Curriculum Vitae

James DeWitt Wilde V


Professional Experience

DETECON INTERNATIONAL, Luanda, Angola              July 2010- present

(A member of the Deutsche Telekom Group)

Interim Strategy & Finance Management/ Consultant

  • Change management & restructuring of the Finance team- processes, systems, training and hiring of team
  • Reduction of Days Sales Outstanding from 650 to 75- Collection or write off of over $200 million of outstanding receivables. Established new team and processes
  • Established procurement processes and systems
  • Developed current ERP system (Hermes) and established requirements for future system (SAP), including Cost Center Structure and Cost Accounts to match the new org structure
  • Established CAPEX prioritization mechanism to establish understanding of finite resources and prioritization principles
  • Created clear treasury processes, cash management and forecasting
  • First bottom up budget completed- process and budget community established
  • Developed a structure for Strategic Plan; key inputs to the Business Plan/ Budgeting process
  • Oversaw the development of a financial model which is capable of scenario plans
  • Researched market, gather macro-economic, proprietary, and competitor information to establish initial position for assessment
  • Created corporate vision, mission, strategies and goals- five year time horizon
  • Created a transformation plan including communication, key actions and timelines for immediate implementation

SABBATICAL, Tibet, China & Kampala, Uganda   December 2009- June 2010

Summitted the North Side ofMount Everest

Completed the 7 Summits (fewer than 300 people in history have completed)

Founded Global H2O, a US non-profit 501 (c) 3 company ( Provided clean drinking water to over 50,000 people

Founded Subsidiaries of Global H2O in Germany, Austria and England (2010-2011)

MOBILE TELSYSTEMS, Moscow, Russia                                   2008-2009

Group Director Reporting Planning & Analysis

  • 8 Countries, 10 currencies, three languages, over 12 billion USD revenue with 50% operating margin and 87 million active customers.
  • Responsibility for 270 people, 25 under direct management
  • Developed senior managers & established and trained team
  • Designed and implemented end to end planning and controlling processes
  • Management Reporting refined
  • Cost cutting of Operating Expenditure targeted at $250 million via cost optimization project initiated in RPA team
  • Oversaw strategic sourcing project- targeted saving of $200 million
  • Margin management, tariff rationalization & commercial benchmarking also initiated
  • Activity Based Costing Project implemented inRussia,Ukraine,Belorussia,Armenia,TurkmenistanandUzbekistan. Value Added Services analyzed based on allocated overheads

BRITISH TELECOM GLOBAL SERVICES,                               2003-2007

Munich & Sao Paulo   


Region Finance Director Latin America                                            

  • 22 countries, 25 currencies, 27 sets of books, three languages
  • Managing up to 45 people- Hired and trained the entire financial management team
  • Established core financial processes
  • Managed the implementation of new accounting & payroll systems
  • Created international interface on bids, delegation of authority and budget movement
  • Managed the first positive EBITDA year ever for the region and established a base to turn the region around to a net BTGS contributor (from -1.0 mio GBP to +1.7 mio GBP)
  • Responsible for 700K GBP reduction in annual recurring OPEX
  • Improved working capital by reducing A/R from 70 Days Sales Outstanding to 55
  • Managed year end close, audits (internal and external)
  • Undertook first audit of the region- uncovered frauds and corrected vendor set up processes

2003- 2006

Director Commercial Business Operations Worldwide- Wholesale Business

Head of Sales Planning & Analysis Worldwide- Wholesale Business

Head of Sales Planning & Analysis Worldwide- Corporate Business

  • Managing 25 people (4 teams- Business Improvement, Sales Intelligence, Business Unit Intelligence, and Information Management)
  • Recruited and managed an international team of  six sales analysts
  • Developed total order value, sales revenue, gross margin, OPEX & CAPEX budgets
  • Quota setting & ongoing alignment
  • Weekly reporting & analysis of channel / country performance (Siebel & validated OI, pipeline, Siebel data quality)
  • Monthly reporting & analysis of sales performance (Revenue, Opex, HC, Siebel & validated OI, Pipeline, CCH, Siebel Data Quality)
  • Developed  Systems for Reporting and Analysis purposes, Established web reporting tools, and tools for performance improvement/ performance management; implemented Siebel
  • Program Management, Communication and Training & Development
  • Total revenue under control- ca. €1698 mio / ca. Margin €500 mio with an SG&A of ca. €56 mio and HC of 278 people (Wholesale)

