Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson
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As a thoughtful, well-organized leader with over 30 of experience, Jenn Hudson has used her personable and wide-ranging skillset to guide organizations in various stages of business life.  Her analytical and detail-oriented demeanor has allowed her to lead teams in many industries through changing times, adapting to the ever changing business world.  She possesses a high aptitude for seeing what needs to be done and getting it done especially in the areas of accounting, HR and facilities as well as staff development, mentorship and relationship building.  

Ms. Hudson has worked with a variety of companies and gained valuable experience in the areas of software as a service, financial technology, IT consulting, non-profits, and retail industries.  As a result, she has extensive experience in the following areas: 

  • Financial Management 
  • Treasury and Cash Management 
  • Budgeting Forecasting 
  • Cost Management 
  • Raised Money Adjacent
  • Entrepreneurial and Start-up Companies 


  • Mergers and Acquisitions 
  • Due Diligence 
  • Software as a Service 
  • International Operations 
  • Multi-cultural development 


  • General Business Administration 
  • Human Resources 
  • Payroll 
  • Staff Development & Mentorship 
  • Facilities Management 

A native of the Kansas City area, Jenn attended Benedictine College where she earned her BS in Account and in Business Administration while being a member  of the women’s softball team.   During her public accounting years, she passed the CPA exam in the state of Missouri and later received reciprocity in North Carolina. 


Career Timeline:  

  • Joined Rankin McKenzie as Partner in 2023.
  • 2011 to 2023: Cognitect Inc.
    • 2020-2023, subsidiary of Nu Holdings, LTD – served as Senior Finance Director after Cognitect’s purchase by this Brazilian financial technology company.  Led financial and tax teams for the operations located in the US, Germany, Argentina, and Uruguay.  Served on the IPO management team.  Managed Cost and Capitalization teams for this 7,000+ international business. 
    • 2011-2020 Led the accounting, business administration, human resources, banking, legal and facilities areas of Cognitect through their phases of start-up, merging with affiliated partner, product development, product launch, and eventual sale.   
  • 2006 to 2011: Rankin McKenzie, Partner.  Supported clients in the software as a service, construction, and non-profit areas. 
  • 1991 to 1998: Qualex, Inc (Eastman Kodak subsidiary).   Held positions of State Tax Accountant, Senior Financial Analyst and Executive Director-Sales 
  • 1988 – 1991: Weaver, Ladner Associates.   Broad experience in local CPA firm in areas of audit and multi-state, federal and international tax. 

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