Freezia J. Cao, Finance Expert in Irvine, CA, United States
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Freezia J. Cao

Verified Expert  in Finance

Finance Expert

Irvine, CA, United States
Toptal Member Since
January 4, 2019

For over 18 years, Freezia has led $2+ billion in business planning processes for the world’s leading consumer brands, Coca-Cola and Monster Energy, in China and the US. He managed the financial operations of Coca-Cola’s $140 million investment in the Olympic Games in Canada and the UK. He joined Toptal to share his rich knowledge in finance, planning, and strategy with entrepreneurs, investors, and business operators to add instant and measurable value.

Career Highlights

Business Development Director
Monster Energy Company
Head of Finance
The Coca-Cola Company

Education Highlights

Bachelor's Degree
Shanghai International Studies University

Certification Highlights

Case Studies

Work Experience

Business Development Director

2016 - PRESENT
Monster Energy Company
  • Prepared P&L targets for business in 14 international markets with total annual revenues of over $250 million.
  • Built full business value chains from consumer prices to operating income for ~10 international markets.
  • Designed and built Excel-based monthly reporting, forecasting, and contingency plan templates for ~40 internal reporting units.
  • Designed and built Excel-based key performance indicators template, assigned weights for bonus calculation, and kept on-going monitoring of the KPIs.
  • Wrote investor and board presentations for Asia markets for 10 quarters to date.
  • Participated in the market entry and relaunch project for 12 international markets over a period of 2 years.
Focus areas: Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Revenue Modeling, Value Chain, Board Presentations, P&L Forecasting, Financial Modeling, Business Planning, Pricing Strategy, Asia-Pacific (APAC), Investor Presentations, Consumer Products

Senior Manager, Planning & Revenue Growth Management

2015 - 2016
Coca-Cola Refreshment
  • Led $2+ billion annual revenue business planning process in a major region of Coca-Cola business in North America.
  • Developed and managed by channel Price-Package Plans for a portfolio of 20+ brands and over 300 SKUs.
  • Cascaded overall regional annual target by package to 10+ national customers and 6 market units.
  • Designed and improved regional sales forecasting and performance tracking routines and processes.
  • Empowered and developed a team of 3 business analysis managers.
Focus areas: Business Planning, Executive Reporting, Competitor Analysis & Profiling, Strategic Planning, Pricing Strategy, Revenue Generation Matrix, Revenue Management, Revenue Optimization, Revenue Modeling, Consumer Products

Head of Finance

2008 - 2015
The Coca-Cola Company
  • Led the overall project budgeting process for total investment in excess of $140 million for Coca-Cola's 2 Olympic Games projects in UK (London 2012) and Canada (Vancouver 2010).
  • Built financial control model from scratch to manage the Olympic Games project revenue and expenses in UK and Canada.
  • Managed financial procedure and policies for 9 project functions across the Coca-Cola brand company and its franchise bottlers in UK and Canada.
  • Oversaw accounting, tax planning, procure-to-pay, and contract negotiation process. Passed 4 internal audits and 2 external audits. Achieved $5 million in cost savings via strategic indirect tax planning.
  • Designed, recruited and developed finance, IT and accreditation teams of 6 subordinates.
Focus areas: Sales Expense Forecasting, Revenue & Expense Projections, Operating Expenses (OPEX), Capital Budgeting, Budget Controls, Controller, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Finance Shared Services Management, Financial Systems, Project Finance, Financial Management, Consumer Products

Executive Assistant to Business Unit President

2000 - 2007
The Coca-Cola Company
  • Participated in the development of 10-year strategic plan for Coca-Cola business in China.
  • Prepared the Business Unit President for executive communication with CEO of the bottling groups, The Coca-Cola Company CEO, COO and CMO, routine investor calls, and board meetings in Coca-Cola bottlers.
  • Designed and implemented consolidated financial/operational metrics scorecard to keep BU President well informed on business dynamics, and enable executive decision-making.
  • Built an Excel-based financial model for vending machine business in China with full financial projection, valuation and capital budgeting that led into a pilot testing in selected China markets.
  • Led the business plan development for the biggest business region of China business with $1+ billion annual revenue for 2004 and 2005.
Focus areas: Business Intelligence (BI), Business Advisory, Financial Reporting, Business Planning, Budgeting, Pricing Strategy, Strategy, Investor Presentations, Consumer Products
2013 - 2015

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree in General Management

Emory University - Atlanta, GA

1994 - 1998

Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration

Shanghai International Studies University - Shanghai, China


Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

CPA Canada


Commercial Finance, Zero-based Budgeting, Financial Modeling, Project Finance, Three-statement Modeling, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Pricing Strategy, P&L Forecasting, Revenue Modeling, Revenue Optimization, Revenue Management, Revenue Generation Matrix, Financial Management, Financial Systems, Finance Shared Services Management, Controller, Budget Controls, Capital Budgeting, Operating Expenses (OPEX), Revenue & Expense Projections, Sales Expense Forecasting, Budgeting, Financial Reporting, Business Advisory, Business Intelligence (BI), Taxation, ROI, Accounting, Financial Accounting, Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC), Free Cash Flow (FCF), Depreciation, Capital Expenditure Planning, Route to Market, Valuation

Output Software

Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint

Industry Expertise

Consumer Products, Food & Beverage, Macroeconomics

Geographic Expertise

China, Asia-Pacific (APAC), Canada, United Kingdom


Board Presentations, Strategic Planning, Strategy, Value Chain, Investor Presentations, Business Planning, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Competitor Analysis & Profiling, Executive Reporting, Microsoft 365, Financial Controlling, P&L Management, Internal Control, Business Cases, Financial Forecasting, Return on Invested Capital (ROIC), Trademarking, Marketing, CAPEX, Market Entry, Commercial Strategy, Statistical Analysis, Financial Controls & Processes

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