Lisa Cieslak
Chief Financial and Business Operations Officer, GMR Marketing
New Berlin, Wisconsin
email lcieslak@gmrmarketing.com
phone 262-780-5644
Lisa Cieslak is a strategic leader on the executive team of GMR Marketing, an innovative global sponsorship and experiential marketing leader, with over 20 years of experience in progressive corporate finance and operations positions including her current position as CFO and Business Operations Officer. Lisa is responsible for the agency's global financial operations, overseeing Finance, Facilities, Talent, Specialty Services, Legal and Risk and is a Certified Public Accountant. Lisa is a driver of key strategic financial decisions that continue to fuel the company's growth including international acquisitions and mergers as well as opening of new GMR offices.

Board Profile

Experience leading and serving on non-profit boards with responsibilities including administration, finances, strategy and planning, and development.

Professional Summary

GMR Marketing (March 2000 – Present)

Chief Financial and Business Operations Officer – full financial responsibility for global operations including Finance, Human Resources, Facilities, Legal, Risk and Speciality Services.

Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin & Upper Michigan, Inc. (September 1998 – March 2000)

Corporate Accounting Manager – Responsible for month-end including preparing monthly consolidation process, reconciliations, audit, and debt covenants. Responsible for the accounting and reporting of the LSS Foundation and a member of the Distributions Committee.

KPMG (September 1995 to September 1998)

Supervising Senior Auditor – Planned and coordinated audit engagements, primarily for not-for-profits and manufacturing clients.  Prepared and reviewed financial statements and internal controls.

 

Recognition & Awards

Milwaukee Business Journal 2015 CFO of the Year

2019 TEMPO Corporate Mentor Award, GMR Marketing

Milwaukee Business Journal 2019 Women of Influence

Personal

Married for 21 years to husband Mitch. Three sons: Jack, Owen and Charlie. Enjoy golf, biking, tennis, yoga, and boating.

Sector

Non-ProfitProfessional Services

Functional Expertise

AuditFinanceHuman ResourcesOperations

Business Accomplishments

Leadership – spearheaded the creation of GLOW, Growth, Leadership and Opportunities for Women which is aimed at not only increasing women’s leadership and influence, but fostering a culture of diversity, inclusion, and community across the agency.

Global operations – Prioritize key initiatives on a global basis across finance, human resources, risk/legal and facilities as well as business systems and tools.

Mergers and Acquisitions – During tenure at GMR, spent 4 years dedicated to identifying new acquisition or merger opportunities and fully integrated them into Radiate, holding company within Omnicom Group, Inc. (GMR’s parent company).

Strategic Planning – Executive team member, influencing the company vision, goals and strategy including identifying new service offerings while managing risk.