Executive: Robert Townend, CPA
Position: Vice President Finance and Controller
Date: June 25, 2018
WinterWyman Executive Search has placed Robert Townend, CPA as Vice President Finance and Controller at Artsy, the online resource for art collecting and education. WinterWyman Executive Search's Senior Vice President and Partner Jonathan Mazzocchi led the search.
As VP Finance & Controller, Townend will oversee Artsy's corporate accounting initiatives including financial / operational audits, the preparation of financial reporting, financial systems enhancements and the establishment of various accounting policies and procedures. He also will direct, mentor and grow the corporate accounting team and work closely with the finance group on budgeting, forecasting and financial strategies.
Prior to joining Artsy, Townend was the Controller at Digital Ocean, a cloud platform for developers and their teams. Previously he was the Vice President, Corporate Controller for Telx (now Digital Reality, NYSE: DLR) and served in multiple leadership positions at American Express (NYSE: AXP), including Vice President, Global Business Services Controller; Global Supply Management and Real Estate Controller; and Vice President, Real Estate Controller. Earlier in his career, Townend worked for Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE: IPG) as the Vice President, Director of Accounting and Lead Finance Officer and for Deloitte as a Senior Manager, Assurance and Advisory Services. A Lieutenant with the U.S. Navy, Townend received his Master's degree from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
Artsy is the global platform for discovering and collecting art. Artsy partners with leading museums, international galleries, auction houses and art fairs to create the world’s largest marketplace for art. Artsy’s technology enables the growth of the entire art market by effectively connecting supply and demand at a global scale. With 2,500+ partners across 90+ countries and the most-read art publication online, Artsy empowers a global audience to learn about, discover and collect art. Launched in 2012, Artsy is headquartered in New York City with offices in London, Berlin, Los Angeles and Hong Kong.
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