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     Date Submitted:10-01-2006
     Last Modified:10-01-2006 (03:44)
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     Current job:CFO
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:immediately
     KeywordsCFO, Treasury, Capital Raise Expert

    -Telecommunications/Aerospace... Public/Private Debt and Equity... Venture Capital... Business Development.
    - Involvement in strategic planning and business development operations, including work in the structuring, evaluation and execution of merger/acquisition/financing transactions.
    - Microsoft Office, DELTEK, Platinum Accounting Systems. Strong Client-Side skills with a consistent record of contributing in team and individual roles...
    Financial analysis, mathematical modeling, detailed reviews and recommendations.


    2003- 2005 AeroAstro, Inc. Sterling, VA Executive Vice President & CFO
    Set up treasury and cash management operations. Built first financial and administrative operating division of the company with a staff of three. Raised non-guaranteed pool of lease financing funds. Developed and administered first operating company budget. Ran the accounting department. Developed first set of accounting and financial planning metrics for the company. Raised debt capital for business expansion

    2001- 2003 EADS/ Astrium, N.V. Washington, DC & Amsterdam, The Netherlands Treasury Officer, North America
    Set up treasury, cash management and banking relationships for this international defense company. Set up billing and payroll systems. Managed all day-to-day financial, treasury and accounting activities. Funded and raised equity and debt capital for numerous Astrium projects (see Transaction List).

    1997- 2000 ORBCOMM Global, Dulles, VA Vice President & Treasurer
    Appointed Treasurer of the Company by the Orbital Sciences Corporation and Teleglobe, Inc., supervising $170MM high yield debt offering follow-on activities. Managed investment banking and equity/debt analysis relationships with J.P. Morgan, Bear Stearns and other top-tier New York investment banks. Performed in-depth valuation of all securities, options and warrants connected with the Company and its divisions and subsidiaries. Responsible for the securities management activities of the Company. Led all corporate finance aspects of the Company. Guided finance activities connected with the preparation and execution of ORBCOMM’s 1998 initial public offering. Designed and administered the Company’s new Employee Stock Option Plan and set up the conversion of all options from the privately held company to the new publicly held entity. Managed over $120MM per year in cash from operations, sales, capital raise activities, and contributions from ORBCOMM’s parent companies. Responsible for the disposition of all elements of the Company’s balance sheet which consists have over $340,000,000 of total assets and over $260,000,000 of space and ground segment telecommunications hardware. Implemented all cash management aspects of the company and its seven divisions and affiliates. Developed ORBCOMM’s Domestic Leasing Program, providing lease financing for communicator purchases of the Company’s complicated electronic telecommunications products. This program has provided bids totaling close to $50MM (see attached Transaction List) Developed ORBCOMM’s International Finance Program (see attached Transaction List), backed and funded by ABN/AMRO Bank, NationsBank, and Citibank, to assist ORBCOMM’s international partners (service Licensees) with hardware and software purchases, business development costs and working capital needs. Established the first international, cross-border global communications leasing program, funded by Newcourt Financial, for the Company’s international hardware end-users. Developed and managed the Company’s Space Insurance and Ground Insurance Policies/Programs. Worked with underwriters (AON and Willis Inspace) to develop policies covering all general liabilities of the Company.

    1996-1997 The Orbital Sciences Corporation, Sterling, VA Senior Corporate Planner/ Founder of Financial Planning Division/ Chief Investment Officer
    Founded Financial Planning Department of the Company, now staffed by six individuals. Authored/ developed the first business plan of the company, which became the first Budget of the Company. Established first functional set of financial controls for the capital, non-capital, and headcount-related expense aspects of the organization. Aided in the raising and disposition of US $170,000,000 of high yield debt secured in August 1996 to fund satellite construction and business development activities. Developed/maintained valuation models for ORBCOMM’s privately held stock, stock options, and warrants. Developed advanced methods for budgetary variance analysis to increase department’s forecast accuracy.

    1993-1996 Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc Washington, D.C. Merchant Banking Vice President
    Originated and evaluated potential technology acquisitions/investments. Increased firm’s transaction flow by 30% during the first year and dramatically increased the quality of the firm’s transaction flow throughout my tenure at Pierce. Conducted negotiations with debt and equity supplemental funding sources. Specialized in the telecommunications, defense and aerospace industries. Co- manager of the firm’s own venture capital and private market investment activities overseeing a $250,000,000 equity investment portfolio. Co-Manager of the firm’s $400,000,000 fixed income portfolio of debt securities from aerospace concerns. Worked with Merrill Lynch offices in Argentina and Poland on structuring and arranging cross-border debt finance transactions and on international M&A activities (see Transaction List).

    1990-1993 Hambrecht & Quist Securities, San Francisco, CA Associate Vice President, Corporate Finance Department
    Supervised the preparation of client-side and sell-side documentation. Successfully raised funds for middle-market corporate finance activities and acquisitions. Participated in the issuing and private placement of debt and equity instruments. Worked with senior bankers in significantly increasing the quantity and quality aspects of the firm’s transaction flow. Hambrecht & Quist Securities was purchased by Chase Securities.

    1987-1990 Hambrecht & Quist, LLP San Francisco, CA Corporate Finance Associate (1990) Corporate Finance Analyst (1987-1989)
    Responsible for analysis involving mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and restructurings in various industries including biotechnology, semiconductor, financial services, and energy services. Prepare/edited business plans and offering documentation Have had close client contact in business development and deal execution capacity. Assistant to the in-house commodities and index futures/options hedge fund manager. Performed technical and fundamental analysis for the purpose of trade decision making. Rate-of -Return of fund increased each year during this time period. Thoroughly familiar with all securities markets.

    Georgetown University, Washington, DC Professor of Finance, McDonough School of Business Administration 2004-Present
    The University of California, Berkeley, CA Walter A. Haas Graduate School of Business Administration MBA, 1993
    The University of California, Berkeley, CA Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, 1987 Phi Beta Kappa Society

    ORBCOMM Global, L.P.- Partnership Officer & Partner Representative
    ORBCOMM International, L.P.- Partnership Officer & Partner Representative
    ORBCOMM USA, L.P.- Partnership Officer & Partner Representative
    ORBCOMM, LLC- Corporate Officer & Board Member
    EADS/ Astrium, Inc.- Corporate Officer & Board Member
    The MidAtlantic Vulture Capital Fund- Partnership Officer, Co-Founder & Partnership Representative

    Member- D.C. Area Chapter, Phi Beta Kappa Society
    Member- National Chapter, Phi Beta Kappa
    Secretary- National Chapter, Phi Beta Kappa Society
    Listing- Who’s Who in America, 2006 Diamond Edition

    Fixed Income Financing for Aerospace Endeavors. 2001, NYC: Bear Stearns & Co.
    High- Yield Conference Bankruptcy Investing and Corporate Liquidations. 2004. Chicago, Ill: NYCC.
    Vulture Investing in the 21st Century ,. 2003. New York, NY: KK&R.
    The United States Real Estate Bubble and Its Implications, 2005 New York, NY Merrill Lynch & Co.

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