Management Team - Chazey Partners

Management Team

Global Leadership

Phil Searle

CEO and Founder

Get to know Phil

Phil is the Founder and Managing Director of Chazey Partners. He has more than 25 years of experience in Finance, Shared Services, Technology, and Outsourcing. Prior to Chazey Partners, he was Group VP and CFO of Cendant TDS International, which encompassed all areas of Finance across four continents, including Decision Support, Financial Planning & Analysis, Controllership, and Financial plus certain HR Shared Services.

Prior to Cendant, Phil was VP Finance and Corporate Controller at 3Com Corporation. He led far-reaching organizational, technology, service delivery, and business process improvement initiatives resulting in the global roll-out of ERP solutions and Shared Services encompassing Finance, HR, Supply Chain, Logistics and Customer Support.

Phil is a Chartered Accountant and has a BA Honors Degree in Economics from the University of Exeter. He is a member of Financial Executives International (FEI).

Regional Leadership

Craig Ackerman

Principal, Federal Practice | Regional Director, US | Global Head, RPA

Get to know Craig

Craig brings over 25 years of experience in business leadership, transformation, shared services and outsourcing to this role. He is an accomplished C-level partner, with multiple successes in rapidly assessing organizational leadership capabilities, team effectiveness, and key processes to define or optimize corporate structure, enhance service quality and achieve strategic savings.

Recently Craig was SVP and Director of a multi-function finance, HR and procurement shared services team at Day & Zimmermann, a $2.7B industrial, defense, and workforce services organization. In a previous role with SAIC, a Federal service provider, Craig was Deputy Director for Shared Services as well as a member of an enterprise PMO charged with removing $100M in overhead costs through functional transformation, shared services establishment and strategic cost reduction.

Craig has an MBA from Boston University and a BSc degree in Computer Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Esteban Carril

Principal, Latin America

Get to know Esteban

Esteban is an executive with 20 years of Finance, Shared Services and Operations management experience in different multinational companies.
Prior to joining Chazey, he held several top management positions in Latin America. He was the Latin America Shared Service Director for Latin America at EMC Corporation where he was responsible for establishing and optimizing a multi-task shared service center across the whole region. Prior to EMC, he was the Latin Shared Service Director for 3Com where he led the rollout of SAP in 8 Latin American countries while also responsible for the transformation into a Shared Services model.

Esteban is a CPA graduated in Universidad de Buenos Aires and have an executive MBA degree with honors from IAE, Universidad Austral. He also attended management and leadership courses at Wharton School and Babson College. Esteban is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Functional Leads

Russell Michna

Head of Operations and Business Development

Get to know Russ

Russell is responsible for the development of customer relationships, brand management as well as the back-office operations for Chazey Partners. He has a proven history of delivering complex projects including the reorganization of multiple business functions, organizational rebranding, and multiple product launches. He has 10 years of experience in finance, marketing, and operations and is well suited to supporting leadership teams to create employee-centric and customer-focused projects.

Russell is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants and has a bachelor and master degree from Western Illinois University.

Sarah Ye

Head of Marketing

Get to know Sarah

Sarah has over 12 years of experience in marketing and events management. Sarah is responsible for all marketing strategies and campaign execution including website development, digital marketing, content marketing, lead generation, and events management.  She also supports management with regional business development plans.

Prior to Chazey, Sarah worked as Senior Production Manager at various professional conference organizations.  In her previous role with Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON), the largest global shared service professionals community, she was Senior Conference Producer in both Asia (Singapore) and UK, managing a portfolio of Shared Services and business transformation events across the regions.

Sarah has a Master degree from Griffith University in Australia and a BSc degree in Business Administration from Shanghai Normal University in China.

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