LOS ANGELES–Watson Land Company (Watson), a pioneer of innovative masterplanned centers developed throughout the country, announced the promotion of Jeanine Cornell to Vice President and Controller for the company. During Cornell’s years with Watson, she has been an essential part of financial operations.
Cornell joined Watson in 2003, and has had responsibility for financial reporting, accounting, regulatory filings, and budgeting within the organization. With Watson’s expansion on the East Coast, Cornell is assuming greater responsibilities to ensure that the systems and functionalities associated with the finance department are positioned to strategically meet the new opportunities the company takes on. This includes the recent implementation of a new accounting system that streamlines financial functionality as Watson’s portfolio has doubled in size since she joined the company.
“It’s exciting to be part of this new chapter in Watson’s successful legacy,” Cornell said. “The company is growing into expanded markets, and there will be new systems implemented and new people to collaborate with as we continue to optimize our financial operations.”
Cornell has a strong background in both financial analysis as well as compliance and accounting with technical expertise in financial modeling, management reporting, budgeting, forecasting, variance analysis, compliance, auditing, and tax coordination, which she began developing as a student at the University at Notre Dame, where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree with a major in Accounting. She continued on to receive her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and also holds a Certified Public Accountants (CPA) license in California. Prior to joining Watson, Cornell excelled as a Fixed Income Fund Associate of mutual funds at Capital Group and a Senior Associate of Assurance and Business Advisory at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
“As Watson continues to grow, we are consistently looking for ways to ensure the company’s success. Jeanine is a team player who is industrious and works hard with a focus on her team’s strengths. She has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the department over the years,” stated Jeffrey Jennison, President and CEO of Watson Land Company. “We are pleased to promote her as we know she will continue to be a great asset to the organization.”
When asked about her new role, Cornell said, “I’m looking forward to continuing to be a part of the decision-making process of the financial operations and systems while also making improvements. Throughout my career, I’ve learned that having a growth mindset and looking at challenges as opportunities to learn gives you more opportunities to be successful, and I’m honored to work with the remarkable people here at Watson.”