Matthew Espe

Board Member

Director, Advisor, & Investor

Matthew has a track record of driving industrial transformation, significantly increasing earnings and shareholder equity, and brings over 30 years of experience in sales, marketing, and management of global manufacturing businesses to Centri’s advisory board. Throughout his career, he successfully led multibillion-dollar manufacturing, infrastructure, and business services companies with up to 34k employees. Some of his key prior qualifications include:

  • Leading the transformation of Radial Inc. after being recruited by Sterling Partners in January 2017. Initial areas of focus include organization alignment, strategic prioritization, and governance. After an eight-week enterprise assessment, led the successful sale of Radial Inc., a $1.2B e-commerce services business, to Belgian Post.
  • Serving as CEO of Armstrong World Industries, a $2.9B global building products company. Matthew worked to improve P&L, drive leadership, and make operational and strategic improvements, increasing ROIC and equity value by 75%.
  • Chairman and CEO of IKON Office Solutions, a $4.9B document management services company. Matthew transformed the company’s business model and nearly doubled shareholder value, resulting in a $1.6B merger with Ricoh Japan.
  • Spending 23 years at GE, with the last assignment as President and CEO of GE Lighting.

Aside from supporting Centri, Matthew is currently serving as an independent director at WESCO International and Anywhere Real Estate Inc. (formally Realogy Holdings Corp.). From 2017 until April 2023, he served as an operating partner with Strategic Value Partners, chairing two of their portfolio company boards and sitting on a third.

Matthew graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.S. in marketing and received an MBA from Wittier College.