Alain Houle

CFO | Finance Transformation | Financial Reporting 

Alain Houle, CFO

Capability Keywords

Chief Financial Officer (CFO); Financial Controller/Director; Management Consulting & Advisory; Communications Service Provider (CSP); Telecoms; Finance and Business Strategy; Execution; Performance Management; Finance Transformation; Leadership; Financial Reporting.


Delivery Keywords

Passionate; pragmatic; innovative; thought-leader; problem-solving; motivational; strategic; commercially minded; customer centricity; execution and results focussed.


An exceptional international CFO (and qualified Chartered Accountant) offering a wealth of global professional experience, primarily in the Telecommunications industry.


Alain possesses an international mind-set and approach and is extremely comfortable leading and operating in cross-border, multi-cultural business environments, leveraging strong language capabilities (French, English and Portuguese) and wide geographical experience.


A naturally energetic approach that embraces change is combined with financial and operational leadership skills to originate and drive organizational strategy; building growth in revenue and profit. Exemplary motivational and organisational skills have enabled success in the most challenging of business environments as evidenced by spells in Zimbabwe, Central African Republic and Burundi.


Experience Headlines

  • Deep industry experience in Communications Service Providers (CSP)/Telco.
  • Turnaround and transformation specialist; reshaping financial systems and functions to drive business change.
  • Expert in Financial Reporting; enabling business performance insights to drive strategy and operations.
  • Significant Management Consulting and Audit experience with global advisory form; North America and Europe.

Illustrative Roles, Assignments and Outcomes

  • Finance Director, African mobile and broadband network
    • Achieved 10% revenue gain with deployment of precision marketing toolset
    • Led anti-fraud projects including implementing solutions preventing major fraud issues
    • Identified and corrected major billing issue enabling 1% revenue gain
    • Major uplift to financial reporting and forecasting to enable business development
    • Addressed many issues affecting Balance Sheet status.
  • CFO, major mobile telecoms group
    • Driving transformation; restructuring of Finance functions
    • Led business financing round
    • Significant changes to Financial Reporting to improve quality and cater for hyper-inflation issues
    • Leadership oversight of Revenue Assurance functions.
  • Budget Control Director, major European CSP
    • Uplift to Financial reporting to enhance business insights
    • Implementation of controls to enable correct billing and accounting
    • Delivered monitoring practices to manage revenues and costs with significant tangible benefits.
  • CFO Advisory, major international mobile telecoms group
    • Led dispute resolution with landline network operator returning millions USD and long-term cash-flow benefits
    • Restructured and automated Financial Reporting with significant control and financial benefits
    • Implemented anti-fraud strategy almost eliminating fraud impact
    • Changed interconnect/settlement practices to improve controls and cash positions.
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