Max Safavi has a record of transforming companies into profitable growth organizations culminating in successful liquidity events. He has led teams to substantially increased the enterprise value through expanding sales, financing and executing acquisitions and divestures, implementing disciplined cost management, and building sustainable cross functional teams in highly competitive industries.
He began his senior management career at UNC Inc. where he participated in restructuring the company through divesting non-aviation businesses and acquiring and integrating aviation-related companies. These acquisitions more than doubled revenue, made UNC the largest business aviation company in the world and culminated in a successful sale to GE.
As Chief Financial Officer at Microdyne, Mr. Safavi executed a similar strategy, where he developed a corporate strategy for rollup acquisitions and raised the credit line required to finance those acquisitions. He was responsible for managing the buying process and integrating the acquired companies before successfully marketing and selling to L-3 Communications.
He has a deep understanding of sourcing investment funds and investor relations. As the CFO, COO and a member of the Board of Directors at EF Johnson Technologies, he was responsible for increasing the institutional investor base from less than 5% to over 40% and facilitating a successful secondary public offering to raise new capital to acquire and integrate 3e Technologies International. Subsequently, EF Johnson was marketed and sold to Francisco Partners.
He received his baccalaureate from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and has an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. Mr. Safavi was a CPA and a CMA.