A strong sense of adventure is not typically a quality you look for in a top finance guy. But with Nitel senior vice president and corporate controller Colm Heaney, it’s different. Having left rural Ireland, where he was raised, to spend time in places like Dublin, London, Sydney, Boston, and ultimately Chicago, his sense of adventure has afforded him a broader perspective. He sees challenges as exciting ways to learn new things, work with new people, or venture to new ground.
Colm has over 20 years in the telecommunications industry, previously serving as corporate controller of Peerless Network Inc., a provider of network-based voice and messaging services to wireless, cable, carrier and communication service providers. Prior to that, he held various director level positions at Level 3, WilTel and Ameritech.
At Nitel, Colm is responsible for leading the finance organization, including treasury, accounting and reporting, customer billing and revenue assurance, credit and collections, procurement and cost assurance, budgeting, financial planning and analysis, tax planning and external auditing.
Colm has a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the National University of Ireland at Galway and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a chartered accountant, having earned that qualification while working for Deloitte & Touche in Dublin and is a certified public accountant.
Living in Chicago with his wife and three kids, he supports his kids in their own adventures, whether it’s soccer, tennis, basketball, baseball or sailing. While he loves his American home, he’s eager to share his passion for Gaelic football as he cheers on County Mayo in their annual quest for the All-Ireland Championship.