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Richard Tame


Head of Finance at Lyft

San Francisco Bay Area

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May 2015 to Present

San Francisco Bay Area


Bandwidth & Connectivity Finance & Strategy

May 2014 to May 2015

Greater Seattle Area


CDN / Edge Services Finance - CloudFront - Amazon Web Services (AWS)

October 2012 to May 2014

Richard Tame's Education

BSc (Hons) First Class

About Richard Tame's Current Company


Helping to connect the next billion people, focusing on network and content delivery infrastructure.

About Richard Tame

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Finance expert for internet connectivity - content delivery, CDNs, bandwidth, dark fiber, networking, etc. I've worked for world class, customer-focused companies around the world, including Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon (AWS), American Airlines and British Airways during a 16 year career focused on finance, planning and strategy. I enjoy and thrive in roles where you need to connect and collaborate to get things done, from solving problems and working with data through influencing executives and telling compelling stories. I've honed my skills in ambiguous, fluid and fast changing environments and my curiosity allows me to adapt to these environments very quickly. I love working with, leading and helping develop the best people because that is how great things get done and I love being involved in recruiting talent. During my career I have consistently been able to quickly build trust-based relationships at all levels of an organization, and in very different cultures. I am curious and comfortable with change and can both work with data and tell compelling stories, switching seamlessly between both. I am comfortable working with and influencing senior leaders up to Board level helping them make big business decisions - both financial and strategic, but I am also comfortable working across organizations down to the newest and least experienced team members. My experience has given me equal exposure to revenues and costs and I know how they work together in the widest context of business operations and strategy. That means I know what financial levers to move to achieve desired results and the consequences of doing so from an internal reporting and external P&L perspective. Areas of interest include - Bandwidth, CDN, Network Infrastructure, Connectivity, Video/Music Streaming, Cloud Computing Planning/Finance, Bandwidth, Airline Fleet & Network Planning, Route & Network Profitability, Aircraft Leasing & Financing, Airline Finance, Soccer FinanceFinance @ Helping to connect the next billion people, focusing on network and content delivery infrastructure. From May 2015 to Present (8 months) San Francisco Bay AreaBandwidth & Connectivity Finance & Strategy @ Held a number of roles, including being one of the bandwidth, network and connectivity finance experts in Microsoft as it transforms to a mobile-first, cloud-first company and scales its network to support its 200+ property groups. I was heavily involved in one of the largest and fastest network expansions in history, right on the cutting edge of the cloud computing industry. I have deep expertise in the finances and economics around bandwidth, connectivity and CDN and I find it a fascinating subject due to its complexity and its importance. While working on bandwidth strategy for Microsoft from a Finance perspective I supported Microsoft's network team make decisions and understand the financial implications of their network growth. I get involved in capacity, strategy and deal execution, working on broad questions like how to best plan for and then meet forecast demand in the long term, including the trade-offs between raw capacity and ROI. I work across all types of bandwidth capacity, e.g. lit waves, dark fiber, spectrum deals, submarine cables, IP transit, edge connectivity and colos) and worked on some of the subsea investments Microsoft announced at ITW in 2015. I was the finance partner/controller for the Labs/Architecture teams as they focus on the future of networking/connectivity and the Wireless/TVWS teams as they explore new connectivity strategies across the world. In other roles I partnered with key Microsoft businesses such as Office 365, Azure, Bing, Skype and XBOX, helping them understand the financial impacts of their investments in cloud computing infrastructure, by working on internal charging methodologies of cloud infrastructure. I also worked on projects around convergence to a common set of SKUs. Working at Microsoft allowed me to continue to be curious about exploring how scale impacts infrastructure decisions in cloud computing, especially in the very interesting bandwidth and edge connectivity areas. From May 2014 to May 2015 (1 year 1 month) Greater Seattle AreaCDN / Edge Services Finance - CloudFront - Amazon Web Services (AWS) @ I spent over a year and a half at AWS in a senior finance role working for one of the fastest growing and key players in the global cloud computing I was effectively the CFO for Amazon CloudFront and the other AWS Edge Services businesses (including Elastic Transcoder and Route53). CloudFront is a major and rapidly growing internet content delivery network (CDN) with a global footprint - a true Akamai competitor. I was the 'numbers guy' for this group, responsible for the full spectrum of finance activities - controllership (budgeting, forecasting, reporting and analysis) and strategic and commercial partnering on business strategy, investment, profitability, pricing and costs. On a daily basis I worked alongside the executives and PMs, managing expectations and tensions to make sure we made the