Lynn Blake

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Summary

For over 25 years, Lynn has held accounting, finance, and executive roles in businesses across a wide range of industries. She has driven business growth, implemented critical internal controls and financial reporting processes, supported significant acquisitions and divestitures in multiple countries, and partnered with CEOs and boards in leading a management buyout, strategic alternatives evaluation, company sale, major restructuring activities, capital raises, and initial and secondary public market offering processes. Lynn is known for her energy, integrity, and ability to drive value creation for investors, stakeholders and employees.

Areas of Expertise

Communication & Investor / Board Relations

I highly enjoy developing communications of all kinds. I have personally developed corporate accounting policies, compensation plans, marketing materials, myriad board presentations, website materials, employee communications, business plans, memorandums of interest/understanding, IPO roadshow video and presentation scripts, earnings call transcripts, strategic plan templates, and business process documentation.

M&A / Corporate Development

I have participated in 20+ transactions including acquisitions, divestitures, restructuring, start-up company formation, initial public offering, and fund-raising for pre-revenue, early commercial stage, and emerging growth companies (EGCs). I have been involved in all elements of the M&A process, including opportunity identification, due diligence, purchase agreement drafting, terms negotiation, financing, integration, and reporting.

Financial Reporting

I have led internal and external (SEC) financial reporting processes, including dealing with multi-entity, multi-currency enterprises in complex consolidation environments. I led global controller organizations and have been responsible for the global external audit as well as implementing many new accounting principles and ensuring timely compliance with new GAAP and SEC requirements.

Internal Controls / Sarbanes-Oxley

I have implemented internal controls and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance at multiple companies, both with and without an in-house internal audit function. I have reported dotted line in a fiduciary relationship to many Audit Committees and been the internal focal point for the Audit Committee Chairs on all internal control, financial reporting, treasury, tax, corporate legal, and IT activities.


Industry Experience

  • Medical Device / Healthcare
  • Semiconductor
  • Publishing
  • Industrial Products / Manufacturing
  • IT Staffing & Services
  • Certification & Training

Strengths

  • Abundant Energy
  • Communication
  • Initiative / Problem Solving
  • Leadership - Business & Team
  • Process Improvement
  • Relationship Building

Experience

Chief Financial Officer

Tactile Medical

Chief Financial Officer

Taylor-Wharton International

Vice President of Finance

Entegris Inc.

Education

MBA, Finance & Strategic Management

University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management

BBA, Accounting & Finance

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Certification

CPA (inactive)

Contact

Phone

Email

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Transforming finance and accounting for a high growth office equipment business.

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