Gary McGaghey is a graduate of the University of Natal and the University of South Africa with a bachelor’s degree and a postgraduate degree in Commerce. Furthermore, McGaghey is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Management Accountant.
Gary McGaghey has an in-depth experience globally as a Chief Financial Officer and group CFO of international companies in a successful business transformation record, significant changes and increasing shareholder value through strong leadership expertise. He started in South Africa and has served in several international duties.
McGaghey worked at Robertson from March 1993 to March 2002. He worked with Robertson Foods, Robertson Homecare, and Baker Street Snack as the CFO, Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Logistics, CFO and Executive Board Member and committee member.
From March 2002 to April 2017, McGaghey joined Unilever company after it acquired the above subsidiaries, and for three years, he remained with Unilever Bestfoods Robertsons. Later on, McGaghey worked with the Unilever South Africa, Unilever, and Pepsi Lipton International joint venture. He worked as the CO, Vice President of Finance and Group CFO of these companies.
In May 2017- June 2019, Gary McGaghey joined Nelsons, a UK based global alternative medicine business and served as CFO, Company Secretary, Executive Board Member, and Statutory Director.
McGaghey is now working with Williams Lea Tag company, owned by private equity experts PE Group and Advent International, as Group CFO driving change and value creation for the €1.3 billion company. As the CFO at Williams Lea Tag, McGaghey supervised the balance sheet refinancing, restructuring cost, acquisitions, divestitures, and mergers. He started by identifying talent and mentoring the team to perform at their best, enabling growth.
- Points to Shape a Chief Financial Officer include:
- Accelerating transformation
- Building trust and purpose
- The future work and new working models
- Enabling growth
- Taxes, risk and regulation
- Environmental, social and governance strategies.