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MorganFranklin Corporation Continues Rapid Growth, Appoints 11 New Directors


Experienced finance, operations, and IT professionals will support MorganFranklin’s continued growth in the marketplace.

McLean, Virginia – April 5, 2011
MorganFranklin Corporation, a business and technology consulting firm that delivers financial management, performance improvement, and national security solutions to government and industry clients, announced the appointment of 11 Directors within the company. Over the course of the past year, MorganFranklin has experienced increased demand in all areas of the business. In an effort to deepen its core capabilities in several key areas, MorganFranklin has promoted and hired 11 professionals to the Director level, including: Roger Ammons, Darden Bell-Ramchandran, Scott Bryant, Shawn Degnan, Amy Forsythe, Dee Mirando-Gould, Wendy Morris, Mark Payne, Raji Sarma, Amee Shah, and Antonio Valenzuela.

“As MorganFranklin continues to experience rapid growth, we welcome the addition of these skilled professionals who bring significant experience in finance and accounting, process optimization, project management, and technology. In addition, we commend our longtime team members who have been promoted in recognition of their strengths and accomplishments in serving clients, developing solutions, and mentoring our employees,” said Robert Morgan, CEO and co-founder of MorganFranklin. “Their combined track records of success and the exceptional talent and expertise that they bring to the organization will surely raise the bar as we continue to solve our clients’ high-stakes challenges.”

Roger Ammons possesses more than 20 years of corporate and public accounting experience, including SEC and international reporting, project accounting, technical accounting policy, complex consolidations, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, treasury operations, financial planning, domestic and international taxes, and financial system implementation. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Darden Bell-Ramchandran possesses more than 15 years of audit, finance, and management experience in various areas including financial and operational auditing, internal controls evaluation and implementation, financial analysis, due diligence reviews, and accounting. She is well versed in U.S. GAAP, business process re-engineering, and government contracting, and has experience in internal control standards and internal audit process and protocol. Bell-Ramchandran is a licensed CPA and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

Scott Bryant is a licensed CPA with more than 14 years of experience advising companies as a consultant or board member in areas including: U.S. GAAP, accounting for purchase and sale transactions, goodwill valuation and impairment, financial modeling, acquisition-related due diligence, and debt and equity capital transactions. Prior to joining MorganFranklin, he worked with the private equity group Pine Creek Partners, where he focused on accounting, transaction execution, and portfolio management while serving as a board member with four portfolio companies.

Shawn Degnan focuses on financial management services and is a licensed CPA with more than 12 years of experience specializing in SEC reporting, technical accounting, and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Prior to joining MorganFranklin, he spent 12 years with Ernst & Young, where he most recently served as a Senior Manager in the assurance practice.

Amy Forsythe is a licensed CPA and serves in the Financial Management practice, specializing in transaction services and the delivery of due diligence and post-merger integration support. She has more than 13 years of experience serving private equity and corporate clients in merger and acquisition (M&A) advisory and audit disciplines. In addition to domestic deal experience, Forsythe has experience with large multinational transactions centered in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, France, and Mexico. Prior to joining MorganFranklin, she served as Director of Transaction Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Dee Mirando-Gould serves in the Financial Management practice addressing complex technical accounting and reporting issues such as lease accounting, derivatives, and revenue recognition. She has 20 years of experience in accounting and auditing, including extensive experience with public company reporting such as initial and secondary equity and debt offerings, annual and quarterly reporting, and internal controls over financial reporting. Prior to joining MorganFranklin, Mirando-Gould served as Senior Manager in the audit practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Associate Chief Auditor with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

Wendy Morris possesses 16 years of financial management and internal control experience that includes OMB A-123 Appendix A, IPIA/IPERA, audit remediation, risk assessment, internal controls over operations, internal audit, COSO, GAO internal control framework (Green Book), and FMFIA. Her service specialties include: CFO Act audit readiness and audit remediation; governance, risk, and compliance (GRC); budget and performance integration; and CFO compliance/federal financial management. Morris is licensed as a CPA, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and Project Management Professional (PMP).

Mark Payne serves federal advisory services clients and is a technically skilled risk executive with extensive experience applying risk management disciplines to increase the effectiveness of controls, foster compliance, and reduce redundancies. He is a recognized subject matter resource on internal audit functions, HIPAA, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, A-123, and quality assurance efforts and related review programs. Previously, Payne provided advisory services to publicly traded companies while working at Controls Integrity, Inc., and served as a Director in Ernst & Young’s advisory services practice for 12 years. He is licensed as a CPA, CISA, and Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).

Raji Sarma serves federal advisory services clients and possesses more than 20 years of audit and financial management experience. Her areas of expertise include internal controls, audit (internal, external, information systems, controls, and compliance), audit readiness, ERP application security/controls design and assessment, risk management, and business process improvement. Sarma is licensed as a CPA, CISA, Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and PMP. Prior to joining MorganFranklin, she spent more than 10 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Amee Shah manages program management projects for government clients, overseeing projects and managing contracts, fostering client and business partner relationships, and directing intellectual capital efforts. She is a certified PMP with more than 15 years of experience in the areas of program management, acquisition management, organizational transformation, and process evaluation and redesign. Shah has successfully led projects in the U.S. and abroad, and has worked with senior executives in civilian and homeland security agencies and the private sector.

Antonio Valenzuela has more than 15 years of finance transformation and IT experience, and he specializes in record-to-report (RTR) processes, business process management, and contract accounting business process improvement and re-engineering. He has managed cross-functions, business units, and multi-site teams for global Fortune 500 multinational companies, and he possesses deep industry experience in manufacturing and business services. Prior to joining MorganFranklin, Valenzuela held management consulting roles in IBM Business Consulting Services’ Financial Management practice and Oracle Consulting Services’ ERP Financials practice.

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About MorganFranklin Consulting

MorganFranklin is a strategy and execution-focused business consulting firm and professional advisor. The company provides strategic thinking and hands-on support to help public companies, fast-growing private companies, and government clients manage growth and maximize performance. The firm delivers strategy, accounting and transaction services, risk and compliance, and information management and technology solutions. MorganFranklin is headquartered in the Washington, D.C., area and has supported clients in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
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MorganFranklin Consulting is the brand name referring to the global organization of MorganFranklin, Inc. and its subsidiary MorganFranklin Consulting, LLC.