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Toptal is a marketplace for top Fractional CEOs. Top companies and startups hire Fractional CEO freelancers from Toptal for their mission-critical projects.

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Gary Calnan

Freelance Fractional CEO
United StatesToptal Member Since November 22, 2019

Gary is a serial entrepreneur with CEO and CFO experience. Before co-founding an aerospace startup in 2017, Gary was the director of finance at a $120 million revenue SaaS company, where he was responsible for the financial management of multiple departments and supported three mergers. Gary leverages his unique blend of finance and entrepreneurial experience across early and growth-stage businesses to add value to Toptal clients.

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CisLunar Industries

Dan Caligor

Freelance Fractional CEO
United StatesToptal Member Since April 4, 2022

Dan is a seasoned advisor and consultant. He spent 10+ years in the strategy practices of Booz Allen Hamilton and BearingPoint, serving Fortune 1000 clients. Dan has held founding roles at five startups, including CEO, COO, and product and strategy leadership. He is the founder and president of Business Advisory Network, which advises leadership teams on strategic and operational topics. Dan authored and monetized several software patents and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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Bryan Banish

Freelance Fractional CEO
United StatesToptal Member Since March 17, 2022

Bryan has spent more than 25 years in the technology and industrials space. He has driven value for his companies and clients in a large corporate sector and a start-up environment. Bryan has executed many acquisitions and integrated more than a dozen acquired companies. In addition to M&A, he has run large global businesses (>$100 million/year in revenue) with a focus on product development and operational excellence. Previous roles have included CEO, co-founder, and general manager.

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Previously at

Strategy Nexus

Dar Fazulyanov

Freelance Fractional CEO
United StatesToptal Member Since August 31, 2021

Dar is a financial business leader with over 20 years of experience in eCommerce, healthcare, aircraft, software, blockchain, automotive, and airline industries. His expertise lies in M&A, pre-IPO, IPO, venture capital, and private equity deals. Dar holds an MBA with scholar honors from Tuck School of Business.

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Ampleo

Giuliano Giovannetti

Freelance Fractional CEO
United KingdomToptal Member Since April 30, 2020

Giuliano began his finance career in 1994. As the CEO of an insurance company, he underwrote nearly $10 billion in loans with no losses. As an entrepreneur, he founded internet and real estate startups. He is an expert in business planning, cash flow modeling, valuations, securitization structuring, insurance and banking regulation, and capital management. While advising insurers, he has expanded his expertise in technology and machine learning.

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Arch Mortgage Insurance

Gary Traynor

Freelance Fractional CEO
United StatesToptal Member Since July 12, 2022

Gary is an experienced finance expert specializing in cash forecasting and capital raising with over 18 years of experience working with dozens of startups, managing investor relations, startup operations, and all core finance functions such as FP&A. His financial background in technology investment banking includes raising over $9 billion in public offerings. Gary leverages his financial expertise by working with early-stage technology startups, for which he has raised over $140 million.

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Previously at

Zags

Karim Kadry

Freelance Fractional CEO
CanadaToptal Member Since November 7, 2018

Over his 20-year career in investment banking, Karim led deals ranging from $5 million to $2 billion, coordinating closely with entrepreneurs, CEOs, and directors in a wide variety of industries. He has collaborated with teams as small as two people, as well as large corporates like UBS. As a freelancer, Karim enjoys being exposed to different sectors, meeting new people and tackling challenges. He is a CFA charter holder and has a joint MBA from IESE.

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Previously at

Private Equity Funds in Calgary

Neil Mann

Freelance Fractional CEO
SingaporeToptal Member Since June 15, 2022

Neil is a versatile strategic digital leader with over 20 years of commercially focused multinational management experience across sectors, including financial services, natural resources, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), and hospitality. He has extensive global expertise in driving digital innovations to deliver growth in a range of businesses across cultures. Neil joined Toptal as he enjoys the variety of new roles, projects, and companies.

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Previously at

Marina Bay Sands

Saso Puksic

Freelance Fractional CEO
United KingdomToptal Member Since October 25, 2021

Saso has worked over 20 years with entrepreneurs and corporations (software or high-tech manufacturing), helping them grow and expand into new businesses, restructure, and become the best in the class by leveraging his interdisciplinary skillset across finance, process improvement, engineering, and coding. During the 14 years working with Renishaw, he also met and helped many fascinating clients (Universal Robots, Intuitive Surgical, and Quadrofoil) and enjoys freelancing to help even more.

