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Joseph Valentic

Freelance Interim COO
United StatesToptal Member Since November 9, 2018

Joe has 30+ years of middle-market financial services experience as an investment banker, CFO/COO, strategy consultant, public accountant, banker, and board leader. He excels with strategic planning, fractional CFO, pitch deck creation, fundraising, FP&A, M&A due diligence, and research. Joe helps businesses achieve their growth goals by integrating strategy, fractional executive services, financial planning, and capital placement services.

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Previously at

The Growth Advocate

Don Miller

Freelance Interim COO
United StatesToptal Member Since October 16, 2020

Don is a strategic and relationship-driven servant leader with over 15 years of experience in finance, HR, operations, strategy development and execution, business transformation, and process improvement.
 He has demonstrated success in building teams and systems to help organizations adapt to changing circumstances, scale sustainably, advance their missions, and live their values. 

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Previously at

College Advising Corps

Rich Adams

Freelance Interim COO
United StatesToptal Member Since April 15, 2022

Rich is an award-winning leader specializing in answering his clients' business growth, operations, and change management questions with innovative techniques. He has over 20 years of experience in business development, operations, management, and market strategy, working with private equity and Fortune 100 companies like Kroger, Cigna, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Lately, Rich has founded DART, an organization focusing on innovative digital health solutions.

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Previously at

Integrated Prescription Management

Tory Green

Freelance Interim COO
United Arab EmiratesToptal Member Since June 15, 2017

Tory is a Stanford graduate and partner at Tiller Partners, a US-based VC with over 20 investments and $100+ million AUM. He enjoys freelancing to reinforce his nearly 20 years of experience in strategy (Disney, Fox) and finance (Oaktree, Merrill Lynch). Tory also has a deep background in entrepreneurship and operations, as the COO and CFO of a venture-backed fintech startup and co-founder of a digital publishing firm with a Top 50 iTunes ranking podcast and over 2 million downloads per month.

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Previously at

Tiller Partners

John Lee

Freelance Interim COO
PortugalToptal Member Since February 4, 2020

John is a highly commercial, entrepreneurial, culturally intelligent leader who speaks six languages. His proudest achievement was founding his own travel technology startup, CultureMee, which won global awards in business and leisure travel. He is also proud to have led a Europe-wide, cross-functional supply chain project, which drove a €40 million reduction in working capital in CRH Plc, one of the largest construction companies in the world.

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Previously at

The Work From Anywhere Team

Thomas Ruland

Freelance Interim COO
GermanyToptal Member 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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Tim Dudley

Freelance Interim COO
United KingdomToptal Member Since March 16, 2021

Tim is a senior financial expert with extensive experience including BlackRock, Barclays, and E&Y. He's ACA certified with an exemplary record of delivering challenging, complex projects and addressing a company's biggest issues at the board level. His projects include establishing a pricing function valuing $7 trillion of assets, corporate finance activities, regulatory remediations, fund accounting, and system migrations. Tim now freelances to share his expertise with a wider audience.

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Previously at

BlackRock

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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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  • How are Toptal Interim COOs different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our Interim 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.

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

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    We make sure that each engagement between you and your Interim 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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