Interim CFO Services

Interim CFOs provide temporary, high-level financial leadership during periods of transition.
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What is an Interim CFO?

An interim CFO is a seasoned finance executive who is deployed into a company during a period of transition. Companies may undergo transition for a variety of reasons including the sudden departure of a previous CFO, a merger or acquisition, a major systems migration, or other significant changes in the finance environment.

An interim CFO may stay at a company for a few weeks up to a few years, but the average engagement typically lasts 3-6 months.

How to Engage a CFO

Step 1

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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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Beatty
D’Alessandro
30
+ Years of Experience
Fortune 500
 Experience
CFO Partner
About
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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Steven
Russell
30
+ Years of Experience
Re-Engineering
 Experience
CFO Partner
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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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Bruce
Herman
40
+ Years of Experience
Fortune 500
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CFO Partner
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Bruce
Bruce is an operationally oriented CFO and CEO with over 20 years of experience driving 2x-3x growth in Private Equity portfolio companies ranging from $40M to $500M, consistently leading them to successful exits. Currently, he serves as an Interim CFO for similar companies, leveraging his proven track record across diverse product and service industries, with a primary focus on technology. His exceptional performance led to his promotion to CEO at one company, where he assumed full P&L and strategic responsibilities.
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Chuck
Dunlap
35
+ Years of Experience
Turnaround
 Experience
CFO Partner
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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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Chuck
Darrell
Borne
30
+ Years of Experience
Global Pharmaceutical
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CFO Partner
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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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Doug
Hooper
25
+ Years of Experience
Telecommunications
 Experience
CFO Partner
About
Doug
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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Do I Need an Interim CFO?

If your business is undergoing transition that affects the finance function, an interim CFO may be a great resource to support your company. An interim CFO can manage an entire finance department or they can handle special projects you assign.

Navigating Transition

Whether your previous CFO just left or you are not sure if you need a full-time CFO permanently, an interim CFO is ready to work as soon as you need them, providing companies with immediate support during times of transition or uncertainty. Interim CFOs are a reliable option for companies who need time to find their permanent hire or decide whether or not they need a full-time CFO in the first place.

Private Equity

Interim CFOs are trusted resources for many private equity firms who need reliable and fast acting finance executives to serve their portfolio companies. Interim CFOs lead companies through turn-arounds and through to sale, or operate as a temporary solution while the permanent CFO is identified.

Specific Challenges

Interim CFOs support complex, urgent financial challenges such as cash flow crises, debt restructuring, regulatory compliance issues, or re-engineering initiatives. Interim CFOs are experienced in rapidly deploying into fast-moving situations and implementing solutions that address specific challenges.

Rapid Growth

As companies experience rapid expansion or significant changes in their business model, an interim CFO can provide the financial leadership needed to manage growth, optimize processes, and ensure the organization's financial infrastructure keeps pace. Many times the Interim CFO will work in parallel to the existing CFO, providing support where it's needed most.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should an interim CFO do at a company?

An interim CFO will take on all of the responsibilities as if they were the permanent CFO at the company. That means their work is subject to change based on the normal variance in the CFO's duties dependent on the organization's size, industry, and other factors. In rare cases, an interim CFO may be called upon to lead a special project, reporting to the company's permanent CFO who is occupied on other objectives.

What to look for in an interim CFO?

An interim CFO is a seasoned finance professional who is prepared for rapid deployment into a new company environment. Depending on the industry, it may be important to find a CFO with industry experience. Though not required, a CPA is an indication of a strong accounting background, which is a primary toolset for a CFO, especially one who needs to quickly assimilate to new financials. In summary, there are many factors to consider and there is no one template for a good CFO. It is important to consider factors such as your company size and industry when identifying a suitable CFO.

When does a startup need an interim CFO?

Although a startup could gain valuable insights from an experienced industry CFO from its inception, the reality is that the startup's financial and accounting requirements may not justify involving a CFO until it has secured seed funding. At the right time, a startup will best benefit from a fractional CFO first.

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