TELEFONICA- GROUP3G, Munich, Germany                  2001-2002

Director of Marketing Planning & Controlling

  • Tasks achieved include the development of Planning & Controlling from the ground up, hiring and training of entire department (6), process definition for entire marketing area, development of cost and headcount planning & controlling, coordination of all marketing activities for commercial launch (7 months), revenue planning developed, pricing development and financial base for financial analysis of all new products and services
  • Analyzed of in market promotional & bundling activities and new product development
  • Acted as the interface btw Sales, Business Planning, Strategy & Finance for Marketing
  • Provided Board of Directors with information to steer company strategy discussions
  • Established organizational changes and reasoning when needed
  • Projects included UMTS product analysis, strategy development from launch to UMTS, and improvements in the revenue management system

12 SNAP AG, Munich, Germany                                         2000-2001

Director of Controlling

  • Responsible for the development of controlling from the ground up
  • Tasks achieved included the implementation of a Headcount Planning and Controlling, interim budget, first company budget, preparation of the business model for VC Rounds, structure and timing of reporting routines, and establishment of cost controlling tools
  • Developed first set of Chart of Accounts andCostCenterstructure as well as the Accounting/ Controlling Handbook.
  • Acted as the interface between the Board of Directors and local management to communicate and realize financial goals
  • Key financial interface between finance and technology. Modeled technology investment needs (hardware, software, and development)
  • Provided Board of Directors with information to steer company strategy discussions. Activity Based Costing project implemented resulted in significant learnings to redirect company strategy
  • Developed initial understanding of revenue and margin split with the auction manager
  • Responsible for the hiring and training of two graduate students from local universities as Financial Analysts

THE COCA-COLA COMPANY, Vienna, Austria                         1997-1999


Senior Financial Analyst

  • Pricing Strategy Development- Worked closely with our bottling partner and research groups to create a model for estimating net P&L and volume effects on price changes inAustria. Established base for 2000-2002 Business Plan
  • Oversaw Reporting Requirements- Maintained company results reporting (actual and full year estimate), maintained trademark contribution data, developed reports on bottler and competitor profitability
  • New package and product launches. Estimated and evaluated system profitability. Worked with bottling partner to attain aligned and profitable decisions on new packages, products, promotions and other initiatives
  • Represented Austria Region on financial matters in the absence of the Finance Manager
  • Ad hoc support of the Finance Manager, the Central European Division, or Headquarters as needed


Business Analyst

  • Led Multi-Functional Projects to develop management analytical tools:
  • Price and economic effects on company sales, market share and consumer affordability issues
  • Created Cold Drink Equipment Business Model for support of capital investment decision and negotiation with our bottling partner
  • Created Division Daily Sales Report including variance analysis and forecasting for day-to-day management of business
  • Actively contributed to Senior Division Management Presentations
  • Provided analysis across departments, functions and borders using historical data, current events, industry news, and economic development to support strategy revision and destination plans

CREDITANSTALT BANKVEREIN, Vienna, Austria                 1996-1997

International Treasury Controller

  • Established risk measures, monitored & controlled all treasury positions for all affiliates and subsidiaries
  • Produced management reports, created budgets and forecasts
  • Developed steering tools to analyze and evaluate new areas of business as well as current activities (Profit-Loss-Cost Variance)
  • Project creating a centralized Treasury database to improve data quality, to streamline risk management, profit and loss reporting
  • Project building a Treasury Controlling Group inBudapest-included training employees, implementing controlling systems, and establishing procedures for reporting
  • Established interest rate risk management system in Ljubljana


University of South Carolina- International Master of Business Administration; Focus in Finance 1996

North Carolina State University- Bachelors of Arts; Marketing and Journalism 1988-1992


English (Native), German (Fluent), French, Portuguese (Conversant), Russian (Basic to Conversant)


7 Summits- One of the first 250 to ever climb all seven continental summits (