right deals, at the right time, for the right reasons. I also helped drive toward timely, appropriately sized investments in infrastructure and capacity to support long-term profitable growth. My responsibilities expanded to understanding bandwidth and data transfer costs, revenues and profitability for the entire AWS business, as these are a critical piece of the cloud computing puzzle, particularly outside of the US and are not product specific. I understand how finance works for internet infrastructure, especially the movement of data from content creators/providers to end users. Although apparently less glamorous than some of the front-end work, this stuff is crucial and if you get it wrong it will be painful financially. I have a deep understanding of the costs of cloud computing services - including capital and network/transit costs and know how to evaluate the profitability of services as they develop, grow and mature. I was also heavily involved in new product introductions and ad-hoc projects of the kind that crop up in rapidly developing and growing businesses, including projects related to internal Amazon services. From October 2012 to May 2014 (1 year 8 months) Finance, Planning & Strategy - Airlines and Aviation @ I consulted primarily to the airline and aircraft leasing industries and their investors. Example projects included the financial modelling of an aircraft lessor's portfolio in as they built a business case for investment in the industry, commercial aircraft leasing deal analysis, accounting policy review of specific aircraft leasing issues (depreciation and maintenance) and budgeting/profitability analysis for a boutique airline startup. My blend of management experience in airlines, airline finance and aircraft financing is unusual and allows me to have a different perspective on problems/questions than is typical from people who have only worked on one side of the table. For example, I understand the multiple perspectives that are in play and the key issues of both financiers and airlines in potential transactions. I also understand the practical, P&L and accounting implications of decisions. General expertise includes leases, aircraft selection (airlines, lessors and investors), aircraft deployment, understanding whether your airline cost allocation and route profitability methodologies work and make sense, fleet and network planning, cabin profitability (where are you really making/losing money. From October 2011 to September 2012 (1 year) SVP Business Analysis @ In this senior role I was exposed to the entire business operations and strategy of this major global aircraft lessor. I led key strategic projects coinciding with the sale of the business to SMBC and I drove the biggest change seen in the company's since its inception. The role required me to demonstrate abstract problem solving, analysis and then turn these into real change. I had to drive implementation of projects against resistance so I had to get something important done fast and was successful in doing so. This required constant interaction with C-level executives, challenging the status quo and presenting alternate viewpoints to what they were used to. My major achievement was the successful and on time implementation of a major cross-functional project that completely overhauled the company's accounting. This was a lot more complicated than it sounds and the goal was to better align financial reporting with the economic reality of the aircraft leasing business. A cool aspect of the project was that it touched all aspects of the leasing business from accounting, budgeting and forecasting through technical, transaction management and pricing operations. I couldn't have been successful without a deep understanding of the aircraft leasing business, incorporating lease transactions, aircraft life cycles, aircraft future value and value decay, maintenance value and consumption patterns and residual values, as well as the ability to interpret accounting standards. I worked on a lot of other stuff too, including getting involved in the implementation of the ICMS MRA module in the business, particularly on the finance side, support for ECA/EXIM financing applications and also the entire planning & analysis function in the business. The role exposed me to more of the aircraft leasing business than most people get to see and I developed a lot of transferable skills relevant to other leasing and aircraft finance roles. From October 2010 to September 2011 (1 year) Dad @ I resigned from American Beacon because I wanted to spend time as a full-time dad. I highly recommend it to others who have the chance to do this. I found the time extremely rewarding with many long term benefits, both personally and professionally. From May 2009 to October 2010 (1 year 6 months) Strategic Projects @ In this senior role which supported the executives, I directed all strategic projects from inception through to completion for this asset management company that specialized in a manager-of-manager model for mutual funds. Example projects include business analysis around M&A activity, new product introductions, pricing and profitability of existing products. My main achievement was to be heavily involved in the successful sale of the company to private equity investors, including Texas Pacific Group (TPG). After completion I worked closely with the new owners and created and maintained long-term and short-term planning documents for the business, including the crucial post-sale 100 day plan that the new owners use to drive a successful transition. Supporting senior management meant I had daily interaction with all executives, including the VP Sales, VP Legal and CEO; I also reported directly to the CFO. I did a lot