A chief restructuring officer (CRO) is a senior officer of a company given broad powers to renegotiate all aspects of a company’s finances to deal with an impending bankruptcy or to restructure a company following a bankruptcy filing. The use of CRO’s, who usually have an expertise in the field of business in which the company operates, has been increasing in popularity since the 1990s. CROs are sometimes seen as an alternative to using a Trustee in bankruptcy in a reorganization bankruptcy, because the trustees may not be knowledgeable in field of business conducted by the company.
Further CRO’s give the company management and creditors more of say in the running of a company than a trustee is required to do so. CRO’s have sometimes been compared to “turn around” consultants although the CRO differs from a turn around consultant in that the CRO is an official of the company and has executive power.
While CRO’s officially report to the company and its board of directors, they are considered to have greatly strengthened the hand of creditors since the CRO can make executive decisions following a direct meeting with the creditors. On occasional instances, the CRO can oust the chief executive officer (CEO) or President of the company, as happened in 2012 when Gregory F. Rayburn replaced Hostess Brands CEO Brian Driscoll as CEO a month after being appointed CRO.
Does not always mean shareholders wiped with B.R., but looks bad...The Role of Chief Restructuring Officer
When a business is in turmoil and the Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") has his (her) hands full addressing the day to day problems, the best solution could be the introduction of a Chief Restructuring Officer ("CRO"). Today, the financial community recognizes the importance of companies hiring a CRO because a CRO helps creditors and shareholders gain more confidence, and more importantly, has the experience and knowledge to help stabilize a business that leads to increased value. The CRO would report to the CEO or potentially the Board of Directors ("BOD") but the CRO's responsibilities would be focused on: