkshire Hathaway owned Johns Manville Corporation, as Vice-President of Construction Materials, Mahmood turned around profitability for this iconic building materials brand by strategic targeting of commercial opportunities that lead to doubling the size of the business to $690 Million and double digit profit growth. Expanding this business in emerging Asia, Eastern Europe, Middle-East and Latin America, Mahmood built a strong reputation as an international brand-builder and business leader. His work on Strategic Account Management led to the win of a $80M North customer and recognition by by winning the JM the Summit Award.
In addition to attending Duke’s Fuqua School of Management for senior executives, Mahmood earned his MS in Manufacturing Management from the University of Toledo and BS degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Mahmood serves as a founding Advisor and Board Member of SBK Ventures (Singapore), an investment vehicle for a family office in Bangladesh and has served as a fund-raise CEO and Board Member at Nuvoda, a green-tech, start-up in Raleigh, NC.
Mahmood has served on numerous non-profit and honorary boards, including the Environmental Trade & Technology Advisory Committee to the US Department of Commerce and the Dean’s Advisory Council at Purdue Engineering School - Calumet. He served as a Board Member of the American Red Cross Board of Directors for Broward County and was inducted to the University of Missouri Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering “Hall of Fame.” In his free time Mahmood enjoys boating and traveling with his family.

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