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Investment Impact Ltd has changed ownership. All “Louisa Leontiades” services, websites, books, and copywrited material is now managed by Chris Smith. Contact details remain the same.

Strategic Finance Consultant

03/2009 – 09/2017: Investment Impact Ltd, London & Gothenburg
Strategy & Management Consultant (Telco & Technology)
  • Bid Management, contract management and outsourcing process support
    • Acting VP Strategy & Planning for Fidelity Wireless (2010-11)
  • World class decision support successfully applied in complex technological environments
  • Interim financial management and strong management control in multi-stakeholder positions
  • Econometric analysis of customer experience for in/direct revenue and cost impacts
  • Change management with accompanying financial documentation & education for business partners
05/2007 – 03/2009: Vodafone Global, Milan, Budapest & London
Head of Decision Support Excellence (Telecoms)
  • Created, branded and marketed D$E as an expert internal body of excellence
  • Sponsored by board of 9 CFOs to redefine financial decision support excellence in all business units
  • Delivered correlative risk models for project investment, bid management and strategic decisions
  • Owned best practice expertise across 22 OpCos with documentation, training and methodologies
  • Achieved consistent standards processes so investments were correctly prioritised according to ROI
  • Acted as spokesperson for all matters impacting decision support and other excellence centres
12/2005 – 05/2007: Vodafone Global, Düsseldorf, Germany
Finance Manager, Finance Development (Content, Games & Messaging Delivery)
  • Contributed to € 8bn post acquisition synergy programs at Vodafone plc
  • Financial manager for strategic decision making in Infotainment, Pilots & Messaging at board level
  • Bid Management for Global content deals including contract negotiation and start up
  • Control of c.50M€ budget for Infotainment, Pilots & Messaging development teams
  • Accountability for product support and cost baseline for Interco charges within Development
  • Extensive dynamic business case modelling of technologies within company financial framework
  • Complete traditional and ABC analysis with investment appraisal and decision theory
08/2004 – 09/2005: Mobile 365, Puteaux, France
Senior Analyst & Controller (Mobile Messaging Network)
  • Directed financial teams regarding priorities, controls, payroll and accounting conformity
  • Drove SOX compliance initiatives across three entities
  • Prepared, document and internally audited accounts for month and year end close
  • Managed working capital requirements, including cash collection/forecasting processes
  • Ensured compliance with US/French GAAP for tax and statutory filings
  • Central management of customer contracts with payable & receivable timing analysis
05/2002– 08/2003: France Telecom, (Equant SA) La Défense, France
Financial Analyst: Savings Programme Manager (Telecom and Network)
  • Designed and presented global business cases to modify topology, carriers and contacts
  • Drove and consolidated over $120 million of global circuit savings in 7 months
  • Generated $600 million circuit budget forecasts integrating savings and country costings
  • Ensured correct billing/accounts payable, prior to recommendations for cost savings
  • Analysed and controlled financial and KPI data for APA network costs
03/2001 – 05/2002: Reef SARL, Paris, France
Programme Manager (Software and IT)
  • Delivered FF25 million through revenue recognition process for external audit
  • Developed and implemented tracking tools and procedures for global project management
  • Reconciled and oversaw negotiations with global engineering teams following hostile takeover
  • Directed organisational and project information through intranet for development teams
  • Administrated and coordinated bug tracking system (Bugzilla) for all software projects
12/1999 – 03/2001: Jador.com, Paris, France
Business Developer (E-Commerce)
  • Developed European e-commerce ticketing business in all aspects of value chain
  • Managed reservation dossiers of events and company functions
  • Researched and secured suppliers in preparation for expansion abroad
  • Created and compiled procedural documentation to support training
  • Improved site rankings according to different tag criteria on major search machines
09/1998 – 12/1999: Mondexpat SA, Le Blanc Mesnil, France
Financial Assistant (Finance and Consultancy)
  • Developed Financial Advisory firm business and sales in Paris
  • Exceeded top sales figure of cold calling resulting in over £60k sales in one month
  • Initiated sales leads using existing and researched contacts plus alumni associations
  • Provision of relevant documentation for clientele and organization of dossiers
  • Researched offshore financial services in accordance with Financial Planning Certificate
06/1997 – 02/1998: State Street Banque SA, Paris France
Internal Auditor (Finance and Consultancy)
  • Implemented code of ethics and coordinated mother company audit
  • Translated and aided AIMR certification procedure
  • Audited mutual/private funds and performance calculations according to COB directives
  • Analysed broker statistics and Post trade
  • Compiled and translated transversal banking procedures

Education

  • 2017 – 2019 HMKW: MA Convergence Journalism (Berlin, Germany) Incomplete (thesis)
  • 2006 CIMA Management Accounting P1 (Dusseldorf, Germany)
  • 2006 CIMA Business Certificate In Business Accounting (Dusseldorf, Germany)
  • 2003 – 2004 MBA, The Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, UCD, Ireland
    • Thesis (Internship) Regionalisation & Strategy of NGOs (CONCERN, Ireland)
  • 1996 – 1998 MA Management, Finance & Accounting, ESSEC-EPSCI, Cergy-Pontoise, France
    • Thesis (Internship) AIMR Portfolio Performance Standards (State Street, France)
  • 1994 – 1998 BA (Hons) International Business and French, University of Plymouth, UK
  • 1992 – 1994 Diploma French, Economics and English, The English School Cyprus

Skills

  • English (mother tongue) French (fluent), Swedish (Intermediate) German/Italian/Spanish/Greek (basic)
  • MS Office, MS Excel (expert), Decision Making Software, MS Project, ACCPAC, ESSBASE, SAP & Hyperion
  • WordPress, Writing, Blogging & Editing
  • Created mobile application prototype enabling patent for Vodafone Global