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Commodore sold 800,000 VIC-20s world-wide in 1982, reached the 1 million mark early it 1983, and they are now being shipped at the rate of 100,000 units per month. Commodore didn't stop with that success either, but continued research and development an ... more

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Stone Ridge Partners

Engagement Manager Overseeing

IBM Corporation

Vice President

General Motors Corp.

Managing Director

Dillon , Read & Co.

Morgan Guaranty


Advisory Board Member
American Industrial Partners

Meridian Consulting Group Inc



Yale University

Bachelor's degree

Tufts University


Columbia University

Master's degree

Yale University

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Mehdi Ali - The End of Commodore

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Mehdi Ali - The End of Commodore

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Mehdi Ali

Mehdi has been a principal of the firm since its inception in 1996. Mehdi's background includes more than twenty years of operating experience. His prior experience includes serving as the President of Commodore International, where he accomplished a major operational turnaround. Mehdi served as a Vice President at General Motors Corporation, where he was instrumental in improving the performance of a number of GM's European and Latin American operations. Mehdi was also a Vice President at PepsiCo Inc., where he headed-up a major restructuring which led to the divestiture of all non-core businesses. Mehdi was a Managing Director at Dillon, Read & Co. Inc., where he headed the firm's restructuring business and performed turnarounds for several clients. Mehdi has a Bachelor's and a Master's degree from Yale University.
Mehdi Ali, Jr.
Mehdi Jr. has been a principal of the firm since 1998. His prior experience includes management consulting at IBM Consulting, where he served as engagement manager overseeing and participating in business restructuring and marketing strategy engagements. Mehdi has a Bachelor's degree from Tufts University and a MBA from Columbia University.

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Mehdi Ali - The End of Commodore

Mehdi Ali - Commodore's last President

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Mehdi Ali - The End of Commodore

Mehdi Ali - The End of Commodore
Home>Commodore History> Mehdi Ali - The End of Commodore
Mehdi Ali started working for Commodore in 1986 as a "special advisor" and by 1994 President Ali and his team had:
fumbled Amiga's massive potential Mehdi Ali - Commodores Last President
Mehdi Ali - Commodores Last President
Ali had some impressive credentials for a 40 year old:
Mr. Ali, a Yale graduate, worked for Morgan Guaranty from 1969 to 1976 before joining General Motors as a vice president on the financial staff. He then went to Pepsico Inc. in the same capacity in 1980 and to Dillon, Read in 1984. LA Times - February 2 1989
So it was in 1986 that Ali began his time with Commodore. Over the next three years he proved his worth to Gould. In August 1988, Ali became a member of the Board.
Ali, now just 43 years old, was promoted as the man to steer the Commodore ship, serious cost cutting was the order of the day.
Most pundits put the blame for Commodores eventual failure on Ali. He and the team he assembled in the coming years were not well respected by staff:
When a company's engineers don't just hold their executive team in contempt, but feel actual, bona-fide loathing for their chieftains, something's wrong. By the time Commodore went bankrupt, Commodore's engineers really didn't like the last executive team, led by CEO Mehdi Ali.
Mehdi Ali was the last CEO to be appointed by Commodore's board of directors. Some of the blunders he and his highly paid (Ali was said in the video to have been paid something like $2 million a year)...
While it is critically important for a President provide investor confidence, it is even more critical that staff believe you know what you are doing and follow your lead. Investors were initially happy with Ali but the staff were not. Commodore staff derided Ali and his management team.
In particular Ali decided cut the one cost center that technology companies can't live without, R&D. With R&D slashed, new products languished, sometimes for years.
Mehdi Ali thought of Amiga as some sort or next generation
Ali's 6+ years at Commodore left it in ruin and they filed for Bankruptcy protection in 1994.
Today, in 2013, Mehdi Ali and his son run Stone Ridge Partners, which is a private equity firm that buys struggling companies. He also sits on the "advisory board of "American Industrial" which is another private equity firm. These types of firms are nearly always focused on short term gain with a 6 month to two year time horizon. Oddly, Mehdi takes 'credit' for his time at Commodore on his site:
Mehdi has been a principal of the firm since its inception in 1996. Mehdi's background includes more than twenty years of operating experience. His prior experience includes serving as the President of Commodore International, where he accomplished a major operational turnaround.
Ultimately, the blame for any corporate failure goes to the large shareholders and Board of Directors. In this case I think it can be safely said that Irving Gould, Commodore's financier and Chairman of the Board, sholders the most blame for Commodore failure, if for no other reason than for keeping Ali's management team in place.
However, Gould's failure to remove Ali does not improve Ali's ugly legacy.
Mehdi helped destroy the next project he was involved in... a company I was the CFO in until he became involved and "created profits for the short run"...not for the future of the company.

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