Mario d'Aragona, Finance Expert in London, United Kingdom
Mario d'Aragona

Finance Expert in London, United Kingdom

Member since August 7, 2019
Mario has a proven track record of improving a company’s financial results, such as turnaround of a loss-making company or costs and yield losses reduction by over 10% in Heinz Kraft. He supports companies in finding tailor-made funding solutions by early-stage investments and introducing them to his inner circle of investors and Nasdaq. Mario is enthusiastic about freelancing and providing exceptional entrepreneurial knowledge with his vast global experience to meet and exceed targets.
Mario is now available for hire

Career Highlights

Education

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Case studies

Expertise

Employment

  • Founder | Managing Partner

    2017 - PRESENT
    TML Venture
    • Promoted the client business case to the investor's inner circle, provided client training through the investor-ready process for Q&A sessions. Raised €14 million over year to date.
    • Prepared the business plans and financial strategy assessments, including funding needs, debt and equity mix in trading finance, auto finance, business loan, and hire purchase.
    • Prepared the company's valuation report and post-funding management accounting.
    • Served as an interim CFO at Ealixir as a part of the Nasdaq introduction team, helping the company prepare the financial audit and business plan to disclose it to the financial analysts.
    • Acted as an interim CFO at Jack and Bry, preparing the business plan and valuation report to support business growth and presenting the investor-ready documents to the financial community.
    • Prepared the business plan and associated financials as an interim CFO at DPE Precision Engineering to support the MBI team in acquiring the business and getting the external private equity financing.
    • Served as an interim CFO at SGG Luxembourg, preparing and challenging the consolidated financial statements of 15 entities across Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
    Focus areas: Fundraising, Accounting, Investor Readiness, Interim CFO, Management, Fractional CFO, French, English, Italian, Pitch Decks, Pitch Deck Consultant, M&A (Buy-side), IT, Startups, Startup Funding, Financial Forecasting, Information Technology, Consumer Products, Venture Funding, Technology, Valuation Modeling, Capital Raising, Excel VBA, Interim Finance Director, Revenue & Expense Projections, Growth Strategy, Business Modeling, Business Models, Fundraising Consultant, Private Company Valuation, Series A, Three-statement Modeling, Venture Capital, Biotechnology, Marketplaces, Investment Briefs, Investment Thesis, Equity Research Analysis, M&A Modelling, M&A Modeling, Healthcare Software, Private Equity, Fintech, Opportunity Assessments, EBITDA, SAS, Software as a Service (SaaS), SaaS, Cash Management, Early-stage Venture Capital, Business Strategy, Cash Flow Management, Financial Reporting
  • Management Consultant Director

    2013 - 2017
    Cavendish Management Resources
    • Acted as a senior consultant director to provide funding and management support for SMEs and entrepreneurs, operating across areas including funding, transactions, management support, business turnarounds, and interim management.
    • Designed a business plan for a startup to develop five MGW electrical power stations.
    • Developed the business turnaround plans for two French companies in financial distress, operating in the renewable energy and power connection industries, and introduced them to the investors.
    Focus areas: Management, English, Italian, French, Pitch Decks, Pitch Deck Consultant, Startups, Startup Funding, Venture Funding, Capital Raising, Excel VBA, Solar, Revenue & Expense Projections, Growth Strategy, Interim CFO, Business Modeling, Business Models, Fundraising Consultant, Three-statement Modeling, Healthcare Software, Private Equity, Fintech, Opportunity Assessments, EBITDA, SAS, Software as a Service (SaaS), SaaS, Cash Management, Early-stage Venture Capital, Business Strategy, Cash Flow Management, Financial Reporting
  • CFO

    2011 - 2013
    United Technologies (now Raytheon)
    • Turned around the loss-making company and significantly improved its financial results to return it to profit in 2012 by embedding the robust financial controls and culture of accountability.
    • Generated an additional £20 million in cash through improved collection processes and established a new after-sales service branch with full P&L and 60% margins.
    • Coordinated the sale to a private equity fund, led the post-acquisition transition from a UTC subsidiary to a standalone entity, and managed credit lines and bank guarantees.
    Focus areas: Accounting, Budgeting, M&A (Sell-side), Turnaround, Due Diligence, Auditing, Fractional CFO, Italian, English, French, Financial Modeling, Forecasting, Financial Forecasting, CFO, Technology, Reporting, Revenue & Expense Projections, Business Modeling, Business Models, Three-statement Modeling, Manufacturing, ASC 606, US GAAP, Financial Management, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Dashboards, Dashboard Design, Financial Controls & Processes, Controllership/Accounting, Opportunity Assessments, EBITDA, Business Strategy, Cash Flow Management, Financial Reporting
  • Financial Planning and Analysis Director

