Jack Kahler | Senior Managing Director | Office of the CFO
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Jack Kahler

  • Senior Managing Director
  • T: +1 415 283 4200
  • F: +1 415 293 4497
    • One Front Street
    • Suite 1600
    • San Francisco, CA, 94111
    • United States
    • T: +1 415 283 4200
    • F: +1 415 293 4494

Jack Kahler is a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting and is based in San Francisco. He is a member of the Corporate Finance & Restructuring segment, where he leads the West Region Office of the CFO Solutions practice and the Finance Process Excellence service line. He specializes in finance transformation and organizational initiatives to improve the CFO’s service delivery, efficiency and cost.

Mr. Kahler brings more than 20 years of experience implementing sustainable improvements that have helped senior executives at some of the world’s largest companies gain competitive advantage through enterprise continuous improvement in finance, accounting and back office functions. His expertise includes finance transformation, operations strategy and improvement, enterprise operating model transformation, continuous improvement and operational excellence and sustainable cost reduction and productivity enhancement.

As global Lean Enterprise program director for a “Big 3” auto maker, Mr. Kahler designed and implemented a Lean Enterprise program for the controllership, finance and shared service organizations. He designed and deployed methodology, tools and training for the program management office and center of excellence, as well as directed improvement initiatives across global accounting, finance and back office functions in North and South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific regions.

Mr. Kahler led finance transformation programs for a $46 billion technology wholesaler where he designed credit processes, technology, operating model and organization structure to improve the end-to-end credit lifecycle and reduce annual operating costs by over $2 million. Additionally, he reengineered the marketing order to cash process and organization, saving over $1 million per year. He also designed and implemented marketing trafficking process to manage over 600 active projects.

Previously, Mr. Kahler led post-acquisition integration initiatives in the U.K. and United States and improved cash flow and working capital for a Fortune 500 equipment manufacturer. He streamlined order-to-ship processes and utilized Lean concepts to reduce tendering, order management and engineering design lead time by approximately 40%.

Mr. Kahler has directed the Record-to-Report initiative for an $8 billion entertainment and hospitality company, for which he implemented the process and technology improvements to reduce quarterly close and reporting by over 50% and the Debt Roll-forward and Property Accounting effort by 40%.

Furthermore, Mr. Kahler has assessed the financial planning and analysis (“FP&A”) function for a $2 billion solar energy company and recommended improvements to accuracy and effectiveness of financial reporting, planning and analysis processes.

Working with the senior executive team, Mr. Kahler redesigned the North America Operating Model and deployed Continuous Improvement for a $30 billion leasing and finance company, where he improved customer service levels and reduced annual operating expenses by over $20 million.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Kahler was a director and firm wide Lean leader in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Finance Effectiveness practice.

Mr. Kahler holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University and an M.B.A. in Operations and Marketing from Boston University. He is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

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