Innovative, consultative, and resourceful senior executive with >25 years of experience leading sales and service organizations, and positioning businesses or core processes to adapt to new operating environments or changing business needs. Organizational architect and fixer with demonstrated ability to translate strategy into operational reality by aligning critical support functions,, building and leading highly motivated teams, and delivering best in class operations and value added, client-oriented support.
" Strategic Planning " M&A & Strategic Partnership " CEO Partnership
" Organizational Development " Full Cycle Project & Vendor Management " Recruitment & Mentoring
" Performance Measurement " Budgeting & Management Reporting " Alternative Sourcing
" Cost Control " Risk Management & Mitigation " Board Effectiveness
HOLWELL SHUSTER & GOLDBERG, New York, NY February 2014 - PRESENT
Rapidly growing Litigation boutique, specializing in the trial of complex commercial cases, with a focus on sophisticated securities, antitrust, IP and bankruptcy related disputes.
INTERIM CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Reporting to the Managing Partner; tasked with building out middle and back office with an eye to supporting 75-100 attorneys, helping to define the relationship with the Managing Partner, and recruit for senior Support positions.
¢ Developed & implemented an IT Strategy that positioned HSG as aggressive adopter of trends likely to reshape the industry (consumerization, cloud and mobile); hit the reset button on all critical business applications, with emphasis on security, usability, predictability and scalability.
¢ Reorganized financial and labor reporting; with emphasis on key Revenue drivers (utilization & realization), margins, cash reconciliation, rolling budget and cash flow projections. Designed multiple secondary reports.
¢ Formalized governance and communications; organized monthly Management Committee meetings, water falling into partner and Associate meetings. Introduced internal Focus Groups to help identify critical use cases and discuss trade-offs. Revamped key messaging in Marketing materials; moving beyond founding.
PLAN INTERNATIONAL USA, Warwick, RI / Washington, DC 2010 2013
Member of $700M global federation of 21 fundraising countries, programming in 50 developing countries, and focusing on ending poverty by ensuring every child has right to survival, protection, development, and participation.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
MEMBER, BOARD FINANCE, AUDIT, & GOVERNANCE COMMITTEES
Partnered with CEO to establish strategic direction and ensure financial, operational, and reputational health of organization. Aligned infrastructure and operational support, and oversaw implementation of risk management and various control and guardianship functions related to individual and institutional fundraising and program support.
¢ Co-led review of federation Business Operating Model (Nov2011-Jun2012). Redefined relationship between key stakeholder groups, and role of the corporate center; set federation on a path toward greater integration. Sponsor/contributor to Integrated Strategic and Portfolio Planning, Financial Standards, Funding the Center.
¢ Co-led Strategic Planning process (2011-2014). Revamped budget and planning processes. Introduced SBRs, financial, and operating KPIs. Reoriented focus toward capability, capacity, risk, and mitigation.
¢ Led all aspects of CEDPA asset acquisition (2012). M&A is rare in the industry - first for Plan International, positioning acquisition as a legitimate part of Plan USAs multiyear growth strategy.
¢ Restructured IT, Finance, and HR/Facilities; including structure, systems, and people. Led internal and Board engagement around multiyear system investments; including HRIS, Finance/GL, and IT/CRM. Sponsored
addition/redesign of key infrastructure processes, including travel, L&D, PE, employee surveys, and Wellness.
¢ Conceived and executed real estate swap to support growth in Institutional fundraising and program support.
¢ Strengthened existing risk and guardianship functions; stood up legal, company, and program compliance functions, and integrated with Plan Intl. Co-led a Board Effectiveness initiative, clarifying Board fiduciary and generative responsibilities and accountabilities, in alignment with business needs.
COMMON IMPACT, Boston, MA / New York, NY 2009 2011
Pioneer in skills-based volunteerism helping high potential non-profits achieve operating scale and efficiency and returning business value to companies seeking innovative solutions to engaging and developing future leaders.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, CO-HEAD, & CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (2009) ~ ADVISORY DIRECTOR (2010 2011)
MEMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS (2009)
Directed business and client strategy development, key client relationship management, budgeting/reporting, organizational capacity/utilization, individual program planning, quality, pricing, and support. Led full diagnostic review and clarified current/emerging service offerings, including cost drivers and value proposition for each. Introduced new tools for planning, budgeting, and new frameworks for pricing.
¢ Key contributor to design and implementation of 9 project Financial Management program for Morgan Stanley. Used program to expand business development in NY and promote diversification in consulting and workshops.
MORGAN STANLEY, New York, NY / Tokyo, Japan 1988 2006
Leading global financial services firm providing investment, banking, securities, and investment/wealth management services.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, CHIEF ADMINISTRATION OFFICER, GLOBAL OPERATIONS/SERVICES, New York, NY (2005 2006)
MEMBER GLOBAL OPERATIONS & SERVICES MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE (2005 2006)
Key player in integration of institutional, retail, and asset management operations, incorporating $800M budget and >5,500 employees worldwide. Managed shared disciplines that provided necessary structure, speed, and organizational leverage, including functional mapping/organizational alignment, talent management, occupancy/location planning, remote captive and 3rd party outsourcing, budget/reporting consolidation, shared polices/procurement, common communications platform, and shared governance and social structure.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, SPECIAL PROJECTS, New York, NY (2004 2005)
Directed multiple high profile initiatives requiring cross functional cooperation and strong matrix management. Designed models to assess feasibility and risk of deployment/outsourcing. Led divisional review of NY metro occupancy needs and location options; consolidating 2,300 infrastructure positions from 6 locations. Consulted on process and business model changes that impacted divisional cost structure without compromising client services.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, CHIEF ADMINISTRATION OFFICER, MORGAN STANLEY JAPAN, Tokyo, Japan (1998 2004)
MEMBER, TOKYO EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (1998 2004)
Key player in doubling branch revenues and headcount to $1.2B and 1,100, respectively. Created scalable, cost effective, and client focused support. Led critical functional, cross-functional, and industry wide initiatives several employed by Morgan Stanley globally.
¢ Introduced Scenario Planning as a framework for engagement, with multi year results described in a 2002 Harvard Business School Case Study.
¢ Institutionalized long term real estate planning; combined with Business Continuity and Data Center Planning. Achieved industry leading structure, at a price point 25% less than nearest competitor.
¢ Restructured employee benefits programs; including replacing industry sponsored Defined Benefit Pension Plan with Japans first Defined Contribution Plan. Saved >$80M in potential future liability.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL FIXED INCOME SALES MANAGER, Tokyo, Japan (1994 1997)
VICE PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL FIXED INCOME SALES, New York, NY (1988 1994)
MBA-FINANCE, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, New York, NY
BA-HISTORY, COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS, Worcester, MA
BOARD AFFILIATIONS AND OTHER NON-PROFIT ACTIVITIES
Board Member, Risk and Audit Committee Member, ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, New York, NY (2004 2011)
Board Member, INTERNATIONAL BANKERS ASSOCIATION, Tokyo, Japan (2001 2004)
Founder and Board Member, SECURITIES INVESTOR PROTECTION FUND, Tokyo, Japan (1998 2001)