Born and raised in the Great State of New Jersey USA, Mike graduated in 1983 from Seton Hall University with a degree in Accounting. In 1986 he became a Certified Public Accountant. After almost a decade with KPMG, in various roles ranging from auditor to Tax Senior Manager, he left the firm in 1995 to sit on the other side of the desk.
While working for Degussa and Celanese, Mike has lived in New Jersey, Texas, Germany, and Hungary building corporate groups in the areas of taxation and corporate accounting, participating in acquisition and divestitures including full start-up of a New Zealand chemical site, leading the 2005 Celanese IPO, and managing ERP enabling technology implementation projects.
From March 2007 through May 2011, as Founding Managing Director of Celanese Hungary, he established and managed a Global Business Services group handling, in a tri-region configuration, finance and accounting, customer service, logistics, IT and other critical back office services for the global business of Celanese. In 2009, SSON awarded his team the Honorable Mention Best New SSC in Europe.
A frequent public speaker and conference chair, Mike presently advises multi-national companies on the possibilities of leveraged services.