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Maria Helena Pettersson

MariaHelenaPettersson-n (Member since 2014)


Senior professional with over 30 years of experience in finance, accounting, internal controls and corporate governance having acted as coordinating partner serving various multinational and local listed companies in different sectors, involving large and complex audits and consulting engagements. Solid finance background, sound business and strategic skills, commercial skills, international experience, used to lead teams and interact with clients creating a collaborative and results oriented working environment. Extensive records of achievements, timely and accurate results and proven stakeholder’s satisfaction.


Independent Consultant and Board Member – July 2012 to present date

  • Independent credentials in serving large privately owned companies in improving governance and internal controls
  • Assisting emerging companies in preparing for growth and for debt and equity transactions
  • Serving as board member and as Audit Committee financial expert member
  • Vice President of Institutional Relations at ANEFAC – National Association of Accountants and Finance Professionals
  • Leading ANEFAC Women Executive Program

Ernst & Young – September 1991 – June 30, 2012 -- Audit Partner

  • Served large clients with excellence recognized by Shareholders, Boards and C-Suite Executives
  • Solid knowledge of the regulatory environment for public listed companies in Brazil and U.S.
  • Experience with internal and external accounting and financial reporting requirements
  • Annual and quarterly books closing cycle and IFRS adoption
  • Knowledge of SEC and CVM filings and demands
  • Experience with IPO and cross border transactions
  • Solid expertise of internal controls and SOX 404, including direct responsibility for the audit of SOX certifications for 2 Brazilian FPI and quality reviewer for several others
  • Experience with complex transactions such as business combinations, multiple element agreements, spin offs, new ventures and joint ventures, lease accounting and hedge accounting
  • Experience with Corporate Governance, including evolving from family owned to a public company, as well as large multinational corporations governance
  • Experience in recruiting, training, developing and leading teams
  • Experience with M&A activities: from business strategy, valuation, accounting, integration to synergy realization
  • Risk assessment and negotiations skills
  • IT platforms implementation or migration
  • Providing oversight, coaching, mentorship, direction and guidance to teams
  • Prepare, review and approve business plans and drive execution
  • Business advisor to senior executives at clients in transactions and reorganizations
  • Excellence in execution and timely delivery of duties
  • Preparing and conducting management and Board presentations
  • Lecturer at several professional organizations such as IBGC and ANEFAC
  • Significant commercial skills

PwC Sweden – May, 1989 – July, 1991 -- Audit Manager

  • Managing audit teams in Sweden and fully fluent in the Swedish language
  • Gained international experience in the accounting profession dealing with an advanced set of accounting principles at that time as compared to Brazilian GAAP
  • Gained experience in serving large public corporations as being part of international audit teams such as Ericsson and Electrolux
  • Exposed to best practices in financial reporting, internal controls and accounting serving large Swedish corporations

PwC Brazil – March, 1985 – September 1988 -- Audit Senior

  • Leading the field work execution of audits for several large companies
  • Interacting with financial management at large organizations
  • Managing time budgets and work completion deadlines
  • Attended several firm training sessions in Brazil and abroad