Phil Searle is the Founder and Managing Director of Chazey Partners, which provides expert business advisory services in Finance, Shared Services, Business Process Outsourcing and Technology.
Phil is on the Editorial Board for Shared Services News (a publication of the Shared Services & Outsourcing Network) and is an Advisory Board Member of SharedXpertise. He is also a regular speaker, judge and chairperson at various Finance, Shared Services and Technology events around the globe. He has written a number of articles on these subjects, including for Shared Services News, SharedXpertise, CIMA and Finance Director Europe.
Prior to his current work, Phil was Group Vice President and CFO of Cendant TDS’s International Markets Division. This role encompassed all areas of Finance across four continents, focusing on Accounting and Control, Decision Support, Financial Planning and Analysis and Financial Shared Services (Professional, Technical and Transactional).
Prior to Cendant, Phil was VP Finance and Corporate Controller at 3Com Corporation, based in California. Here he headed the Corporate Controller Function and the Worldwide Shared Accounting Services team. While at 3Com he led far reaching organisational, technology, service delivery and business process improvement initiatives. Phil also championed the company’s global Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) strategy, resulting in the roll-out of SAP across all business units, regions and functions, including Finance, HR, Supply Chain, Logistics and Customer Support.
Phil has worked in various financial management & control and shared services roles for over fifteen years since leaving KPMG, where he trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW). He has a BA Honours Degree in Economics from the University of Exeter and is also a member of Financial Executives International (FEI).