Rene Robichaud | CHAIRMAN & PARTNER
Rene is Chairman and Partner at ArkMalibu. He has helped hundreds of companies think strategically and become more successful. Rene has been president and CEO of two public companies for a total of 10 years. Most recently, he served as the president and CEO of Layne Christensen (a NASDAQ company). Prior to that, he served as president and CEO of NS Group (NYSE), which he helped grow from a $150 million enterprise to a $1.5 billion company. As an investment banker for 15 years, he has worked on capital raising and strategic transactions involving many industrial and natural resource companies around the world.
As Managing Director of Salomon Smith Barney based in New York, Rene held various corporate finance roles including co-head of global metals & mining practice, head of steel practice and head of paper & forest products practice. He was also a Principal in Corporate Finance at Morgan Stanley based in New York.
He is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Ottawa, where he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration. He also received his MBA from Harvard Business School. Rene has been married to Karen since 1984 and they have two adult children. Rene enjoys reading, travel, hockey, golf and is a PCA driving instructor.
Peter Kubasek | FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER
Peter Kubasek is Founder and a Managing Partner of ArkMalibu. Peter has been closely involved in more than 500 merger and acquisition projects ranging from $2 million to over $1 billion in sales representing billions in transactional value.
Peter brings a vast background of knowledge and understanding to every engagement in which he is involved. His success stems from his ability to identify the core needs of his clients, developing creative solutions and applying sound analytical and negotiating skills to each engagement. He has advised clients on preparing for exit, valuations, divestitures and financing options in a variety of areas including 3D printing, technology, services firms, communications, manufacturing, consumer package goods and distribution.
After earning an MBA from Pepperdine University, Peter began his career at Andersen Consulting in Los Angeles, moving quickly into Corporate Development roles at Nestlé USA and The Loewen Group. Peter obtained his undergraduate business degree Magna Cum Laude from John Brown University.
Peter is a member of the national Young Presidents’ Organization, the Cincinnati Association for Corporate Growth and the Business Growth Alliance Affiliate Board. He is the former President of the Cincinnati ACG. He has also served with the boards of several local charitable organizations and has volunteered in a variety of service endeavors. Peter and his wife Maryam have been married more than 30 years and have two sons, Hudson and Luke. They live in Loveland, Ohio. Having grown up in Vancouver, British Columbia, Peter has a great love for the game of hockey and has coached his sons and other local youth.
Matt Jensen | VICE PRESIDENT
Matt Jensen is a Vice President at ArkMalibu with a focus on business development. Matt’s relational approach and diverse M&A, finance, and operations expertise help guide prospective clients through an understanding of their investment merits and the path to achieve maximum value for their company.
Matt first worked in investment banking as an analyst with ArkMalibu providing research and assistance towards the closing of multiple transactions throughout a variety of industries. Prior to this experience, his foundation of integrity and servant leadership coupled with his experience in negotiations and research was shaped during his time as an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force.
Matt’s entrepreneurial spirit and professional pilot background led him to be directly involved in the start-up of a corporate and executive charter airline, eventually serving as Chief Operations Officer. Prior to rejoining ArkMalibu, he served as Program Manager at L3 Technologies, a Fortune 500 company, and was responsible for the turn-around and success of a $510 million program.
Matt enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife, Francesca, and their three amazing kids, Matteo, Marco and Luciana. He’s an avid hockey player, but enjoys anything athletic, having been a collegiate wide receiver. In addition, he loves aviation, motorcycles, music, jiu-jitsu, and time spent outdoors.