Harold Tynes is a strategic executive with more than 30 years of extensive management and financial leadership experience in a broad range of industries including financial services, manufacturing, and transportation. Grounded in GE’s intensive financial culture with deep private equity experience including Blackstone, the Riverside Company, AEA Investments and Fortress Investments, Harold has been part of extensive corporate renewal, turnarounds, and M&A.
From 2007 through 2013, Harold was part of the senior leadership team of RailAmerica. In both financial and operational roles, his efforts contributed to the turnaround at RailAmerica where operating income increased by 17.3% CAGR and the operating ratio improved 12.1 pts. He was Controller during the company’s public debt offering and IPO, raising over $1.1 billion. Serving as Treasurer, he was the finance lead on acquisition due diligence. Harold was on point for transactions including Atlas Railroad Construction and several short line railroads. He later led Atlas Railroad Construction as President through significant growth. RailAmerica was sold by Fortress Investments in 2012 to Genesee & Wyoming.
In 1999, Harold was recruited by a division of Precision Castparts Corp. to become Vice President of Finance. The company made significant progress during that time in moving to lower cost manufacturing locations. Harold was instrumental in setting up JV’s in Poland and India as part of that strategy.
In 2002, Harold became Controller of Great Lakes Transportation. Owner of 3 short railroads and a fleet of ore carriers on the Great Lakes, Great Lakes was a private equity investment of the Blackstone Group. A new general ledger and revenue accounting system was installed during that time. Also, a operating metrics and review process was installed that drove productivity and earnings. After progressing through a rigorous auction process, the company was sold to the Canadian National Railway.
Receiving additional private equity experience, Harold was CFO of QualServ Corporation (The Riverside Company), a food service equipment distributor and manufacturer; EDG/SW Holdings (Goense Bounds and Partners), a furniture and fashion lighting manufacturer and importer and Swanson Industries (AEA Investors), a global manufacturer of industrial hydraulics.
Harold earned his MBA at Mercer University and is a graduate of Troy University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Finance. He is also an honors graduate from GE's prestigious Financial Management and Leadership Development programs. Ongoing education includes “ Merger Week” at Northwestern University and certification as a Six Sigma Green Belt.