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2022 CFO Awards: Medium Private Company CFO of the Year Honoree – Kathryn Browne

2022 cfo honoree_Kathryn Browne

Kathryn Browne
CFO/Chief Operating Officer
Quigley

Kathryn Browne has stewarded Quigley, the largest certified WBENC woman-owned advertising agency in the country, through the past fifteen years. A highly trusted adviser to the firm’s founders, Renee Hill Young and Gerald Bagg, and its CEO, Carl Fremont, Browne has been pivotal and instrumental in the company’s growth and prosperity.

After graduating from university, and earning a CPA and an MBA, Browne joined Arthur Andersen (now Accenture), working in the public sector before moving over to global industrial aerospace manufacturer and provider, the Barnes Group. During the dotcom boom, she relocated to NYC, working for technology research firm, EarthWeb where she helped raise capital and then managed their highly successful IPO, before heading to the West Coast and joining The Jim Henson Company as Corporate Controller. It was soon thereafter that she met Young and Bagg and moved to Quigley as CFO.

As CFO and also COO, the agency has had continuous growth, enjoyed long term relationships with blue chip clients including Procter & Gamble and JP Morgan Chase, and has established a culture that continues to attract and retain top talent. In fact, a recent survey showed that 15 percent of all new Quigley hires were actually employee referrals, a strong indicator that current employees are happy at the workplace.

Throughout her career, Browne has met the ever-evolving challenges of managing demanding client expectations, including their wanting more for less, the rising costs of conducting business, overseeing tough negotiations, annual audits and risk management – all the while maintaining a profitable and continuously growing organization.

 

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