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Jack Barker

Jack Barker

Washington, DC, United States
Member since April 14, 2017
Jack is a former McKinsey Partner and Carlyle Group Principal with 30 years of international experience. He has been President, CFO, or COO of 2 Carlyle companies and 4 others. He is a finance, strategy, and operations expert with deep experience in telecom, financial services, data centers, and manufacturing. Jack enjoys freelancing because it allows him to work on a wide-variety of issues for companies of all sizes and many industries.
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Career Highlights
Academic Highlights
Case studies
Industry Expertise
  • Insurance
  • Real Estate
  • Telecommunications
Other Expertise
  • Brazil
  • CFO
  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Project Finance
  • President | Vice Chairman
    SmartSenseCom, Inc.
    2011 - PRESENT
    • Raised over $4 million of investment capital.
    • Led all financial planning, analysis, accounting, and tax activity for the company.
    • Won significant development contracts with Oak Ridge and Savannah River National Laboratories and Bonneville Power Administration.
    Focus areas: Profit and Loss, Business Development, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Budgeting, Capital Raising
  • Founder | Managing Director
    The DC Capital Group
    2009 - PRESENT
    • Developed a financial model, identified financing, and negotiated final terms for €90 million off-shore construction vessel.
    • Advised a client on the present value of legacy pension costs and developed plan to mitigate impact on overall company value.
    • Developed a business model for a spin-out of an off-shore wind business; found buyers and negotiated sale.
    • Created a valuation model, located buyers, and negotiated terms for overall business divestiture by family office.
    Focus areas: Project Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Pension Liability Reduction, Capital Raising, Corporate Finance
  • Founder | Managing Director
    Matapeake Partners
    2007 - 2009
    • Raised $2.3 million from institutional investors.
    • Controlled 3 data center assets as seed portfolio for European Data Center investment fund.
    • Constructed detailed financial models for multiple data center acquisitions and brownfield developments.
    • Served as operating partner for European data center; including all the capital investment planning and debt financing.
    • Marketed a data center private equity fund extensively to global institutions.
    Focus areas: Data Center Investment, Financial Modeling, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Capital Raising
  • Principal
    The Carlyle Group
    2001 - 2007
    • Spearheaded the development and deal flow for a $1 billion global financial services investment fund.
    • Led the financial restructuring of a $1.2 billion public environmental services company.
    • Started a wireless telecommunications company in Hawaii.
    • Wrote detailed investment committee proposals—including market assessments, cash flow models, and capital structure options.
    Focus areas: Financial Services Investing , Debt Restructuring, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Valuation Modeling, Cash Flow Management, Operating Partner
  • CFO
    Digiplex, Inc.
    2001 - 2001
    • Restructured a €110 million debt facility with a consortium of 7 international banks.
    • Facilitated follow-on equity investments from private U.S. shareholders through a legal web of 10 different Western European countries and more than 10 global subsidiaries.
    • Avoided €55 million of contracted equipment costs made redundant by industry downturn.
    • Reduced the SG&A by 50%. Consolidated offices, divested assets and replaced operating management.
    • Created all the financial plans and analysis required to support the shareholders, bank negotiations, and contract negotiations.
    Focus areas: Contract Negotiations, Treasury, ERP Systems, Financial Planning and Analysis, Sales Forecasts, Debt Restructuring
  • COO
    OpenWebs, Inc.
    2000 - 2000
    • Raised over $6 million in seed financing.
    • Negotiated a $5 million contract with a major global tire supplier.
    • Budgeted and managed the cash flow for company continuity and legal compliance after 2,000 market crash.
    • Led a team of 50 software engineers and support personnel.
    Focus areas: Debtor & Creditor Management, Cash Flow Management, Product Development, Capital Raising
  • Partner
    McKinsey & Co.
    1988 - 2000
    • Led the strategy, performance improvement, and regulatory projects for multi-national companies and governments throughout the world.
    • Served as an economic advisor to the Brazilian Minister of Telecommunications for the re-regulation and privatization of Telebras. Developed pricing and investment models that led to regulatory framework, which tripled Brazilian teledensity in less than 5 years.
    • Built a comprehensive interactive pricing model for 3 competing grades of fiber-based packaging as key input to paper mill investment decision.
    • Served as an advisor to Ecuador's Minister of Finance during 1999 currency crisis. Built banking industry models which demonstrated system-wide insolvency and the impending liquidity crisis.
    Focus areas: Financial services, Telecommunications, Consumer Products, Retail, Pulp and Paper
  • Manufacturing Engineer
    1984 - 1986
    • Conceived and executed a statistical product design approach that reduced yield loss by 80%.
    • Isolated a failure mechanism in a critical component—leading to redesign that reduced component cost by more than 50%.
    Focus areas: Six Sigma, Plant Floor Productivity, Microelectronics Manufacturing
Other Experience
  • The Looming Crisis in Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) (Publication)
    Millions of Americans depend on continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) for care as they age. In addition to living accommodations and medical services, these facilities also offer complex embedded insurance products that are improperly underwritten and insufficiently regulated. As a result, many CCRCs are actuarially insolvent, creating a systemic risk that could leave many ageing residents financially and medically exposed at the end of their lives. Finance Expert, Jack Barker, takes us through these sector challenges and shares a proprietary capitalization model that could potentially help alleviate the issues.
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) in General Management and Finance
    Harvard Business School - Boston, MA, USA
    1986 - 1988
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Material Science
    Duke University - Durham, NC, USA
    1980 - 1984
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