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Bouygues Energies & Services

Brion Roberto

Freelance Fractional CEO
United StatesToptal Member Since April 12, 2023

Brion is a strategy and management expert with 20+ years of executive experience bolstering companies such as Diageo, Boston Consulting Group, Flatiron Health, and The Washington Post by exceeding goals, expanding into new markets, and significantly increasing profits. He has managed dispersed cross-functional teams to deliver large-scale award-winning programs that have transformed organizations globally. Brion enjoys sharing his experience and innovative strategies to catapult client growth.

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Previously at

Louder

Tamas Magda

Freelance Fractional CEO
SingaporeToptal Member Since March 10, 2022

Tamas is a serial entrepreneur with strong financial management and private equity background. He ultimately enjoys advising entrepreneurs in complex assignments which require financial modeling, strategic planning, and execution. Prior to establishing, scaling, and exiting multiple startups and directing projects on $10 million budgets as a consultant, he gained valuable expertise at firms such as PwC, GE Capital, and PineBridge Investments.

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Erik has been an extremely valuable member of our team who has tremendous breath of experience with start ups in our lifecycle phase. What makes his contribution unique and highly effective is not only his excellent financial modeling skills and knowledge, but also the emotional intelligence with which he manages each relationship at Vault, understands our team dynamics, and helps us tackle start up challenges effectively. It is rare to find a part-time consultant who makes you feel like he/she is genuinely invested in the success of your company.

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Toptal has been an incredible key partner for Sidekick. As an early-stage start-up, we’ve leveraged both design and financial talent. The experience has been incredible, with those professionals bringing creativity, expertise, and advice to ensure Sidekick succeeds. My Toptal financial expert helped steer Sidekick’s business model, which resulted in an initial ROI of 650x! My experience with Toptal has given me great confidence in the future.

Doug MacKay

Founder / CEO

Chris was great to work with and was always available on my schedule. His communication skills and personality were a 10/10. His outputs on the project were top notch and allowed us to develop more efficient forecasting and initiative prioritization frameworks. I would definitely use Chris again.

Chris Pozek

CEO

What really sets Toptal apart is the caliber of finance talent available in their network. I had a very specific and pressing need, and Toptal quickly matched me with the perfect person for the job. The expert produced a thoughtful and robust financial analysis that has ultimately allowed us to forecast and prioritize initiatives much more efficiently.

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How to Hire Fractional CEOs Through Toptal

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Talk to One of Our Industry Experts

A Toptal director of finance will work with you to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics.
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Within days, we'll introduce you to the right Fractional CEO for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
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The Right Fit, Guaranteed

Work with your new Fractional CEO for a trial period (pay only if satisfied), ensuring they're the right fit before starting the engagement.

FAQs

  • How are Toptal Fractional CEOs different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our Fractional CEOs to ensure we only match you with talent of the highest caliber. Of the more than 200,000 people who apply to join the Toptal network each year, fewer than 3% make the cut. You’ll work with finance experts (never generalized recruiters or HR reps) to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics. The end result: expert vetted talent from our network, custom matched to fit your business needs.

  • Can I hire Fractional CEOs in less than 48 hours through Toptal?

    Depending on availability and how fast you can progress, you could start working with a Fractional CEO within 48 hours of signing up.

  • What is the no-risk trial period for Toptal Fractional CEOs?

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your Fractional CEO begins with a trial period of up to two weeks. This means that you have time to confirm the engagement will be successful. If you’re completely satisfied with the results, we’ll bill you for the time and continue the engagement for as long as you’d like. If you’re not completely satisfied, you won’t be billed. From there, we can either part ways, or we can provide you with another expert who may be a better fit and with whom we will begin a second, no-risk trial.

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    Trusted Experts Only

    All of our talent are seasoned experts who ramp up quickly, readily contribute as core team members, and work with you to minimize onboarding time.

  • The Right Fit

    The Right Fit

    We have a knack for matching you with the right fit. Start working with your new hire on a no-risk trial period, paying only if satisfied.

  • Scale as Needed

    Scale as Needed

    Hire talent within 48 hours and scale your team up or down as needed, no strings attached.

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    Seamless Hiring

    We handle all aspects of billing, payments, and NDA’s. Let us take care of the overhead while you focus on building great products.

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    Flexible Engagements

    Choose the engagement type that suits your needs — hourly, part-time, or full-time — with the ability to change anytime.

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    Focus on your project and enjoy support from your dedicated account executive and expert talent matcher.

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