Sergio Griffa


CPA with strong specialization in business controlling in different kind of industries including insurance, security services and food (dairy)

International approach to business in both Latin American and European countries

Work History

Work History
Apr 2005 - Present

Business Controller

Danone Portugal

Reporting to the Financial Director and supported by a team of 8, I am responsible for the planning and management area. I ensure the production of monthly financial and statistical reports for internal and external users, oversee budget preparation with quarterly reviews, and give advice and support for new business strategies being involved in many different transversal projects with both, strategic and operational areas of the company.

New roles and procedures were defined for the team as a result of a new system implementation (SAP). This project let achieve savings in headcount by 18%.

In addition, and with the aim of align teamwork with information required by other departments, I performed an exercise of vision and strategy which strongly improved technical and managerial skills of each one of my team members. It also boosted information flow, anticipated monthly results and consequently the implementation of action plans, which delivered in a much more efficient management of business risks and opportunities.

At present the area is being prepared to enter into SOX compliance.

Aug 2001 - Mar 2005

Financial Controller

Prosegur Security Company

Reporting to the Managing Director and supported by a team of 15, I was responsible for the invoicing & collecting department, internal audit & process, and budgeting and management area. I ensured the production of monthly financial and statistical reports for our headquarters in Spain.

I was responsible for a profound restructuring in all functional and administrative areas of the business unit resulting in a significant increase in resources productivities (both commercial and operational), with significant cost reductions related to process re-designing which affected positively business gross margin and improved cash-flow generation. This work set-up basis for a new SIEBEL CRM implementation.

In addition, I executed a new strategy in the collecting department which resulted in a significant debt reduction of 20% (1,2mio€) for the first year. This action was presented at the company’s annual convention and recognized as a best practice for profitable growth.

Aug 1997 - Apr 1999


After a summer job of 4 months, I joined as a specialized auditor for P&C insurance companies. Responsibilities included: elaboration of both operational auditsand financial statements, analysis of accounts variances, elaboration of financial accounts, preparation of reports, circuit relieving of treasury internal control, accounts payable, policy issues, claims, elaboration of flow diagrams and procedure manuals for those areas.

May 1999 - Jul 1998

HSBC La Buenos Aires Seguros

Responsibilities included: elaboration of monthly financial statements and management reports under UK GAAP to be reported internally and externally to our headquarters in London. Elaboration of budgets by business line and quarterly reviews. Analysis of premium and sinister reserves under actuarial techniques. Elaboration of reports on the situation of the local economy and the insurance market trends. Project leader in the development and follow-up of IT projects within the area. Collaboration with internal and external auditors. 

In addition, I took part in the first edition of the National Insurance Prize organised by Royal & SunAlliance and the Estrategas´ Magazine (specialized publication on insurance) and due to the investigation “Fraud sinisters at Insurance Companies” I was selected as one of the finalist for this edition. The paper can be found on: