Steen is a dedicated and results-driven finance professional with hands-on experience in finance, M&A, change management, process improvement, project management, compliance and other general administration functions.
Focused on delivering work of the highest professional standards Steen works to ensure that the long and short term strategic and financial goals of a company are met. He possesses excellent business communication skills and can consult with influence at all levels.
Extensive healthcare business experience has shaped a true finance and operations specialist, who started more than 25 years ago as an auditor at PwC in Denmark. Being a true metropolitan and global citizen, Steen has held positions in Europe, the Middle East, UK, Japan, Korea and China.
After 8 years at PwC, Steen took up a Financial Controller position at FLSmidth overseeing large engineering projects in Brazil, Spain, and Indonesia.
Subsequently Steen Nielsen worked 11 years at Coloplast, initially 8 years as Business Support Director for Japan & Asia Pacific where he oversaw several optimization and ERP projects focused on improving profitability. One of Steen’s largest accomplishments at Coloplast was delivering a distribution project entailing centralization of 10 logistics centers.
Prior to exploring a career in interim management, Steen was CFO of Smith & Nephew’s Emerging Market division in UAE where he led the financial due diligence – as well as the post-acquisition integration – of entities in India and Turkey. He also partnered on a growth business case in Saudi Arabia that entailed doubling ground staff in Saudi Arabia as well as improving warehousing solutions.
At the company’s request Steen subsequently moved to China. The purpose was to build backbone processes to ensure that the significant growth in the country was supported by sustainable business systems and practices. This included optimization of the ordering processes thereby significantly improving product supply (from 80% to 99% On time in full – OTIF).
Steen’s interim management career began over two years ago and he has since held interim finance positions at Terumo in Dubai, UAE at BSN Medical in Tokyo, Japan. At Terumo Dubai, the main change was the closure of the warehouse operations with transfer of processes to Terumo’s Regional Distribution Center in Belgium. At BSN Medical Tokyo the project encompassed setup of all business processes, including 3PL warehousing and SAP integration. Both these assignments were extended to 1 year following successful execution of the respective initial assignments.
He has most recently been engaged on an Interim basis with a medical devices organization in Seoul, Korea.
Steen holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Finance Management) which has been supplemented with an Executive MBA from Insead.
Having been on a semi-full-time interim management assignment in South Korea for over 2 years Steen left Accelerate Evolution at the beginning of 2019 – he remains a member of the Accelerate Evolution Alumni group.