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JOHN BERLIN

VP-International Corporate Manager

VP-Foreign Branches Manager/Audit Director


Tel. (317) 571-9344 / Fax (317) 571-9656

747 Lake Nora North Drive, Apt."D", Indianapolis IN 46240

Home e-mail: johnberlin@iname.com

OBJECTIVE

A position as International Corporate Manager or Foreign Branches Manager in a large and progressive American corporation with a presence overseas, where my financial and business education, my extensive audit experience, my manufacturing background, my international exposure and my language knowledge can be used and challenged.

SUMMARY

Sr. International Corporate Manager/Foreign Branches Manager, with 20 years experience in American firms dealing with domestic and foreign (Latin-American and European) subsidiaries, branches, manufacturing plants, licensees & joint ventures.

Exposure to multi-location Fortune 500 environments, Big 6 CPA firms and industrial processes. Extensive international travel guiding/overseeing local managers and controllers in local language (Spanish, Portuguese Italian) reporting findings, corrections and improvements to U.S. headquarters in English, insuring compliance with American GAAP and with Company corporate policies.


EXPERIENCE

*Thomson Consumer Electronics (TCE), Indianapolis, Indiana. Manufacturer of RCA and General Electric brand products (TV sets, satellite dishes, VCRs, etc.), with $ 5 billion in sales per year and 45,000 employees. Part of a French industrial $ 15 billion conglomerate, including manufacturing plants in all continents. Position: Audit Manager-the Americas (Mar-98 to present), in charge of a staff of 3 senior auditors doing financial and operational consulting and internal control evaluations in North, Central and South American subsidiaries

Focus in financial reviews; expansion through mergers & acquisitions; review of sales programs and coordination with manufacturing capabilities; evaluation of manufacturing efficiency and accuracy of production and industrial waste records; inventory control of high value items (i.e. smart cards); fraud oriented evaluations and subsitution of senior management teams. Liaison between central corporate headquarters and External Auditors Arthur Andersen. Extensive traveling to Belho Horizonte, Manaos, Mexico City, Toronto, Juarez, El Paso, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile and many other foreign and domestic locations.

* Velcro of USA, Inc., Manchester, New Hampshire. Textile manufacturing company with 5000 employees, $ 200 million in sales/year and manufacturing plants and "maquila" operations in 21 countries. Position: Foreign Branches Manager/Audit VP (Europe & South America) (Feb-96/Apr-97), in charge of all foreign business evaluations and audit reviews (financial and operational) in most countries in Central and South America, as well as in Europe and within USA.

Focus in internal control evaluations and corrections to financial statements of newly acquired subsidiaries and existing branches, with emphasis in areas such as profitability, purchases, cost control, evaluation of collection effort of credit sales, inventory obsolescence, forecasting, mergers/acquisitions (due diligence process) and budget control.

Assignments included performance evaluation of local management teams and fraud oriented reviews, legal actions, firing and selection/hiring of new general managers and controllers & guidance through subsequent visits. Resulting action-oriented reports submitted to Chairman, President, CEO, CFO, Treasurer & external auditors KPMG determined substantial savings and corporate reorganizations. Samples of reports are available upon request.

* Dias of France, Inc.,Coral Gables, Florida. Import/export firm with $ 22 million sales per year. Operations Manager (Jun-92/Feb-96) reporting to President/owner. Responsible for day to day operations exporting goods from Europe and USA to South American countries. P&L responsibility.

Previous position in same company: Controller/CFO, reporting to Executive VP, responsible for all financial affairs, including financial statements preparation for several corporations, partnerships and joint ventures in different countries for consolidation and submission to Board of Directors and external auditors Deloitte & Touche. Overseas travel.

Emphasis in cash management,cost and inventory control, budgeting and internal control evaluations for improvement to insure integrity of financial data monthly faxed to headquarters, and EDP systems development.

*International Controls,Corp. (ICC), Boca Raton, Florida. Fortune 500 firm with 200+ subsidiaries throughout the world, including 15 manufacturing plants.Interests in trailer manufacturing, freight forwarding, defense & petroleum gas industry, with sales of $ l.7 billion/year and a staff of 33000 employees. Position: Audit Director (European & Latin-American Divisions), from May/85 through March-89.

In charge of reviewing financial statements and evaluating internal controls in domestic and foreign subsidiaries, joint ventures, manufacturing plants, branches and sales divisions owned by ICC in Europe, Central & South America. Extensive (50%) travel in "solo" trips or managing a staff of up to 4 CPAs, depending on the size & complexity of the field work. Reports of findings and corrections to policies & financial statements presented to local managers in local language (Portuguese,Italian or Spanish) & to U.S.headquarters in English.

Subsidiaries audited in over 30 countries included Tropigas International (53 branches), a distributor of liquefied petroleum gas & domestic appliances; Great Dane Trailers, Inc., (26 divisions) a trailer manufacturer; CCT - Crowley Caribbean Transportation, a freight forwarder with 65 branches.

Emphasis in verification of integrity and legitimacy of financial data sent by domestic and foreign branches to U.S. headquarters, and special projects, i.e. assisting in the implementation of EDP systems to replace outdated or manual ones, verification of accuracy of manufacturing standard costs and assisting external auditors Haskins & Sells in their year-end review.

Places visited included Colombia, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Chile, England, Italy, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Spain. Managed 8.

*Promara Developers, Inc., Buenos Aires, Argentina. Civil and commercial construction in Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil and Uruguay (Sep-83/Feb-85). Position: Internal Auditor : internal control evaluations of construction projects with focus in forecasting & cash management control in countries under severe inflationary processes. Managed 6.

*Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, CPA. , Buenos Aires, Argentina. Public accounting firm (Jun-80/Aug-83). Position: Auditor, performing financial audits in a large number and variety of corporations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. Companies audited included General Motors Corp., Armco Inc., Harrods Corp., Eaton Ejes, Inc., Otis Elevator Co., John Wyeth Laboratories Corp., Channel 2 TV, Saprave Chicken Farms, Inc., Olympia Ins.Co., ANDOS Hospital, etc.

Emphasis in verification of adequacy / legitimacy of records and financial statements.


EDUCATION

National University of Buenos Aires,Argentina: CPA & MBA - Certified Public Accountant and Master in Business Administration. Diploma, certificates and legalizations available upon request. Software: Microsoft Excel 98, Great Plains, Millenium, Open Systems, Corell 7.0 and 8.0, PowerPoint 98, Wordperfect 98, Advanced Word 97, Outlook 97, Windows 98/95/NT, Office 98. Internet savvy. Languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Italian.


PERSONAL

U.S. citizen, married. Excellent health, non-smoker. Will consider relocating.


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