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Toptal is a marketplace for Interim CEOs. Top companies and start-ups hire Interim CEOs from Toptal for mission-critical endeavors.

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Steven Southwick

Freelance Interim CEO

United StatesToptal Member Since October 19, 2019

A Chicago Booth MBA graduate and CFA charterholder, Steve has worked as a financial analyst, investor, and entrepreneur across the US and Latin America. He was a top-tier investment banking M&A analyst (Barclays Capital), with investing experience in both private equity (Sorenson Capital) and private credit (THL Credit). In addition to developing an education startup, Steve advises clients on capital raising, financing (including CARES Act related programs), and M&A transactions.

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Gary Calnan

Freelance Interim CEO

United StatesToptal Member Since March 4, 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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Ryan Kuhn

Freelance Interim CEO

United StatesToptal Member Since February 10, 2020

Ryan is an investment banker, private equity investor, and entrepreneur with experience across industries, including the industrials, energy, transportation and logistics, healthcare, and technology sectors. He has completed over US $5 billion in aggregate M&A and financing transaction value. Ryan enjoys working with entrepreneurs, corporations, and private equity clients to help create value.

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Giuliano Giovannetti

Freelance Interim CEO

United KingdomToptal Member Since March 16, 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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Nirvikar Jain

Freelance Interim CEO

United StatesToptal Member Since June 12, 2018

Nirvikar has helped raise $20+ billion of capital and built lines of business as an experienced CEO, banker, and strategist at ICICI, Citi, Bank of America, and FAB. An entrepreneur, Nirvikar is an active board member for startup companies, advising on strategic initiatives and capital raising. As a freelancer, he enjoys leveraging his background as an entrepreneur and executive to drive profitable growth at companies from various industries.

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Edward May

Freelance Interim CEO

United StatesToptal Member Since January 18, 2017

Edward is a PE and investment banking principal with seventeen years of experience in investing and corporate finance as well as developing, financing, and operating energy and tech companies from early stage to maturity. Transaction experience includes serving as CFO for seed stage companies as well as structuring and financing an $800M purchase financing. Toptal allows him to pursue a number of interests and work with a variety of companies.

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Elliot Luchansky, CFA

Freelance Interim CEO

United StatesToptal Member Since March 25, 2020

Elliot has been a finance executive, investor, and entrepreneur for 15 years. In recent roles as co-founder/managing partner of a PE fund and CEO, COO, CFO, and board member of PE-backed tech companies, he grew EV by an average of 12x ($361 million) and closed 31 M&A deals, working closely with PE firms (Advent) and i-bankers (Goldman Sachs). He has led tech companies with $80 million+ in revenues and 150+ FTEs, and he was CFO of a fintech company with $450 million in revenue and 550 FTEs.

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Erik Frederick

Freelance Interim CEO

United StatesToptal Member Since October 30, 2017

Erik has served as the CFO of a $1.8 billion business unit at Staples and of venture-backed startups and private equity portfolio companies with $20 million to $700 million in revenue. He's also worked with management teams in profitability improvements, corporate strategy, financial models, and board reporting. As a freelancer, Erik enjoys bringing his seasoned, real-world operating experience to a variety of clients.

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Jack Barker

Freelance Interim CEO

United StatesToptal Member Since April 14, 2017

A former McKinsey Partner and Carlyle Group Principal with 30 years of international experience, Jack has served as the president, CFO, and COO of two Carlyle companies and four others. He is a finance, strategy, and operations expert with deep experience in telecom, financial services, data centers, and manufacturing. Jack enjoys freelancing because it allows him to work on a wide variety of issues for companies of all sizes and many industries.

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Testimonials

Martin so far is a complete Rockstar. His first bit of work produced a tool for us to model and forecast our financials and is far and away worth every penny we paid and more. Just thought I’d share that with you.

Pete Pellizzari, CEO

Budder, Inc.

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.

Romy Parzick, COO

Student Loan Benefits, Inc. dba Vault

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

SideKick

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

Veterans Rideshare

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.

Chris Pozek, CEO

Veterans Rideshare

Scott had a lot of finance experience which he used to ask the right questions and help us do things more quickly than we would have done without him. The commission model is crucial to us being able to scale, he integrated seamlessly with our finance team and efficiently got us the outputs we needed.

Naushad Parpia, Founder and CEO

GSD

I was very impressed with the quality of finance talent in Toptal’s network. Our expert's experience was immediately evident through his insightful questions and the speed at which we could move. Toptal stayed on top of the process from making the match through to the successful completion of the project. I've already recommended Toptal Finance to my network.

Naushad Parpia, Founder and CEO

GSD

How to Hire Interim 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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Work With Hand-Selected Talent

Within days, we'll introduce you to the right Interim CEO for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
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The Right Fit, Guaranteed

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

FAQs

  • How are Toptal Interim CEOs different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our Interim CEOs to ensure we only match you with talent of the highest caliber. Of the more than 100,000 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. Start now.

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

    Depending on availability and how fast you can progress, you could start working with an Interim CEO within 48 hours of signing up. Start now.

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

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your Interim 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. Start now.

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  • Trusted Experts Only

    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 in under 2 weeks 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.

  • Flexible Engagements

    Flexible Engagements

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

  • Expert Talent Matching

    Expert Talent Matching

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

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