Chris Hearing, Finance Expert in Rockville, MD, United States
Chris Hearing

Finance Expert in Rockville, MD, United States

Member since December 6, 2017
Chris has launched startups creating $50 million in value and restructured organizations to realize $20 million in annual savings. He has held senior finance roles at public and private companies in the marketing, consumer products, and live entertainment spaces. With 25+ years of experience in identifying and implementing operating strategies to grow profits and enterprise value, Chris continues to add value in challenging situations.
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Career Highlights


Case studies



  • Managing Partner

    2017 - PRESENT
    Navigare Advisory Partners
    • Founded Navigare Advisory Partners to provide strategic services to middle market clients. Quickly built a robust multi-service practice with clients across the US.
    • Built financial models and pitch decks for external fundraising, resulting in achievement of investment goals of startup medical/retail operation within 6 months of project launch.
    • Led exercise to identify opportunities for growth and resource requirements needed to execute for a $35 million live entertainment promoter; resulted in 3-year plan to double profits with a reduced risk profile.
    • Created an efficient and lower risk legal and tax structure for start-up to minimize owner tax liabilities and personal risk. Led multi-discipline team with company leaders, accountants, and legal team to determine optimal structure.
    • Led assessment of acquisition opportunities for private equity group in the data modeling and omni-channel marketing space. Sourced potential targets and led company/market assessments.
    Focus areas: Profitability Optimization, Cash Flow Forecasting, P&L Forecasting, Operational Finance, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Strategic Planning & Execution
  • President

    2007 - 2016
    Direct Holdings Global
    • Directed all aspects of privately held $100 million entertainment marketing organization with 60+ employees.
    • Led bottom-up strategic plan to identify areas for growth, leading to $50 million increase in enterprise value through identification and exploitation of adjacent market opportunities.
    • Launched two new divisions, resulting in annual revenue of $50+ million as well as a reduction of overall risk and revenue seasonality.
    • Identified and implemented organization restructuring opportunities to reduce expenses and improve productivity.
    • Led business transformation from single-channel marketing to fully integrated omni-channel model.
    Focus areas: Organizational Development, Market Opportunity Analysis, Market Research, Strategic Planning, Operations Management, Marketing, Product Development, Financial Management
  • Chief Financial Officer

    2003 - 2007
    Direct Holdings Worldwide
    • Directed all business planning and analyses across multiple business lines.
    • Identified and led exploitation of synergy opportunities in finance, human resources, and operations.
    • Led the complex disaggregation of all systems, facilities, benefits, and processes to establish stand-alone enterprise.
    • Reduced annual fixed costs by $20 million, improving overall effectiveness through strategic outsourcing.
    • Drove debt portfolio restructuring to gain operating room during subsidiary turnaround.
    • Led restructuring of underperforming business line, ultimately leading to sale to strategic buyer.
    Focus areas: Treasury, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Budgeting, Strategic Planning
  • Chief Financial Officer

    1999 - 2003
    Time Life, Inc.
    • Led all financial personnel operating in Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America.
    • Prepared annual budgets and forecasts while leading operations reviews across all entities.
    • Successfully led the sale of the business from Time, Inc. to private equity group to position the company for future growth.
    • Led analysis and execution plan for the shutdown of unprofitable book publishing business. Maximized asset run-out while minimizing shutdown expenses.
    • Led M&A analysis, resulting in acquisition of a direct marketing business in Mexico and English language education business in Japan.
    Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Management, Accounting, Budgeting, Strategic Planning

Other Experience

  • Principles of Organizational Design and Optimization: Lessons From The Great Recession (Publication)
    In 2006, Ford Motor Company’s losses came in at a staggering $12.7 billion; but four years later, profits had rebounded to $6.6 billion. At around the same time, Carlos Brito’s “one firm, one culture” optimization policy delivered $2.3 billion in synergies, exceeding pre-merger projections for Anheuser-Busch’s combination with InBev by 50%. Both Ford and AB InBev’s CEOs achieved these results by adeptly applying the principles of organizational optimization—concepts explored by Toptal Finance Restructuring Expert, Christopher Hearing, in this article.


  • Master's Degree in Business Administration - Finance
    1985 - 1987
    University of Maryland - Maryland
  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration - Operations Research
    1980 - 1984
    Villanova University - Pennsylvania

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