Fractional CFO Services

Fractional CFOs support you when you need an executive-level finance professional but don't have the need for a full-time CFO.
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What is a Fractional CFO?

A Fractional CFO, sometimes called a virtual CFO or part-time CFO, is a Chief Financial Officer who supports a company on a part-time basis. Depending on the circumstance, a Fractional CFO can work remotely, in-office, or in a hybrid arrangement. A Fractional CFO usually works between 2-20 hours a week, but the work schedule is very flexible, subject to the company's needs.

Many times a company will call on a Fractional CFO several times a month whenever they need guidance. Other times, the Fractional CFO will spend a set amount of time every week working with the company on a wide variety of challenges.

How to Engage a CFO

Step 1

Review CFOs

We first match you with CFOs from inside the firm and part of our extended network that match the criteria needed by your organization.

Step 2

Speak with CFOs

Of the CFOs we recommend, you choose who you would like to speak with. There is no limit to the amount of conversations you can have before you find the right fit.

Step 3

Engage CFO

Once you have found your CFO, it's time to get the onboarding process started. We help you develop a plan to manage a smooth transition.

How to Engage a CFO

Step 1

Review CFOs

We first match you with a CFO who has a background supporting companies just like yours and in similar circumstances.

Step 2

Speak with CFOs

Of the CFOs we recommend, you choose who you would like to speak with. There is no limit to the amount of conversations you can have before you find the right fit.

Step 3

Engage CFO

Once you have found your CFO and you are comfortable with the scope of the engagement, we start working as soon as needed and on a schedule that fits your requirements.

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Chuck
Chuck has served international and domestic firms during significant change initiatives. Chuck has served numerous private equity owned firms pre and post transaction and managed varied stakeholder interests. Financial sponsors trust Chuck to obtain a stable, successful re-engineered enterprise with maximum value creation. During his career, he has led transactional closings and executions in excess of $1 Billion.
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D’Alessandro
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Beatty
Beatty D'Alessandro is an experienced executive and mentor with over 35 years of experience in corporate finance, technology, manufacturing, operations and strategic planning. Beatty served as the CFO for Univar Solutions and Graybar Electric, both Fortune 500 companies. He currently serves as Executive in Residence for Georgia State University's graduate finance program. His success in managing complex financial and operational challenges has made him a sought after resource for owners and investors globally. As an advisor, Beatty is deployed into organizations to rationalize and improve upon complex challenges throughout the company. As Executive in Residence at Georgia State University’s graduate finance program, Beatty is able to fulfill his passion for mentoring and supporting the next generation of business leaders.
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Darrell
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Darrell
Darrell is a seasoned financial executive with a proven track record of success in strategic financial management, corporate turnarounds, and driving growth through acquisitions. Darrell led as CFO for Shionogi Pharma in the U.S., driving revenue growth 500% over his 8 year tenure through 5 acquisitions and operational efficiencies. With his strategic vision, financial acumen, and leadership skills, Darrell has consistently delivered results and positioned companies for long-term success.
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Ed
Ed is a Senior Financial Executive (Harvard MBA, CPA) with a demonstrated ability to drive success in various industries, including manufacturing, life sciences, technology, distribution, and services. Ed has worked with a diverse range of companies, from multinational corporations, including Fortune 100 and SEC/IPO firms, to mid-sized and smaller companies backed by private owners, private equity, and venture capital investors.
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Hooper
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Doug is a seasoned Senior Operations and Finance Executive with over two decades of experience serving as Chief Financial Officer in diverse industries, including telecommunications, manufacturing, medical equipment, pharmaceutical, education, e-learning SaaS, and software development. As a change agent, Doug excels in integrating finance, operations, business metrics, and processes to drive strategic decision-making and enhance financial and business performance.
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Steven
Russell
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Steven
Steve is an accomplished CFO and General Manager with a proven track record of success in re-engineering, raising capital, liquidity events, and turnarounds. His strong strategic and analytical skills have enabled him to accelerate growth, improve profitability, maximize cash flow, and drive improvements throughout the organizations he has led. With significant experience in private equity, capital raising, and valuation, Steve has served as CFO for numerous PE- and VC-backed companies.
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Do I Need a Fractional CFO?

Fractional CFOs, also known as part-time CFOs, are a great option when you need an executive-level finance professional but don't have the need for a full-time CFO.

Growing Organizations

Early-stage companies benefit greatly from financial guidance to manage rapid growth, secure funding, and establish financial processes without needing the resources for a full-time CFO. A Fractional CFO is a great way for companies to access the experience of an expert CFO at any stage.

Significant Transitions

Companies often face significant transitions throughout their lifecycle, such as periods of rapid growth, downsizing, mergers, acquisitions, or ownership changes. These transitions can be complex and challenging, requiring a level of financial expertise and strategic guidance that may exceed the company's current resources. In these situations, a Fractional CFO can be an invaluable asset, providing the necessary skills and experience to help the organization navigate these critical junctures.

Specialized Expertise

When companies face unique financial challenges or embark on complex projects that fall outside the scope of their everyday operations, they often require specialized expertise to navigate these situations effectively. A Fractional CFO can serve as the outside expert that provides both subject matter expertise and strategic guidance on making decisions related to these complex issues.

Ad Hoc Advisory

On-demand expertise provides a responsive approach that allows companies to tap into high-level financial expertise whenever they need it, without the overhead of a full-time CFO. The immediacy and reliability of a Fractional CFO's guidance gives organizations confidence to pursue lofty goals knowing they are supported by an expert finance professionals when needed.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many hours does a Fractional CFO work?

Fractional CFOs work a flexible number of hours based on the changing needs of the business they serve. This could be a few hours a month up to 10 or 20 hours a week.

What if I don't know how often I need the Fractional CFO?

Fractional CFOs are used to working flexibly and on-demand. This means that you may need them close to full-time for a few weeks before converting to a low number of hours for ongoing guidance. Your business may not need the full-time support of a CFO, but having fractional guidance to support your controller and advise your CEO can be an invaluable asset in creating company strategy.

When does a startup need a fractional CFO?

A startup can benefit from the council of a seasoned industry CFO from day one, but realistically the startup won't have demands on their finance and accounting function that warrant the involvement of a CFO until they've raised seed capital. Preparing for future rounds of funding is just one of the many areas that a fractional CFO can add value to a startup.

What to look for in a fractional CFO?

A fortune 500 CFO may not make the best fit in a startup environment. Similarly, a fractional CFO with a background in telecommunications is unlikely to have the expertise needed in a healthcare organization. A CPA can be a great credential to find in a CFO, but not every company will need a CFO with a heavy background in accounting. Circumstances vary for each company depending on the stage and needs of the organization.

What should a fractional CFO do at a company?

A fractional CFO's involvement depends greatly on the stage and needs of the organization. In smaller companies, the fractional CFO may personally take on a broad set of responsibilities, including managing the books, negotiating contracts, and more. In a larger company, the fractional CFO may oversee and guide the controller who manages the accounting function as well as other leaders in the finance function.

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