Charles Kane

Senior Lecturer

Charles Kane

Charles Kane is a Senior Lecturer in Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Kane is the president of One Laptop per Child (OLPC), a nonprofit organization that provides technology to enhance education in less developed countries. Prior to OLPC, Kane was chief financial officer (CFO) of RSA Security (acquired by EMC); CFO of Aspen Technology; president and chief executive officer of Corechange Inc. (acquired by Open Text Corp.); and CFO of Informix Software (acquired by IBM). He also served in financial executive positions at Stratus Computer, Prime Computer, and Deloitte and Touche.

Throughout his career, Kane has been involved in developing and executing on sophisticated financial strategies in globalizing corporations and mergers and acquisitions. He is a frequent speaker and writer on these topics, as well as other international financial topics. Kane is the audit chairman on the boards of Progress Software, Applix Software, Netezza Corporation, and Egenera Corporation. He is a certified public accountant and has taught international finance at the business schools of Boston College and Babson College. 

Kane holds a BBA in accounting from University of Notre Dame and an MBA in international finance from Babson College. 

General Expertise: Accounting, domestic; Accounting, international; Africa; Alliances; Analyst forecasts; Argentina; Asia; Asia Pacific; Auditing/auditors; Banking; Banking management; Brazil; Business education; Business ethics; Business intelligence; Business plans; Capital budgeting; Capital controls; Capital market; Chemical; China; Competitive strategy; Component software technologies; Computer aided software engineering; Computer industry; Corporate finance; Corporate governance; Corporate strategy and policy; Cross-cultural awareness; Cultural differences; Data acquisition; Data storage; Database and information integration technologies; Derivatives; Developing countries; Disclosure; Distance learning; Downsizing; E-commerce; Earnings manipulations; eBay; Education; Elevator pitch; Emerging markets; Entrepreneurial finance; Entrepreneurial management; Entrepreneurship / New ventures; Equities; Euro; Exchange rates; Executive education; Financial engineering; Financial reporting; Financial services; Financial statement analysis; Foreign investment; Futures; Global entrepreneurship; Global sales strategies; Globalization; Google; High technology companies; Interest rates; International corporate strategy; International finance; International management; International trade; Internet security; Internet software; Internet software/applications; Internet strategy; Investment banking; Investor relations; K-12 education; Knowledge sharing; Logistics; MBA; Mergers and acquisitions; Microsoft; Monetary policy; Negotiation and conflict resolution; Non-profits; Online feedback mechanisms; Operations management; Options; Options pricing, valuation; Price fixing; Private equity; Privatization; Process control; Project management; Research, academic; Revenue management; Risk management; Sales force automation; Sales support systems and databases; Sarbanes-Oxley compliance; Service industry; Software; Startups; Strategic management; Strategic planning; Supply chain management; Tax policy; Taxation, corporate; Turkey; Venture capital


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