“I’m known for providing depth analysis to the numbers and telling a story of what those numbers represent.”
Desmond brings more than 20 years of finance know-how to Benz, having worked in a wide array of accounting functions: accounts payable and receivable, production accounting, fixed assets accounting, and revenue accounting. His previous employers include software company Retail Solutions, children’s clothing retailer Gymboree, and LucasFilm Ltd.
Known for his significant contributions to process improvement, Desmond has a reputation for building productive relationships with internal departments and clients.
He may be the team member who hails from the farthest place. Desmond was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, but his family later relocated to Singapore and eventually the U.S. in the 1980s. He spent many years in Seattle before moving to the Bay Area.
His childhood fascination with the U.S. military influenced his decision to join the U.S. Army. He spent four years with the 10th Mountain Division, two with the Washington Army National Guard, and two with the Army Reserve. This experience motivates his work as an advocate for nonprofits such as Doctors without Borders and various veterans groups.
Beyond work, Desmond enjoys dabbling in new cuisines, and playing cricket, golf, basketball, and soccer. His favorite way to pass time is with his two kids and wife, hiking, biking, gardening, or just hanging out at home. While he’s a bit of a politics and movie buff, two words perk up his ears: Seattle Seahawks. He proudly considers himself one of “The 12s.”