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CHRISTOPHER J. TANANA
2123 Rochester Rd.
Leonard, MI 48367
(248) 705-3104
cjtanana@yahoo.com
Summary
 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
accounting
 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
environments
 Provided financial and technical accounting support and guidance on numerous business
development and joint-venture projects
Expertise
 U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting
Principles (GAAP)
 International Financial Reporting Standards
(IFRS)
 SEC Rules and Regulations
 Internal Controls
 Project Management
 Financial Due Diligence
 Financial Budgeting, Forecasting and
Controls
 Contract Negotiations
 Presentations/Communication – Audit
Committees, C-level Executives, Finance
Management, Investment Bankers, Legal
 Process Improvements using 6-Sigma
Tools
Professional Experience
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)
processes.
 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
decision process.
Christopher J. Tanana Page 2
 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
hourly employees.
 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
advertising programs.
 Presented incentive and advertising proposals to executive management for
approval.
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.
Christopher J. Tanana Page 3
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
international subsidiaries.
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
Supervisor/Senior/Staff Accountant
 Planned and executed audits of public and private manufacturing and health care
companies including Ford Motor Company, Handleman Company and St. Joseph
Mercy Hospitals.
 Prepared and issued management letter comments including identifying process
improvement opportunities for clients.
 Researched technical accounting issues in support of audits.
Education
Wayne State University [1990] - Detroit, MI
 MBA - Masters in Business Administration
University of Michigan [1982] - Dearborn, MI
 BBA - Bachelor’s in Business Administration
Christopher J. Tanana Page 4
Available References
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

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Chris_Tanana_Resume

  • 1. CHRISTOPHER J. TANANA 2123 Rochester Rd. Leonard, MI 48367 (248) 705-3104 cjtanana@yahoo.com Summary  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 accounting  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 environments  Provided financial and technical accounting support and guidance on numerous business development and joint-venture projects Expertise  U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)  International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)  SEC Rules and Regulations  Internal Controls  Project Management  Financial Due Diligence  Financial Budgeting, Forecasting and Controls  Contract Negotiations  Presentations/Communication – Audit Committees, C-level Executives, Finance Management, Investment Bankers, Legal  Process Improvements using 6-Sigma Tools Professional Experience 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) processes.  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 decision process.
  • 2. Christopher J. Tanana Page 2  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 hourly employees.  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 advertising programs.  Presented incentive and advertising proposals to executive management for approval. 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.
  • 3. Christopher J. Tanana Page 3 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 international subsidiaries. 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 Supervisor/Senior/Staff Accountant  Planned and executed audits of public and private manufacturing and health care companies including Ford Motor Company, Handleman Company and St. Joseph Mercy Hospitals.  Prepared and issued management letter comments including identifying process improvement opportunities for clients.  Researched technical accounting issues in support of audits. Education Wayne State University [1990] - Detroit, MI  MBA - Masters in Business Administration University of Michigan [1982] - Dearborn, MI  BBA - Bachelor’s in Business Administration
  • 4. Christopher J. Tanana Page 4 Available References 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