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Supply Chain Customer Service

Fairfield, CT
September 11, 2018

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Career assignments include top Finance positions at several international subsidiaries, as well as critical Corporate leadership roles, for Colgate-Palmolive. Most recently served as Director of Finance Business Partnering, leading the global transformation of Financial Planning & Analysis, including development and deployment of integrated technologies, and alignment of end-to-end processes, across the organization. Concurrently led rollout of standard reporting & analysis solutions across the globe. Successfully completed global implementations, resulting in improved planning accuracy, increased delivery of actionable insights, and $11MM annual savings. Previously served as Process Owner for Supply Chain Finance, strengthening controls over plant operating costs, capital expenditures, and driving margin improvement initiatives.

In addition to strong expertise in financial and accounting oversight, the roles required extensive engagement across many areas- Sales, Marketing, Supply Chain, IT, and other supporting functions- and have provided a big-picture view of operations and experience in optimizing processes and finding efficiencies across a company structure.

Key Strengths include:


Extensive experience overseeing all aspects of Finance / Accounting operations, executing strategies and delivering improved financial metrics in various markets across the globe

Committed to Finance Team building, through active mentoring of early-in-career professionals, as well as providing cross-functional exposures and other professional development opportunities


Hands-on in planning, review and analysis of business results, identifying risks, opportunities and necessary course-adjustments

Designed, developed and deployed new, best-in-class global FP&A solution, which increased transparency, shorted planning cycle times, and improved linkage to longer-range Strategic Plan


Led various global strategic effectiveness & efficiency initiatives, driving standardization, managing change and minimizing business disruption

Proven success in streamlining of processes, increasing utilization of technology, realizing savings and improved financial performance


Trusted and credible member of leadership teams, partnering with General Manager and other functions (Sales, Marketing, CS&L, Legal, HR) to effectively manage operations while driving continuous improvement mindset

Extensive engagement with Commercial and Supply Chain partners, providing insights and managing inherent interdependencies and trade-offs, to achieve alignment and optimize overall performance


JOHN P. CHAPLE, CPA 2018 – Present

Principal, Advisory Services

Strategic, financial and operations management services, including interim or part-time CFO / Advisor engagements. Specialization in early-stage businesses through mid-sized entities, including PE backed companies, in Consumer Product, Pharmaceutical, Technology and Manufacturing industries.


Director, Finance Business Partnering 2012 - 2017

Accountable for global FP&A transformation (design / development / deployment), introducing leading practices including rolling, driver-based forecasting, with longer planning horizon and rationalized planning levels.

Successfully completed global implementation, resulting in improved planning accuracy, transparency, reduced cycle times, integration into longer-range Strategic Plan, and $11MM in sustained annual savings.

Concurrently served as member of cross-functional Global Analytics Council, drove alignment metrics / key performance indicators (KPIs) company-wide, and rolled-out automated, global standard Management Reporting and Business Review decks.

Director, Global Supply Chain Finance 2007 - 2012

Based in New York, managed Company’s flagship product category (Oral Care, $7 billion annual revenue). Leadership role included engagement in all aspects of strategic & operational planning, from product development through commercialization, as well as financial oversight of international supply chain operations.

Led various Finance-driven standardization initiatives, including enhancement of plant accounting processes and procedures, redesign of global costing policies, and project justifications through ROI financial analysis.

Led various strategic effectiveness & efficiency initiatives, including product and portfolio simplification, global replenishment systems and processes, cost control / margin improvement and organizational right-sizing. Efforts contributed to 350bp improvement in Gross Profit during period of extreme commodity and exchange volatility.

Finance Director, Poland / Baltics 2002 - 2007

Based in Warsaw, a key member of team managing commercial and manufacturing operations at largest and most profitable business unit in Central Europe. Expanded responsibilities included supervision of Baltic region, including Latvian commercial entity.

Head of Finance, accountable for all aspects of Finance / Accounting operations, including General Accounting, Statutory and Management Reporting, Cost Accounting, Budgeting & Brand Accounting, Financial Planning & Analysis, Treasury & Banking, Tax Planning & Compliance, Business Continuity / Risk Management, as well as Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A).

Consistently surpassed sales / profits / cash generation targets, as well as market share growth goals.

Finance Director, New Geographies Business Development 1997 - 2002

Based in Istanbul, established export operation for markets including Ukraine, Belarus, Caucasia and Central Asia. Supervised start-up Slovenian business unit covering former Yugoslavia and Bulgaria.

Successfully grew sales and profits across all markets, and subsequently converted several operations into profitable, stand-alone business units. Region now considered strategic growth markets, with over $350MM in annual revenue.

Finance Director, Czech / Slovak Republics 1994 - 1997

Based in Prague, an essential member of small leadership team for new import and distribution subsidiary.

Served as primary co-pilot to General Manager in ensuring successful start-up of business operations. Responsibilities included Finance, Information Technology and Customer Service / Logistics.


Sr. Financial Analyst- Colgate Palmolive (’93 - ’94) Analytical support to Senior Financial Leaders

Sr. Internal Auditor- Colgate Palmolive (’90 - ’93) Financial / Operational reviews of operations world wide

Audit Supervisor- Coopers & Lybrand Boston (’86 - ’90) Emerging Business Audit & Advisory Services


BS, Business Administration Babson College

CPA Massachusetts, 1989 - Present

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