of stuff and learned key transferable skills applicable to any senior role which requires the execution of projects, for example preparing and delivering presentations to senior management. As the company was small, most of my work was independent which meant that I had to create ad-hoc teams as project demanded, without the members actually reporting to me. This helped me develop leadership skills because I was able to get things done without the ability to direct people to help me. A nice part of this role was the frequent interaction with external parties, including the old and new owners, investment banks and potential M&A targets. From April 2007 to May 2009 (2 years 2 months) Airline Profitability Analysis @ I was an key member of the Airline Profitability Team and worked extensively with profitability data (revenues and costs) on a wide range of data analysis projects that supported strategic decisions at the airline. One of my major achievements was an in depth cabin profitability study which laid out which cabins contributed the most profit or loss across regions and different fleet types. This had not been done before, so required me to work out the most appropriate way to allocate individual cost and revenue lines across the cabins. Another important project involved working out why their were such significant variances between forecast and actual route results, particularly for very long haul flying with American's fleet of 777-200ER aircraft. What made this really interesting was that I had to get very detailed because there was reluctance from the senior leaders to support my initial explanation of what was causing the variances. Once I convinced them it drove significant change in the way American forecasted new routes. More regular work in the role included very heavy competitor analysis, with a focus on both financial and airline specific metrics to answer questions like 'what is our relative performance against the industry'. I also spent time on maintenance and enhancement of American's route profitability system, e.g. managing annual rate updates for things like aircraft ownership costs as well as working on new methodologies so that the output and monthly route results were more meaningful and could be used as a guide for decisions. This role further built on the airline industry skills I developed at BA and I gained a lot of knowledge on cost allocations, decision metrics, contribution analysis and cash contribution which are very valuable in almost all industries, but particularly complex ones with high fixed costs. From October 2005 to April 2007 (1 year 7 months) Manager - Fleet, Financing & Network @ I worked in Finance at BA and was rapidly promoted through a number of increasingly responsible management positions, finally being hand-picked for promotion into a newly created role to act as bridge between Commercial Planning and Treasury which historically did not work closely together. As Manager - Fleet, Network & Financing, I managed a team tasked with providing all financial support to the Commercial Planning department and I sat on the Fleet Planning and Treasury Committees. Being the finance expert and business partner I was heavily involved in all business decisions regarding BA's fleet and network - from inception, through business case iterations, to implementation. Major projects I worked on include how to evaluate the benefit of an incremental 777, numerous new route launches and whether to extend leases of an aging 737 fleet based at LGW. The main value I added was in challenging the businesses cost and revenue estimates to ensure accurate analysis and decisions. I also wrote the supporting business cases and obtained all relevant sign-offs for the projects we decided to implement. I was the Accountable Finance Manager for approved projects, so chaired the cross-functional status meetings and tracked progress to ensure they were successful. A fun part was the daily interaction with with senior leaders such as the Head of Treasury and Director of Commercial Planning and I was only successful because I was able to quickly develop trust with them. Another part of this role was to be the finance expert on all aircraft financing transactions, including sale and leasebacks. Other roles: Manager - Group Risk & Financing - promoted to role leading team of 4 to account for all debt (finance leases, operating leases, loans) and hedging activities (fuel and currency) Statutory Accountant - Managed team of 3 preparing financial accounts, tightening balance sheet control and preparing quarterly variance analysis.. From November 2001 to May 2005 (3 years 7 months) London, United KingdomAssistant Manager @ I followed a fairly traditional path in the UK post-university, joining one of the Big 4 and obtaining my ACA. I was based in the tax department and gained a broad audit, tax compliance and tax planning experience, working for a variety of clients - from sole trader to subsidiaries of major multinationals and was a prize winner in ACA exams and earned a distinction in the CTA exams (in the top 13 in the UK at my sitting). From September 1998 to November 2001 (3 years 3 months) Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom Richard Tame is skilled in: Aircraft Leasing, Accounting, Variance Analysis, Team Building, Social Networking, Strategic Financial Planning, Business Strategy, Airlines, Financial Analysis, Forecasting, Competitive Analysis, Plannning, Cross-functional Team Leadership, Analysis, Budgets

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Extraversion (E), Intuition (N), Feeling (F), Judging (J)

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1 year(s), 9 month(s)

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