Mr. Klas is the Vice President of Finance and Operations at Weleda, Inc., located in Irvington, NY. In this role he leads the organization’s functional areas of finance and accounting, supply chain and logistics, and Information Technology, along with handling the administrative and policy setting side of Human Resources. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Weleda AG, Weleda, Inc is responsible for the importation, distribution and marketing of Weleda branded personal care and pharmaceutical products in North America.
Prior to joining Weleda, Mr. Klas held various finance, accounting, marketing, and operational roles with various large organizations located in Northern New Jersey, including Unilever, BD, and Mercedes Benz. Mr. Klas’s professional passion is focused on building and sustaining process driven organizations that deliver world class reporting and management tools to senior leadership. He has had the great pleasure of speaking to many vendor and customer organizations throughout his career about process improvement and customer focused finance and operational support organizations.
Mr. Klas has been associated with MSU since 1992 when he started his undergraduate career here. He holds a BS in Accounting as well as his MBA in Management Information Systems from MSU. After receiving his master’s degree, Brian served as an adjunct professor in the Information and Operations Management department. He continues to be on campus regularly; lecturing in various classes within the business school as well as serving on the advisory board for the IOM department. In addition to his formal education at Montclair, He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of NJ.