Jim Houghton

Jim's Biography

I have more than 30 years of specialist international M&A, operational and financial management experience in the marketing and advertising industry.

I’m very proud to have led transformational M&A deals for the leaders and shareholders of class-leading business including We Are Social, Headland, Lexington, Founders Intelligence and Born Social.

Although I’ve led many corporate finance transactions, I’ve never considered myself a Banker but rather a deal maker in an industry that I’m passionate about. I’ve split my career between roles in industry and as a professional adviser. As an adviser, I was formerly a Managing Director at Ingenious and a Partner at Results International. In industry, I was appointed CFO at 160over90 in Philadelphia in 2016 after its sale to Searchlight Capital, and was previously European MD of Omnicom’s experiential network, the Radiate Group, led Omnicom’s M&A activity in Europe for 8 years, completing 40 transactions and sitting on many agency Boards.

Latest Posts by Jim

Why new holding company Common Interest is truly something different

Sep 28, 2023

New holdco Common Interest launched with a headline-worthy acquisition. Jim Houghton explains why we should take notice of this newcomer...

How to get institutional investors on board

Aug 3, 2023

Jim Houghton covers off what agencies need to know and do if they’re looking to secure private equity funding. Read more...

Will Chat GPT replace M&A advisors? Not anytime soon.

Apr 3, 2023

Jim Houghton tests Chat GPT to evaluate its answers to 'standard' questions and processes that are typical of an M&A scenario. Read more...

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