charlie lydon

SENIOR DIRECTOR - Alvarez & Marsal

Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Charlie Lydon is a Senior Director with Alvarez & Marsal’s Strategy and Performance Improvement practice in the Middle East. He specializes in providing hands-on support and leadership to management teams to design and drive strategic value creation initiatives and navigate major financial or operational challenges.
With more than 15 years of experience in professional services and operational roles in the Middle East and Europe, Mr. Lydon has extensive experience working with international and regional clients, including private equity, sovereign wealth, public and private businesses and eminent family offices. Additionally, he has significant expertise across the oil and gas, TMT, industrial and manufacturing and consumer business sectors, having performed senior corporate development and commercial finance roles in major organizations in these areas.

Mr. Lydon’s notable operational roles include Head of Commercial Finance for TAQA (part of ADQ), where he led the budgeting process and supported the successful execution of a $2 billion cost reduction program; FP&A Director at Doncasters Group, where he supported a £1.5 billion debt restructuring, managed the sale of business units worth £100 million and created performance improvement plans which delivered over £25 million EBITDA improvements; and Commercial Finance Director for Sage Plc, where he designed and implemented a new operating model for the commercial finance function and implemented new reporting tools and metrics appropriate for a SaaS business, leading to over £100 million of investment being reallocated to high growth cloud products.

Previously, Mr. Lydon spent 12 years with Deloitte, where he most recently served as Director in the Financial Advisory practice in both the Middle East and the U.K. During his time at Deloitte, he successfully restructured over £10 billion in debt obligations and delivered performance improvement initiatives, creating over £2 billion in value for clients.

Mr. Lydon earned a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Nottingham. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant with The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and an EMBA Candidate at Bayes Business School.


When Tony Alvarez and Bryan Marsal joined forces in 1983, it was with the intent of seamlessly linking operations, performance improvement and value creation to best help companies turn areas of stagnation into growth to achieve sustainable results. This ethos remains at the core of our firm. We are the consulting firm known for asking tough questions, listening well, digging in and rolling up our sleeves. We are fact-driven and action-oriented. We move our clients forward, to where they need to be. We are A&M.

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