JaKela Parker is the Senior Finance Director & Controller for DSM North America. She is responsible for implementing the financial control strategy for the region. In this role, she leads a team that supports and executes key finance and accounting processes including the financial close, budgeting and forecasting, internal controls, and management reporting for the region. She has nearly 20 years of diverse experience, with the last 5 at DSM.
Before transitioning to her current role, she spent three years in finance leadership roles in DSM’s medical device business. Prior to joining DSM, she held positions of increasing levels of responsibility across multiple disciplines including Audit, Finance and Accounting, Sales, and Human Resources.
She has a passion for helping others. She provides mentorship and support to colleagues through both formal and informal channels. She has volunteered with various nonprofits, many with a focus on youth, including serving on the Board of Trustees for the Forman S. Action Educational Foundation from 2017 – 2018. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.
JaKela earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business with a concentration in Finance from Howard University.