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Richard L.

Giacalone, CPA, MBA


richgiacalone1303@comcast.net Arlington Heights, IL 60005 HIGHLIGHTS OF QUALIFICATIONS Financial professional with extensive, diversified experience in financial operations management, financial systems implementations, management consulting and risk management with major Fortune 500 international companies. Significant achievements in manufacturing, distribution/logistics, and service industries covering healthcare products/services, consumer product goods, public utilities, and event marketing services. Proactive leader with proven ability to facilitate change, implement innovative business solutions, and cultivate highly productive teams. Key areas of expertise include: * Financial Reporting and Analysis * Financial Planning and Budget Administration * Acquisition Integration * Business Process Improvement * Project Management * Purchasing/Materials Management * Benchmarking (Metrics) * Asset Management and Inventory Control * A/P Cost Recovery * Internal Control Evaluation/Cost Containment * ERP Systems Implementations * Staff Development/Team Building * Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Documentation, Testing & Control Remediation Residence: 847-253-3682 Cell: 847-942-4633

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE ABBOTT / ABBVIE Abbott Park, Illinois (through The Fountain Group) 2010 - Present

Manager, FP&A and Reporting Initiated continuous process improvements to streamline month end financial close procedures along with coordination and consolidation of Plan, Forecast, Update, and Long Range Planning processes for financial headquarters division of Pharmaceutical Products Group. Support preparation of Executive Review packages for all planning and reporting cycles. Selected as Single Point of Contact (SPOC) and as division data Subject Matter Expert (SME) for global conversion to SAP and Hyperion ERP financial systems implementations utilizing Smartview, Cognos and Essbase. Resulted in shortening the financial close process by one day. JEFFERSON WELLS INTL. (Now EXPERIS FINANCE) Chicago, Illinois 2004 - 2009 Professional consulting services firm with worldwide offices serving Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies in accounting and finance, internal audit, tax and risk advisory services. Finance and Accounting Consulting Professional (Salaried Position) Managed financial integration into SAP ledger for the acquisition of $175 million roadside assistance business unit of GE for Allstate Insurance Company. Provided project management support for Lead to Cash initiative for PeopleSoft Billing & Collections including detailed business requirements documentation for global locations of $700 million electronics distributor. Conducted SOX compliance for multiple companies, including international locations, to include business process documentation, process mapping, control testing, risk evaluation and remediation of internal controls. Initiated Accounts Payable Cost Recovery Services program for electronics distributor resulting in savings of $300,000 from duplicate payments, sales tax savings, etc. Partial list of consulting clients: Boeing, BP, Allstate Insurance, Nicor Gas, Peoples Energy, Corn Products, Borg Warner, Wolters Kluwer, Richardson Electronics, Spirit Aero Systems.

Richard L. Giacalone, CPA, MBA

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QUEBECOR WORLD LOGISTICS (Now QUAD/GRAPHICS), Bensenville, IL 2001 2003 Leading logistics company providing value-added services for full service print delivery solutions for catalog and magazine publishers. Controller, Division Headquarters Directed a staff of 15 including financial reporting, budgeting, accounts payable, payroll, capital expenditures, and collections for this $180 million division reporting to VP Finance. Implemented scanning of voluminous freight payable invoices (approx. 12,000 invoices per month) eliminating manual invoice entry (saving 80 hours of input per month) and automating upload of payable record to Lawson general ledger. Reduced Freight Receivable account from $1.3 million to under $1,000 due to diligent resolution efforts with printing plants. HOUSEHOLD INTERNATIONAL (Now HSBC), Prospect Heights, Illinois 2000 An $11 billion financial services company. Now owned by HSBC, one of the largest banking and financial services organizations in the world. Director, Reconciliations & Financial Information Systems, Controllers Department Direct corporate financial information systems including PeopleSoft general ledger and fixed asset systems, Hyperion consolidation system and desktop financial computing. Manage seven direct reports with a total staff of 34. Established corporate-wide leadership and oversight to ensure financial account reconciliations were conducted in a standardized, timely, efficient, and cost effective method for branch lending offices. Directed monthly Hyperion financial consolidation for 8 divisions in a timely and accurate manner. GES EXPOSITION SERVICES, Chicago, Illinois 1999 2000 Leading trade show and event marketing company in North America with offices in 36 major cities in the U.S. and Canada with sales of $800 million. Controller, Central Division Provide strategic financial leadership for offices in Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee and Minneapolis ($85 million) reporting to Vice President/GM. Senior financial executive directing staff of 15 including payroll, A/P, A/R, credit and collections, purchasing, financial reporting, budgeting and MIS. Led implementation of automated purchasing system using Microsoft Access that replaced prior manual system which improved reporting and query capabilities to monitor trade show purchases. JOHN O. BUTLER COMPANY, Chicago, Illinois (Butler GUM toothbrushes) 1998 1999 A $90 million oral healthcare manufacturer and distributor of toothbrushes and other dental products. Corporate Controller, Chicago Headquarters Direct a team of four financial managers for global operations reporting to Chief Financial Officer. Oversee total staff of sixteen with responsibility for U.S. and international financial close and planning activities, cost accounting operations, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, office services, and customer credit and collections. International operations in Canada, Sweden, Germany, and Italy. Implemented on-line month-end financial and management reporting eliminating paper reports improving communication and accuracy. Improved DSO by 20% through cleanup of customer aging reports and diligent collection efforts.

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Additional Companies Worked For and Positions Held:


BAXTER INTERNATIONAL, INC., Deerfield, Illinois Manager Financial Reporting and Planning, Hemoglobin Therapeutics Division Manager Financial Operations, Multiplex Systems Division Project Manager Financial Systems, Medication Delivery Division Project Supervisor, P.C. Applications, Corporate Controllers Department Operations Analyst, Corporate Accounting Department Audit Supervisor/Senior, Corporate Audit Department NATIONAL CAN CORPORATION, Chicago, Illinois Senior Internal Auditor LAVENTHOL & HORWATH, CPAs, Chicago, Illinois Staff Auditor EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS Masters of Business Administration, Information Systems Concentration, De Paul University Bachelor of Science, Accounting & Finance double major, Northern Illinois University Certified Public Accountant, State of Illinois