• President & CFO at Dieffenbacher USA

    Bernd Deffland, CPA, CGMA, LL.M.

    International Finance & Management Executive

     

    Certified Public Accountant (GA,SC, OR - USA)

    Certified Global Management Accountant

    Master in Commercial Law (LL.M.)

    Diplom-Wirtschaftsjurist (FH)
    Diplom-Kaufmann (FH)

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    CPA@BDeffland.com - Cell: +1 864-275-3369

    INTERNATIONAL, BILINGUAL (GERMAN/ US) CEO & CFO

    Over 15 years of experience in international finance & management (CEO/CFO) .

    Dual Citizenship (US/ German)
    Fluent in English and German.

     

     

  • Life is a journey-not a guided tour

  • CURRENT POSITION

    Dieffenbacher USA

    President & CFO 

    Jan 2017 – Present

    - Leadership and direction of the NA management team
    - Overall management and leadership of accounting personnel.
    - Oversight and participation in finance, controlling, budgeting, accounting, payroll and reporting functions for NA operations located in Georgia, USA, and Ontario, Canada
    - Oversight of ensuring timely completion of financial reports [monthly, quarterly and year end] and financial reporting as required by the corporate Parent

    - Regulatory compliance

    Dieffenbacher is an international company in the field of machine and plant engineering, with more than 1,750 employees, 17 production facilities and sales offices worldwide. Dieffenbacher is a leading manufacturer of press systems and complete production systems for wood, automotive and component industries. The Wood division designs and builds complete lines for the production of wood-based panels such as particleboard, MDF, OSB, LVL, wood fiber insulation boards and pellet plants. The forming business unit develops presses and fully automated production lines for the production of fiber reinforced plastic components.

  • About Me

    BERND DEFFLAND, CPA, LL.M., MBA

     

    5925 Bluff Heights Dr, Cumming, GA 30040 – Cell – 864-275-3369 – CPA@BDeffland.com

      

     

     

    President & CFO January 2017 – current Dieffenbacher USA Inc. & Subsidiaries

    • Leadership and direction of the NA management team

    • Overall management and leadership of accounting personnel.

    • Oversight and participation in finance, controlling, budgeting, accounting, payroll and reporting functions for NA operations located in Georgia, USA, and Ontario, Canada

    • Oversight of ensuring timely completion of financial reports [monthly, quarterly and year end] and financial reporting as required by the corporate Parent

    • Regulatory compliance

     

     

    Executive Vice President & CFO September 2016 – December 2016 Dieffenbacher USA Inc. & Subsidiaries

    • Overall management and leadership of accounting personnel.

    • Oversight and participation in finance, controlling, budgeting, accounting, payroll and reporting functions for NA operations located in Georgia, USA, and Ontario, Canada

    • Oversight of ensuring timely completion of financial reports [monthly, quarterly and year end] and financial reporting as required by the corporate Parent

    • Leadership and direction of the NA management team

    • Regulatory compliance

     

     

    CFO Americas (USA, Brazil, Mexico) - October 2015 – September 2016 Doehler Group

     

    • Management of financial operations in North-, Middle- and South America with direct reporting line to our Global CFO in Germany

    • Supporting strategic Business Development from the financial perspective including Mergers and Acquisitions

    • Sustainable further development of future-oriented Finance & Controlling structures

    • Supporting regional Management in steering business operations

    • Responsibility for strategic and operational Planning, provident liquidity Management and Treasury & Banking issues

    • Development and Management of the local Finance Team

    • Contact person for Tax and Accounting Audits

    • Member of the global Finance Executive Team

     

     

     

    Vice President of Finance - December, 2014 to October 2015 Dieffenbacher USA Inc. & Subsidiaries,

    Controller - February, 2014 to December, Dieffenbacher USA Inc. & Subsidiaries, (Alpharetta, GA, USA)

     

    Dieffenbacher is an international company in the field of machine and plant engineering, with more than 1,750 employees, 17 production facilities and sales offices worldwide. Dieffenbacher is a leading manufacturer of press systems and complete production systems for wood, automotive and component industries. The Wood division designs and builds complete lines for the production of wood-based panels such as particleboard, MDF, OSB, LVL, wood fiber insulation boards and pellet plants. The forming business unit develops presses and fully automated production lines for the production of fiber reinforced plastic components.

