Mr. Assad is the CFGI New York Office Partner, providing accounting advisory and consulting services to clients in a variety of industries. He has over 20 years of experience providing accounting, auditing, management advisory and transaction services to public and private companies ranging from development stage to Fortune 500. Mr. Assad’s experience spans a variety of industries including media and entertainment, technology, manufacturing, retail, energy and software.
Prior to joining CFGI, Mr. Assad held various executive positions. His most recent role was Chief Accounting Officer and Global Controller at Vice Media. At Vice, he managed all Technical Accounting matters, the implementation of a Global ERP System (NetSuite) in 20 countries which reduced the monthly close process from 15 to six business days. He also managed the company’s Global Business Transformation from an accounting perspective which resulted in significant cost savings and improvement in accounting and business processes. He successfully restructured and combined the accounting function of three of the company’s lines of business which resulted to a more cohesive accounting process and significant cost savings for the company.
Prior to that role, Mr. Assad was the Senior Vice President at WME/IMG. There he managed more than 20 complicated acquisitions, including multibillion-dollar acquisition of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He also oversaw the due diligence and the annual valuations, directed the transformation of the company’s global consolidation system to SAP which reduced the consolidation process by two business days, implemented a process to review revenue agreements with the line of business’s CFOs to ensure revenue pacing is consistent between accounting and finance, and coordinated the S-1 process.
Mr. Assad holds a graduate degree in Accounting from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from ESG in Paris, France. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of New York and is a Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.