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Rick Ferrone

Fractional COO
United States
Toptal Member Since July 4, 2022

Rick is a business strategy, financial planning, and operations expert with over 20 years of experience as a chief operating and strategy officer and a Big 5 management consultant. He has led three company turnarounds, including one for a $500 million multinational firm, growing revenue by 28% and increasing profitability by 21% within two years. Leveraging his experience with companies of all sizes and across industries, Rick is willing to start delivering value and results in new projects.

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Abigail Keene-Babcock

Fractional COO
United States
Toptal Member Since April 1, 2022

Abigail has 15+ years of experience working with leaders inside seed-to-Series-D startups and with Fortune 500 clients as a management consultant. She works across all areas of strategy and operations, from HR and finance to operational design and excellence in customer-facing functions. As a strategist, analyzer, and builder, Abigail has a track record of quickly integrating with teams, distilling root causes, filling ownership gaps, and executing data-driven and people-centric plans.

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Karen Mildenhall

Fractional COO
United States
Toptal Member Since June 6, 2022

Karen is a Fortune 500 transformative corporate executive with over 20 years of expertise leveraging the connection between strategy, risk, operations, people, customers, communications, and P&L management while leading and advising senior leaders on large-scale strategic and operational change. She established a track record of collaboratively leading globally diverse teams to create groundbreaking change in over a dozen industries. She has a dozen business turnrounds in her career.

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Curtis H Short

Fractional COO
United States
Toptal Member Since June 5, 2023

Curt has 30+ years of experience spanning large, mid-size, and small companies—private equity and public, for-profit, and not-for-profit (NFP)—specializing in process improvement. He has successfully led three sell-side M&A transactions and negotiated and implemented a 3-party transitional services agreement. Curt is a CPA with an MBA who loves learning new businesses and looks forward to driving client business success, leveraging his extensive background.

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John Gauch

Fractional COO
Canada
Toptal Member Since March 10, 2022

John combines a general manager's and an innovator's experiences and tools. He builds and scales products and businesses that stand out in the marketplace. John brings a unique lens and flexible end-to-end approach to this work, integrating his prior corporate law, finance, sales and business development, marketing and product, and business design experience.

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Niloufer Afzal, MBA, CM

Fractional COO
Canada
Toptal Member Since May 4, 2022

A growth strategy expert with tier 1 companies, Niloufer led the transformation of a $300 million pet business that was acquired for two times EBITDA. Her areas of expertise are strategic planning, innovation, customer strategy, and eCommerce transformation. She is an award-winning architect of iconic brands across North America, Europe, and Asia; J.M. Smucker, Reckitt, Philips, Kraft-Heinz, McCain, GSK, Tetra Pak, and Mars. Nilo joined Toptal to help organizations unlock and accelerate growth.

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Tatiana Banadyk

Fractional COO
Poland
Toptal Member Since May 26, 2022

With an engineering and quality management background, Tatiana is an expert in operational and quality management, change management, and Lean manufacturing. Her portfolio includes over 50 consulting projects in various industries. She succeeded in developing effective teams for processes optimisation, digitalization, continuous improvement and problem solving. Tatiana considers freelancing an excellent opportunity to work on the most interesting projects.

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Victoria Kruchevska

Fractional COO
Germany
Toptal Member Since April 14, 2020

Victoria is a chartered financial analyst and a certified financial risk manager with 10+ years of experience in international startups and top-tier European investment banks. Her expertise spans many areas, including financial leadership, budgeting and financial modeling, credit risk, equity valuation, and IPOs of small and mid-sized technology companies.

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Kevin Roberts

Fractional COO
United States
Toptal Member Since June 27, 2022

Over the last 20+ years, Kevin has closed 46 M&A deals totaling several billion in value. He started his career at leading investment banks—Bank of America and Merrill Lynch—and respected private equity firms—Trinity Hunt—advising clients ranging from $1-billion companies to startups and investment firms to family offices. Kevin joined Toptal mainly to leverage his capabilities in M&A and strategic finance, aiming at helping talented entrepreneurs and investors achieve their growth objectives.

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Puneet Sapra

Fractional COO
United States
Toptal Member Since March 8, 2017

Puneet has been CFO of public, middle-market private equity-backed companies, and startups. He has extensive experience working with founders, boards of directors, external partners, and finance teams to grow revenues and profit organically, through M&A, debt, and equity financing.

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Simone Girardeau

Fractional COO
Canada
Toptal Member Since June 15, 2023

Simone has 10+ years of expertise in strategy consulting, private equity, venture capital (VC) backed businesses, and entrepreneurship. As a freelance, she has vast experience in strategic projects for VC and private equity (PE) backed companies, fundraising, and supporting earlier-stage businesses. A strategic problem solver, she enjoys providing structure to solve complex challenges. Simone quickly grasps the broader perspective, understands practical limitations, and executes for impact.

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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.

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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.

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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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FAQs

  • How are Toptal Fractional COOs different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our Fractional COOs 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 COOs in less than 48 hours through Toptal?

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

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

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your Fractional COO 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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