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Finance Director

Finance Director

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AD TRADING – Warsaw, Poland December 2005 to January 2006

(AD Trading owns the Highlands Coffee franchise for Central and Eastern Europe and started operations in 2004 with 2 outlets in operation and 3 additional outlets planned for 2006. Highlands Coffee is the leading high end brand for Coffee Houses in Vietnam with 30 outlets)

Acting Chief Financial Officer

Developed a Cash Flow monitoring and forecasting model
Defined, planned and implemented major changes in the legal and ownership structure of the company
Clarified the company financial capabilities and needs and initiated discussions with banks in order to implement short term and mid term financing
Reviewed and improved accounting procedures to make available a P&L by outlet

MILLICOM INTERNATIONAL CELLULAR – Dakar, Senegal May 2005 to September 2005

(One of leading international operator of cellular telephony services, with a low cost strategy focused on emerging markets with about 20 operations worldwide. Millicom is quoted on the NASDAQ – Millicom has been bought by China Mobile in May 2006)


Acting Chief Financial Officer

Full responsibility for the planning, staffing and leadership of the Finance Department (Financial control and Accounting, Billing and Revenue Assurance, Purchasing and Sales Administration – 20 people) supporting rapid sales growth of Senegal operations from USD $45 million in 2004 to USD $70 million in 2005 and from 340 000 to 700 000 subscribers.
Turned around a situation marked by rapid growth, increasing complexity, lack of management culture and practices, lack of communication, very low level of motivation and corrupted practices
Introduced management practices in a young organization (started business in 1999)
Contributed to develop and propose a new business model
Fully Implemented SOX, section 404, internal controls
Evaluated, negotiated and implemented a USD 35 millions bank loan

MISTRUST LTD – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 2003 to 2005
Founding Managing Director of an Interior Design and Furniture Design company. Operations stopped in March 2005.

TETRA PAK VIETNAM / TETRA PAK FRANCE – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam & Paris, France 1989 to 2003

(One of the world’s largest suppliers of packaging materials and equipment for liquid foods and other products and the only provider of integrated processing, packaging, and distribution line and plant solutions for liquid foods manufacturing)

Joined company as a department controller and advanced through increasingly responsible financial management positions for Tetra Pak France culminating in promotion to Finance Director for operations in Vietnam. Successfully managed finance, accounting and controllership departments during rapid growth and transition with complex changes in business unit structures and reporting systems. Identified and stopped corrupted practices.


Finance Director
(1999-2003)

Full responsibility for the planning, staffing and leadership of the Finance Department supporting rapid sales growth of Vietnam operations from USD $10 million in 1999 to USD $50 million in 2003. First Finance Director for this region with broad scope of accountability encompassing accounting, budgeting, treasury, banking, cash management, group reporting, operating capital management, sales administration (contract negotiations, order processing, customer financing, collections), international trade administration / LOCs, internal controls, legal affairs, HR (payroll, benefits, compensation, recruiting, training, performance evaluation), and IT (outsourced). Manage 13 finance, accounting, HR and administrative support professionals.

Took over a fast growing organization with little structure and built the people and financial / administrative systems and processes that effectively supported continued rapid growth and achieved recognition as one of the best finance teams in Asia.
Established complete sales support system to include standard contracts, payment terms, financing and refinancing tools, cross-border leasing, customer risk analysis, and projections.
Reduced overdue receivables from USD $2.5 million to $500,000 within 9 months with no write-offs or negative impact on customer relationships.
Identified and stopped corrupted practices
Vietnam operations received Market Company of the Year award for 2000 and ranked number 1 worldwide for Operating Capital Turnover in 2002/2003.

Accounting Department Manager
(1997-1999)

Promoted to project manage implementation of new accounting software and Kaizen practices while managing daily activities of the accounting department supporting USD $450 million in sales in France and North Africa. Supervised 2 Chief Accountants and a 20-person staff.

Transformed a troubled department into a value-added business unit through restructuring, personnel changes, training, communication and team building.
Led accounting system selection process and project managed successful implementation for a complex system that incorporated both French accounting standards and international accounting standards. Completed project on time and within budget.
Reduced time required for overall closing process from 6 days to 4 days with total workload reduced by 50% and nearly 100% quality using Kaizen concepts.

Financial Control Department Manager
(1994-1997)

Directed all activities of the Financial Control Department supporting USD $450 million in sales in France and North Africa. Supervised a direct staff of 7 responsible for budgeting, consolidated reporting, cash flow forecasting, financial analysis, investments analysis, treasury, foreign exchange risk management / hedging, and MIS for 15 legal entities and 2 market companies with 3 divisions each.

Project managed 6-month implementation of Hyperion financial reporting software, which reduced lead time for consolidated reporting from 2 days to one hour with improved accuracy.
Developed and Implemented a divisional and product lines based new Group Reporting
Implemented foreign exchange risk hedging to cover USD $200 million of raw material purchases in foreign currencies. Achieved profit each year.

Factory Financial Controller
(1991-1994)

Technical and Sales Departments Financial Controller
(1989-1991)
Prepared financial analyses, models, budgets, management reports and feasibility analyses (for investments and new products) and calculated product and equipment costs for a packing materials production plant, technical department (service / repair / parts) and sales department in France. Supervised a financial analyst.

Selected to head benchmarking team sent to factory in Spain to benchmark efficiency-improving practices. Led team that prepared 3-year action plan that increased productivity 40% and reduced lead time 25% for the French factory, making it the company’s top production facility.
Implemented controls over expenses and investments where no controls previously existed by translating financial information to technical/engineering department managers in order to cooperatively develop sound budgets.
Instituted a decentralized budget process.

NCR FRANCE – Paris, France 1988 to 1989
(Computer manufacturer specializing in cashier and inventory management systems and ATMs)

Financial Analyst

Joined company as a trainee and advanced to Financial Analyst for the Financial & Planning department responsible for quarterly group reporting, local management reports and budgeting for the company’s USD $300 million per year revenues in France. Prepared and analyzed quarterly P&L by product and compiled other management reports.

Clarified cost dynamics and identified cost drivers to more accurately allocate costs to each product. Resulting information called attention to an unprofitable product which was eliminated.

National Service – French Army 1984 to 1985

Armored Cavalry – Platoon Commander with the rank of Lieutenant – Medal of National Defense (1985)


Education

ECOLE SUPERIEURE DE GESTION, (a private business school in Paris) ▪ Business Management (1989)
Ranked 2nd out of 242 graduates

UNIVERSITY LA SORBONNE – Paris, France ▪ Master of Economics (1987)

Certificate in International Financial Reporting (IFRS) – ACCA (2005)


Skills

Finance Systems Design & Implementation
Operating Capital Management
Consolidated Reporting
Financial Planning & Budgeting
Financial Analysis / Decision Support
International Accounting Standards
Accounting and Reporting of Construction Contracts
Treasury / Banking / FX
International Trade
Internal Controls
Negotiations
Project Management
Teams Management and People’s Development


Languages

French, English, Italian

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