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21ST CENTURY FOX, Los Angeles, California

Senior Vice President, Corporate Audit, Fox Group, 2012-2019


Oversaw worldwide financial, operational, and IT internal audit activities for Fox Group, comprising Twentieth Century Fox, Twentieth Century Fox Television, Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Network Group (sports and entertainment), Fox International Channels, and HULU.  Led extremely high profile and sensitive investigations, working alongside “Big 4” forensic teams and top law firms.

  • Delivered global  audit plans every year as agreed with Audit Committee, producing timely issued and well received reports with minimum business conflict.
  • Contributed to  effective internal control and legal compliance environment in organization with largely autonomous and geographically dispersed businesses.
  • Built and maintained diverse, talented, and motivated audit team regularly placing team members into roles elsewhere in company.
  • Cost effective resourcing – marrying audit and non-audit finance professionals to deliver superior audit results and increased business understanding


ACCRETIVE SOLUTIONS, Los Angeles, California

Practice Director, Media and Entertainment, 2011-2012


Functioned as southern California segment leader at national financial consulting group. Sold consulting engagements primarily to Disney and DirecTV. Recruited consulting talent from senior accountants to vice presidents. The talent I hired and network I created established a platform that provided incoming revenues for the next five years.


LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT, Los Angeles, California

Vice President, Controller, NA Ticketing, 2009-2011


  • Integrated controllership teams of Live Nation and Ticketmaster following acquisition of Ticketmaster.
  • Oversaw successful startup and subsequent winding down of Live Nation Ticketing accounting  operations.
  • Achieved significant improvement in balance sheet reconciliations, staff morale, and business relationships.


THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY, Los Angeles, California

Executive Director, Domestic Shared Accounting Services, Disney Studios, 2006-2008. 


Operated as accounting leader for studio’s domestic theatrical, home video, and production operations including Walt Disney Pictures, Miramax, Stage Plays, and Music Group. Consolidated six previously separate business accounting teams. Reduced total headcount by 25% and reduced number of third-party accounting contractors from 28 to eight. Hired or promoted the entire managerial group and hired 15 out of 18 senior financial analysts. Built valued partnership with finance functions, doing better job with fewer resources. Drove significant improvement in balance sheet reconciliations and understanding of financial results.


Director, Disney Corporate Management Audit, 2004-2006. 

Redesigned the audit approach in a way that made it more understandable to the business using Walt Disney’s multiplane camera as an example. Worked with Parks, Consumer Products and Corporate business divisions.


ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Kodak Polychrome Graphics, Norwalk, Connecticut, Internal Audit Director, 2000-2004. 
  • Colgate Palmolive, New York, Associate Director, Corporate Audit,1998-2000. Audited in unique locations, such as Senegal, Dominica, Jamaica and Trinidad. 
  • British Airways, London, United Kingdom, Senior Finance Training Manager, 1995-1997. Senior Internal Audit Manager, 1993-1995.
  • Grand Metropolitan (Diageo), London, United Kingdom, Special Projects Manager, 1991-1993. Played major role in the successful defense of a $250MM purchase acquisition dispute
  • Touche Ross & Co. (Deloitte), Kent, United Kingdom, Audit Supervisor, 1986-1991.
  • Evening Chronicle, Newcastle, United Kingdom, Advertising Sales Representative, 1985-1986. Natural salesman, learned the trade successfully selling newspaper advertising.


CERTIFICATION

Chartered Accountant, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales 

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