     

    Responsibilities:

    • Oversight of all finance, controlling, budgeting, accounting, payroll and reporting operations

    • Supervise accounting personnel [4 employees] and transactions.

    • Ensure timely completion of financial reports of the various affiliated companies and reporting to the Parent

    • Coordinate with the external auditors for the annual audits and tax return preparation for the companies.

     

    Key Duties:

    • Supervise and coordinate with all aspects of the financials, forecasts as well as strategic financial planning.
    • Supervise and review preparation of the monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements and reporting              packages.  Responsible for International business practices and processes.
    • Responsible for financial analysis, interpretation, budgets and financial plans .
    • Manufacturing costs analysis/ ensure profitability of projects/ compare project costs to budget.
    • Support treasury function as banking liaison and relationship manager.
    • Assist with tax matters; review filing of US tax returns and other regulatory filings.
    • Serve as liaison for the Company’s external auditors.
    • Cash Flow Analysis for pending projects that are in negotiation .
    • Evaluate and monitor letters of credit in effect for projects.
    • Oversee legal and contractual discussions and reviews.
    • Review the company payroll and employee benefit functions .
    • Consolidated financial statements.
    • Financial forecasting/budgeting/ cash forecast.
    • Problem resolution and oversight of all finance, budgeting, accounting, controlling, payroll and reporting operations.
    • Supervise accounting personnel and transactions.

     

    CFO- March, 2013 to February 2014 MAGESOLAR & Subsidiaries (Dublin, GA, USA)

    MAGE SOLAR USA is a solar manufacturing company headquartered in Dublin, Georgia. It specializes in complete solar systems and provides high-quality photovoltaic modules, intelligent mounting systems and high-performance brand inverters. In 2012, the group generated U$270 Mio in sales.

     

    Responsibilities:

    • Oversight of all finance, controlling, budgeting, accounting, payroll and reporting operations of the MAGE Group USA

    • Supervise accounting personnel and transactions.

    • Ensure timely completion of financial reports of the various affiliated companies and reporting to the Parent

    • Coordinate with the external auditors for the annual audits and tax return preparation for the companies.

     

    Key Duties:

    • Supervise and coordinate with all aspects of the financials, forecasts as well as strategic financial planning.
    • Supervise and review preparation of the monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements and reporting              packages.  Responsible for International business practices and processes.
    • Responsible for financial analysis, interpretation, budgets and financial plans .
    • Manufacturing costs analysis/ ensure profitability of projects/ compare project costs to budget.
    • Support treasury function as banking liaison and relationship manager.
    • Assist with tax matters; review filing of US tax returns and other regulatory filings.
    • Serve as liaison for the Company’s external auditors.
    • Commercial Risk Analysis for pending projects that are in negotiation .
    • Cash Flow Analysis for pending projects that are in negotiation .
    • Evaluate and monitor letters of credit in effect for projects.
    • Oversee legal and contractual discussions and reviews.
    • Review the company payroll and employee benefit functions .
    • Consolidated financial statements.
    • Implementation of new accounting standard and Internal control system/process improvements.
    •  Collaborative management style, Analytical review, Risk assessment.
    • Financial forecasting/budgeting/ cash forecast.
    • Problem resolution and oversight of all finance, budgeting, accounting, controlling, payroll and reporting operations.
    • Supervise accounting personnel and transactions.

     

     

    Senior Associate 4/2008 to 2/2013 at Rödl & Partner USA (Greenville, SC, USA)

    Rödl & Partner is a multi-disciplinary professional services firm, which provides audit, accounting, tax and business consulting services for international businesses.

     

    Responsibilities:

    • In charge of the Business Process outsourcing, external accounting and controlling. 
    • Responsible for International business practices and processes.
    • Responsible for coordinating and overseeing the monthly and annual financial statement closing process of multiple international companies.
    • Main contact for the US Company and the German Parent regarding US vs. German accounting, Sales Tax Regulations, taxable ramifications.
    • State Nexus and other accounting and controlling questions.
    • Utilizing different accounting systems (SAP, QB etc.).
    • Review and preparation of monthly and annual financial statements for various international marufacturing clients.
    • Mentor, supervise and develop a direct team of six, managing work allocation, charge of the BPO (Business Process Outsourcing, external accounting and controlling) Department of the Greenville, SC, office of Rödl & Partner. 

