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Private Company CFO of the Year (Small): Dawn Isaksen


Dawn Isaksen
CFO
Kosas

As CFO, Dawn Isaksen, CPA played an essential and integral role in Kosas’ Series A (led by CircleUp Growth Partners) and Series B (led by Stripes) funding rounds. As CFO for the company, she wears multiple hats with grace and leads Kosas’ finance team, operations team and people ops team.

Isaksen got her start in the garment and textile industry in 1991 and became a CPA in the State of California. She has held various financial and operational positions such as CFO, board member, controller, and operations manager in industries including food, beauty, consumer goods, aerospace, packaging, and diamonds. She grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska and moved to Los Angeles at age 15, where she completed high school and graduated from Woodbury University with a B.S. in Accounting.  She lived and worked in Israel for seven years, and speaks Hebrew and a little French.  Seeing the world from another perspective and learning a different culture has made her a better businessperson and fiscal leader.

Kosas Cosmetics unites impeccable shade ranges with botanical-rich formulas. The result? Make up that’s as good for your skin as it is gorgeous to look at, flattering a vast spectrum of skin tones with beautifully pigmented products – from lipsticks to the perfect tinted moisturiser – that are crammed with nutrient-dense ingredients. With help from Isaksen’s financial stewardship, Kosas is fast emerging as a leading consciously formulated collection of good-for-skin and treat-for-the-eyes make up.

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