COE Distributing Names Michael Flaherty CFO
COE Distributing, a nationwide wholesale distributor of office furniture, has announced Michael Flaherty as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective as of Monday, March 18th. In his role, Flaherty will oversee the financial, IT, and risk management operations of COE, to include the support and improvement of a financial and operational strategy, metrics tied to that strategy, and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve company assets and report accurate financial results.
“Mike is a great fit for the CFO position at COE,” JD Ewing, President and CEO of COE Distributing states. “His history of operating with and creating a strong culture, building collaborative teams, spearheading acquisitions, identifying opportunities, strategic thinking and financial acumen, are the qualities we’ve identified from the outset of our search. We are extremely fortunate and excited for Mike to be a part of the COE family.”
Along with COE’s excitement for him to join the team, Flaherty is also looking forward to being a part of helping COE to succeed in its vision, to be the most successful and respected furniture source in America.
“COE is a fantastic organization, and the company’s unwavering commitment to quality and complete dedication to customer satisfaction align perfectly with my values,” Flaherty states. “The family atmosphere and culture of creativity and innovation are impressive. I am extremely excited to be joining the team and look forward to being a part of COE’s continued success.”
Flaherty has most recently been working as an independent consultant, but prior to that, has held a variety of finance positions with American Beverage Corporation, British American Tobacco Company and its affiliated companies, and Westinghouse Electric. He is a result driven executive, that brings with him over 20 years of progressive experience in both finance and operations management. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Duquesne University in 1989, and then obtaining his Masters of Business Administration in Finance in 1993, Flaherty has always had the dream and drive to succeed in the finance and business world. He is also the recipient of the 2014 Pittsburgh Business Times Public Company CFO of the Year Award. He is a Certified Public Accountant and an Adjunct Professor for the Duquesne University Graduate School of Business.