CHRISTOPHER J. TANANA
2123 Rochester Rd.
Leonard, MI 48367
Senior financial executive with Big Four accounting experience, CPA certification and MBA
Twenty-eight years of experience with Chrysler in senior level positions in finance and
Strong leadership and project management skills with a proven track record of leading and
implementing organizational improvements and best practices, including: accelerated
accounting closes and SEC filings, SAP implementation, outsourcing initiatives, Sarbanes-
Oxley and IFRS
Able to direct and motivate team members from multi-disciplinary, multi-national
Provided financial and technical accounting support and guidance on numerous business
development and joint-venture projects
U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting
International Financial Reporting Standards
SEC Rules and Regulations
Financial Due Diligence
Financial Budgeting, Forecasting and
Presentations/Communication – Audit
Committees, C-level Executives, Finance
Management, Investment Bankers, Legal
Process Improvements using 6-Sigma
Chrysler LLC, Auburn Hills, MI September 1986-April 2015
Head of Outsourced Services/P2P Processes Jan 2013 - Apr 2015
Successfully led a cross-functional and multi-national team of 60 people in the
outsourcing of accounting and financial activities to Fiat Services Poland, Mexico
and US. Launched with minimal issues. Significantly improved quality.
Identified and implemented significant improvements to purchase-to-pay (P2P)
Implemented company-wide P2P Dashboard showing key metrics and performance.
Director – Alternative Propulsion Vehicles/DOE Loans Dec 2009 - Jan 2013
Managed financial control and analysis of alternative propulsion vehicle and
electrified engine programs. Participated in strategy development process and
alternative propulsion product decisions. Presented recommendations to Product
Committee for approval.
Program Manager for Chrysler’s $3.5 billion U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Advanced Technology Vehicle Loan Program initiative. Negotiated Loan terms.
Developed financial system, reporting and compliance processes in support of Loan
initiative. Provided regular updates to Chrysler’s Board of Directors.
Director – Powertrain and Component Financial Control Nov 2008 - Dec 2009
Managed financial control and analysis of powertrain programs. Supported
executive management in power-train and component investment and sourcing
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Responsible for developing detailed part and component cost estimates in support
of Engineering and Purchasing activities.
Responsible for financial control, analysis and audits of tooling held by suppliers.
Director – Capital Investment Financial Control Aug 2008 – Nov 2008
Supported executive management in capital investment forecast, planning and
decision making process.
Responsible for financial control and analysis of capital investment forecast, plan,
actuals and project administration.
Responsible for vehicle-line profitability analysis on a fully-accounted and net
present value [NPV] basis.
Director/Chief Accountant - Accounting Jul 2004 – Aug 2008
Responsible for all aspects of accounting in North America including financial
statements, financial reporting, accounting research and policies, general ledger,
tax and derivatives accounting, external auditor and audit committee relationships.
Played key role in the due-diligence and sale of Chrysler LLC to Cerberus and
issuance of related $10 billion credit facility.
Successfully led implementations of Sarbanes-Oxley and International Financial
Reporting Standards [IFRS].
Initiated outsourcing of accounting and financial activities to Xerox/ACS
Director – Manufacturing, AP and Payroll Accounting May 2001 – Jul 2004
Responsible for plant accounting for 30 manufacturing locations, processing of over
$40 billion in disbursements and processing payrolls for over 75,000 salaried and
Improved productivity and efficiencies with the implementation of several
“paperless” processes including ERS for disbursements, EFT for salaried payroll,
and in-plant kiosks for payroll inquiries.
Senior Manager – Marketing Cost Financial Control Jan 2001 – May 2001
Responsible for evaluation of, and financial control over, vehicle incentive and
Presented incentive and advertising proposals to executive management for
Project Manager – Global SAP Initiative May 1998 – Jan 2001
Led a team of over 75 business, IT and consultant professionals in the successful
development and implementation of a single-instance global SAP solution for
Finance and Accounting.
Key benefits included an accelerated 2-day accounting close process, standardized
chart-of-accounts and processes, and centralized production support.
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Senior Manager – External Financial Reporting May 1996 - May 1998
Responsible for consolidation and development of financial statements and
footnotes for internal and external reporting.
Responsible for SEC financial reporting requirements including 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K and
other required filings.
Led initiative which resulted in Chrysler being the first Fortune 500 Company to file
its 10-K with the SEC.
Controller – Employee Benefit Programs Sep 1994 – May 1996
Responsible for financial controls, analysis, accounting and audits of employee
benefit plans including, pensions, retiree health-care and disability.
Senior Manager – Cash and Balance Sheet Forecasting Aug 1992 - Sep 1994
Responsible for developing consolidated cash and balance sheet forecasts and
business plans and presenting to executive management.
Identified and implemented several cash and working capital improvement actions.
Senior Manager – Technical Accounting & Policy Aug 1990 - Aug 1992
Researched technical accounting issues to determine proper accounting treatment
for new accounting standards and business transactions and presented conclusions
to executive finance management and CFO.
Developed and enforced accounting policies and procedures.
Provided technical guidance and oversight to various functional organizations and
Other Positions Sept 1986 – Aug 1990
Supervisor - Corporate General Ledgers; International Accounting Liaison; Business
Planning Specialist; External Reporting Specialist; Technical Accounting Specialist.
Coopers & Lybrand, Detroit, MI January 1983-September 1986
Planned and executed audits of public and private manufacturing and health care
companies including Ford Motor Company, Handleman Company and St. Joseph
Prepared and issued management letter comments including identifying process
improvement opportunities for clients.
Researched technical accounting issues in support of audits.
Wayne State University  - Detroit, MI
MBA - Masters in Business Administration
University of Michigan  - Dearborn, MI
BBA - Bachelor’s in Business Administration
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John Stapleton – CFO, General Motors Company, North America
Dave Meador – Chief Administrative Officer and Vice Chairman, DTE Energy Company
Ron Kolka – CFO, Cerberus Operations
John Line III – CEO, Sani-Vac Service, Inc.
Robert Koethner – Chief Accounting Officer, Daimler AG
David Kane – Partner, Advisory Services, KPMG LLP