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Manager Supply Chain

Anaheim, CA
October 15, 2018

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Carl Hosten US Permanent Resident – Green Card Holder

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Worldwide finance and business executive with 25+ years of international experience from living and working in the US, Belgium, Switzerland, UK and Sweden for global world leading multinationals in the Film & Entertainment industry, Spirits / Drinks industry and Special chemicals industry with extensive track record of delivering successful financial results, providing meaningful insight into the financial performance supporting continuous business and profit growth. Demonstrated ability of spearheading process improvements, simplifying business and legal structures and streamlining operations through identifying and leading outsourcing activities. World-class commercial acumen, proven leadership capabilities, executive presence and capable of connecting the dots between strategy, execution, business operations and finance communicating the big picture in simple terms. Proven capability to build a value driven team environment that attracts and retains top notch talent.

Professional Experience

Twentieth Century Fox Nordics, March 2014 – January 2018

Finance Director Theatrical & Home Entertainment Nordics, Stockholm, Sweden, USD $125.0M Turnover

Key Responsibilities

Partner with the General Manager, layout out and execute the strategic direction of the organization in alignment with the global vision, deliver on financial expectations and grow the business and profit line

Leadership role in developing, managing & executing the annual operating plan, monthly forecasting and actual KPI and variance analysis for the Theatrical, Physical and Digital performance delivery

Managed the Film Ultimate processes including budgeting, forecasting, performance analysis, conversion review & analysis (KPI’s % of Gross Box Office such as Footfall / Units distribution / Margin % of Gross Box Office), assess the dark window impact for the theatrical, TV home entertainment business

Stakeholder management with our external Sales & Distribution partners, 3rd party supply chain partners and internally the European and Global home office teams

Spearhead and drive the annual and month-end closing cycle, local statutory filings and reporting, upholding compliance with local fiscal requirements and internal policies and procedures

Supervised the Nordics Finance team of 8.0 employees, (5.0 in Accounting and 3.0 in FP&A)

Key Achievements

Developed and identified new business opportunities delivering increased market share by 100%, enhanced purchasing power and added $2.5M to our bottom line

Through enhanced key performance indicators increased profits of our key theatrical releases resulting in +20% profit improvement

Orchestrating new business models generating significant margin improvements, increased customer profitability and overhead reductions

New legal structural set-up - Successfully managed the liquidation of the Fox & Paramount JV and the reduction from 9 legal to 4 legal entities

Diageo Nordics, July 2009 – November 2013

Finance Director - Nordics Stockholm, Sweden, USD $100.0M Turnover

Key Responsibilities

Joint accountability together with the Nordic General Manager in setting out the strategical direction of the organization, the execution of the annual operating plan and long-term target commitments

Business partnering with the Global Shared Service team in Budapest, Hungary managing all our accounting activities

Oversee and manage the annual and month-end closing process, ensuring and upholding accounting compliance with local statutory, fiscal requirements as well as internal group-reporting standards

Supervised the Nordics Finance team of 7.0 employees, (5.0 in Accounting and 2.0 in FP&A)

Key Achievements

Drove the implementation of new trade terms, improved commercial processes and understanding of business leavers delivering margin expansion and fostering enhanced commercial awareness throughout the organization resulting in +5% margin improvement

Simplification of finance structure through outsourcing “non-value” added tasks such as Accounts Payables, Account Receivables and Payroll to external 3rd parties and internal shared service centers. As an example, at Diageo this resulted in significant cost savings (40% Overhead reductions), shorter month-end closings, uniformed and simplified process and improved compliance, governance

SOX / Internal & External audits - Delivering Satisfactory rating (100%) during audit reviews through enhanced awareness of the Compliance and Controls agenda throughout the organization

TechTeam SQM AB (Business Unit of Tech Team Global Inc.), February 2009 – July 2009

Interim Finance Manager, Stockholm, Sweden, USD20M Turnover

Key Responsibilities

Financial management while a new Finance Director was recruited.

Key Achievements

Identified and developed key performance metrics and new reporting tools gaining crucial business insights supporting corrective actions enhancing business efficiencies and margins

Universal Pictures (Division of General Electric)

Finance & Operations Director Nordics, Stockholm, Sweden, May 2007 – September 2008

Finance Director UK & Nordics, London, UK, October 2005 – May 2007

Finance Director Nordic, Stockholm, Sweden, May 2005 – October 2005

Key Responsibilities

Together with the MD, held accountable for development of strategy, execution and profit fulfillment

Orchestrated and lead the annual budget, monthly forecasting process and actual performance analysis

Ownership of the licensee process including deal set-up, sign-off and royalty analysis and reporting

Responsible for the month and year-end cycle, manage local as global statutory requirements and audits

Supervised a team of 13 employees (7.0 in Accounting, 3.0 in FP&A and 3.0 in supply chain)

Key Achievements

Supply chain execution - successfully managed and owned the off-load disc production securing +35% of the annual revenues

Simplified the Credit Control and Royalty processes, delivering 40+ hours savings per month and enhanced controllership

Working Capital improvements - through introduction of Factoring and improved cash collection delivering excess cash of USD10.0MM

Sarbanes & Oxley / Internal & External audits - Delivering Satisfactory rating (100%) through continuous reviews of policies and procedures and enhanced awareness of the Compliance and Controls agenda

General Electric Water & Process Technologies, Europe

Commercial Finance Leader, Europe & Middle-East & Africa, Haasrode, Belgium

September 2003 – May 2005

Business Controller / Head of FP&A EMEA, Haasrode, Belgium, October 1996 – August 2003

W.R Grace & Co.

Global Senior Business Analyst, Boca Raton, Florida USA, January 1995 - April 1996

Business Controller – Nordics, Helsingborg, Sweden, April 1989 – January 1995

Education and languages:

General Electric (GE)

Experience Financial Leadership Program (EFLP), 2 years finance leadership program for high-potential finance employees, Top 50 selected from 20.000 finance employees.

Green Belt Six Sigma Certified

University of Lund, Sweden

Bachelor’s in business administration and Economics


Swedish (Native), English (Native), French (Intermediate)

System Skills:

Data literate with multiple IT platforms (SAP / HYPERION / ORACLE / ENTERPRISE 1 / OCEANS / GTS / HOGIA / ADP / PEOPLESOFT / BW / SUISSE etc.) Expert in the use of MS Excel (including Data mining, Pivot Tables, VLookups), PowerPoint and Word.


Black belt and Swedish champion in Tae Kwon-Do and 3rd place in the Scandinavian championships.

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