Upon obtaining her Master’s Degree in International Affairs and Business from the prestigious Institut d’études politiques in Paris (Sciences-Po), Mercedes worked for 2 years in financial auditing for Ernst&Young in Paris. Her client base of 20+ companies consisted primarily of French affiliates of large American Corporations, across many sectors. Her ease in both business cultures, coupled with her technical abilities, quickly made her the auditor of choice on complex transitions from local accounts into required French Auditing, Financial Statement and Reporting Standards.
She then seized on an opportunity to expand on her accounting and financial acumen through Management Consulting for BearingPoint, also in Paris. Among her client base were French giants including Total, GDF-Suez, Veolia and LVMH Moet-Hennessy. She participated in large-scale projects including steering accounting platform change in 45 affiliates across the world, creating well-conceived and tested shared service center procedures for application in 10+ countries and foreign languages, managing the upstream and downstream impacts of merging reporting units in reporting software. She has a clear-headed understanding of how finance departments work, and relishes the different challenges that each company’s idiosyncrasies create for a consultant.
Mercedes has dual French-American citizenship and speaks, writes, translates and interprets French at a level of native fluency. She also speaks Spanish and Italian.
She is currently a full-time consultant at Legends Consulting meanwhile pursuing her CPA.