Gregory Bell

  • Danbury CT

Work History

Work History
Apr 2012 - Present

Independent Consultant

INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT, NEW YORK, NY, Provide top-level strategic advisory services that help firms understand trends in consumer-oriented mobile services space and develop market entry and growth strategies. Guide businesses through an increasingly complex digital landscape while defining and delivering transformative digital solutions. Services. include: insights, audits, process design, and management of ecommerce, mobile, social, search and digital analytics for early stage companies and corporate clients. Specialties: Developing and executing business strategies, new business/product launch planning(including roll-out and expansion), partnership development, and cross-functional team leadership.
2009 - 2012

Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations

SCHOLASTIC INC
NEW YORK, NY, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE AND OPERATIONS
2005 - 2009

Vice President, Finance and Operations

SCHOLASTIC INC
VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE AND OPERATIONS Established new systems to generate accurate data to evaluate the profitability/sustainability of the current business's revenue base. Instituted vertical P&Ls by divisional and product category, enabling detailed marketing and sales analytics that identified key revenue drivers and drains. Developed and executed plan to improve cost control, cash flow and forecast accuracy. Led improvements to the business model, resulting in 60% margin improvement by year two. Executed turnaround plan to deliver $30M in marketing cost reductions while delivering revenue goals. Drove improvements to the business model to maximize profit, including warehouse re-engineering, catalog optimization, and promotion rationalization. Created innovative methodologies to improve cash flow, including driving new pricing initiatives such as demand pricing models. Took over and managed P&L responsibility for additional $40M division; successfully increasing profits by 40% within first year. Across the board, standardized systems to offer accessible, 360-degrees visibility of the business. Worked with IT to streamline and optimize the functionality of information systems. Drove the first Enterprise Data Warehouse customer P&Ls, product P&Ls, COGS and inventory analysis cubes. Introduced new key performance indicators(KPIs) metrics and business intelligence ERP solutions to assess present state of business and prescribe course of action.
2001 - 2005

Vice President, Finance and Administration

SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT INC
NEW YORK, NY, VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
1995 - 2001

Director/associate Director, Finance and Administration

SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT INC
DIRECTOR/ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION, Negotiated over 100 deals ranging from $1M to $10M for 100 independent labels. Managed initiatives to reduce and control overhead by 10% year after year of Red Distribution department. Promoted to P&L and operations responsible for an $11M department(cost center) and 90+ staff of Creative Services department. Managed budget, data processing needs, capital improvements and personnel needs. Tracked general ledger accounts to budget and provided monthly estimates. Provided financial reporting and analysis to senior management relating to package design and advertising. Worked with management in creative services, marketing services, media and graphic arts production to improve work flow, reduce costs and manage financial issues. Achieved standardizing tracking and accounting creative spend and drove 5% reduction in costs.
1992 - 1994

Manager and Finance Analyst, Business Planning And Analysis

SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT INC
MANAGER AND FINANCE ANALYST, BUSINESS PLANNING AND ANALYSIS

Education

Education

B.Sc

Long Island University

M.B.A

Columbia University Graduate School of Business