Donal Dixon (Founder)

Donal DixonA seasoned advisor, Donal Dixon has over 25 years of global finance experience including work with PepsiCo for 18 years and Digital Equipment (the Apple of the 1980’s) for 8 years. During his tenure at these companies he held a variety of roles, including CFO for Asia Pacific, VP New Business Development, VP Corporate Strategy & Development and Director of International Treasury. He has lived and worked in a numerous locations including Dublin, Geneva, London, New York and Hong Kong, before moving to Bangkok, where he has lived for the past 12 years with his young family.
Acknowledged by his clients and business colleagues as commercially astute with an ability to provide insightful analysis, he is extremely proficient at distilling complex interlinked problems down to their core fundamentals.  Relevant experience includes:

  • Spearheaded PepsiCo’s M&A activity in Asia. This included acquisitions across the Middle East, IPO’s in Japan and the Philippines, the sale of businesses in Australia and Korea and the buyout of various joint ventures across the region.

  • Engineered the turnaround of PepsiCo’s Asia Pacific food business across the region and the subsequent integration of this business with the much larger beverage division.

  • Drove the expansion of PepsiCo’s footprint through the formation of pioneering joint ventures with Almarai (Middle East), Calbee (Japan) and the Tata Group (India).

His international experience as a board representative of many of PepsiCo joint ventures across the Asia Pacific region has resulted in deep knowledge of corporate governance and management of complex franchise businesses.

His pragmatic and open style enables him to interact easily with all cultures, connect at all levels of the organization, and influence cross-functional teams.

Since founding DBD in 2013, he has advised on numerous projects, including; a beverage acquisition in Pakistan, the sale of a mining concession in Laos, the establishment of a coconut water business in Thailand, the financing of a bio-mass project in the Philippines and the launch of a business based in Ireland that produces power meters for cycling enthusiasts.

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