Geoff Bicknell

Interim CEO, CFO, COO, Turnaround

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An experienced financial executive with an exceptional breadth of skills and accomplishments in both the United States and other countries. This includes CFO and VP Finance positions, as well as General Management, in publicly listed companies, government sponsored companies, private companies and start-ups. Able to handle a broad range of challenges in a professional and effective manner. On a personal note, to me this is all about optimizing the value of the business to its fullest potential, in the interests of the shareholders, the employees, and the customers.


Company Stage Focus: Startup, Public, IPO, Early Stage, Fortune 500, Private, Private Equity Backed, FTSE 500

VP Finance, North American Division, $150 revenue
Replacing the incumbent, I took charge of the finance function of the US operations of a UK Corporation engaged in chemical and metal processing. I re-organized, restored credibility in the numbers and the finance function and hired a competent replacement.

CFO, Public company, listed London Exchange, $275m revenue
The incumbent had a heart attack, so straight in to present results to the City, acquired a Finnish Nokia supplier, organized sale of Public Sector Division, reprioritized wireless technology investment program.

CFO, Public company, listed London Exchange, $300m revenue
Replaced CFO on maternity leave, of a global automotive engineering research company. Presentation of results to investors, prepared annual budgets, main board member, negotiated large debt facility (anticipating recession), helped restructure German operations, initiated installation of SAP based ERP

Interim VP Finance, European Logistics, recently taken private, $1bn revenue
Acquired by PE firm, I took charge of the entire European Finance team, changed culture (cash and profit re-orientated), upgraded team, installed effective analysis and reporting, helped restructure, negotiated sale to French company, large return to shareholders shareholders.

Mentor to CEO, European transport company, $150m revenue
Acquired by PE firm, determined why and where it was losing money. Helped Gen Mgr to exit loss makers, negotiate better prices, initiated a major fleet replacement program, relocated HQ to operational center, significant operational savings. Sold at sizeable profit.


•Co-founded and IPO’d an IT Software/Services company
•Restructured high profile listed IT software and services company
•Key executive in establishing Anglo/French world leading landing gear company
•President of North American Division of major polymer business
•Helped establish Private Equity firm and successfully start acquisition strategy


•Company A. $800m, Automotive components, (plus JV boards in Asia and S. America)
•Company B. $600m, Transport and Logistics
•Company C. $200m fund, PE Firm
•Company D. $2bn, Industrial Engineering
•Company E. $1bn funding, Government sponsored technology development


•Chartered Accountant, UK
•CPA, Canada
•Lean Manufacturing course , University of Kentucky

Years Executive Experience: (18)
# of Interim Roles: (5)
# of Board Roles: (20+)
Company Size: ($5M – $10B)

• Automotive Components (Tier 1)
• Aerospace Components (Tier 1)
• Software
• IT Services
• Public Sector Process Outsourcing
• Polymer Manufacturing
• Consultancy
• Steel Manufacturing
• Telematics
• Mobile Wireless

Building a Management Team
• Board Advisory
• Corporate Negotiation
• Corporate Development
• Corporate Governance
• International Business
• Joint Ventures
• Audits
• Budget, Cost & Internal Controls
• Business Valuation
• Debt and Refinancing
• Financial Analysis
• Investment Advisory
• Risk Management
• Cost
• Cycles/Response
• Distribution
• Logistics
• Offshore Development
• Outsourcing
• Process Improvement
• Client Relations Management
• Business Development
• Direct Sales
• Pricing Strategies
• Sales Forecasting
• Sales Force Training/Assessment/Recruitment
• Fundraising
• Company Sale
• Acquisition Integration
• B2B Marketing
• Global Expansion
• Market Development
• Advancing & Emerging Technologies
• Systems Integration & Infrastructure