Brian Earnshaw


Over the course of my 22 year career, I have held positions of increasing responsibility with two companies. My professional experience includes managing the financial accounting operations of a division within a Fortune 100 company, internal and external financial reporting, SEC reporting, financial planning, and operating reviews and evaluations. I have also played a key role in ensuring compliance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and in developing and maintaining strong systems of internal control. I have been a Certified Public Accountant for 20 years and hold a B.S. degree in Accounting. I am currently seeking a senior financial management position that will allow me to contribute to an organization’s growth by leveraging my extensive experience, while providing me with opportunities for continuing professional growth.

Work History

Work History
May 2000 - Jun 2009

VP and Controller - Eastern Division

Comcast Cable
The Eastern Division of Comcast Cable generates over $8.3 billion in annual revenues from 5.8 million video subscribers, 3.1 million high-speed Internet subscribers and 1.6 million digital telephone subscribers in the northeastern United States. My responsibilities included managing the following financial and operational functions: • General Ledger and Financial Reporting • Monthly 4-day general ledger close process • Analysis of operating results against budget, forecasts and prior periods • General ledger account reconciliations • Internal and external financial reporting • Ensure compliance with GAAP and the company’s accounting policies • Capital Management and Purchasing • Approve spending of the division’s $1.1billion annual capital budget • Analysis of actual capital spending vs. budget and forecasts • Preparation and analysis of monthly capital spending forecasts • Inventory management and planning • Ensure compliance with the company’s capital, purchasing and inventory policies • Regulatory Compliance • Preparation of annual rate filings submitted to regulatory authorities • Monthly, quarterly or annual preparation and filing of franchise fee reports, copyright returns and sales/use tax returns • Review of rate change notices, tariffs, rate cards and other compliance documents • Accounts Payable • Subscriber Credit and Collections • Preparation of the annual $37 million division office operating plan and budget • Business assurance reviews to evaluate operational controls and efficiencies • Security and investigations Other: • Participate in monthly operations and forecast reviews • Participate in annual operating budget reviews • Coordinate Sarbanes-Oxley process reviews and compliance audits • Communication and coordination between corporate, division and regional operations • Management of the department’s annual $9.4 million operating budget • Direct/indirect supervision of 75 accounting professionals and other personnel
Oct 1997 - May 2000

Vice President - Finance and Administration

Garden State Cable TV
Managed the following financial and operational functions: • Business and Accounting Operations – operational reporting, general ledger closing process, accounts payable, purchasing, inventory, collections and payroll • Information Systems – subscriber billing system, LAN and Y2K compliance • Financial Planning – budgets, long-term plans and projections for new business ventures • Treasury – cash management, debt service and compliance, derivatives • Financial Reporting – monthly, quarterly and annual audited financial statements • FCC and State of New Jersey regulatory filings • Quarterly presentations to partners (Comcast Corporation and Lenfest Communications) • Direct/indirect supervision of 21 accounting professionals and other staff personnel
May 1992 - Sep 1997

Director of Financial Reporting and Consolidations

Comcast Corporation
Managed the following corporate financial reporting and planning functions: • Preparation of: • Financial statement and operational analyses • Reports and presentations for the Board of Directors, senior management and investors in certain of Comcast’s subsidiaries • Consolidating financial statements for Comcast and its subsidiaries • Comcast’s and its subsidiaries’ annual, quarterly and periodic SEC filings, including compliance filings (10-Ks, 10-Qs and 8-Ks) and debt/equity registrations and offerings (S-3s and S-1s) • Annual and quarterly financial statements for bank debt compliance • Preparation and analysis of consolidated annual budget and five year plan • Quarterly cash and operating cash flow forecasting, including sensitivity analyses • Identification, research and resolution of accounting issues to ensure compliance with GAAP • Acquisition accounting and preparation of pro forma financial statements • Development of a company-wide financial and statistical data warehouse and implementation of an automated consolidations system Other: • Coordinated the annual financial statement audit and quarterly review procedures • Communication and coordination between corporate accounting and divisions, treasury and tax personnel, external auditors and internal and external legal counsel • Supervision of 5 accounting professionals and up to 12 external consultants
Jul 1987 - May 1992

Senior Accountant

Deloitte & Touche
• Day to day responsibility for audit engagements – audit planning, supervision of up to 7 audit professionals, review of audit procedures completed by staff, resolution of accounting issues, preparation of financial statements, performance of audit procedures and review and evaluation of systems of internal accounting control • Primary clients included Comcast Corporation and Hahnemann University (2 of the office’s largest clients); day to day responsibility for these audits for 2 years • Other industry experience includes financial institutions, insurance and transportation


1983 - 1987