Thomas Shaffer
Senior Director
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15+ years of experience as an interim financial executive and consultant with private equity-owned and publicly-traded companies and government agencies
Led a successful $80 million recapitalization as the interim CFO of a global manufacturing firm
MBA from Harvard Business School
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Tom Shaffer is a Senior Director with Alvarez & Marsal’s Performance Improvement Group in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Shaffer has more than 15 years of experience both as an interim financial executive and as a consultant with private equity-owned and publicly-traded companies, as well as large government agencies.

At A&M, his experiences include serving as the interim CFO of a private-equity owned, global manufacturing firm. There, he led a successful $80 million recapitalization that provided the liquidity to support the company’s 68 percent year-over-year growth. As CFO, he revamped the firm’s working capital / cash management practices, oversaw the annual audit and budgeting process, overhauled the monthly financial reporting packet, led the re-design of all corporate salary and bonus compensation plans, oversaw a significant revision to the firm’s 13-week cash flow processes, and built a long-run financial projections model key to understanding the impact of expected growth on the firm’s liquidity. He also substantially upgraded the firm’s human capital and oversaw HR and IT.

Separately, as Interim Vice President of Financial Planning of a publicly-traded $1 billion healthcare company, he led the overhaul of the FP&A function, including creating tools to track financial and operational metrics, designing sales and executive incentive compensation plans, and re-vamping all internal and external / board reporting.

In addition, for a publicly-traded conglomerate considering carve-out and spin-off alternatives, he led the finance-related separation planning work stream.

His government experience at A&M includes leading the team that built a state’s $14 billion Medicaid budget and executive reporting dashboards as well as serving as the Interim Deputy Budget Officer in one of the country’s largest school districts undergoing significant reform.

Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Shaffer served as Special Advisor to the CFO of the FBI, where he led many strategy and business process re-engineering projects on behalf of the CFO and other executives in the FBI Director’s Office. As a result of his significant contributions, he was nominated by the CFO for the Director’s Award for Special Achievement.

Mr. Shaffer also served as an adjunct finance lecturer at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, as well as George Washington University’s MBA Program. Course topics included: Managing Working Capital, Capital Budgeting, Financial Statement Review, Discounted Cash Flow Analysis and Risk Management.

He earned a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.