     

    CFO, Director 06/2004 to 3/2008 at Ruhrdeich Holding GmbH (Duisburg, Germany)

    Ruhrdeich Holding GmbH owned multiple entities and is one of the largest car dealerships in Germany. Total revenue exceeded EURO 100M, > 200 employees and multiple locations / subsidiaries.

     

    Responsibilities:

    • Head of the tax / accounting department of the complete Group.
    • Responsible contact for all tax, finance and accounting matter.s
    • Overall financial management responsibility including the review and approval of monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reporting materials and metrics for the CEO.
    • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems, ensuring compliance with appropriate Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, regulatory requirements, and Budget audit requirements. Maintain internal control safeguards and coordinate all audit activities.
    • Manage cash flow and forecasting. Develop a reliable cash flow projection process and reporting mechanism that includes minimum cash threshold to meet operating needs. Optimize the handling of banking relationships and initiate appropriate strategies to enhance cash positions.
    • Oversee budgeting and the implementation of budgets so as to monitor progress and present financial metrics both internally and externally.
    • Mentor and develop a direct team of five, managing work allocation, training, problem resolution, performance evaluation, and the building of an effective team dynamic.

     

    CFO, 7/2002 to 5/2004 Head of Accounting at Jo. C. Boecker GmbH & Co KG (Essen, Germany)

     

    Jo. C. Boecker GmbH has > EURO 150M in revenue, > 600 employees with over 20 locations / subsidiaries and was one of the leading textile retail companies in Germany.

     

    Responsibilities

    • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems, ensuring compliance with appropriate Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, regulatory requirements, and Office of Management and Budget audit requirements.
    • Maintain internal control safeguards and coordinate all audit activities.
    • Manage cash flow and forecasting. Develop a reliable cash flow projection process and reporting mechanism that includes minimum cash threshold to meet operating needs. Optimize the handling of banking relationships.
    • Initiate appropriate strategies to enhance cash positions. Oversee budgeting and the implementation of budgets so as to monitor progress and present financial metrics both internally and externally.

     

     

     

    Accountant, Tax Assistant: 2/2000 to 6/2002 at WP, CPA, STB. Dr. Wittsiepe and Dr. Ganteführer & Partner (Duisburg, Germany)

    Median-sized audit and public accounting firms

     

    Responsibilities

    • Monthly accounting assistance
    • Preparation of annual compiled financial statements.
    • Audit assistance
    • Tax return preparation

     

    Apprenticeship Accountant / Assistant Tax Consultant: 6/1997 to 1/2000 WP, STB Vietmeier & Baron Schürings (Duisburg, Germany)

     

     

     

    education

    Certified Public Accountant (licensed in South Carolina, Georgia and Oregon), 2011

    Chartered Global Management Accountant, 2012

    Certified Accountant (CCI) – Germany, “Bilanzbuchhalter IHK”, 2004

     

    Bachelor in Accounting, Tax and Law - Germany, “Diplom-Wirtschaftsjurist (FH), 2003 (FOM University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Management, Essen, Germany)

     

    MBA - Germany, “Diplom-Kaufmann (FH), 2005 (FOM University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Management, Essen, Germany)

     

    Master in Commercial Law LL.M. - Germany, 2008 (Saarland University, Saarbruecken, Germany in cooperation with the University of Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern, Germany)

    computer skills

    Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint, SAP, Peachtree, QuickBooks, ADP, DATEV

    professional memberships

    • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
    • Oregon State Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA)
    • Financial Executive Networking Group (FENG)  

    professional publications

    Employment law in Germany and the US, Germany
    “Individualarbeitnehmerschutz- & Sozialrecht Deutschland – USA in Zeiten der Globalisierung”
    Books on Demand, 2008

    Bankruptcy – companies in the crises, Germany
    “Insolvenzberatung - Unternehmen in der Krise”, Der Steuerberater, August 1, 2005

    The Management in the Limited Partnership
    “Die Geschäftsführung der GmbH & Co KG”, Steuer & Studium, May 1, 2004

    The US Sales Tax System
    “Warum das amerikanische Umsatzsteuersystem zur finanziellen Belastung für Unternehmen werden kann”,
    Rödl & Partner Auslandsbrief, July 2011

    work authorization

     

    Languages

    • Dual Citizenship (USA/German)                                                                                            English
    • German

     

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