Tanya is a seasoned finance executive with over 20 years experience in the strategic, operational, and financial management of various businesses. Prior to joining Kotter, Tanya was the Chief Financial Officer for Lockdown Networks where she completed three rounds of private equity financing and was responsible for all legal, financial, human resource, and administrative functions. Beginning her career at Ernst & Young, she later served as the senior finance executive at Digeo, Inc., CFO for Skyway Luggage Company, and VP of Finance for the Aviation Communications Division of AT&T Wireless Services. A certified public accountant in the State of Washington, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia College.
Why did you decide to work at Kotter?
I decided to work with Kotter initially because it seemed like an interesting challenge. The more relevant question is: why do I decide each day to stay? It is still an interesting challenge, but there are many interesting challenges to pursue. I stay because I believe in the mission of our firm and I get to work with colleagues who also believe in it. We help organizations and individuals lead better – especially in times of change – and, in so doing, create a better world. We do it because we believe that so much more is possible.
If you weren’t working at Kotter, what would you be doing instead?
Helping someone, somewhere grow a business that creates opportunity for individuals and communities.
What in your background helps you in this job?
The years I spent helping tech start-ups. The energy and excitement of building a great business with superior products and managing through the day-to-day ambiguity prepares you for just about anything.
What’s got you thinking right now?
I’ve been thinking about how technology will re-shape the human experience in the next 5-10 years – and the inevitable consequences on society. How technology will change our usage of energy and the subsequent impact on net energy exporters as more countries become energy independent. What opportunities artificial intelligence will generate. How longevity will change how we live our lives, including how we navigate our careers and fund retirement.
Share something about you that would most surprise people.
Growing up in Montana, I have a deep love for the outdoors. My heart will always be in the Montana Rocky Mountains and some of the very best moments of my life have been spent sore and mosquito bitten after a long day on the trail backpacking to a crystal clear mountain lake.