Andrea Vardaro Thomas

Director

Andrea is a Director in New York with expertise in strategic finance, financial planning and analysis, and reporting. Andrea advises companies across industries to optimize their business performance through strategic planning, finance transformation and process efficiency.

She has more than 20 years of industry experience in various finance and accounting roles including divisional strategic finance, FP&A, financial reporting, internal audit and technical accounting. Andrea has worked with a variety of organizations to enhance their business through finance and operational effectiveness and organizational transformation.

Major Projects

  • Led public company readiness efforts in an advisory / PMO role for various IPO companies.  Managed key areas of infrastructure buildout, including devising a formal financial close process, building out the FP&A function and related processes, and implementing routine financial reporting in accordance with US GAAP and SEC requirements.  Assisted in IPO-specific activities such as drafting the Form S-1 document and determining KPIs aligned with the IPO story.
  • Designed and executed annual budget, rolling-forecast and long-range planning processes, inclusive of cross-functional business partnerships connecting end-to-end strategic decision making, scenario planning models, zero-based budgeting and utilizing various planning tools such as Adaptive Planning and Hyperion.
  • Served as a strategic finance business partner to regional, operational and corporate leaders, driving financial discipline and enabling effective decision-making through analysis around revenue growth strategy, cost structure and capital expenditures.
  • Managed finance transformation projects and various post-acquisition integrations, including establishment of a shared services function and redefining the finance business partnering function to provide strategic, data-driven support, achieving reductions in the cost of finance, improved efficiencies and upskilled talent in the finance organization.
  • Developed the external reporting function of a multi-national public company resulting in expedited time to file and improved quality of external reporting in compliance with US GAAP & SEC requirements; implemented data analytics to enhance the quality MD&A disclosures highlighting business performance.
  • Designed and implemented lean international finance organizations capable of supporting public company requirements in a highly controlled environment.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Public company readiness
  • Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)
  • Strategic planning & business partnership
  • Cost management
  • Business process transformation
  • Project management

Industry Expertise:

  • Technology, Media and Entertainment
  • Consumer Products
  • Real Estate
  • Events and Exhibitions

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science – Accounting and Marketing, Lehigh University

Professional Memberships and Certifications:

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), New York
  • Member, American Institute of Certified of Public Accountants
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