Kaplan CFO Solutions, the region’s largest provider of interim CFO services, has announced that Mark Majewski has joined the firm. Mark comes to Kaplan CFO from Liguria Foods (Humboldt, IA) where he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager.
“We’re thrilled to have Mark join the team. He is a highly driven senior global executive and business leader who has made a significant bottom impact everywhere he has been,” said Ken Kaplan, the firm’s CEO.
Mark’s career has spanned more than 30 years, primarily in the food business. He has held leadership positions in general management, sales and marketing, finance and supply chain. Highly regarded as a turn-around expert, he has spent the last 17 years guiding mature but stagnant companies back to profitability.
At Liguria Foods, for example, he was brought in to help jumpstart the $100 million maker of dry sausage after it was acquired by CTI. The first year under Mark’s leadership, Liguria was delivering positive EBITDA once again. By implementing a customer-centric approach and realigning the company’s mission, customer service fill rates improved from 79% to 99.6%, inventory turns rose 40% and new business revenue was up 30%.
Prior to working with Liguria, Mark produced similar results as President/COO at Mizkan Americas Inc., a $400 million leader in the condiment industry. Three years after he took over at Mizkan, compounded earnings were growing at 20.2%, significantly outperforming peer companies.
Kaplan CFO wasted no time putting Mark’s experience to work. He is currently embedded on-site with the management team at Airo Mechanical, a regional HVAC contractor who recently relocated their headquarters from the Charlotte area to Statesville, NC. Mark is currently on an eight-day a month contract.
“I’ve spent most of my career in food and beverage, so I’m really looking forward to branching out into other industries. The diversity of clients that Kaplan CFO serves offers new challenges, and the CFO partners here are phenomenal. There was an instant chemistry and shared values that has made my transition seamless,” Majewski said.
Mark and his wife, Shawn, relocated to Asheville in the spring of 2019, after their daughters left the nest. “We love the outdoors and were looking to end up in the mountains. With the Great Smokies and Blue Ridge Parkway in our backyard, Asheville is perfect.”
As for the region’s expanding business climate, he says, “Western North Carolina is a vibrant, entrepreneurial business community. The lower middle market provides an energy and urgency to make a difference every day. It makes what we do fun and helps build great companies.”
ABOUT KAPLAN CFO: Established in 2008, Kaplan CFO Solutions is a team of veteran independent CFOs working on-site with fast-growing small to mid-sized businesses and those in transition. Kaplan CFOs work on site as part of the client’s management team, helping to create the financial processes and stability needed to move forward. Working with clients across western North Carolina, east Tennessee and the Upstate of South Carolina, Kaplan CFO has built an impressive roster of diverse clients, including
Aeroflow Healthcare, Van Wingerden Nursery, Moog Music, Parameter Control Group, Asheville Radiology and Carolina Spine and Neurosurgery.