VP, Worldwide Financial Planning & Analysis- DVD, Games,and International @ Warner Bros. Entertainment
VP, Business Planning & Operations, Media Production Operations @
Principal Consultant @ The Leadership Connect Inc
MBA, Strategy & Corporate Finance @
The Wharton School
Dynamic corporate strategy and business development executive with operating experience in M&A, Business Development, Financial Planning and Supply Chain Management. Partner with C-level executives as well as VC and PE firms on strategic alliances and joint ventures. Extensive experience in Media & Entertainment, Digital Distribution,Consumer Products, Financial Services, Manufacturing, High-Tech and Social Media industries. Innovative & strategic
Dynamic corporate strategy and business development executive with operating experience in M&A, Business Development, Financial Planning and Supply Chain Management. Partner with C-level executives as well as VC and PE firms on strategic alliances and joint ventures. Extensive experience in Media & Entertainment, Digital Distribution,Consumer Products, Financial Services, Manufacturing, High-Tech and Social Media industries. Innovative & strategic thinker with top academic (MBA/CPA/ACA) credentials and significant international experience in emerging markets.
CFO/Executive Vice President, Finance @ Al Jazeera America is a new 24 hours news network that launched in August 2013 and focuses on unbiased news and journalistic excellence. Head-quartered in New York City with over 600 staff and 12 bureaus within the US, Al Jazeera America is a serious news alternative to CNN, BBC, Fox, MSNBC and PBS for a blend of international news and under-reported domestic stories. Our Parent company, Al Jazeera Media Network is the largest News Organization in the world.
My main role is to act as a trusted strategic adviser to the CEO and provide meaningful insights for making business decisions and investments. I have successfully made the Finance Department into the Business Intelligence & Analytics Hub for the entire company.
As the Head of Finance of a rapidly growing global start-up operation, I am responsible for Financial Controls, Budgeting, Strategic Planning, Audit, Tax and Treasury. In addition, I manage Strategic Sourcing & Procurement and am responsible for implementing SAP & Enterprise Architecture. I also look after Business Operations covering HR, IT and Procurement. From August 2013 to Present (2 years 5 months) VP, Business Operations and Strategic Planning @ Oversee Business Planning and Operations for our investments in Media Production. Landscape covers linear broadcast, non-linear distribution and advanced technical operations. Goal is to build a global content supply chain from glass-to-glass and to optimize our operations to make it sustainable over the long term. From January 2012 to October 2013 (1 year 10 months) Greater New York City AreaVP, Financial Planning & Analysis @ Corporate Strategy & Financial Planning focus with global responsibilty in home entertainment & digital media. Achievements include
• Corporate Strategy - formulated Business Plan for WB entry into video games achieving a top 10 publisher status within 5 years. Performed M&A due-diligence for various acquisitions of developers and smaller publishers.
• Business Development- helped in digital distribution business development opening up new distribution relationships with social media, cable TV, Itunes, VOD/EST channels using new technology platforms as enablers.
•Financial Planning– managing our global investments in supply network in Europe, Asia and Latin America
• Supply Chain Management – applied six sigma techniques to manufacturing and distribution network including global sourcing,transportation & logistics – implemented TMS and WMS systems and reduced cost by 22% From 2005 to 2011 (6 years) CFO - VP Finance & Business Development @ Eidos Inc was a top 10 video games publisher with a dual listing on London Stock Exchange (UK) and Nasdaq(US). Primary achievements include
•M&A - acquired multiple development studios and publishers & managed the merger with SCI
•Investor Relations – managed the investor relations function owing to Eidos listing on Nasdaq and LSE
•Financial Reporting & Analysis– compliant with US GAAP (Nasdaq) and UK GAAP (LSE)
•Financial Controller – managed 3 development studios overseeing product investment in excess of $100m
•MIS – developed analytical tools and systems for sales channel management and business intelligence From 2003 to 2005 (2 years) VP, Business Development @ Set-up a new division to cover licensing into new channels such as online gaming, exports, and direct to consumer programs
•Business Development - set up a licensee network globally generating $45m in turnover
•OEM/Brand Management – licensed our brands to leading OEM’s developing a new distribution channel
•Retail Sales – managed western US and Canada retail sales delivering a 40% growth in revenues over 3 years
•IP Licensing – licensed the Tomb raider brand to Paramount for development into a major motion picture
•Endorsements – partnerships with Visa, Pepsi and Swatch delivering licensing income in excess of $2 million From 2000 to 2003 (3 years) Manager, Business Advisory and Assurance Practice @ Led multiple assignments covering due-diligence, audits and M&A projects for
•VC & Private Equity - focused on raising series A & series B funding for portfolio companies
•IPO’s – managed transactions for a number of IPO’s for mid-sized banks and technology companies
•Trade Finance – for Citigroup, focused on project finance for large scale capital intensive projects
•Investment Banking– for HSBC & BNP Paribas Capital Markets
•Due-Diligence – performed due-diligence services on acquisition targets for private equity investments
•M&A – acted on behalf of numerous clients on buy-side as well as sell-side transactions From 1996 to 2000 (4 years) Auditor @ •Audits - primarily for companies in the manufacturing and trading sectors
•Transaction Services – to assist clients in their finance related requirements. From 1991 to 1996 (5 years)
MBA, Strategy & Corporate Finance @ MBA, Wharton School of Business From 2002 to 2004 CPA, Accounting and Finance @ CPA, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants From 2000 to 2001 FCA, Accounting and Business/Management @ FCA, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, UK From 1991 to 1995 BA, Accountancy @ Oxford Brookes University From 1991 to 1992 BSc, Electrical and Electronics Engineering @ Bangalore University From 1987 to 1990 Loyola From 1975 to 1985 Anand MBA,CPA is skilled in: Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Development, Business Strategy, Business Planning, Management, Leadership, Due Diligence, Finance, Program Management, P&L Management, Strategic Planning, Digital Media, Executive Management, Business Intelligence, Venture Capital
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