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CORPORATE FINANCE / ACCOUNTING / ADMINISTRATION / MIS
Sixteen-year professional career directing domestic and international corporate finance for challenging and complex operations. Expert negotiation and transaction management qualifications. Skilled decision maker, problem solver and team leader. Fluent in French and Scandinavian languages. Conversational German.
Present - Since resigning my position with Williams Company, I have completed several contract/consulting engagements:
1981 to 1994 - WILLIAMS COMPANY, INC., Lynchburg, Virginia
Fast-track promotion throughout 13-year career with this $5.5 billion, 50,000-employee, diversified manufacturer. Promoted through a series of increasingly responsible senior accounting and supervisory positions to final promotions as:
Assistant Controller, Smithfield, Inc., spin-off of Williams Company (1993 to 1994)
Director of Financial Consolidations & Reporting, Williams Company, Inc., (1987 to 1993)
As Director, held full responsibility for directing all accounting operations and monitoring financial performance of each operating division. Defined MIS information requirements to meet operating needs and established corporate-wide accounting policies, procedures, and reporting packages. Led a professional staff of 16 (11 of whom were CPAs with Big 6 experience) with dotted line responsibility for 70+ Division and Group Controllers.
Directed accounting operations for international and domestic taxes, long-term contracts, foreign currencies and derivatives, pensions and retiree medical benefits. Prepared shareholder, SEC, and internal Board of Directors and Management reports, and semiannual consolidated plans. Monitored financial performance of divisions including receivables and inventory management, capital expenditures, R&D expenditures, and general administrative costs. Managementation and integration of MIS for all operating divisions.
In 1992, selected to lead the management team responsible for orchestrating the spin-off of Williams commercial growth businesses to form Smithfield, Inc. Continued to manage ongoing responsibilities throughout 18-month project. Worked with SEC personnel, investment banking advisers, corporate securities counsel, legal transactions firm, and CFO. Directed strategic financial analysis, asset/liability allocation, and preparation of Form 10 SEC registration statement for new company shares.
Following transition to Smithfield, given full management responsibility for three corporate departments - Business Operations Analysis & Planning, Financial Consolidations & Reporting, and General Accounting. Coordinated with Tax Director on international tax planning and related legal structuring. Directed a staff of 10 headquarters personnel and a worldwide team of Division Controllers.
Career Highlights & Achievements:
1979 to 1981 - WATSON & WASON, PLC. Forest, Virginia
Staff Accountant promoted to In-Charge Accountant promoted to Senior Accountant within 18 months. Heavy SEC experience (including 10-K and S-1 filings). Industry experience included oil and gas, manufacturing, and food distribution.
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration / Accounting Option, summa Cum Laude
NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY (passed CPA examination in 1978)