As WittKieffer’s Chief Financial Officer, Erin Lavelle plays a critical role in the development and execution of the company’s global strategy and oversees all fiscal and fiduciary needs of the organization. In her role, she is responsible for deriving strategic value out of data, driving financial planning for the business, providing informed and objective counsel on business issues, and offering technical and experience-based advice to peer executives, practice leadership, and staff. Along with the rest of the executive leadership team, she is a proactive advocate for value creation across all functional areas of the organization. She brings over 25 years of experience in financial and professional services as a talented finance strategist who possesses strength in leadership, creative thinking, strong collaboration, and sound judgment. In her work, she demonstrates vast experience, comprehensive financial knowledge, a data-driven operational mindset, and strategic acumen.
Prior to joining the firm in 2021, Erin was COO/CFO of CBIS, Inc., a privately held global asset management firm in Chicago. Reporting to the CEO, she led and transformed the firm’s global accounting, finance, and operations to support firm growth and product development. Prior to that, she spent nearly two decades with Mesirow Financial, Inc., most recently as Chief Administrative Officer and, before that, as SVP Finance, Accounting Operations & Compensation, and began her career in GE Capital’s Corporate Finance division. Erin has an M.B.A. in International Business from DePaul University, a B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and recently completed the eCornell certificate program in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, which focuses on improving employee engagement, counteracting unconscious bias, and fostering an inclusive work climate.