University of Pune
Graduate Degree . Bachelors in Commerce
Graduate Degree . Bachelors in Commerce
1.Management Accountant (ICWA) - (Equivalent to CIMA of London) Dec 1991
1.Rank Holder Chartered Accountant (CPA) (47th Rank All India in Final, Nov 1995,
(Involved in Due Diligence, Acquisition structuring since Aug 2004, before taking charge as CFO)
Responsibility for the Group involving 5 subsidiaries in 6 countries, for all aspects of Accounting and Financial reporting of the (German GAAP and IFRS), all statutory compliance, Financial planning, taxes, cash & banking, risk management & insurance, accounts receivable & billing, accounts payable and managing setup/ development of new ventures and shared service centres. Managing a staff of 25 in the Accounting & Finance department.
The position is responsible for providing financial leadership across the group in Europe and is an integral part of the Leadership Team and Executive Committee to help facilitate the achievement of the business/ financial objectives within the bounds of the corporate policies and procedures.
Key accomplishments include:
ØAssessed and centralized finance organization to support the company’s initiatives, this included head count reductionby over 20% that were cost effective, yet increased the productivity
ØCentralisation and outsourcing ofthe Finance, Accounts and Controlling Activities and setting up of an offsite shared services centre, leading to significant cost reduction.
ØRecommended and implemented various cost effective capital structuring and financing options to enable successful debt reduction by 30 mio€
ØFinancing and controlling of 25 mio€ investment for relocation to Eastern Europe.
ØWorked with various businesses and functions to setup policies and procedures to successfully manage internal audit in the first year of the restructured organization.
ØTurned around the company from a sick company (~ Chapter 11) into a profitable company
(Joined as Sr Manager Finance in Mar 2000 and promoted to General Manager in Sep 2003)
ØResponsible forCommercial & MISfunction of 2 bn$ operations including:
·Consolidation across 8 sites and 5 ROs and management reporting
·Profitability analysis, benchmarking and presentations
·Drive and implement cost reduction initiatives
·Lead the annual planning process and firm up Corporate Plan
·Commercial validation and approval of Capexes and key Investments
·Lead business and finance structuringinitiatives
·Implementsystem initiatives - S & D and AR module in SAP and BIW.
ØMergers & acquisitions including overseas acquisitions
·Enterprise valuation, due diligence, negotiating & Structuring the acquisition
·Execution and obtaining statutory approvals
·2 domestic and one overseas acquisitions.
Joined as Assistant Manager and promoted to Manager in Apr 1998)
Leading a team of 30 persons across 4 Regional Offices besides Headquarters
ØResponsibility for accounts finalization and audit for 100 Mio$operations
ØLead initiative in migration from day 8 accounts to day 3 accounts
ØNegotiating with Financial Institutions for funding of projects
ØSuccessfully implemented cost reduction initiatives through :
·Cash Management System and Account Pooling arrangements
·Outsourcing of payables to reduce system float and working capital limits
ØDesigned a model for updation of competitor information for benchmarking
ØLead role in due diligence, brand acquisition & Marketing JVwith Cussons
ØActive role in establishing supply chain and logistics chain for operations.
ØSuccessfully implemented the FICO & GL modules inMFGPRO
ØIntegral member of the core trainer group for training in MFGPRO and IT systems
ØConceptualised & implemented information technology audit function
ØPresentation to Top Managementon implementation of the IT initiatives & benefits
(Responsible for Project Management besides Internal controls and Audit)
ØDesigned and implemented a project cost accounting and reporting system.
ØDeveloped and implemented a budgetary control mechanism
ØStructured management reporting to reduce lead time and multipleinterface.
ØResponsible for review & monitoringinternal controls and management reporting.
ØImplemented review module to enable operation and management audits.
ØTrainedpersonnel in areas of :
·Review of Operating System, Network Security and Application Software.
ØBuilt an operating model for accurate forecast of monthly cash requirement.
ØImplemented decision support systems - Oracle Financial & Sales Analyser
ØKey role in the defining IT policy, strategy and disaster management
ØLead initiative in developing intranet applications& updating company’s website.
ØPart of the task force inimplementation of E-commerce and SCM.
ØEvaluation & selection of hardware, OS, networking& connectivity options.
ØReduce working capitalthrough improved inventory and receivables management
A senior level Executive with extensive experience in various aspects of Finance & Accounts and Corporate Restructuringwith well known companies, business leaders in their respective areas. Has consistently demonstrated the ability to lead diverse teams of professionals to new levels of success in a variety of highly competitive fast paced business environments, and cutting-edge markets. Strong technical qualifications with an impressive track record of more than 15 years of hands-on experience in strategic planning, business unit development, project management, and financial engineering strategies. Proven ability to successfully analyze an organization's critical business requirements, identify deficiencies and potential opportunities, and develop innovative and cost-effective solutions for enhancing competitiveness, increasing revenues, and improving customer service offerings. Strong Leadership, problem solving, planning, team-building and project management skills, good working knowledge of US GAAP, German GAAP, IFRS, Indian GAAP & SAP, excellent computer skills.
Key Areas of Expertise:
·Financial & Strategic Planning
·Outsourcing and Shared Services
·Budgets & Control
·Accounting & Audit of operations
·Business/ Service center expansion, Project Management and Startups
·Merger & Acquisition Negotiations/ Structuring and Management Integration
·People Management and Development
Desired Profile: Chief Financial Officer/ Director / Senior Management Position in Finance
Objective: To provide strategic leadership and direction to business and help the organization achieve leadership volumes, market shares and profitability in its industry while also driving to achieving the most respected company status with the highest values, thus meeting the expectation of all stakeholders.
ØCaptained College in Chess. Qualified for interzonal chess competition
ØParticipated and won prizes in Inter-collegiate quiz competition and elocution
Fluency inLanguages:English and understanding of German
Indian Languages - Hindi,Marathi and Tamil