Kansas City, Mo. (September 24, 2018) – Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has named Thomas Burns as its chief financial officer (CFO), based in the firm’s Kansas City office. Burns, a financial executive with more than 25 years of experience across multiple industries, will be responsible for Littler’s accounting strategy and overseeing the firm’s financial operations.
“Tom has an impressive and long-standing track record of managing large and sophisticated finance departments across a wide range of industries. His deep experience will be instrumental as we continue to expand and improve upon our processes to achieve optimal organizational value,” said Littler’s Chief Operating Officer Robert Domingues. “Furthermore, as a local Kansas City resident, Tom represents the talented labor pool we are able to draw from to support Littler’s world-class Global Services Center.”
Burns has spent much of his career with DST Systems, Inc., a publicly traded company based in Kansas City. He started as the Director of Financial Planning & Analysis (2001-2007) and later served as CFO of the subsidiary DST Customer Communications (2007-2016) until its sale to Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. As part of that transaction, which he helped orchestrate, Burns joined Broadridge Customer Communications as the subsidiary’s CFO.
“I was really impressed by Littler’s innovative and technology-driven approach to serving clients, where business and legal issues are addressed together to benefit the firm’s blue-chip client base,” Burns said. “Furthermore, the collective resources and talent in the Global Services Center is a true representation of a work environment of collaboration, innovation and connectedness.”
Burns began his career as an auditor and financial analyst and worked with premier professional services firms and corporations, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, UOP (n/k/a Honeywell UOP), Boots Pharmaceuticals (n/k/a Abbott) and the Quaker Oats Company (n/k/a PepsiCo). He earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and his BBA from Loyola University Chicago.