    2008 - 2013
    UTC GFP & UTC S&FF EMEA (now Raytheon)
    • Managed a team with responsibility for 31 business units across the EMEA and US territories. Product lines spanned fire safety, prevention, and fighting. Achieved the budget from the first year.
    • Provided financial support in establishing joint ventures in the Middle East region, preparing due diligence, and managing relationships with external auditors and sellers throughout the transaction.
    • Ensured the timely delivery of accurate financial reports to tight timescales regarding daily and monthly sales and full financial statements.
    • Developed and implemented the quarterly cash direct report, monthly extensive order reporting, and order pipeline report.
    Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), English, Italian, French, Financial Modeling, Forecasting, Financial Forecasting, Controller, Technology, Reporting, Revenue & Expense Projections, Business Modeling, Business Models, FP&A, Three-statement Modeling, Manufacturing, Financial Management, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Dashboards, Dashboard Design, Financial Controls & Processes, Controllership/Accounting, Opportunity Assessments, EBITDA, Business Strategy, Cash Flow Management, Financial Reporting
  • CFO at Primary Distribution

    2006 - 2008
    Areva
    • Achieved the quantitative targets and improved the cash flow through working capital, overdue reduction with the implemented overdue toolkit, and cash collection organization.
    • Improved the processes significantly by implementing effective financial KPIs, including margin at direct costs analysis by channel, segment, geography, and sub-product lines.
    • Reviewed personnel and career development for the unit financial controllers and cost controllers to encourage professional growth and cultivate a culture of improvement and reward.
    Focus areas: Accounting, Corporate Finance, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Finance, Fractional CFO, Italian, English, French, Financial Modeling, Forecasting, CFO, Technology, Reporting, Revenue & Expense Projections, Business Modeling, Business Models, Three-statement Modeling, Manufacturing, Financial Management, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Dashboards, Dashboard Design, Financial Controls & Processes, Controllership/Accounting, Opportunity Assessments, EBITDA, Business Strategy, Cash Flow Management, Financial Reporting
  • Operational Accounting Manager

    2001 - 2006
    Heinz (now The Kraft Heinz Company)
    • Reduced conversion costs and yielded losses by over 10% while providing support in a complex area covering five factories in various countries.
    • Managed a cumulative amount of over $40 million through collecting and coordinating data to support damages and prejudices coming from product recalls or delays in delivery against insurance providers and suppliers.
    • Provided a tactical cost-benefit analysis to support business decisions.
    Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Management Accounting, Foodtech, Financial Modeling, Forecasting, Financial Forecasting, Controller, Consumer Products, Reporting, Revenue & Expense Projections, Business Modeling, Business Models, Three-statement Modeling, Manufacturing, Financial Management, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Dashboards, Dashboard Design, Financial Controls & Processes, Controllership/Accounting, Opportunity Assessments, EBITDA, Business Strategy, Cash Flow Management, Financial Reporting
  • CFO

    1998 - 2001
    Federal Mogul Corporation (now Tenneco)
    • Established and followed the management control best practices within a complex environment.
    • Gained deep knowledge of analytical non-financial KPIs such as customer delight and quality costs. Spearheaded the ERP implementation using MAC-PAC and AS/400.
    • Developed and implemented the entity transfer pricing policy.
    Focus areas: Taxation, Finance, Fractional CFO, English, Italian, French, Financial Modeling, Forecasting, Financial Forecasting, CFO, Consumer Products, Reporting, Revenue & Expense Projections, Business Modeling, Business Models, Three-statement Modeling, Manufacturing, ASC 606, US GAAP, Financial Management, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Dashboards, Dashboard Design, Financial Controls & Processes, Controllership/Accounting, Opportunity Assessments, EBITDA, Business Strategy, Cash Flow Management, Financial Reporting
  • Senior Consultant

    1993 - 1998
    EY
    • Prepared, executed and closed projects within the deadlines. Combined project management skills with teamwork to manage a stressful environment with strict deadlines.
    • Automated and streamlined the processes by developing VBA RAD such as XLS consolidator, reconciliation generator, XLS reporting, and PPT generator.
    • Coached and assisted the investment team at Fiat to help them understand the implications of the redesign of the CapEx input and output processes—moving from lira to euros—and supervised the interface with other procedures.
    Focus areas: Auditing, Consulting, French, Italian, English, Excel VBA, Three-statement Modeling, Financial Controls & Processes, Controllership/Accounting
  • Lieutenant | Complement Officer

    1991 - 1992
    Italian Navy—Marina Militare
    • Passed the entry tests and trained in the Italian Naval Academy as an officer.
    • Acted as a trained member of the rescue team at sea.
    • Served for nonprofit services in the best interest of Italy.
    Focus areas: Military Operations

Education

  • Master's Degree in Business Economics
    1985 - 1990
    University Of Genoa - Genova, Italy

Certifications

  • C# Coding Course
    JANUARY 2017 - PRESENT
    Kensington College, London, UK
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
    JANUARY 2017 - PRESENT
    Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

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