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Joanne Marie Phillips, CPA

Joanne Marie Phillips, CPA

Sr. Director Internal Audit & Risk Management

Wilmington, North Carolina

Joanne Phillips is a dynamic finance leader with a focus on building teams with integrity and transparency. Joanne brings extensive experience in accounting, finance, tax & audit matters for multinational operations both through industry and public practice.

As a finance leader in many large corporate settings, she has had a strong focus on enabling the accounting department as a critical partner for the business, while maintaining a commitment to excellence and professionalism.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Mathematics degree majoring in Accounting from the University of Waterloo, ON, Canada, Joanne began building her extensive resume that includes the following industries and broad range of expertise:

● 8 years of progressive public accounting roles, including tax & audit (EY Alum), Ottawa ON
● 10 years at Nortel Networks in Ottawa, ON, Herndon, VA & RTP, NC culminating to the Director, Global Finance Governance
● 5 years as Director, Financial Reporting/Technical Accounting at Credit Suisse, RTP, NC
● 5 years as Controller for privately-held software companies supporting acquisitions and due diligence efforts including advising on venture capital financing structures

In March of 2017, Joanne transitioned to Red Hat, a $3B+ multinational software solutions company specializing in open-source technologies, progressing her career as the Director of External Reporting to her current position as the Chief of Staff for the CFO Office. As part of her current responsibilities, Joanne also oversees the Internal Audit & Risk Management functions at Red Hat.

In addition to the various finance-related roles and industries she has experienced, Joanne is a strong communicator with an acute ability to message difficult technical and strategic finance concepts. Reputed for her directness and foresightedness, Joanne can be relied upon to raise key and tough questions while offering bold solutions. Joanne is often sought out for her ability to capture ideas and translate them into clear, brief and impactful written words.

Joanne brings a technical expertise while offering strategic and bold ideas yet realizes that there is much that she can continuously learn. While she is keenly interested in the telecom, software and high-tech industries, her passion remains focused on how she can service her community. As a military mom, and a firm believer in strong family values, Joanne brings both empathy and realism to every challenge.


  • Sr. Director, Consolidations & Reporting (Red Hat)
  • US Controller (AppSense)
  • Controller (Prometheus Group LLC)
  • Director, Technical Accounting & SEC Reporting (Red Hat)
  • Controller (Overture Networks)
  • Chief of Staff, CFO Office & Internal Audit/Risk Management (Sr. Dir.) (Red Hat)
  • Sr. Mgr Technical Accounting & SEC Reporting (Red Hat)
  • Advisory Board (American Cancer Society)


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