Accomplished Finance Executive with close to 20 years of proven ability to continuously deliver desired results. Ambitious and highly motivated professional who strives to create strategic alliances with peers to effectively support key business initiatives. Strong leader committed to cost-effective management of resources and delivery of quality performance. Builds and retains highly productive cross-cultural teams by hiring, developing and motivating skilled professionals.
Strategic and financial planning
Identification of best practices
ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software
Complex problem solving
Developing strong relationships
Mergers & acquisitions
Demonstrated growth: Achieved continuous and advanced growth throughout career by understanding and adapting to requirements and expectations of all positions held.
Trusted business partner: Ability to forge and develop relationships at all levels throughout organization by earning respect of colleagues and counter-parts through demonstrated work ethic, business acumen and mutual trust.
Atlanta, GAAmericas CFO08/2015 to Current
In process of establishing alignment and standardization across company's Latin American operating entities.
Heavily involved in multiple active and ongoing regional acquisition opportunities.
Identified contractual language which accelerated discussions leading to early and beneficial buyout of joint venture partner in Brazil.
Actively implementing Oracle EPBCS, a best in class EPM budgeting and planning tool to provide greater transparency and efficiency to North American budgeting process.
Oversaw implementation of Agresso integrated Travel and Finance back-office system in Brazil.
Board Member and Treasurer for The BCD Travel Foundation, a US IRC 501(c)3 charitable organization.
Utrecht, NLEMEA CFO10/2011 to 08/2015
Key member of regional management team responsible for establishing and managing performance targets individual for countries within the region as well as the region as a whole.
Worked closely with representatives from company's European Workers' Counsel and local country Workers' Counsel delegations.
Spearheaded multiple cost savings initiative across the region during tenure, aimed primarily at providing greater workforce flexibility.
Successfully re-organized multiple compartmentalized sub-regional finance teams into one functionally aligned regional organization.
Migrated 11 countries from 2 separated instances of SAP back-office system onto one standardized platform.
Delivered client level profitability reporting to the region for the first time based on documented and consistently applied allocation methodologies.
Atlanta, GAVice President & Corporate Controller Americas07/2007 to 09/2011
Responsible for all consolidated financial reporting for Americas Region of world's third largest Global Travel Management Company, including month-end close reporting as well as all budgeting and forecasting processes.
Responsible for all US Legal Entity statutory and regulatory reporting requirements from both an audit and a tax perspective.
Served as executive level resource for financial teams of all other Latin & South American regional countries, including Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Costa Rica and Chile.
Business owner of PeopleSoft Financials ERP, full suite accounting application for US operations, as well as primary financial reporting application for the Americas region.
Oversaw upgrade of PeopleSoft v8.4 to PeopleSoft v9.0 in 2010, which resulted in significant reduction of customizations to application.
Atlanta, GAUS HQ Controller (VP title as of June 2006)03/2003 to 07/2007
Served as Executive Sponsor for the implementation of Agresso Financials in Costa Rica, in conjunction with the coinciding Agresso Travel Back Office implementation.
Collaborated extensively with BCD Travel Global Accounting group on conversion to/adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards subsequent to the TQ3 acquisition in 2006.
Centralized all Accounting functions into one consolidated operation from six geographically separated locations throughout the US in January 2004. Centralization resulted in reduction in overall staffing of approx. 18-20 FTE after initial ramping up period.
Atlanta, GADirector of Internal Audit06/2002 to 04/2003
Investigated instance of employee fraud at one of the de-centralized field Accounting and Finance locations. Identified and documented support for fully refunded claim from insurance company of $375,000.
Completed review on de-centralized Payroll Process noting all inefficiencies and opportunities for improvements. Findings contributed to process being centralized in early 2004.
Arthur AndersenBoston, MAExperienced Senior Auditor08/1998 to 05/2002
Experience in audit engagements for both public and private companies in fields of: telecommunications, distribution, real estate, hospitality, travel, mortgage banking, retail, waste management, financial markets and asset management.
European basketball league09/1996 to 05/1998
Played professional basketball for 2 years in Finland, Belgium and Austria.
Education and Training
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)2001State of Massachusetts
Bachelor of Science:AccountingMay 1996PLYMOUTH STATE COLLEGE, Plymouth, NH, USA
Summa Cum Laude, Minor: Mathematics
Financial Accounting, Budgeting and Forecasting, Strategic Planning, Financial and Performance Analysis, Problem Resolution, Process Redesign, Best Practice Identification, Staff Motivation and Development, Contract Negotiations, Mergers and Acquisitions, Due Diligence, Healthcare and Benefits Administration, Legal Contract Review, Facility Management