Mark Lawless

Mark Lawless

Mark Lawless is a Senior Consultant for the Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning. He has extensive experience in forecasting, planning, business process development, and business management. Mark has been associated with the Institute of Business Forecasting since its inception. He has held a C-level positions, including Chief Planning Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Operating Officer in his career. During his company affiliations, he has been responsible for 1) Development of planning and forecasting processes; 2) Development of forecasting models; 3) Selection and implementation of supporting automated systems; 4) Presentation of forecasts and plans to all levels of management and to major investors and analyst groups; 5) Remediation and continuous improvement of forecasting & planning processes and related forecasting models. During his association with the Institute of Business Forecasting, he has published many articles in the Journal of Business Forecasting and serves as an editorial advisor to the publication. Mark has made a variety of presentations at IBF Conferences on topics of planning and forecasting. He has served as IBF conference chairperson, conference keynote speaker, and moderator for IBF topical groups at IBF conferences. Mark has participated in the development of the IBF's Certification Program, and has developed and run tutorials to prepare those taking the certification examination. He has been a key participant in the IBF In-House Training Program since its inception. Mark holds an undergraduate degree in Economics, and graduate degrees in Economics, Finance, and Accounting. He is an alumnus of Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville), Washington University (St. Louis), Boston College, and Bentley University. He is a member of Financial Executives International (FEI).