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Summary

Visionary leader bringing over 20 years of experience across diverse industries in both national and international operations. Experience includes multiple faucets of finance including operational, financial planning & analysis, technical accounting and governance. Recognized for talents in strategy development, continuous improvement, risk analysis and talent management.  

Work experience

Nov 2013Present

VP Finance

Yahoo
  • Leader of the Nebraska offices - a team of over 300+ individuals
  • Oversee a global team of 100+ individuals related to global accounting, external reporting, international compliance,  and transaction support
  • Created savings of over $4M a year related to the in-sourcing and centralization of global accounting functions while maintaining a world-class 3 day close
  • Leading the on-going assessment for upcoming ERP upgrade
  • Responsible for all external financial reporting, communications with Audit Committee, relationship with Audit Partner, and responding to SEC comments
  • Actively participate in discussions and relationship building with the State of Nebraska and Omaha Chamber of Commerce surrounding state incentives
  • Lead effort for recruiting and hiring top talent consisting of 40+ individuals
Nov 2011Jun 2013

Chief Financial Officer

Nebraska Book Company
  • Managed all financing relationships with bondholders, banks, and rating agencies including leading the working capital refinancing activities
  • Managed team of over 65 individuals including the accounting, financial reporting, finance, risk compliance, treasury, and purchasing functions
  • Strengthened the cash management function with weekly working capital reporting, expanding terms with key vendors, and monitoring of inventory ordering which resulted in the voluntary prepayment of debt 
  • Oversaw enhancements to budgeting process to allow for collaboration and ownership at each of the operational levels and the ability to analyze results at a more detailed level
  • Created a Financial Planning & Analysis department to provide real-time forecasting and analysis to management including developing in-depth Board reporting packages for quarterly and annual financial results
  • Reviewed all external reporting and communications related to financial information including monthly lender reporting, earnings releases, earnings calls, and required quarterly and annual financial statement reporting
  • Guided the annual incentive plans including equity and bonus plans





Oct 2004Nov 2011

Partner

KPMG LLP
  • Provided professional audit services to both multi-national SEC registrants in accordance with PCAOB requirements and U.S. GAAP and private companies in accordance with AICPA requirements
  • Clients served included: ConAgra Foods, Inc.; Emerson Electric;  Werner Enterprises, Inc.; Northern Border Partners; Green Plains Renewable Energy; ACI Worldwide;  and Hayneedle
  • Worked with complex accounting and auditing issues relating to revenue recognition, stock-based compensation, investment valuations, derivatives, business combinations, income tax provisions, internal controls, initial public offerings and various other SEC-related matters
  • Performed several consulting engagements for Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe related to contract compliance
  • Served as the Area Methodology and Training Partner (AMTP)
  • Served as an instructor for both local and national KPMG training as well as client-sponsored training
  • Participate in KPMG's quality performance review program