Specializing in the food industry

About Bill Zimmerman

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Bill Zimmerman

  • Founded Tidewater Group, Inc. in 1995
  • More than 25 years combined experience at two major corporations: PHH Group Inc. and McCormick & Company
  • Has presided over multiple transactions in the US, Europe, Asia, South America and South Africa
  • Maintains solid relationships with many Fortune 500-sized companies

Work Experience

GENERAL MANAGEMENT

Responsible for the two operating units of McCormick & Co. comprising the Ethnic Food Group. The operations included a joint venture with Mexican partners.

STRATEGIC PLANNING

Included the development and implementation of the planning process at both PHH Group and McCormick and Co. McCormick expanded the strategic plan for its international operations, particularly in Europe, Asia, and SoutAmerica. The plan led directly to major acquisitions in England, France and Brazil.

ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

With PHH Group (a Fortune 100 financial services firm): Significant transactions included acquisitions of financial service companies in the U.S. and Europe and a divestiture in South Africa.

With McCormick & Company: Multiple acquisitions in the United States, Europe and South America. The acquisitions included McCormicks largest acquisition, Patterson-Jenks, a publicly listed company located in London, with sales in the UK and Europe.

FINANCING

Have included the placing of a $800 million credit with a consortiuof eight U.S. & European Banks, as well as initiating a commercial paper and Eurodollar facility of more than $600 million.

Education

POSTGRADUATE

MBA, with distinction in Marketing & Finance, New York University, New York, NY

UNDERGRADUATE

BS in Economics, Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD