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GS Growth Strategies  "GS²"

Accelerating Profitable Growth

GS² works with select Financial Sponsors as Operating Advisor to drive profitable growth, through the identification of opportunities and execution of M&A transactions in the Food, Beverage, Home & Personal Care High-value Specialty Ingredients sectors.

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Our Mission

What we do

High-value Specialty Ingredients used in the Food, Beverage, Home & Personal Care sectors are a key driver of performance and differentiation for a wide variety of products used every day by consumers around the world.

At GS², our mission is to connect select Financial Sponsors with both burgeoning and established High-value Specialty Ingredient companies in order to fuel innovation and accelerate profitable growth across the industry. 
We advise dealmakers from idea generation and deal execution through exit.

With >25 years of experience comprised of C-suite level Operating experience, P&L management and M&A/Strategy execution at a leading global Specialty Ingredients company & hands on deal advisory and execution at a leading global Investment Bank, GS² is uniquely suited to work seamlessly with Financial Sponsors.

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Why Sponsors work with us

Our Team

Who we are

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Greg Soutendijk


Based in New York and Seoul, Greg is a C-Suite executive who has spent his career in the High-value Specialty Ingredients industry working across the US, Asia and Europe. 

Greg headed-up Global M&A and Strategy at International Flavors & Fragrances (NYSE: IFF) from 2015-2021. In this role, he devised and executed IFF's transformation into a world leader in Health, Nutrition and High-value Specialty Ingredients.

Greg previously served as the Head of Asia Fragrances at IFF for ~10 years, based out of Shanghai and Singapore, managing a P&L with revenues >$300 million growing at a double-digit, above-market rate.

Prior to IFF, worked in Investment Banking at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Credit Suisse in New York.

Greg holds a Bachelor's degree from Boston University and full-time MBA from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management, with a Double Major in Finance and Accounting.



Phone:      +1 (646) 328-8000



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Accelerating Profitable Growth

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Target Identification

Leverage network to identify attractive, actionable targets

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Deal Execution

Assist in due diligence and go-forward strategy 

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Operating Excellence

Work with Sponsor through exit to ensure optimal returns

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