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Engineer Design

Suwanee, Georgia, 30024, United States
150k - 175k
August 09, 2018

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Sathish Venugopalan - BS (Mech. Engg), MS (Finance), MBA (IT, Operations), CPA, Ph: 901-***-**** 6340 Olde Atlanta Parkway, Suwanee-30024


Lead businesses to create, enhance value through operational excellence, portfolio management, product innovation, mergers and acquisitions, and organizational development. Achieve strategic, financial and operational objectives through alignment of people, process and technology with enhanced business analysis. Instill a continuous improvement, solution oriented culture.


Accomplished Global Finance Professional

Successfully led Finance, Accounting functions of public and private global businesses ($500M+ revenues, 30+ staff)

International experience as a finance leader for a $2B business operating in Europe, Brazil, Russia, China and India.

Strategic business partner with turnaround experience: Improved profitability of a $160M global business by 300 basis points, improved working capital by 200bps of sales through business simplification, restructuring projects.

Demonstrated operational excellence and business improvement accomplishments

Proven ability in business simplification efforts using 80/20 and other techniques. Experience in defining the business, customers and products that produce optimum returns, profitability; Plan, implement resources as needed.

Improved profitability of a major business by 250 basis points, working capital by 30%, returns on capital by 300 bps through customer and product simplification efforts.

Achieved $2.5M annual savings through a $10.0M+ manufacturing restructuring project in North America.

Simplified finance, accounting processes to improve effectiveness and efficiency and aligned with business strategies.

Strong Acquisition, Divestiture Experience

Acquired and integrated a $75M business in Brazil; Integral part of Corporate Acquisition teams in evaluating prospects and value analysis.

Prepared and sold an underperforming $50M UK and German business; Divested a $70M+ product line; Prepared and successfully sold a $160M+ HVAC business after its 24 month performance turnaround.

Purchased and successfully integrated a $50M UK business within 6 months.

Ability to successfully implement major & complex projects: Implemented Sarbanes Oxley for a $2.0B business.

Diverse functional knowledge: Finance, Accounting, Engineering, IT, Manufacturing and Auditing.

Diverse industry experience: Industrial, Infrastructure, Electrical, HVAC, Automobile, Air conditioning and Telecom.


Chief Operating Officer – Paces MedEquip, LLC, GA 12/17 – 08/18

Turnaround opportunity of a family owned small business to a professional grade business

Established key executives, implemented accounting systems, simplified & streamlined policies, processes and metrics

Group VP Finance - Industrial and Infrastructure Products Group, Gibraltar Industries, AL 06/15 – 03/17

Finance & Accounting Leader for a $400M group of diversified Industrial and Infrastructure businesses

Strategic business partner in the transformation of an underperforming portfolio of businesses through operational excellence, portfolio management, acquisition / divestiture and product innovation.

Redesigned finance organization to align with the transformational needs and business strategies.

Business Valuation specialist for Corporate and other groups driven acquisitions.

Group International Controller - Kitchen & Bath Group, Kohler Company, WI 07/14 – 06/15

International Controller for a $2.0B+ group with operations in Europe, Asia Pacific and BRICS countries

Planning, Budgeting, Forecasting, Performance analysis, Internal controls and Management Reporting

Acquisition and Integration of a $75M business in Brazil; Led finace teams in launching products in Brazil.

Division Controller, Audit Executive, ABB Ltd, Memphis, TN (Thomas & Betts Corporation until May 2012)

Division Financial Controller - HVAC Division 2009 – 07/14

Manage Financial Performance, Financial Reporting processes for a $160M global business

Planning, budgeting, forecasting, general accounting, SEC reporting, Performance analysis and Internal controls.

Met or exceeded sales, earnings and working capital targets over budget for 13 consecutive quarters

Audit Manager, Audit Director - Corporate Audit Services 2002 – 2009

Successfully planned and implemented Internal Audit plan for a $2.0B company with 50+ global locations.

Insourced the company’s internal audit group from a co-sourced model resulting in $1M annual savings.

Presented audit results to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors and Executive Management.

Implemented Sarbanes Oxley for a $2 Billion company on time and under budget.

Senior Auditor - Corporate Audit Services, Sprint Telecom, KS 1998 – 2002

Reviewed client processes, conducted risk assessment, developed action plans to address risks, and presented audit findings and solutions to senior executives. Managed and supervised audit teams, provided on the job and IS training.

Evaluated the security of critical corporate applications and networks. Developed solutions to address gaps in security architecture in coordination with Corporate Security, and Architecture and Standards Group

Senior Engineer – Product Development, Zamil Air Conditioners, Saudi Arabia 1994 – 1996

Designed, prototyped and introduced into production one to thirty ton split and packaged air conditioners

Consolidated and streamlined design processes. Prepared department quality manuals to meet ISO 9000 Standards.

Implemented component based design approach, reducing concept to market lead times from 14 to 9 months

Design Engineer – Product Development, Ashok Leyland, India 1992 - 1994

Designed, developed and introduced into production dry friction clutches for medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles

Upgraded the existing line of clutches achieving 7% ($30,000) savings on annual warranty claims


Master of Science - Finance, GPA - 3.9/4.0 2007

Indiana University, Indiana

Master of Business Administration - MIS, Operations, GPA - 3.8/4.0 1998

University of Iowa, Iowa

Bachelor of Engineering - Mechanical Engineering, GPA - 3.7/4.0 1992

Anna University, Chennai, India


CPA (Certified Public Accountant) CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)*

CIA (Certified Internal Auditor)* CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner)*

CISA (Certified Information System Auditor) * * - Inactive

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