Shree Mukhopadhyaya leads the finance and accounting team at Culture Studio, a mid-sized merchandising company. Shree is an enthusiastic steward of the unique entrepreneurial culture that Culture Studio founders have developed based on radical open-mindedness, grit and tenacity. He drives discipline by demonstrating the value of thorough financial and strategic planning and timely data analytics. He sees his role as a strategic leader focused on minimizing negative surprises through dynamic forecasting and identifying emerging trends. Sridip greatly values the power of a motivated and ethical team, and he mentors his team to see their role as a business advisory function rather than a reporting function.
Shree is able to bring a unique perspective to the table due to his international experience in multiple industries and roles, including public accounting, investment management and risk management. He has played important roles in product development at Transamerica and worked closely with product portfolio managers at HNI. Having worked in India and Africa before moving to the US, Shree understands that culture and environment influence what motivates people to give their best effort.
Shree believes that the customer and the community constitute the primary purpose of all business operations. He emphasizes that minimizing waste is not just a function of reducing cost. Waste in any form, whether of time, money, opportunity or motivation should be minimized by implementing simple and streamlined processes leveraging technology wherever possible. He emphasizes the merits of identifying a wide range of alternatives when faced with a challenge and applying focused attention towards reframing the challenge to flip the focus on the opportunities that the situation presents. Having operated in complex organizations in Fortune 500 companies, Shree appreciates the beauty of simplicity. He often challenges the executive teams to articulate the purpose of any initiative in terms that are succinct and simple enough to justify the action to any customer.
Background and Long-Term Goals:
Shree earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Iowa in 2008. Between 2009 and 2014, Shree also earned his CPA, CFA, FRM and CGMA designations. He is currently affiliated with the Chicago Chapter of the CFA Institute and is a member of the CFO Alliance. He also serves on the Board of First Norther Credit Union and volunteers on the University of Iowa Finance Advisory Committee. In the next few years, Shree aspires to grow any company he works for in a manner that creates a rock solid balance sheet and a competitive moat that is not rocked by recessions or changes in the regulatory environment. He credits his success to his diverse experience and continuous learning, his eagerness to embrace new technology and to team work.
Shree is looking forward to networking and connecting with other like-minded professionals, and to expanding his knowledge through his association with the CFO Alliance.