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Susan O'Connor

Susan O'Connor

CFO/Consultant - Technology, Healthcare, Aviation, Financial Services; M&A (fundraising, IPO, trade sale, etc.)

Dublin City, County Dublin

PwC-trained Chartered Accountant with Masters degree in Management of IT (1st class hons) and 20+ years of diverse, international CFO and consulting experience in Technology, Healthcare, Telecoms, Aviation, Travel, Financial Services and Professional Services companies in Sydney, Toronto, London and Dublin

Recent CFO/consulting projects (2018-21):
– successful trade sale of a telecoms software client
– interim CFO for an early stage, fast-growing aviation company
– successful, oversubscribed IPO of a data software client
– CFO for a healthcare start-up
– ‘IPO readiness’ and business intelligence/analytics projects for a medical devices company in advance of Nasdaq IPO

Experienced CFO:
– travel/software development group through significant change and profit growth
– healthcare start-up creating viable business model and arranging fundraising and joint venture
– telecoms software company from start-up to successful public listing
– turnaround of technology loss-maker leading to profitability and subsequent sale to large Japanese acquirer

Delivered diverse cross-functional, fundraising and due diligence projects, including:
– fundraising and financial/legal due diligence for IPOs (on Nasdaq and AIM), reverse mergers, trade sales, etc.;
– developed business models and strategies for group structures and tax planning, scaling operations for revenue and profitability growth and/or exit transactions

Global tax strategy and planning - including transfer pricing (strategies, reports and international intercompany transfer pricing agreements), tax incentives and exemptions, and successful tax audits.

Risk management - including creation of extensive group-wide risk register and recommending and implementing remediation actions

Lean process improvements – repeatedly developed and implemented process eliminations, simplifications and automations, and structured workflows in multiple companies, achieving greatly enhanced efficiencies and reporting

Awarded Diploma in Strategic Finance and Analytics and Diploma in Insolvency (both with distinction) by Chartered Accountants Ireland

Strengths include effective problem analysis/resolution in complex situations and interpersonal and communication skills; highly adaptable and resilient

Proven expertise in financial & data analysis and financial modelling, business planning, internal controls, corporate governance/compliance, IFRS conversions, financial statements, change management and diverse programme/project management and delivery. PRINCE2 Practitioner in Project Management


Experience:

  • CFO (SME software companies - telecoms and high tech manufacturing)
  • CFO/Consultant Technology, Financial Services, Healthcare, Aviation; M&A(fundraising,IPO,trade sale) (Various Clients)
  • Manager (Europe and US), Finance (Cable & Wireless Plc)
  • Director, Finance (Special Projects and Risk Management) (Openet)
  • Group CFO (Topflight Travel Group)

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