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Listen to CFOradio.com as we interview Thornton Howard,Â CFO ofÂ Astral Brands.
Astral Brands, LLCÂ creates, manages and sells three distinct lines of health and beauty products through multiple channels. For example, in the health and beauty sector, the company manufactures and markets premier makeup, skin care and professional use products with brands designed to meet the needs of consumers, dermatologists, aestheticians, and plastic surgeons. The company also provides multi-brand, specialty catalog retail services. The company was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with offices in Atlanta, Baltimore, Maryland and Ozark, Missouri.
Thornton talks about the diversity and challenges of the finance function for a firm dealing with multiple brands. In this situation, the finance role must be flexible and adaptable to bring the same level of consistency, continuity, performance and results to meet the diverse range of financial requirements applicable to brands at different stages of growth in a variety of markets. Thornton leads the Finance/Accounting, IT and HR departments for Astral Brands.
Listen as Thornton describes how he has transitioned his experience with large companies like Home Depot and Accenture to the small company finance function of Astral Brands.