Chief Financial Officer
Thomas D. Downey
With more than 20 years’ financial experience in billion-dollar multi-national organizations, Mr. Downey’s broad business knowledge and leadership skills have been repeatedly proven to accelerate growth, increase efficiencies, and drive significant advances in bottom-line profit.
Mr. Downey combines his experience as an engineer, operations manager and corporate finance and accounting executive to work cross-functionally across Nanotech Energy. Educated at Purdue University (BSEE, Electrical Engineering) and the University of Notre Dame (MBA, Finance), his deep understanding of product development, manufacturing scale-up, and accounting means he is adept at leading on both development programs and strategic financial objectives.
Expertise and Achievements
Mr. Downey’s 30-year career spans periods at Stryker, Avocet Medical, Finisar, II-VI, and Coherent. After impressing early in his career with a string of achievements including reducing development timelines by 30%, he joined Finisar and progressed to the role of VP Finance. He was the finance and accounting integration lead for the acquisition of Finisar by II-VI Corp, leading the GL, FP&A, managerial accounting and IT functions during the integration. He had previously made his mark by increasing gross margins by 5% following his design and implementation of business processes and transaction flows that augmented internal and external accounting and finance requirements. Mr. Downey’s expertise stretches across accounting and financial management, financial business systems architecture, business planning and analysis, data analytics and ERP design, and M&A integration. His communication and interpersonal skills make him a stand-out CFO and an integral part of Nanotech Energy’s future.