Alta Via's Principal Partners Biographies
Dawn Sedgley, founding principal of Alta Via Consulting, has been a leader and subject matter expert in ERP design, implementation, testing, and advisory capacities for over 20 years. Dawn has experience in both the private and public sectors within the areas of Budgeting, Planning, Management Accounting, and Effective Enterprise Management. Dawn’s mission for Alta Via Consulting is to remain at the forefront of advanced strategic and managerial accounting practices within sophisticated ERP environments. Her vision for Alta Via has been realized by fostering the company’s international reputation and developing a team of highly specialized consultants.
Key aspects of Dawn’s role include, operating as project lead and knowledge consultant for full-lifecycle system integration projects; Management accounting conceptual design; business process re-engineering; implementation of best practices; managing various projects and project teams simultaneously; and, in-depth business case analysis. By performing and monitoring these events, Dawn successfully addresses client’s corporate and project expectations, through sound recommendations and effective enterprise optimization solutions.
Dawn’s expertise in managerial accounting and SAP systems led her to co-author The 123s of ABC in SAP, published by Wiley in 2001. She graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Planning, and completed her MBA, with concentrations in Logistics & Transportation and Information Systems, from the University of Tennessee in 1992. For the last 8 years she has been working with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Cost and Economics to transform their management accounting processes and decision support information.
Christopher (Chris) Jackiw, a principal of Alta Via Consulting, is responsible for managing operations, strategic alignment, and partner development. Mr. Jackiw’s experience covers the application of advanced cost management concepts that includes RCA (Resource Consumption Accounting) analysis, business processes, activity-based costing, and establishing performance measurements. In 2001, Mr. Jackiw co-authored with Alta Via Consulting partner Dawn Sedgley, The 123s of ABC in SAP; a valuable reference book for ERP implementations in the SAP-CO environment. Mr. Jackiw has been involved with integrating cost concepts into client-specific implementations, using cost management systems from vendors such as SAP AG; macs Controlling™; and Jedox-Palo BI Suite™ for over fifteen years.
By combining his analytically insights of advanced cost concepts with his base knowledge of customization with software tools, Mr. Jackiw has had the pleasure of consulting for a wide cross-section of industries. These industries range from manufacturing to professional service firms, including several federal governmental agencies. Over the span of his consulting career, Chris has made several presentations including SAP’s Sapphire FI-CO Conference; CAM-I’s Public Sector Conference; Institute of Management Accountants’ Annual Conference; and other AICPA presentations. He also is actively engaged as a member at the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS) and a board member of the RCA Institute.
Chris Jackiw, a Chicago native, graduated in 1989 from Northern Illinois University’s College of Business and has obtained both his CPA and CMA designations. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Chris leads a very active personal life raising his three young sons along with his wife of almost twenty years.
Anton van der Merwe
Anton van der Merwe, a principal of Alta Via Consulting, has specialized in ERP system implementations with an emphasis on management accounting and decision support for twenty five years. Anton has been actively engaged in advancing principles for management accounting and has published numerous articles, most notably the Case for RCA series, the Management Accounting Philosophy series and the Debating the Principles series. His consulting and implementation experience covers several generations of SAP systems and a newly developed in-memory BI costing application called proEO that supports principle-based management accounting.
Anton was instrumental in the conception of Resource Consumption Accounting (RCA) and received the CAM-I Bonsack Award in 2006 for his contribution to management accounting. RCA is the only principle-based management accounting approach available in the market today. Anton was a member of the International Federation of Accountants’ (IFAC) task force that wrote a principle-based international good practice guide (an IGPG) Evaluating and Improving Costing in Organizations for management accounting, and he co-authored the IMA’s Managerial Costing Conceptual Framework (MCCF). The MCCF outlines a framework and principles for management accounting to provide effective decision support information. Anton also currently serves as an Editorial Board member for Cost Management magazine.
Anton holds the following academic qualifications: an Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Baccalarius Commerci (B. Comm) in Economics and Transportation Economics, and an MBA. The latter included a thesis that entailed an international research project into 180 companies on the German management accounting approach – Grenzplankostenrechnung (GPK).