Mary Ann Fialkowski, Finance Expert in Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Mary Ann Fialkowski

Verified Expert  in Finance

Finance Expert

Los Angeles, CA, United States
Toptal Member Since
May 4, 2020

Mary Ann has 20 years of C-level experience with private equity and publicly owned companies. She has planned and implemented high-growth strategies and restructured poorly integrated industry rollups. She creates solutions through new technology and business process improvement. With a uniquely wide breadth of functional experience, honed by easily pivoting to the area needing attention and quickly assessing the underlying processes, Mary Ann is an exceptional freelance contributor.

Career Highlights

Senior Vice President
Deluxe Entertainment Services
Interim Chief Financial Officer
Independent Consultant

Education Highlights

Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
Bachelor of Science Degree
Northwestern University

Case Studies

Work Experience

Senior Vice President

2016 - 2020
Deluxe Entertainment Services
  • ­Led the $200 million global content localization business. Defined and introduced new products and executed technology-enabled process improvements.
  • ­Built out the technology platform and offshore operations to support the business.
  • ­Led a business integration initiative for a $600 million organization, reducing operating costs by 15%.
Focus areas: Business Transformation, Financial Modeling

Interim Chief Financial Officer

2016 - 2016
Independent Consultant
  • Served in interim executive roles for portfolio companies of a private equity firm.
  • Onboarded and implemented financial reporting and business analysis processes as the CFO and COO for a newly acquired company.
  • Led the operations of a call center, including implementation of a system upgrade and process improvement.
  • Served as the interim CFO for a company during refinancing.
Focus areas: Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Financial Modeling, M&A (Buy-side), M&A Strategy

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

2008 - 2010
SDI Media Group
  • Led the finance and technology functions and served as a member of the board of directors.
  • Spearheaded the integration of operations and systems across 20 global locations. This included standardizing the technology infrastructure and digital workflows.
  • Reduced the number of financial systems and consolidated finance operations.
  • Restructured the capital base of the company resulting in a 35% reduction of debt and a new operating credit line.
Focus areas: Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Financial Modeling, M&A (Buy-side), M&A Strategy


2002 - 2006
Technicolor Entertainment Services
  • Increased revenues from $550 million to $1 billion over a three year period.
  • Led a global workforce of 4,500. Restructured the finance organization and implemented new financial systems. Results included improved accuracy and timeliness of financial reporting and a 25% reduction in the financial headcount worldwide.
  • Initiated and led a global consolidation and restructuring initiative including implementation of key performance indicators. Results included an overall headcount reduction of 10% generating cost savings of $25 million.
Focus areas: Global Business, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Financial Modeling, M&A (Buy-side), M&A Strategy
1978 - 1980

MBA in Business Management

Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University - Evanston, Illinois, USA

1975 - 1978

Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering

Northwestern University - Evanston, Illinois, USA


Private Equity, Cost Management, Financial Modeling, Cash Flow, 13-week Cash Flow, Order to Cash (O2C), CFO, Three-statement Modeling, Finance Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), M&A (Buy-side), Debt Restructuring

Output Software

Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Dynamics

Data & Analysis Software

Intuit QuickBooks, Tableau

Industry Expertise



Business Transformation, Business Planning, Media, Business Modeling, Finance, Process Redesign, Treasury & Liquidity Management, Turnaround, Interim CFO, Business Processes, Restructuring, Global Business, Business Technology, Operations, Business Development, Business Systems, Organization Building, M&A Strategy, Financials, Project Planning, Go-to-market Plans, Pricing Models, Automation, SAP, Organizational Design, Offshoring, Industrial Engineering

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