Adrian James
Adrian James

Adrian James


Australia and New Zealand


Summary Bio

Adrian has more than 15 years of management consulting, M&A and commercial experience across FMCG, CPG, Retail and Private Equity. His passion is to help ensure a vibrant, competitive, and sustainable FMCG landscape. Across his career, Adrian has worked in 13 countries with leading grocery retailers and worked with most of Australia’s large‑scale national/multi‑national brands to achieve a material impact in their commercial performance. He also assisted on more than 40 M&A deals for private equity investors in the sector.

This combination of experience means Adrian brings commercial and analytical rigour, the pace and tangible results expected by private equity with the experience to scale solutions and implement in even the largest of corporate settings.

At Partners in Performance, his focus is on enabling organisations to make the right commercial decisions to support their growth ambitions and execute their transformations with precision and pace to deliver tangible results that last.


  • Commercial Performance Improvement
  • Transformation Design and Delivery
  • Operating Model Design and Implementation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Support

Core Sectors

  • Consumer and Retail
  • Manufacturing
  • Private Equity


  • Bachelor of Business – Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
  • Certificate in market research and innovation – Deakin University
  • Certificate in Negotiation – Harvard Business School
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