Finance, Leadership, Management, Business Strategy
New York, New York
Mark’s career includes Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, Controller, and Chief Information Officer global leadership roles with publicly-traded and private-equity companies. His prior companies include Breeze-Eastern, General Electric Healthcare, Fedders, Amcast Industrial, Witco Chemical, Siemens Medical, Dun & Bradstreet, and WR Grace.
Mark is currently providing fractional CFO services to small companies that do not need a CFO every day and to large companies that have project needs, such as acquisitions, improving customer or product profitability, raising capital, developing investor relations, and creating board of directors reporting.
His coaching and on-boarding experience includes executive financial and operating peers, middle management, and recent college graduates. This coaching includes on-boarding management through acquisitions and grooming finance staff through cross-training in functions moving high-potential employees between corporate and divisions or cross-pollinating them between finance and operations.
With more than 30 years’ experience in executive management, operations, and finance for global manufacturing companies, Mark secured debt and equity financing, as well as presented at industry equity road shows. He led global information technology enterprise systems implementations and developed and implemented activity-based costing. Mark completed a company sale at 17.5X EBITDA.
Mark earned two bachelors’ degrees in chemistry and in biology from Indiana University and his MBA from the University of Michigan. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant.
“Mark as Chief Financial Officer was more than my boss; he was my mentor, and we continued our mentoring relationship after I joined another company. Mark motivated me to do my best, and I attribute his coaching to me being promoted from Corporate Controller to Chief Financial Officer. Seeing Mark in action in a publicly-traded company, I witnessed him develop others for success and promotion both in finance and in operations. Our coaching centered on managing others both up and down in the organization as well as across different departments, time prioritization, and creating innovation. I see Mark as a transformational leader excelling at navigating positive change management and optimizing personal performance.”
— JEFF RIPA