Top 10 CFOs to Watch in 2020: Constellis’ Gordon Foster

Gordon Foster, Constellis

2019 was a year that kicked off integration for Constellis and the nine companies making up its end-to-end risk management services portfolio. As chief financial officer, Gordon Foster oversees all financial strategy and operations, and he worked with his Constellis leadership colleagues to integrate the nine legacy companies and 13 separate business units under one organization.

These efforts created a four-division operational structure and a move to a single tool and single process environment for shared services, enabling synergies between previously siloed operations. Constellis plans to continue this strategic streamlining of internal operations through 2020. This includes systems integration that will allow the $2 billion company to be more cost effective, translating efficiencies into more competitive bids to support current and future customers and their missions. A change of this scale for a 22,000-employee company requires an investment in people, process development and technology — all priorities for the company this year.

Constellis is differentiated by the passion of its employees — a majority of whom are veterans of the military or law enforcement — and their willingness and ability to go where others won’t to safeguard people and infrastructure around the world, company leaders say.

Efficiencies in operations will maximize capabilities across the organization to provide customers with greater access to comprehensive security solutions, whether that’s background investigations, social intelligence, advanced training, logistics and life support, unmanned aircraft systems, K9 services, crisis response mitigation, or any combination therein.

Why Watch:

The future of Constellis will be one to watch as the company finalizes integrating its legacy businesses. By shifting resources, investing in more business development to support growth in adjacent markets and technology and with key hires to the management team, Foster is leading the way to drive profitable growth for Constellis in an ever-changing global environment.

See the rest of the 2020 Top 10 CFOs to Watch list here.

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