Michael S. Poteshman, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Tupperware Brands Corporation, headquartered in Orlando, Fla., was hosted by the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business as the F. Alan Smith Visiting Executive in October.
Tupperware is a portfolio of global direct selling companies which markets premium innovative products across multiple brands and categories through an independent sales force of 2.4 million. Product brands and categories include design-centric preparation, storage and serving solutions for the kitchen and home through the Tupperware brand. Beauty and personal care products are marketed through the Armand Dupree, Avroy Shlain, BeautiControl, Fuller Cosmetics, NaturCare, Nutrimetics, Nuvo and Swissgarde brands.
From the Chicago area, Poteshman received his undergraduate degree in accounting in 1985 from the University of Illinois in Urbana. That same year he became a Certified Public Accountant.In 1997,PoteshmanearnedanM.B.A. with concentrations in finance and business economics from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
In 1993 after a career in public accounting, Poteshmanjoined Premark International, Inc., the then parent company of Tupperware. His career with the company includes time spent in Nyon Switzerland as the Vice President and CFO of Tupperware’s European operations, its largest operating segment, and in 2003, he returned to Orlando and assumed his current role as CFO of the corporation, responsible for the company’s controllership, treasury, information technology, investor relations, income tax and internal audit functions, and the supply chain for the Tupperware side of the business.
Poteshman is a member of the board of directors of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission and has served on the board of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando. He lives in Orlando with his wife and two sons.
Concludes Robert Niebuhr, dean, Nathan M. Bisk College of Business, “The executives that volunteer their time to speak to our business students bring an insight to our classrooms that add a greater dimension to the students’ learning experience.”