Well-versed in finance, business management, and accountancy, Lorraine J. Kelly has been the chief financial officer of Delaney Consulting, LLC, since 2022. In this role, and as an advisor to the board as well as the company’s chief executive officer, she maintains responsibility for developing talent within the organization and recruiting new talent to join the team. In addition, Ms. Kelly is deeply involved in each project the company organizes to ensure its success and is well-regarded for her expertise in client relations, having assisted clients with business strategies, transformations, refinancing and negotiations, long-term strategic planning, and pricing analyses. Further, she maintains involvement with training, mentoring, and developing new recruits across all areas of the consulting firm. Ms. Kelly previously served in the same capacity at Delaney Consulting, LLC, between 2008 and 2012.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Kelly was the chief financial officer and corporate secretary at Points of Light, the chief financial officer at ASHINC Corporation, and an adjunct professor of ethics and accounting at Emory University. Moreover, she served with Tatum, LLC, as a partner, practice leader in consulting services, and regional practice leader and with Novelis as an SEC compliance and corporate accounting director. Prior to these appointments, Ms. Kelly was a senior director for Verizon, a practice manager for Parson Consulting, a manager of consolidations and financial reporting for John H. Harland, and a senior auditor for Hartley Fowler LLP Chartered Accountants. She commenced her career in 1989 as an auditor for Grant Thornton Chartered Accountants.
To prepare for her career, Ms. Kelly received a Bachelor of Arts in business studies, with a concentration in accounting, from Teesside University in England, graduating with honors in 1989. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Business Administration in international finance. Alongside her academic credentials, she holds a director certification from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business in affiliation with the National Association of Corporate Directors Atlanta Chapter.
Among her many career highlights, Ms. Kelly is particularly proud of being part of the WorldCom MCI team, which began her foray into forensic accounting, management, and restructuring. During her tenure with WorldCom, she served as director of receivables and revenue management, where she reinstated $100 billion of revenue and receivables. She notably onboarded a team of approximately 250 employees to help reinstate the financial statements. As such, Ms. Kelly attributes her success to her faith in herself and her capabilities. She emphasizes that if she is uneducated in a particular area, she will take the time to educate herself to make informed decisions.
In the coming years, Ms. Kelly aims to travel across the world and eventually ease into a well-deserved retirement. She is writing a book on her interviews with numerous chief financial officers nationwide and intends to write additional books on training and finance. Outside of her vocational efforts, she wants to help nonprofit organizations on a board level, driven by her desire to help others succeed.