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Ryan Kuhn

Freelance Interim CEO
United States
Interim CEO Since April 3, 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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Gary Calnan

Freelance Interim CEO
United States
Interim CEO 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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Edward May

Freelance Interim CEO
United States
Interim CEO Since January 25, 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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Giuliano Giovannetti

Freelance Interim CEO
United Kingdom
Interim CEO 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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Daniel A. Carr

Freelance Interim CEO
United States
Interim CEO Since March 27, 2017

After building and selling a successful ERP software firm, Dan began freelancing because he enjoys providing C-level guidance in the areas of finance, IT, and capital raising. He has had many accomplishments in his previous roles, but most notably, he was the founding CIO of The Harvard Drug Group which was recently sold to Cardinal Health for $1.1 billion. Dan is also a published author and has developed commercial financial modeling tools.

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Thomas Ruland

Freelance Interim CEO
Germany
Interim CEO Since January 6, 2021

Thomas has nearly two decades of experience in finance, specializing in M&A, finance operations, and strategic leadership in startup settings. His expertise includes executing M&A transactions, leading capital-raising efforts, and serving as interim CFO/COO. Proficient in both advisory and operational roles, Thomas integrates analytical depth with a pragmatic, hands-on leadership style, making him a versatile and effective finance professional.

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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

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

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.

Chris Pozek

CEO

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

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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 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 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.

  • 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.

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    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.

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