Charlene is a finance expert cum consulting CFO with experience working for US Fortune 500, MNCs, and startups. She's managed $550 million dollar business, carried out successful profitability/business improvement projects, budget & forecasting, financial management, financial modeling, FP&A, and worked in an $850 million M&A engagement.
Developed US $550 million dollar budgets—involving resource allocation and capital decision making.
Developed financial models for multi-million dollar projects and won the key contract with a value of more than US $150 million.
Developed a strategic analysis for a new market entry and produced an action plan for execution.
Developed a five-year business plan for growth and strategic direction.
Improved the cash flow by addressing issues at the root via the process improvement for collection and inventory management.
Built a new, high-performing operational finance team from scratch with the ability to play an effective business partnering role.
Acted as the Eastern Hemisphere finance trainer— training business managers with financial knowledge to manage the financials of their business units and make business decision with awareness of financial impacts.
Focus areas: Leadership, Development, Risk & Compliance, Cash Flow Management, Economic Value Added, Discounted Cash Flow (DCF), Profitability Optimization, Profitability Analysis, Business Process Refinement, Strategic Planning & Execution, Business Planning, Budgeting, Financial Modeling, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)
Group Financial Controller
2007 - 2008
Planet One Group
Resolved cash challenges through effective cash management—renegotiated credit terms, improved AR collections, redefined inventory level, and more.
Created and monitored the budgets and forecast—presented the quarterly review to the board of directors with an analysis.
Developed the internal audit processes and implemented them diligently—successfully improved the document management, accounting records, and statutory submissions.
Built financial models for external fundraising and successfully raised US $10 million funding.
Implemented KPIs for management teams to improve the business and financial management.
Developed a five-year business plan for external fundraising efforts for the startups and successfully obtained banking facilities of MYR 5million for business operations and project financing of MYR 1.5 million projects.
Developed group budgets of MYR 50 million, resource allocation, and capital decision making.
Built and established effective accounting and finance processes and controls from scratch.
Developed management reports for business managers to management their KPIs.
Developed a pricing strategy.
Implemented a cost analysis and cost reduction exercises resulting in a 7% improvement in the bottom line.
Focus areas: System Design, Business Planning, Budgeting, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Financial Modeling
Master of Science in Organizational Psychology
2015 - 2016
University of London - London, UK
Executive MBA in Business Administration
2014 - 2015
Kellogg School of Management | Northwestern University & Hong Kong University of Science and Technology - Chicago, IL, USA & Hong Kong
ACCA (CPA equivalent) in Accounting and Finance
2000 - 2003
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants - UK