Arnaud Ajdler

Founder and Portfolio Manager


Mr. Ajdler founded Engine Capital Management in March 2013 and serves as its Managing Member. Prior to that, Mr. Ajdler was a partner at Crescendo Partners, a value-oriented activist investment firm. Mr. Ajdler is also an adjunct professor at the Columbia Business School where he teaches a course in Value Investing. Mr. Ajdler started his career as a management consultant with Mercer Management Consulting and Boston Consulting Group.

Mr. Ajdler currently serves on the Board of Directors of Hill International. Previously, Mr. Ajdler served as a member of the Board of Directors of Recro Pharma, Stewart Information Services, Charming Shoppes (until the company was acquired by Ascena Retail Group), Imvescor Restaurant Group, StarTek, Destination Maternity, O’Charley’s (until the company was acquired by Fidelity National Financial), The Topps Company (until the company was acquired by Madison Dearborn Partners), Rhapsody Acquisition Corp and Arpeggio Acquisition Corporation.

Mr. Ajdler received a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, an SM in Aeronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School.