David Shapiro is a co-founder of KPS Capital, a three-decade old private equity firm that manages in excess of $14 billion with a focus on acquiring and improving manufacturing-based businesses. TaylorMade is one of the leading manufacturers of golf equipment, and a familiar brand to golfers and fans of the game. Our conversation covers the history of TaylorMade, desired spin-off of the business from Adidas, prolonged and broken deal process, and KPS’ winning the deal. We then turn to the steps KPS took to improve the business across its supply chain, product cycle, and marketing, and its decision to sell the business in 2021 after a complete turnaround.
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