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Financial leadership position as a Finance Director in a large corporation, or Finance V.P. position in a small-to-medium sized company.

Target Market:

·      Geographic: Prefer Chicagoland area; willing to relocate for perfect fit; willing to travel.

·Types of Industries: Consumer Packaged Goods, Non-Profit, Universities and Colleges, Private Companies, Family-Owned Businesses, Consulting firms

·Size of Organization: For VP positions, Revenue greater than $25 MM. For positions as Finance Director, Revenue over $1 B. A Winner – An industry leader or a very strong number two player or niche positioning with a compelling or potential competitive advantage.

·Organizational Culture: Growing organization with a leadership position; result-oriented, inspiring, and personable leadership with focus and commitment to company vision; clear alignment of resources against priorities and ability for quick decision making; workplace that is optimistic, energetic with high ethical standards and a sense of team spirit.


Finance executive with diverse corporate and business unit financial planning and analysis, reporting, and operational leadership experience at global consumer packaged goods company and industry leader, Kraft Foods.Worked with key executives and decision makers on complex managerial issues, devising innovative solutions for business challenges.Accomplished in operational and financial planning, cost and internal controls, SEC reporting, risk management, procurement, and strategic business and investment analyses.Personal integrity, and high professional standards, with a drive to add meaningful value, grow businesses and spur marketplace wins. 

Work experience



Director of Finance

Cheese & Dairy

Appointed to $1.6B net revenue business segment as part of a CEO-sponsored transformation initiative aimed at re-engineering business units to capitalize on high growth/margin opportunities.Acted as senior advisor and strategic partner to segment VP Marketing and five Category Managers in development of strategic initiatives and delivery of P&L targets.Led key category financial processes, ensuring strong internal controls, cross-functional linkage, and adherence to company policy. Managed 3 Finance Managers, and reported to Controller, Cheese & Dairy segment.

·Steered business teams through complex strategic and tactical efforts to mitigate impact of   unprecedented dairy commodity cost increase enabling the business segment to deliver 2007 objectives and build 2008 business strategy and financial plans.

·Partnered with brand and sales teams to effectively deploy resources to commercialize several new product innovations and brand extensions, including the launch of a $40MM net revenue new product.


Director of Finance

Corporate Reporting & Analysis

Selected to design and lead a corporate reporting group for Kraft Foods in anticipation of the spin-off from Altria (completed 2007).Provided financial reports and analysis, strong fiduciary oversight, and business counsel in preparation of Quarterly Earnings Releases and SEC filings.Prepared monthly corporate financial reports for presentation to the CEO, CFO and Board of Directors.Reported to Assistant Controller, Consolidations & Reporting.

·Created a centralized global corporate reporting group, eliminating North American and International Commercial Unit P&L redundancies.Resulted in efficiencies through streamlined processes and management reporting.

·Conceived and developed a quarterly Fact Book for the Corporate CEO, CFO, and VP Investor Relations that provided a comprehensive summary of Kraft’s global business results, facilitating and expediting earnings webcasts and Q&A sessions preparation.Fact Book reported results and provided analysis of key drivers, including P&L, Balance Sheet, Cash Flow, EPS, Operating Income Margins, Net Revenue, Volume, Market Share, and Restructuring Program spending and savings.

·Redesigned earnings release financial schedules and framed supplemental reconciliation schedules of GAAP to Non-GAAP financial information, significantly improving clarity of reported results and “excluding items”, in a simplified format consistent with external analyst models.Recognized by CEO, CFO, Board of Directors, and external analyst community for significant personal contributions to earnings release upgrade improvements.


Director of Strategy

Commodity Risk Management

Assigned to cross-functional development role to update a corporate risk management program for Kraft North America’s $7B commodity portfolio, spanning dairy, coffee, grains, cocoa, soy oil, nuts, packaging and energy.Worked with business unit leaders to devise strategies to optimize operating income margins and deliver earnings predictability while buying at or below market cost.Reported directly to the Chief Procurement Officer.

·Conducted comprehensive analysis of 23 business categories and market dynamics to determine appropriate risk management strategy.Recommendations presented to and approved by CFO and Division Finance VPs.

·Instituted expedited strategy approval policy and procedures, securing both Kraft and Altria CFO support for accelerated process that addressed approval lags and missed opportunities.

·Devised an Option Hedging Strategy resulting in CFO approval of corn, cocoa, heating oil, coffee and wheat option strategies.

·Evaluated cash flow impacts and identified opportunities that yielded quarterly improvement in cash flow across all inventoried commodities, including cheese ($20MM), nuts ($30MM), and sugar ($8MM).Partnered with Procurement on contracts payment terms that identified an additional $30MM cash flow prospect.


Director of Finance


Promoted to frame and provide ongoing financial management for newly centralized North American Procurement Department ($12B annual expenditure), and support development and implementation of the eProcurement strategic agenda.Responsible for aligning procurement strategy with business objectives, preparing financial reporting and analysis, and establishing strong internal control environment. Established and led a finance team of six Managers/Analysts.Reported to the Procurement Controller.

·Restructured strategic sourcing, supporting delivery of an incremental $60MM in productivity in first year.

·Partnered with eProcurement teams to develop future state tools for the entire purchase to pay cycle.Managed financial planning for annual $18MM project expense and $19MM capital spend.

·Developed organizational model that elevated Category Finance from a tactical level to strategic business partners.

·Mapped a comprehensive Policy document and Controls Program; secured Executive Management buy-in and led department communication program.

·Led Procurement Supplier Excellence Award team; planed and managed annual event hosted by CEO and Chief Procurement Officer to recognize top performing suppliers.

·Steered Finance Development Planning team in creating a performance evaluation and staff development model.Program has been globally and cross-functionally adapted throughout Kraft’s worldwide operations.


Senior Manager, Finance

Salad Dressing Business

Full financial leadership and management responsibility for the $600MM Salad Dressing category, including long-range planning and quarterly forecasts, results vs. plan evaluation, new product business proposition analysis and support, accounting, and managerial reporting.Provided Marketing Director with valued financial thought leadership and judgment on category initiatives and dynamic changes in business environment.Managed two financial mangers and an analyst, reported to the Controller, Meals division.

·Crafted category Portfolio Strategy to focus resources against highest growth/margin businesses, and prompted rationalization process that led to discontinuation of nearly 10% of SKUs. 


Senior Manager, Finance

Pizza Business

Financial Controller responsible for overseeing financial planning, reporting, and controls for the sales organization of the Pizza business unit, which represented $945MM sales, $140MM selling expense, $136MM in trade deals, $65MM in accounts receivable, and 1,300 sales employees.Led P&L, credit and collections, inventory, sales incentive program, and capital and asset management. Directed sales finance department of 3 managers and 42 staff professionals.Reported to the Controller, Kraft Pizza Company.

·Secured capital expenditure to implement major infrastructure and route sales upgrades.

·Teamed with Human Resources and VP Sales to restructure sales incentive plan. 


Senior Manager, Finance

West Area Sales

Provided leadership and value-added analysis to the Western Area Sales VP, five Region Sales Managers, and 700 Sales associates.Area sales were $2.7B, with $60MM in selling costs. Positioned Finance as strategic partner with improved reporting, analysis of customer profitability and trade spending analysis. 


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International Exports

Senior Business Consultant


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Valparaiso University - College of Business Administration - College of Business Administration


Leading Transformational Change
Building Productive Teams
Implementing Strategic Initiatives
Internal Controls & Policy Development
Financial Reporting - Internal/External
Financial Planning & Analysis



Illinois State Board of Accountancy