Eric J. Guerin
Eric J. Guerin is EVP and CFO of CDK Global, a leading provider of integrated data and technology solutions to the automotive, heavy truck, recreation, and heavy equipment industries. The technology company focuses on making the life of dealer managers easier by creating solutions that optimize and streamline daily operations, driven by data-derived business insights. He joined CDK in January of 2021, bringing with him a wealth of financial expertise derived from a career marked with leadership roles at Johnson & Johnson, Novartis/Alcon, and Corning, among others. As the first college graduate in his family, Eric quickly embarked on the path to success that has taken him on journey that over the past 27-years, has included domestic and international assignments. He landed his first job at J&J and over a 15-year tenure, he held numerous finance leadership roles in ETHICON and DePuy. As finance director, he managed an R&D portfolio of $260 million, and worked on due diligence teams that completed more than $2 billion in M&A transactions. Building on this solid foundation, Eric moved into executive leadership roles, and his trajectory has been meteoric since.
Today, as he leads a workforce of more than 300 employees and works closely with customers across 15,000 retail locations in North America, he does so with a unique combination of business and technical acumen, and humility. “In each of the sectors I have been privileged to lead, my approach is always focused on first benefitting our customers. Take care of them and the business will thrive.”
It is this very approach that has contributed to the success of the companies he’s served, regardless of industry. With his diverse background in the sectors he has worked in, ranging from healthcare to consumer products, he has always stayed close to the customer. Whether visiting hospitals to observe surgeries with sales representatives to understand the medical supply requirements or visiting key client sites in the field to ascertain firsthand the client’s mission. The critical component, according to Eric, is understanding the customer’s goals then bringing that back as a baseline to use when measuring the financial strength of the business. From there you need to analyze how the structure ensures support of the business partners most effectively. “The key for me has been treating everyone respectfully and learning each aspect of my client’s business and the players,” he explains.
While Eric finds great satisfaction in helping CDK thrive, he also enjoys the sense of giving back to communities through the retailers he serves and by supporting the employees for whom he feels greatly responsible. Many CDK clients have been institutions in their towns for decades. “We get to support these businesses and help them succeed. I also appreciate the opportunity to make a positive impact on the 6,500 employees and their families here at CDK Global.” he says.
Eric has had an awe-inspiring career. He has a litany of credentials including CPA, CMA, CFM, CGMA, and CVA, and he holds an MBA from St. John’s University. Yet, Eric is never far removed from his blue-collar roots that served as the foundation for his determination to succeed and continue to underpin his reputation as an effective leader. When asked about his early career Eric responds, “I am mindful of my humble beginnings, and I am still amazed to have had the opportunity to find myself in the position I am now. I don’t take that for granted, and I will never forget that whatever level of success I have enjoyed, and may enjoy in the future, is a direct result of the combinations of all of my experiences that have enabled me to empathize and connect with people throughout my career.”
Eric J. Guerin
CFO — CDK Global