A Chartered Accountant and CPA, formally from KPMG and Deloitte Consulting. Stephan has over 8 years of experience in internal controls, consulting, financial controllership and assurance.
He has served clients from a broad range of industries including Oil & Gas, Property & Construction, Pharmaceutical, Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Food and Beverages etc. He has helped and assisted companies in improving their internal controls and finances. He is deeply involved in accounting and business scene, offering support for growing businesses including foreign entities expanding their businesses into Singapore.
Formally at the Largest Commodities Firm in France, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Stephan held the role of the Regional Financial Controller for Asia, overseeing the net sales in Asia of over USD20 Billion Dollars, spanning across 8 countries and 12 platform verticals (Oil, Grains, Sugar, Rice, Juices, Fertilizer & Inputs, Freight, Coffee, Cotton, Dairy, FX Finance, and Metals). He was the regional leader for change management and led the Cash flow reporting and forecasting for the Asia region. He was also involved in monthly reporting of management across operating divisions in credit risk, treasury, tax, accounting, IT and legal. Stephan also instilled competition across country reporting teams, which led to higher accuracy and efficiency financial reporting in Asia, enabling management to make better-informed decisions with its Asia divisional countries (China, India Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Pakistan and Vietnam).
Previously with one of the Big Four Accounting Firm at KPMG, Stephan was part of the audit and assurance division for local and foreign and US-listed companies. He specialised in the area of Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) reporting, primarily deep diving into internal controls reporting for Fortune 500 companies. Being exposed to SOX Reporting, one of the most elaborate and recognised global standards of internal controls reporting, Stephan gained experience from the best practices adopted by global conglomerates in areas of inventory management, procurement, sales management and operational processes. He was also seconded to performed special grant audits, helping MNCs in Singapore secure grant funding from the government of a range of SGD2 million to SGD5 million. He has also lead engagement teams in areas of audit for multinationals and has obtained multiple awards for demonstrating outstanding performance conferred by the Managing Partner of KPMG. He was also part of the Recreation Club for the department and led team bonding events of over 200 employees.
His earlier work experience was in the area of wealth management with Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS). He was involved in the development of the E-Learning Platform workflow for introductory staffing under the wealth management division. He was later part of the learning and development division assisting the UBS private bankers program and curriculum under the UBS University. He was also involved in the ASEAN Economic Community 2015 research with Deloitte consulting, reviewing the Indonesia banking network and assisting in the publication and reporting for the Financial Services and Banking Function under the Strategy and Operation
Today, he holds the responsibility at Gauge to manage a broad range of clients having a key role in driving the firm’s growth and business development. Stephan is also a thought leader in the field of data analytics and change management. He has also served under the panel of the IBM expert advisors under the CFO Rising Summit and an active speaker in topics on entrepreneurship and finance.
Qualifications / Professional Memberships
Registered Management Consultant, Institute of Management consultants Singapore
Accredited Tax Practitioner of Income Tax, Singapore Institute of Tax Practitioners
Chartered Accountant Singapore, Institute of Chartered Accountants Singapore
Certified Practicing Accountant Australia, CPA Australia
Bachelor of Finance, Double Majors in Corporate Finance and Investments