Dr. Catanach is a professor in the School of Business at Villanova University, as well as the Cary M. Maguire Fellow at the American College Center for Ethics in Financial Services. His consulting and research interests relate primarily to business risk management, financial statement analysis, and performance management issues. He has previously served on the faculties of the University of Virginia and INSEAD. He obtained his undergraduate and masters degrees from the University of New Mexico and his Ph.D. from Arizona State University. Dr. Catanach has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant since 1980 and a Certified Management Accountant since 1991.
His professional experience includes five years as an audit manager with KPMG and six years in the financial services industry. While in public accounting, he provided auditing, tax, and consulting services to the banking and insurance industries. Subsequently, Dr. Catanach worked as a funds management officer, chief financial officer, and chief operating officer for several large bank holding companies, where he specialized in merger and acquisition transactions. Currently, he consults actively for several major investment banking firms, as well as numerous private equity and hedge funds, on a variety of global financial reporting issues. He continues to deliver executive programs for numerous professional, private, and public organizations in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and serves as a national instructor for several global professional services firms.
Dr. Catanach's 35 years of practical business and academic experience gives him a unique historical perspective missing in many large accounting and finance organizations that suffer from management and staff turnover. He has witnessed almost four decades of financial reporting irregularities, and can quickly recognize these “games” in today’s financial reports. Most of today’s shenanigans have been played in scandals from yesteryear. He has seen them before; he can spot replications of old frauds, misrepresentations and exaggerations. Given the predictive ability of his fundamental financial analysis and the business wisdom only a grumpy old accountant could possess, blogging about transparency and ethical reporting seems like a natural fit.
He also has received numerous awards for his publication, teaching, and curriculum innovation efforts, and has authored numerous articles on a variety of accounting, finance, and management issues. His work has been cited by Bloomberg, CFO.Com, Forbes, Reuters, and The Economist. He has appeared on Bloomberg West and CNBC’s Fast Money and Street Signs to share his views on financial reporting and market issues.