Mr. Burke has over 30 plus years of corporate finance experience including strategic financial management, treasury, private equity, M&A, buyouts, financial operations and investor relation activities.
He gained his first 18 years of insight and experience in finance through a number of G2000 manufacturing, consumer products and financial services companies. He held various financial management positions of increasing responsibility at Emerson Electric, Chesebrough-Ponds Inc. and John Hancock Life Insurance Co. At both Emerson Electric and Chesebrough-Ponds, Mr. Burke did extensive acquisition and buyout analysis along with target company recommendations, ranging from $10M – $200M in revenues, in order to accelerate new product development, enable market penetration, develop product line extensions, increase market share and improve manufacturing efficiencies.
At Emerson Electric, he was a member of the post-acquisition synergy committee for a Chinese manufacturing joint venture, achieving a 20% annual increase in profitability in the combined international operations within 15 months. On the buyout and acquisition side, responsibilities involved eliminating redundant processes, streamlining operations and implementing extensive financial reporting for effective operational measurement. He was instrumental in leading business process re-engineering initiatives, which achieved over a 40% efficiency improvement in acquired operations.
Over the last 15 years, he has assisted in raising over $70M in private equity and venture capital funding for various early and growth stage companies. He also led all financial and administrative related activities for the business including assisting in strategic management, private equity financing, corporate finance, administration, and investor relation activities for these ventures. In addition, he designed, created and implemented all business planning financial forecasts, budgets, accounting and operational reporting systems to support operational efficiencies of these companies.
Mr. Burke has a B.S. in Accounting from Bentley College and an M.B.A., with high honors from the University of Connecticut. He is a Certified Investor Relations professional.