When Brad Tingey joined Golden State Foods (GSF) in 2013, the company had just completed three acquisitions, including two international deals. Consolidating results would be his first and biggest challenge as the new corporate controller at GSF, a multinational food service provider serving 125,000 restaurants in 60 countries.
“We have a number of subsidiaries internationally as well as joint ventures that don't use the same ERP, so we didn't have a consolidated view,” Tingey says. “And as we acquired the three new companies, we also needed to bring them together.” Faced with that challenge,
Shane Riddle, Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at Planar, likes to describe his employer as hidden in plain sight. “You may have never heard of us but I guarantee you’ve seen our stuff,” Riddle said.
Acquired by China’s Leyard in 2015, Planar makes video screens you see in settings ranging from retail and hospitality to museums, higher education and healthcare. Some of Planar’s specialized large-scale monitors are used by NASA to track everything from satellites to space debris. Planar and its parent serve a vast and expanding global customer base.
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