AVP of Finance
As assistant Vice President of Finance, Raul Perez is responsible for accounting, finance, corporate strategy and planning of the dark aircured operations. Before joining Universal Leaf in October 2019, Raul served as controller for Nitto Inc, a global Japanese manufacturer of industrial products. Prior to that, he served as Finance Director for Essentra Porous Technologies.
He has also held positions in the tobacco business, including the role of CFO/Director of Swedish Match Cigars Indonesia, a large manufacturer of machine-made cigars in Surabaya, Indonesia. As an EXPAT in Indonesia, he led the transformation of the finance organization, assisted with the establishment of an Asia Pacific tobacco distribution center, and managed the VAT recovery efforts in the region.
During his tenure with Swedish Match, he served at various senior corporate positions managing Treasury function, company financing, SEC Reporting, and project manager for SOX and Oracle/MS Dynamics AX ERP implementation projects. Prior to that role, Mr. Perez was Corporate Financial Analyst at GrafTech International, a global manufacturer of industrial graphite and carbon-based materials – a former division of Union Carbide.
Mr. Perez grew up in Puerto Rico and migrated to the mainland to pursue studies. He holds degrees from the University of Tulsa, University of New Haven and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a CPA in Virginia and is fluent in Spanish.
“A One of the most thorough, meticulous and analytical financial professionals that I worked with in Corporate Finance. His grasp of the most complex accounting or financial modeling issues always manifested themselves into the highest quality, well thought out and organized work product. He is well grounded and self-motivated and made significant personal sacrifices.”