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San Diego, CA
September 07, 2018

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Karen Jordan



Results-oriented, highly experienced Executive with strong financial and operational background. High energy, hands on, process-oriented leader with demonstrated success in profitable business growth, product and strategy planning, manufacturing, developing and motivating global multi-cultural cross functional teams, driving change initiatives, collaborations and developing leaders. Leads by example with high ethical and professional standards, building credibility and accountability throughout the organization. Achieved continuous career progression with demonstrated accomplishments in:

Strategic Leadership: Strategy, Corporate Structure & Product Planning leadership (Global)

Business Leadership: Business process development and improvement

Financial Leadership: Cost savings initiatives and turnarounds

Operations Leadership: Global Manufacturing and Customer Service Operations Leadership

Leadership Development: Team Building & People Development


San Diego Blood Bank 2017 – Present

Chief Financial Officer

A 501(c) 3 organization engaged in traditional blood banking as well as in emerging life science research and clinical trials, with revenues of $50m.

Board of Directors Liaison: Strengthened relationships with the Board of Directors, creating a formal budget process and financial analysis/reporting structure that improved the level of trust the BOD had in the overall financial competency of the company.

Bottom-Line Improvement: Halted losses and bridled spending facilitating break-even position. Improved inventory control, implemented cost accounting processes and reporting.

Strategic Development: Guiding and developing long term strategic plans and creating an innovative entity structure to maintain and preserve tax status while increasing opportunities for growth in the research sectors.

WomanCare Global International 2014 – 2017

SVP, Finance & Operations

A United Kingdom reproductive health charity with for-profit medical device, manufacturing and trading subsidiary distributing into 125 countries.

Strategic Development: Executive responsible for guiding and developing WCG’s global strategy and plan for all aspects of the business, projects, products and services, including business case leadership and business model evolution and innovation.

Global Operations Enhancement: Executive leader responsible for guiding and developing WCG’s global product and value chain strategy. Charged with developing global manufacturing and logistical plans, negotiating key cross industry collaboration and contracts and establishing key stakeholder relationships in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Developed 3-year plan, optimizing global networks and improving revenue by 10%

Developed strategy and expanded global organization capabilities through talent growth and retention.

Established business plan objectives and developed initial strategies and tactical plans including organization needs, training, development and deployment.

Development and negotiation of strategic external alliances

Cibus US LLC 2012 – 2014

Finance Director

An International biotech company with six subsidiaries. A research and development leader in advanced agricultural breeding technologies and trait development.

Mergers & Acquisitions: Led team during an acquisition and merger and ensured a smooth transition without interruption to normal activities.

Fundraising: Raised $22M through a rights offering in partnership with the Chief Financial Officer.

Oakley Inc., Orange County, California 2008 to 2012

Finance Director, North America Shared Services (NASS) /European Controller

A global sport and lifestyle eyewear and apparel manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer. Division Revenue $150m.

Business infrastructure development: Spearheaded the establishment of the Shared Services centers. Led the European team implementing the finance operations across the EU. Formalized all accounting, IT, human resources, office administrative and tax functions that enabled the successful launch of the shared services center, positioning the company for continuous growth and expansion in wholesale, retail and E-Commerce markets. Reduced accounting staff in Europe from 45 to 16. Consolidation of services resulted in a $1.7M savings in Europe and $700K in North America.

Iona Technologies, Dublin, Ireland 2007 to 2008

An international business and financial software developer listed on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Dublin Stock Exchange

Transitional Controller EMEA and APAC

Oversaw budget and financial operations and reporting in Dublin, Beijing and Tokyo. Assisted in the transitioning of the finance and accounting operations to the parent company headquartered in London.

Additional Experience

Demonstrated track record of accomplishments with continuous career progression:

Chief Accounting Officer (2005 to 2007) American Technology Corporation, San Diego, CA

Corporate Controller (2001 to 2005) LifeCare Solutions, San Diego, CA

Assistant Controller (1995 to 2001) Quidel Corporation, San Diego, CA

Accounting Manager (1993 to 1995) Metro Poster Advertising, Dublin, Ireland

Audit Manager (1989 to 1993) Peelo & Partners, Dublin, Ireland

Accounting department management (US and International). SEC reporting, ISO 9000, Sarbanes Oxley and Financial Audit liaison, financial analysis and reporting, treasury management, stock compensation management/administration, credit management, Tax accounting, M&A due diligence, audit Manager


Director, The Women’s Foundation of California 2016 – Present

The Women’s Foundation of California is a statewide, publicly supported foundation dedicated to achieving gender, racial, and economic justice by centering the experience and expertise of communities most impacted by systemic injustice.

Board member, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, Executive Committee Member

Director, SDBB Labs Inc 2017 – Present

SDBB Labs Inc is a wholly owned for-profit subsidiary of The San Diego Blood Bank engaged in blood and blood related research through collaborations with US and global biotech organizations.

Financial Executives International (San Diego Chapter) 2017 – Present

FEI is an international network of 10,000+ best in business financial professionals.

Board Member, Secretary (2017-2018), Treasurer (2018-2019)


Chartered Accountancy (ACTIVE), Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI) (equivalent to US Bachelor’s Degree)


Supervisory Management, Irish Management Institute (equivalent to US Associates Degree)

Accounting Technician, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) (equivalent to US Associates Degree)

Professional Development

Extensive CPE participation including PCAOB/FASB/SEC seminars and meetings.


Member of the following associations:

Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI)

Financial Executives International (FEI)

Association of Chartered Accountants in the US (ACAUS)

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