Virtual CFO

A virtual CFO is an experienced financial professional who provides high-level financial strategy, planning, and accounting services to organizations remotely, on a part-time or as-needed basis.
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What is a Virtual CFO?

Virtual CFOs are very similar to fractional CFOs except for the unique distinction that virtual CFOs exclusively work remotely for the companies they serve. Companies may choose to engage a virtual CFO for various reasons, such as navigating complex financial challenges, preparing for a major transaction or funding round, optimizing financial processes, or simply requiring ongoing financial leadership support without the need for a full-time CFO.

In a more and more remote world, virtual CFOs have become an attractive option for companies who don't have the need for a full-time CFO but can still greatly benefit from the involvement of a seasoned finance executive.

What is a Virtual CFO?

Virtual CFOs are very similar to fractional CFOs except for the unique distinction that virtual CFOs exclusively work remotely for the companies they serve. Companies may choose to engage a virtual CFO for various reasons, such as navigating complex financial challenges, preparing for a major transaction or funding round, optimizing financial processes, or simply requiring ongoing financial leadership support without the need for a full-time CFO.

In a more and more remote world, virtual CFOs have become an attractive option for companies who don't have the need for a full-time CFO but can still greatly benefit from the involvement of a seasoned finance executive.

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 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.

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 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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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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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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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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Fractional CFOs support companies of all sizes on a part-time basis when there is no need for a full-time CFO.

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Ready to find your next full-time CFO? We have the network you need to quickly connect with a CFO that fits your organization.

Interim CFO

Interim CFOs temporarily support companies full-time through transitions or other initiatives.

Do I Need a Virtual CFO?

If you need guidance from a seasoned finance executive without the need for help in-person, a virtual CFO may be the best way to engage a CFO's time.

Remote Companies

Whether your company is fully or partially remote, bringing on a virtual CFO may align with your strategy to maintain a decentralized workforce. In many company circumstances, the CFO does not need to be in-person with their team or other management team members.

Growing Companies

Companies that reach a certain size or complexity threshold may look to engage a virtual CFO before committing to hiring a new member of the C-suite. A virtual CFO can help a company establish processes and systems for scale, position for fundraising, and more to help pave the way for company growth and a smoother transition to a permanent CFO when the time comes.

Ad Hoc Consulting

Virtual CFOs are great resources for companies who need to call on the expertise of a seasoned finance executive occasionally, but not all of the time. Virtual CFOs can serve as ad hoc advisors, supporting the management team when needed, and committing a much smaller number of hours than a full-time CFO.

Complex Challenges

Virtual CFOs can serve as a specialist in certain areas where your current finance team may not have experience. A company's CFO may call upon the support of another CFO who has been through an unfamiliar situation, seeking advice on complex topics. Major M&A events, IPOs, or system migrations, for example, will all benefit from the involvement of a CFO who has led through these situations.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What services does a virtual CFO typically provide?

Virtual CFOs offer a wide range of finance and accounting services, including financial strategy and planning, budgeting and forecasting, cash flow management, financial reporting and analysis, risk management, and fundraising and capital allocation support.

Can a virtual CFO help with fundraising and investor relations?

Yes, virtual CFOs can provide valuable support in fundraising efforts and investor relations. They can assist in developing financial projections, preparing pitch decks, and presenting to potential investors. They can also help manage relationships with existing investors and ensure that the company meets its financial reporting obligations.

What are the benefits of hiring a virtual CFO?

Hiring a virtual CFO allows organizations to access high-level financial expertise and leadership without the costs and long-term commitment associated with a full-time CFO. Virtual CFOs provide flexibility, scalability, and cost-effectiveness while helping organizations navigate complex financial challenges and drive growth.

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