Fuad currently serves as Vice Chairman and Global Head of Consumer Investment Banking at Canaccord Genuity, a globally renowned full-service investment bank. With over three decades of passion, energy, and industry experiences, Fuad has been instrumental in guiding some of the most respected Consumer Branded companies in the US and abroad. His strategic insights have enabled public companies, private equity portfolios and family businesses to achieve their long-term value creation strategies.
Inspired by visionaries like Steve Jobs, Fuad established Sawaya Partners in September 2001. Recognizing the need to differentiate as a boutique firm amidst a sea of large investment banks, he embodied Job’s mantra to “think different”. Fuad advocated a business model that prioritized building deep, long-term relationships over mere transactional interactions, thus fostering a trust-driven environment anchored in integrity and dedicated service.
Recognizing the importance of a nurturing corporate culture, Fuad promotes a philosophy that combines professional competence with emotional intelligence. This approach emphasizes employee well-being, professional growth, and a sense of community, all without compromising integrity, expertise, and trust. His belief in the collective strengths of individuals led to the creation of the ‘Invested Banking’ ethos, a cornerstone of Sawaya Partners’ brand identity.
Under Fuad’s leadership, Sawaya Partners – now rebranded as CG Sawaya Partners – has emerged as a trusted advisor to esteemed clients, including Johnson & Johnson, Bayer AG, Prestige Consumer Healthcare, Groupe SEB, and Conair. Fuad is a sought-after speaker at Consumer Healthcare conferences across the U.S. and Europe.
Before launching Sawaya Partners, Fuad led JP Morgan’s Middle Market Consumer Products Group and PaineWebber, Inc’s Consumer Products Investment Banking Group.
Outside his professional endeavors, Fuad leads a dynamic lifestyle, having participated in activities ranging from running marathons and completing triathlons, to racing cars across Europe. He is also a licensed private pilot and has a keen interest in Middle Eastern postal history. Above all, Fuad is the proud father of two young men, Philippe and Alex, and cherishes the time spent with his family and two dogs.
Fuad, a proud alumnus (class of 79), holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering degree from the American University of Beirut and an M.B.A. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. Currently, he contributes his expertise as a member of the Advisory Boards of the Chazen Institute at Columbia Business School and SEAL of Lebanon.