Results-driven and operationally-oriented finance executive with 15+ years of comprehensive, in-depth experience in steering the financial direction and health of dynamic, high-growth companies. At home in both business units and global / regional headquarters settings.
Assertive, focused and decisive with high-caliber management qualifications and technical proficiency in all aspects of accounting and finance.
Proven strength in stepping out from functional area, visualizing the "big picture," and planning appropriate strategies to achieve results; committed to serving as a business partner. Expert in Partnering Finance with core operations and enterprise-level strategies, initiatives and goals.
Able to quickly learn intricacies of diverse business environments and industries and make immediate improvements on profitability, cost reduction, cash flow, strategic planning, reporting and controls.
A tireless leader in operational and organizational change through participatory leadership. A true believer in people's potential who harnesses diversity, builds community, fosters a highly energized and productive work environment, and creates shared responsibility for action.
Extensive experience in international (Latin America, the US, Europe, and Africa), multicultural environments with multilingual skills (English, Spanish, and French).
Areas of Expertise
Strategic Planning - Finance & Business
Financial Analysis & Reporting
Global & Regional Consolidations
Budget & Forecasting Development & Management
Credit Management & Bad Debt Collection
Cost Analysis & Management
Internal Control Systems & Audits
Compliance (SOX & IFRS)
Capital Expenditure, Business Plans & Investment Proposals
Financial Turnarounds & Change Management
Project Development & Implementation
Executive Decision Support & Internal Consulting
Government Negotiations & Lobbying
Corporate Social Responsibility
Led a €40M program that included initiatives and projects designed to generate savings of €10.7M and best practice IT infrastructure cost levels at Tetra Pak International by targeted date of year-end 2008.
Turned around Tetra Pak East Africa including pay-off of overdraft facility of US$6M and 1997-98 dividends and 2000-01 royalties amounting to US$4.5M while accumulating US$5M cash surplus within 9 months from starting with the position.
Orchestrated turnaround effort that reversed US$18M loss on revenues of US$37M in 1999 to breakeven on revenues of US$67M by 2001 for Cable & Wireless Móvil in Panama.
As part of formulation of business strategy in North America at Tetra Pak, conducted an in-depth analysis of plant utilization and recommended streamlining production in 1 of the 2 existing plants to reduce costs by 30% in 1997.
Recovered receivables of US$5M from Argentine customers which had been blocked by Central Bank for over 6 years and brought up to date past due receivables in excess of US$10M from other Latin American customers for Tetra Pak in 1990. Actions included aggressive collections efforts and negotiations with international and central banks, local customers, and lawyers as well as debt and currency swaps for those customers operating in countries with foreign exchange controls.