Marshall Space Flight Center names deputy chief financial officer

Brandon R. Brown has been named deputy chief financial officer at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.

Brown, who joined NASA and the Marshall Center this month, will assist the chief financial officer in overseeing implementation and administration of all integrated Marshall and NASA financial management systems tied to the NASA field center's annual budget of approximately $2.6 billion. "Mr. Brown's professional skills and abilities extend beyond the scope of traditional financial management," said Pam Cucarola, chief financial officer at Marshall. "His skills and experience make him uniquely qualified to serve in this position in the Marshall Center's high-tech science and engineering environment."

Previously, Brown was executive director of finance operations for ConAgra Food Ingredients of Omaha, Neb., a $1 billion specialty food ingredients business. He was responsible for managing finance, information technology and supply chain initiatives for 34 ConAgra plants nationwide.

During this period, he also served as an adjunct professor of accounting at the College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Neb. From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Brown was a director and officer of the Kerry Group of Kerry, Ireland, an international food ingredient manufacturing corporation.

As business unit director and chief financial officer for Kerry's $750 million Bio-Science division, he managed finance, information technology, manufacturing and supply chain operations, and led a staff of 50 in Europe, Asia and North America. Brown served the Butterball Turkey Company of Naperville, Ill., from 1997 to 1999.

He started as plant cost accounting manager, responsible for upgrading financial systems, internal controls and processes across the company's supply chain, and quickly rose to become a financial manager in Butterball's largest North American production facility in Carthage, Mo.  In 1996, Brown served as a senior audit associate for the accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand of Tulsa, Okla.

From 1991 to 1996, while attending college, he worked as a branch manager and cost accountant for Drywood Financial Services of Nevada, Mo. Brown, a native of Webb City, Mo., received a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1996 from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo. He earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix in Arizona in 2004.

Brown resides in Decatur, Al., with his wife, Erin.