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Mark Lowth MBA, ACMA

After completing a Diploma in Business Studies in 1992, started off his career as a Graduate Trainee in the finance department of Coca-Cola Atlantic in Drogheda, Co. Louth. While there as a trainee he gained significant exposure to a wide variety of finance areas, in a world class environment. On completion of the initial trainee program he was retained as an employee of the company, and held a number of positions in the Accounts Payable, Costing, Management Accounting, and Financial Reporting areas. During his time at Coca-Cola, he took night courses in Dublin, studying to become a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA). He completed all his professional exams on the first attempt, and qualified in 1995.

By 1997 he had moved to Cap Gemini, where he held the position of Management Accountant for the Irish Operation. While there, he introduced a Project Costing system to evaluate the profitability of each of the companies consulting projects. Following his time in Cap Gemini he moved to VISION consulting, as Group Management Accountant with responsibility for improving the accounting structures. While working at VISION, he worked closely with each of the Managing Directors in the New York, Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin offices to implement a standardised budgeting and forecasting system, and designed a suite of simplified management reports for each business unit, and the overall group.

He then moved to KeyTronic EMS based in Dundalk, Co. Louth, as European Financial Controller. In this role he was responsible for managing all aspects of the finance function for the sites in Ireland, Holland and France. He became heavily involved in ongoing cost reduction programs, and worked very closely with the company CFO based in Spokane, Washington. He was also project lead on relocating the companies entire European Manufacturing Operations to one low-cost outsourced site in Kecskemet, Hungary.

By 2002 he had moved into a senior Finance and Operations role in Horseware Products Ireland Ltd., also based in Dundalk. In this role he reported directly to the owner, and initially managed a staff of 160 through 6 functional Managers. While there he led a significant business turnaround, eliminating loss making operations and non-value added activities. This involved massive cost reductions, very difficult banking negotiations, new private fundraising, a complete balance sheet re-structuring, and then finally re-building the management structure. During this time he also completed a 3 year part-time MBA, graduating in 2004.

Since 2005, he went on to set up his own confectionery manufacturing company, in partnership with his wife Michelle. At one point the company employed 15 people. He was successful in selling products into well-known retailers like Harrods, John Lewis, Avoca, and Donnybrook Fair, and also into multiples like Tesco, Dunnes, and Superquinn. By 2007 the company was part of Enterprise Irelands HPSU class, and was on track to grow significantly into various export markets. However with the collapse of its main UK distributor, coupled with a number of other adverse factors, the company ultimately did not survive beyond 2009.  A group of overseas investors purchased the assets of the company and Mark has spent most of the past 18 months assisting them to re-build the business which is now once again employing over a dozen people, and exporting across Europe.

He recently became an associate of CJHNetwork, and is looking forward to using his extensive finance and management experience to add significant value for client companies across a wide variety of financial, management, and leadership assignments.