Donald Richardson Tapped by Brand USA as Chief Financial Officer

grand canyonDonald Richardson was appointed by Brand USA as its chief financial officer. Formerly with KPMG, Richardson will be responsible for developing and leading the financial strategy for the organization, which has launched the United States' first nationally coordinated tourism marketing effort.

He has more than 30 years of experience in accounting, financial management, automated systems and information technology trends. Brand USA said Richardson has demonstrated technical, management, and programmatic capabilities in all facets of business process engineering, organizational design, strategic planning and systems implementations.

"We are excited to have Don join our team," said Chris Thompson, president and CEO of Brand USA. "Over the course of his exemplary career, he has provided clients with superior leadership during critical growth and transition phases, including hiring professional and technical staff, developing strategic plans, implementing effective management information systems, and directing complex projects."

A former partner with KPMG, Richardson was responsible for spearheading service delivery to several non-Department of Defense U.S. government agencies, including the Executive Office of the President, the Office of Personnel Management, the Sergeant at Arms of the Senate, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and the Department of Agriculture.

Following the spin-off of KPMG to BearingPoint, a management and technology-consulting firm, Richardson served as managing director and partner. In his capacity with both organizations, he provided IT and operational services to a variety of governmental clients and was responsible for market development, service delivery and profit/loss management.

Richardson currently serves on the boards of the DC Public Library Foundation, the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, the District of Columbia Urban League Finance Committee, and the Shiloh Baptist Church. He has also served as a director and vice chair of the DC Board of Accountancy, director and treasurer of Wolf Trap Associates, and a director at both Studio Theatre and the Whitman Walker Clinic.

A certified public accountant, Richardson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Appalachian State University.

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