H.S. Grace & Company, Inc.
Al Fenichel, MBA, CPA

Professional Positions

  • Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer at AXA Financial and AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company
  • Chief Financial Officer, HBJ Publishing, a spin-off from CBS Inc.
  • Vice President, Finance, Consumer Products Group at CBS, Inc. 
  • Audit Supervisor, Coopers & Lybrand - now part of PricewaterhouseCoopers

Al Fenichel has extensive financial management and senior executive experience spanning both domestic and international environments in insurance, financial services, recorded music and consumer product businesses. His expertise includes acquisitions and divestitures, domestic and international management and financial reporting, corporate controls and compliance, and change management. Most recently, Al served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of AXA Financial and AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company, both SEC Registrants, retiring in 2012. Previously, Al served with CBS Inc. as the Finance Officer of its Consumer Products Group and as the officer responsible for Global Internal Audit. He is a past president and member of the Board of Directors of the New York City Chapter of Financial Executives International, a member of the Town of Greenburgh, NY Water Advisory Committee and the Rider University Accounting Advisory Council. Al also serves as the coordinator of the HSG’s New York Litigation Support and Consulting Team. 

Al represented CBS Inc. in front of the SEC Enforcement Division in Washington related to an industry-wide investigation of field broadcast operations, and later was deposed by the plaintiff in connection with civil litigation brought against CBS Inc. related to the sale of property. In his work at AXA, Al worked extensively with in-house and outside counsel in connection with acquisitions, dispositions and commercial contracts.  At HSG, Al has performed expert examinations of documents supplied in discovery and developed analyses of facts and factors supporting or refuting allegations. He also has served as a speaker in HSG’s business and professional programs for law and insurance clients.

 

Education

M.B.A. in Executive Management from Pace University, graduated with distinction

B.S. in Accounting from Rider University

 

Professional and Community Affiliations

Accounting Advisory Council of Rider University

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Financial Executives International - Member of Committee on Governance, Risk and Compliance, past President and member of the Board of Directors of NYC Chapter, former Chairman of Insurance Company and member of Public Interests Initiatives Committee.

Town of Greenburgh (New York) Water Advisory Committee - Advise Town Board on Water District related matters

 

Publications Authored with Grace & Co.

"An Analytical Approach to Litigation Strategy and Dispute Resolution," NYSBA Journal.