Josh Damon
Senior Managing Director

Strategy & Operational Advisory; Former C-Level Operator & Investor

Josh Damon is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura who leverages his experience as a C-level executive, private equity investor, and turnaround advisor to provide his clients solutions to drive meaningful improvements to financial and operational results. He is based in Chicago.

  • Experience

    Josh has over 15 years of experience operating, advising, and investing in companies across several industries and stages. He specializes in developing and executing operational improvement strategic plans and transaction advisory services for companies and their investors.

    Prior to joining Ankura, Josh was the chief financial officer at Uptake Technologies, where he built, managed, and scaled the finance, planning, recruiting, and HR functions of the 600-person software company. He collaborated with the senior executive team and board of directors to develop the one-, three-, and five-year strategic financial plans, and established all processes for financial closing, pricing, and operational reporting.

    Josh was chief financial officer at Networked Insights, a marketing analytics software firm. At Networked Insights, he was responsible for managing all financial, sales, people, and operating functions of the venture-backed organization. He led two successful fundraising rounds, raising over $18 million in equity capital, and developed and managed the operational and financial framework for measuring, analyzing, and optimizing the growth of the organization.

    Previously, Josh was a director at Torch Lake Capital Management LLC/Hilco Equity, a middle-market private equity fund focused on lower middle-market special situations. He was responsible for sourcing, executing, and managing equity investments in middle-market companies, with a specific focus on distressed, underperforming, or growth opportunities and investments ranging from $5 million to $20 million in companies with $25 million to $250 million in revenue. He also served as vice president of AlixPartners LLC, where he provided interim management and turnaround services for numerous companies during in- and out-of-court restructurings.

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