As an experienced global financier located in Orlando, Florida, Matthew Littlemore is originally from the United Kingdom. A strong leader in his field, Matthew has over 15 years of experience in finance and business intelligence. These immense experiences have all contributed to the numerous successes of his professional career. Throughout his extensive and successful career, Matthew has driven substantial business turnarounds, worked through acquisitions, has had successful ERP upgrades, and managed international expansion.
Matthew Littlemore also holds experience in transfer pricing and tax strategy; his extensive financial expertise and analytical approach to work have naturally set him apart from his peers. Matthew has proudly worked in Europe, Asia, and North America, making him a successful global professional who has gained vast experience in new areas through extensive business travel.
Matthew began his career as an analyst for the Bank of Scotland where he was able to learn the ins and outs of finance on the job, teaching and preparing him for his successful future endeavours. Throughout the years, Matthew proved his financial expertise in a number of different finance and business operations roles. Matthew received his education from St. Hugh’ College, University of Oxford, and Manchester Metropolitan University. Following his graduation, he went on to work for large financial institutions such as Morgan Stanley, Central Pacific Bank, and Apollo Group where he held a variety of roles that he would be able to apply to his future finance and business career.
As Matthew Littlemore climbed the industry ladder, he became the Group Finance Director and Treasurer for an international food and beverage company based in Chicago, Illinois. Here, Matthew oversaw all debt financing and budget responsibilities. His efforts drastically reduced the multimillion-dollar food company’s debt leverage, in just a short three-year span. As a very detail-oriented and technically minded individual, Matthew’s professional career has provided experience from many different areas.
Later in his career, Matthew was hired as a CFO for a large healthcare company based in the greater Chicago area. Over his professional career, Matthew Littlemore has cleaned and managed business data on behalf of many large organizations, helping to enable them to make smarter, more data-driven decisions on both a proactive and reactive basis.
Following his time as a CFO, Matthew also served as the Finance Director of Technicolor, HES Europe, and the CFO of a large manufacturing company that developed AC and roofing units. As a forward-thinking and analytics individual, he is able to guide organizations to take on new initiatives while mitigating the risks that they may offer to the business.
Over the years and his career, Matthew has delivered on major projects and has obtained three successful ERP upgrades over the years. Matthew’s significant areas of expertise include but are not limited to strategic planning and execution, financial modelling and forecasting, organizational design, banking structure and relationship management, business intelligence and data governance, financial responsibility, and mergers and acquisitions.
An Interview with Matthew Littlemore
Question: Name the most impactful lesson you learned from failure.
Matthew Littlemore: I’ve learned that failures will always come before your success. It is important that you don’t give up during difficult times or you will never see the benefit of your hard work.
Question: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Matthew Littlemore: My family is the most important accomplishment in my life. Without my four beautiful children and wife, I would be lost.
Question: What did you waste the most time on when you were first starting your career?
Matthew Littlemore: I wasted the most time on overthinking and analyzing if I should complete an MBA, and what school I should attend along with the school rankings of the MBAs.
Question: Name a tool you use for work that you can’t live without.
Matthew Littlemore: I can’t live without dual computer screens.
Question: What is your favorite hobby and why?
Matthew Littlemore: Open water swimming. It allows me to be alone with my thoughts. It challenges me in a way that I haven’t found in any other sport.
Question: What excites you the most about your industry right now?
Matthew Littlemore: It is always changing, growing, and there is so much ample opportunity within my industry.
Question: What concerns you most about your industry right now?
Matthew Littlemore: At the moment, I don’t have any concerns about the industry. It is ever growing and very strong.
Question: What’s the greatest risk you’ve ever taken?
Matthew Littlemore: A few years ago, I changed my industry from banking to corporate finance. I think this was the biggest risk I’ve taken because it could have gone either way for me at that point.
Question: Name one small habit that positively impacts your productivity.
Matthew Littlemore: Constant time management. I find that keeping a constant time table keeps me on track and I can get so much accomplished. This is also true for my personal time as well. Life with four kids and volunteer church service is very busy. We are constantly on the go with extra curricular activities. Time management is a must for me and my family.
Question: What tips do you have for getting a seat at the table?
Matthew Littlemore: Be open-minded. Learn as much as you can. Take every opportunity. Don’t squander your time, and always be up for the challenge.
Question: What book has made the biggest impact on your life?
Matthew Littlemore: Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goldman, also, 7 Habits of highly effective people by Steven Covey
Question: Do you value intelligence or common sense more? Why?
Matthew Littlemore: I value common sense more because it allows you to look at the problem through experience verses theory. The experiences that we gain in our day to day lives will serve us better than any book will.