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James Morgan – Principal, Asia

James Morgan – Principal, Asia
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James Morgan – Principal, Asia

James Morgan is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Geography from Durham University, England.

He has almost 30 years of experience, having started work at Spicer & Pegler, Chartered Accountants in The City, London with a focus on insurance clients. James then moved to Trafalgar House Group (John Brown Engineering, Davy Mckee, Cunard Line, Cementation, Gammon Construction, Cleveland Bridge, Ideal Homes and Property Development) as a Senior Auditor conducting and managing operational and financial internal audits across the business with extensive international travel. He was seconded to the USA office in Connecticut in 1992/93.

Upon being invited to join adidas Group Internal Audit in 1995, James was initially involved in the preparation of the DAX floatation and other ad hoc projects for the Group CFO. He was promoted to Group Internal Audit Manager in 1996 and Head of Group Internal Audit in 2000, where he reported to the Chairman/CEO for 5 years. During this period James travelled 80% of his time across Asia-Pacific, North & South Americas and Europe, overseeing operational, financial and IT audits across the business, due diligence (Asian operations of Salomon/Taylor Made and Top Flite in USA) and numerous fraud assignments. He also wrote and published the Group Finance Manual, chaired the Working Party responsible to review/finalise finance policy and was Joint Project Leader with Vice President IT for the development and implementation of the adidas small business unit operating system. James moved to Singapore in late 2004 as Director of Business Processes, South East Asia (Area CFO), a key aspect managing the reorganisation of the Indonesian business from a Joint Venture to a wholly owned Foreign Investment company.

From late 2007, James spent 5 years at the Qi Group, an Asian focused MNC, where he was CFO of the principal subsidiary (Direct Sales and e-commerce) and defacto Group CFO for 2 years, during which time he was FICO and SD SAP process owner for the Hong Kong Head Office SAP implementation. James then spend a further 3 years as Head of Internal Audit and Corporate Compliance for Qi Group reengineering the function and overseeing operational, financial and IT audits and numerous fraud investigations.

From 2012, James was CFO (consultancy basis) for 15 months with a Singapore based “start-up” company focused on providing peer-to-peer information exchange to a community of senior IT professionals across Asia Pacific, interim CFO for 6 months of a telecommunications Company in Myanmar before joining the CFO Centre.


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