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gary mcgaghey

Summary

Globally experienced CFO with a successful business turnaround/integration/transformation track record

Experience

Nelson & Co Ltd
May 2017

Responsibility for global regulatory/statutory compliance of the Nelsons group

Unilever Plc
October 2015  - April 2017

Reporting to the Senior Vice President and General Manager, Pepsi Lipton. I held full financial, operational, governance and strategic responsibility for the Geneva-based global joint venture between Unilever and Pepsico, fulfilling a key collaborative role between the two shareholders. I played a lead role in defining the business strategy and injected the key insights to drive efficiencies and investment required to deliver sustainable profit growth. Turnover: >$2bn pa.

Unilever
May 2013  - March 2017

Responsibility for UK regulatory compliance (for example Occupational Health and Safety standards) and compliance with the Code of Business Principles for the Unilever UK operating company and the Unilever Global Service functions based in the UK, encompassing more than 3000 employees.

Unilever Plc
May 2011  - October 2015

Reporting to the Global Corporate Controller and Group CFO. Key financial leader and collaborator with the Chief Enterprise & Support Officer and the Group CIO in creating a new global business services organisation, with global operating centres built across Bangalore, Manilla and Katowice. As chief strategic architect and subsequently as lead of the PMO, I played a lead role in partnering the Group CFO in the global finance function transformation program.

Unilever South Africa
April 2009  - May 2011

Responsible for entire investment portfolio and maintaining alignment of stakeholder interests across employees and Unilever. I reshaped investment strategy and successfully managed all stakeholders to implement new pension fund regulations which required redistribution of historical surpluses.

Unilever South Africa
April 2009  - May 2011

Responsible for finance, governance and risk management for the South Africa Foods & Home & Personal Care business unit; key collaborative point of contact with 25% minority shareholder Remgro Pty Ltd. Main orchestrator and negotiator of mergers and acquisitions, leading resulting integration/carve outs. Turnover >€2bn.

Robertsons Foods Group and Unilever South Africa
April 2000  - May 2011

Responsibility for full financial regulatory/statutory compliance of the Robertsons Foods group and member of Audit & Code committees.

Unilever Plc
September 2005  - March 2009

Promoted to work in London with the Senior Vice President M&A and Group CFO to source and pursue M&A opportunities for Unilever’s four product categories and its global footprint. Led large multi-country M&A transactions entailing significant business unit disposals, restructuring of global joint ventures and global business acquisitions.

Unilever South Africa
April 2002  - August 2005

Member of the Executive Team, reported to Chief Financial Officer of Africa, Asia and Middle East region. Responsible for finance, governance and risk management for South Africa Foods business unit; primary relationship owner with minority shareholder, Remgro Pty Ltd. Played leadership role in the integration of Robertson/Unilever merger and synergy delivery. Turnover >€1bn

Robertsons Foods(Pty) Ltd / Robertsons Homecare(Pty) Ltd / Baker Street Snacks(Pty) Ltd
April 1993  - May 2002

Wholly owned by listed conglomerate, with an autonomous board which was subject to normal governance and statutory requirements; acquired by Unilever Plc (2002). I held the following directorhip roles on the executive boards

Chief Financial Officer & Audit Committee Member - Robertson Foods (Pty) Ltd - 2000 to 2002

Vice President of Group Logistics, Robertsons Group - 1998 to 2000

Chief Financial Officer & Audit Committee Member – Baker Street Snacks (Pty) Ltd - 1997 to 1998

Commercial Director – Homecare (Pty) Ltd  - 1993 to 1997

Education

Financial Times
January 2015
Non-executive Director Diploma
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
January 1993
Chartered Management Accountant
January 1992
Chartered Accountant (SA)
University of South Africa
January 1991
Post Graduate Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Honours)
University of Natal
January 1989
Bachelor of Commerce Degree
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Endorsments
Gary is a motivated self-starter, an exceptional finance and broader business professional who possesses a good blend of strategic insight & operational rigor, gained through a range of diverse international and cultural experiences.
Tony  Latham
2017
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ACMA
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Chartered Accountant (SA)
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Chartered Accountant (SA) – served articles with KPMG SA (after being awarded Scholarship) 1992
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Chartered Institute of Management Accountants 1993
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London Business School - Interneatio Finance 1 Week Exec Course - May 2008
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Non-executive Director Diploma – Financial Times 2015 ▪ A formally accredited, Level 7 post graduate qualification for existing and new NEDs
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Non-executive Director Diploma Double Click to Edit Me! Financial Times January 2015 A formally accredited, Level 7 post graduate qualification for existing and new NEDs
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Post Graduate Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Honours) – University of South Africa 1991 Bachelor of Commerce Degree – University of Natal 1989
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