Marcus Bergen’s distinctive international professional career prepared him perfectly for his role as Consulting CFO and Co-Lead for CFOs2GO’s International Practice Group.
Marcus chose the global firm KPMG to start his international career in accounting. At that time, KPMG was a newly formed partnership of the American firm Peat Marwick, the German firm Goerdeler and the Dutch firm of Klynveld, as one of the original Big Seven (now Big Four) global accounting groups. With a presence in more than 135 countries worldwide, KPMG was an excellent choice to develop an international career. Marcus served as a CPA for 21 years, during which he was an equity audit partner for nine years.
Rising through the ranks, Marcus’ first international assignment was to KPMG Silicon Valley, arriving in the same month Netscape made its mark as the first internet company to go public. Marcus eagerly began to specialize in technology companies. Much of the audit work related to specific industry needs, such as revenue recognition, capitalization of software development costs, employee compensation, and restructuring plans. A strong understanding of US GAAP served Marcus well when he returned to Amsterdam in the late nineties and began building his own client portfolio at KPMG Accountants N.V.
Marcus focused on international companies, managing US GAAP and IFRS accounts, advising start-ups and medium-sized companies, and serving as the Lead Partner for a variety of large listed companies. Clients appreciate Marcus for his global perspective and practical, solution-oriented approach. Managing a wide range of audit services across the globe and throughout the European continent, including initial public offerings and company mergers, internal control compliance engagements (Sarbanes Oxley), internal audit support projects, and financial statement audits, provided a wealth of experience that led to further growth and leadership roles such as Professional Practice Leader for the Software & Services Segment in the Netherlands and contributing to the American Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands as Committee Member.
Marcus relocated to the Cayman Islands where he started his own consulting company and — while life in the Caymans was good — a more challenging business environment kept calling. Marcus returned to the Bay Area and enjoys supporting CFOs2GO clients, especially foreign companies that need assistance to enter or increase their presence in the US market, and US companies that require support on a project basis to successfully expand internationally.
His background and skill set provides for valuable and dynamic support to set up effective country organizations, create proper company structures, implement timely and accurate management reporting and budgeting processes, ensure adequate frameworks of internal controls, provide interim CFO functionality, and support internal audit functions and projects when and where needed, in the U.S. or anywhere around the world.
Born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Marcus graduated with a Master’s degree in Business Economics from the Free University of Amsterdam. During his studies, he spent time abroad at the MBA program of the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana, and completed a marketing internship with the global British/Dutch consumer goods company Unilever (Lever Brothers Plc.) in New York City.
Marcus enjoys scuba diving with his American wife and playing golf around the world, having visited golf courses in more than 40 different countries.
Marcus has consistently shown a quick response and addresses issues constructively. With Marcus everything runs smoothly: there is open communication, a professional attitude and a focus on problem solving. Indicative in this respect was Marcus’ quick response when a market opportunity suddenly presented itself on the other side of the world- he immediately responded. That was really valuable to us.
– Chr. Mohn, CEO, Lycos Bertelsmann GmbH
It has been very helpful to ask Marcus for his assistance. With his creative, solution-oriented approach, he came up with a number of ideas that we would not have thought of ourselves. Much appreciated!
– Stephen McIntosh, CML Inc.