I’m a strategic finance professional who deploys inclusive & decisive management style in fast-paced, diverse workforce. I’m recognized as a proactive change agent with inherent focus on driving income, reducing cost , generating productivity and improving cash flows. I hold extensive experience in interpreting corporate vision and strategy, translating objectives into actionable plans to achieve P&L & operational objectives. Acquired rich multicultural experience through working across in UK, US , Europe & India through Country , European & Global roles.
In my professional career spanning over 20+ years, I have displayed strong operating finance & management skills with proven record of experience in leading global impact initiatives with positive and timely deliverable. I have been rewarded on various occasions for delivering excellent performance in my career.
A C-Suite leader with a commercial retail career of over 20 years, Multiple promotions to the position of CEO, International experience of expanding a multi-million per annum operation from greenfield within 4 years. Proven exceptional skills in Business Strategy, Technology and Operational implementation, P&L/management, Merchandising, Talent & Culture development, and Digital Transformation. As a visionary for future direction has championed continuous improvement, transforming existing operations in the UK to $680m revenue and across Europe to $1.8b revenue, achieving exceptional ROI and sustained profitability for over a decade.
I’m a results-driven leader, working with organizations that design beautiful, meaningful and innovative digital experiences.
With a background in and passion for Design Thinking, I relentlessly advocate for users to be central in solving complex business challenges. My expertise in digital strategy, consumer behaviour and user experience design allow me to interact with teams at both strategic and tactical levels.
I’ve had the good fortune to work with Global brands including Apple, BlackBerry, RBC, Sport Chek, Mattel, Nike, Canadian Tire, and Air Canada.
I’ve been featured as a speaker at FITC Toronto, UX Alive, AI Summit, World Usability Congress, Intrapreneurship Conference Canada and Global Smart Week. I’m the director of TEDxWaterloo, an independently organized TED event and a regular TEDx speaker, having given talks at TEDxAthens and TEDxCarthage.
I currently sit on the Regional Council for the Canadian Red Cross and several startup advisory boards. I teach in the FinTech program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman MBA program, Ryerson’s Masters of Engineering, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and lead McMaster University’s post-graduate Design Thinking course.
As a global leader, CFO, and change agent, I build cultures that are all about engaging people and getting things done. I am passionate about identifying the talent and power of people and finding ways to unleash it.
My leadership style: I create an open and collaborative work environment that requires everyone’s best thinking and where people give their best effort. I empower individuals to collaborate and solve problems to quickly respond to our fast-changing world. I build trust and stay close to people in my organization while giving them plenty of room to grow. I also foster a learning and growth environment – #Tignum recently taught us sustainable high-performance skills and #HyperIsland how to drive digital transformation.
My genius: I am quick to identify finance talent and match that talent to business-critical roles. I also hire great leaders who excel in building their teams. I am a natural at motivating and organizing people to join in the pursuit of goals and work effectively as a team.
My business acumen: I am a strategic CFO who drives change across the company, and I am not afraid of taking decisive action during tumultuous times. I also have a good sense of knowing when to look at the big picture and when to zoom in. Ultimately, I focus my energy on making decisions that matter.
Senior Finance professional with over 13 years experience in the Shared Services industry. Career path includes leadership of transitions from USA, Latin America and Europe into Costa Rica. Currently enhancing global exposure by performing a management role in Europe. Results oriented leader with strong foundations on people development and creative thinking. Proficiency in English, French and Spanish.
Extensive experience in general management, business, operations and finance management in Italy, US, UK and Japan. Consistent track record of achieving operational excellence in multi-disciplinary operating environments (Restructuring, Operations, Finance and Business Planning, Business Management, Change Management).
The last assignments required radical cultural changes, business and human relations ability, company assessment analytical skills to drive significant restructuring or multiple start-ups.
Achievements based on result-oriented leadership combined with multinational background, advanced management skills and style, creativity, flexibility, extensive multifunctional knowledge, deep involvement in strategic and financial planning, and focus on execution and cash flow.
Diplomatic and entrepreneurial procurement professional, experienced with global management, development and process optimisation.
Having worked within public organisations, global pharma and biotech companies my experience comes from a focus on Procurement and Finance processes and GBS/shared service functions primarily in Europe and Asia. I have a holistic approach to processes and organisations and have a well-founded understanding of how cross-functional users and systems interact and work together. These approaches are utilised with the aim of creating value and removing constraints for both end-users and functional resources. With this I find myself well in between different parts of an organisation, and bringing in process insight and an entrepreneurial mindset, business development comes naturally to me.
I am a dynamic, experienced and highly passionate manager with a great ability to work in a systematic and structured manner. I am driven towards increased cultural understanding and people development and have spent a significant part of my career living, working and leading teams in both Europe and Asia. The international experiences have had a great impact on both my personal and professional development and have given me a strong ability to collaborate and communicate across teams, countries, and employees of all ages and nationalities. This ability has also been highly recognized by my employer, who granted multiple special top contributor awards as an appreciation of the past performance as well as a motivation to continue the development going forward.
Through my career within multiple Supply Chain related functions, I have acquired a great skill set to oversee and manage information, data and product flow from an end-to-end perspective. In addition, I have gained strong skills around transformation exercises having managed highly complexed projects and organizations, while gaining experience in offshoring activities to Shared Service Centers.
As a leader, I have proven experience at department, functional and organizational level with a focus on operation, strategy, and tactics. I am motivating, appreciative, empowering and visible, while maintaining a high focus on clear communication, people development and relation management.
Security Cleared Finance Shared Services/Outsourcing and Change professional. Core planning and communication skills. Commercial, focused and pragmatic but detailed approach.
Adept at working with other disciplines to transform end-to-end processes and complete projects. Strong record of securing value by influencing and communicating with decision makers and other stakeholders. Able to join-up functions (Finance, Procurement, HR, IT, Legal et al) to ensure efficient processes.
Ricardo is a leader with over 20 years experience in Robotic Process Automation, Transition & Transformation, Change Management, Business Process Management, Analytics and IT Service Management.
Ricardo worked in Western Union (2013-2020) as Head of RPA, and previously he worked as Business Intelligence Program Manager at IBM and Business Support Controller inDole Food Company. Ricardo now focuses on p roviding Strategic Consulting Services in IntelligentAutomation and is a recognized Advisor to companies that areExplor ing,Scaling or Maturing the implementation of Automation Centers of Excellence (CoEs).
Ricardo is a Systems Engineer, practitioner and accredited expert in ITIL, Project Management, Lean, Six Sigma, Scrum and RPA with strong ability to use the right method to resolve a given business problem.