Aurelian Bukatko has more than 38 years of experience in accounting, finance, leadership, and consulting, including 14 years as a CFO.
Bukatko provides CEO advising, senior executive coaching, and C-suite consulting. His core competencies include financial and strategic planning, treasury cash management, business risk management, and company growth. He has worked extensively in both the U.S. and Europe, including a 5-year stint in Germany, and has demonstrated his skill in turnarounds, mergers and acquisitions, and the legal movement of corporate assets over international borders, including those of South America, Asia, and Australia.
Since 2011, Bukatko has been a CFO Consultant at Experis (formerly Jefferson Wells). He provides his consulting services to companies across the globe, including French, Japanese, Canadian, and American businesses.
He held his most recent CFO role (2007–2010) at the European / North American exploration and development company Northland Resources, Inc., where he also held the title of Corporate Secretary. He successfully moved the company’s assets and corporate headquarters to Europe and led the company’s IPO in three major stock exchanges. Thanks in large part to his work, Northland Resources is now running a billion-dollar program. From 2003 to 2006, he served as the CFO and SVP of Alfred Karcher USA, a leading provider of cleaning equipment. He led a successful turnaround, expanding the company’s big-box consumer client base / dealer network while maintaining exceptional levels of customer satisfaction and web sales development, distribution, and warranty management.
Bukatko took on his first CFO role, as well as the position of EVP, when he joined the international, 6,600-employee company Oxford Automotive (1999–2002). There he led the company in strategic acquisitions that grew it from $450M to $1B in eight months with eventual sales of $2+ billion. He also secured a $1B contract via e-commerce auction—the largest in the auto industry. His earlier positions included Corporate Treasurer of the $2.5B manufacturing company Hayes Lemmerz International, Inc. (1997–1999); International Treasurer of Subsidiary Finance Operations, and later Corporate Treasury Cash Management Director, of Lear Corporation (1991–1997), a spinoff of Learjet; and numerous accounting, budget, audit, and treasury positions in the Fortune 100 company Inland Steel Industries, Inc. (1975–1990). Inland Steel Industries is now part of ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel producer.
Bukatko holds an MBA in Finance & Accounting from Indiana University and a BA in Economics & German from Wabash College. He has also earned numerous certifications, including Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Chartered Financial Analyst (Level 1 completion). Bukatko is fluent in English, German, and Romanian.