DZS Appoints Brian Chesnut as Chief Accounting Officer

DALLAS, April 22, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DZS (Nasdaq: DZSI), a global leader of broadband networking and AI-driven cloud software solutions, today announced that Brian Chesnut has been appointed as the company’s Chief Accounting Officer (CAO), reporting directly to Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Misty Kawecki. Mr. Chesnut will be responsible for working closely with the CFO, senior leadership and the company’s new independent public accounting firm, BDO USA, overseeing all corporate accounting functions including reporting, governance and internal controls.

“The leadership team and Board of Directors recognized the importance of making this critical role part of our senior management team as we are more committed than ever to improving internal controls, accounting processes and corporate governance,” said Kawecki. “Brian brings a wealth of accounting expertise and leadership from an impressively wide range of global private and public companies including Big Four accounting firms and has a proven track record of navigating even the most complex of financial environments. Brian’s deep knowledge and strategic insights will strengthen our financial operations and support DZS’ mission to deliver cutting-edge broadband networking and AI-driven cloud software solutions.”

Mr. Chesnut is an accomplished executive who brings to DZS nearly 15 years of accounting leadership experience. Before joining DZS, Mr. Chesnut was the Vice President and Head of Corporate Accounting for Continental Battery Systems, where he helped manage $1 billion in revenue for the company’s U.S. and Canadian divisions, led a successful Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementation to combine seven legacy companies and established internal controls to improve financial statement reporting. Mr. Chesnut also served in various senior management roles with several public companies including Jacobs Engineering, where he designed and implemented a consolidation process to improve reporting on $1.5 billion in revenue from Jacobs’ joint ventures.

"I am thrilled to join DZS during such a pivotal time in the company’s history,” said Mr. Chesnut. “Charlie Vogt and the leadership team have laid out a clear vision for how the company will differentiate itself from the competition through continued innovation and a customer-first entrepreneurial approach. I look forward to working with the DZS team across the world to not only meet but exceed our financial goals and build on recent critical strides DZS has made to bolster its financial standing.”

Mr. Chesnut joins DZS following several strategic transactions including securing $25 million of working capital through a private placement of DZS common stock and a term loan and the divestiture of the company’s lower margin Asia business, which eliminated $43 million of debt and raised an additional $5 million.

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