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A Senior International Finance Executive with an outstanding track record of over twenty years of
progressive and broad experience in complex, global organizations in developed and emerging markets
across various industries including manufacturing, real estate and life science. Lived and travelled
extensively abroad including Europe and Asia. Significant experience with business
transformations/systems, strategic M&A/turnarounds, shared services and restructurings. C.P.A. with
expertise in US GAAP and IFRS working with mid-size to very large public companies, private equity
and IPOs. A values-driven leader focused on continuous improvement with the proven ability to
transform organizations into high-performance, cost-effective, stakeholder-focused teams.
RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust, Toronto, Canada 2011 – 2016
Largest REIT ($12 billion) in Canada with focus on retail properties and mixed-used development. 354
properties in Canada and U.S. and over 700 employees. Listed on TSX (REI).
Senior Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer
Reporting to the CFO, accountable for main Finance functions (Reporting, Controls, Accounting, Tax,
FP&A and Cash Management, along with U.S. CFO) as well as Information Technology and Business
Transformation. Member of Executive Team. Led team of approximately 150.
• Championed and led cross-functional business transformation including ERP (JDE),
Budgeting/Reporting (Hyperion) & CRM along with process review and data management.
Substantial operational efficiencies achieved along with process optimization and significant
improvement in analytical and planning capabilities. 30% reduction in reporting/planning cycle
times. Revamped IT team to support newly upgraded business systems platform.
• Sale of $2 billion U.S. business requiring substantial international tax planning, cash flow
management and complex accounting/reporting.
• Re-aligned legal entity structure to maximize efficiency to comply with revised Canadian tax
Husky Injection Molding Systems Inc., Toronto, Canada May 2010 – August 2011
$1 billion global manufacturer privately held by Onex Corporation, sold to Berkshire Partners/OMERS.
Multiple divisions with over 4,000 global employees.
Chief Accounting Officer
Reporting to the CFO, accountable for a global team of 170 with regional controllers in Shanghai,
Toronto and Luxembourg. Functional reports included accounting/reporting, controls/SOX, financial
planning/analysis, operations finance and financial systems/processes (US GAAP).
• Revamped finance organization resulting in streamlined processes (reduced close time by
>20%), strengthened controls and increased business support.
• Led Finance through initially proposed IPO process followed by ultimate sale of business to
private investors following multi-tiered bidding/diligence process.
MDS Inc., Toronto, Canada 2007 – 2010
A $1 billion global life sciences company providing market-leading products and services. Multiple
divisions with over 3,000 employees. Dual listed TSX/NYSE prior to sale.
Senior V.P. Finance & Chief Accounting Officer
Reporting to the CFO, led Global team of 200 with three divisional controllers in North America.
Functional reports included accounting (US GAAP), reporting (SEC/OSC), controls/SOX and financial
systems, along with two regional shared service centers (Nebraska, Belfast).
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• Led Finance team in supporting business through strategic repositioning involving multiple
divestitures and a complete corporate restructuring over an 18 month period.
• Architected global controllership transformation resulting in streamlined finance processes with
10% overall cost reduction and significantly upgraded team, including 40 new hires and
department re-alignment. Substantially enhanced business support.
• Spearheaded major internal controls remediation program.
Philip Morris International 1989 – 2007
Largest global tobacco company with over US$35 billion in revenue and 70,000 employees in over 150
markets. NYSE listed (PMI).
Senior Accounting Officer and Director Consolidations 2001 – 2007
Philip Morris International Headquarters, Lausanne, Switzerland
Reporting to Corporate Controller, Senior Accounting Officer accountable for consolidated financial
statements and reporting for $25 billion operating company comprised of over 200 subsidiaries. Ensured
compliance with US GAAP/SEC regulations, provided comprehensive financial analysis and managed
global issues and policies. Directed finance due diligence and purchase price allocations including deals
up to $5 billion in Indonesia, Pakistan, Colombia, Greece and Serbia. Team size of 15.
• Co-led global systems initiatives including global reporting system and data management
structure in conjunction with Global SAP platform project. Achieved 50% reduction in headcount
and operating costs.
• Led accounting/reporting preparation for international spin-off of $30 billion operating company.
• Relocated function from New York to Switzerland involving recruitment of a completely new
team and merger with European reporting team with a 33% headcount savings.
• Partnered on establishment of European Shared Service Center creating significant synergies.
Controller 1999 – 2001
Philip Morris Products S.A., Neuchatel, Switzerland
Provided financial leadership and management for $2 billion manufacturing/trading subsidiary. Leading a
team of 50, directed accounting, reporting, budgeting, costing, capital investments and financial systems.
Led department restructuring and Finance team’s SAP R3 upgrade.
Budget Manager 1997 – 1998
Philip Morris CEMA Regional Office – Lausanne, Switzerland
Led budget team/process for $4 billion division covering over 80 varied markets and 15 factories.
Provided critical support to Senior Management in setting financial targets and prepared presentations
for Senior Management.
Manager Capital Expenditures 1992 – 1996
Philip Morris EEMA Regional Office – Lausanne, Switzerland
Established and managed $1 billion regional capital expenditure program requiring strong planning,
analysis and organization focusing largely on newly privatized/start-up entities in Central & Eastern
Europe. Collaborated with management to improve financial performance and plan new ventures in line
with structured investment criteria.
Senior Financial Analyst-Treasury Department 1989 – 1992
Philip Morris International Headquarters, Rye Brook, New York
Recruited from Ernst & Young. Evaluated global capital investments and accounting research issues.
Analyzed proposed transactions for impact on strategic objectives. Reviewed annual investment budgets
exceeding $500 million and projects up to $300 million.
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Ernst & Young, New York, New York 1985 – 1989
Audited a wide range of companies from different industries including trading, manufacturing,
entertainment and shipping. Supervised large engagement teams. Recognition as youngest member of
Technical Review Group.
CERTIFICATIONS, EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Certified Public Accountant, New York 1987
Bachelor of Business Administration: Accounting - Cum Laude 1985
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Master of Business Administration Program – International Finance 1990 – 1992
New York University, New York, New York (60% completed prior to overseas transfer)
Mobilizing People: Two-Week Intensive Leadership Program 1999
International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland
Strategic Finance: One-Week Program 2010
Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
Georgetown University Alumni Association: Interviewing Committee, Real Estate Advisory Group
Languages: Working proficiency in French
Interests: tennis, music, travel
Citizenship: United States of America