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

Verified Expert  in Finance

Management Consulting Expert

Location
London, United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since
September 16, 2021

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.

Career Highlights

CFO
United Technologies (now Raytheon)
Operational Accounting Manager
Heinz (now The Kraft Heinz Company)

Education Highlights

Master's Degree
University Of Genoa

Certification Highlights

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

Case Studies

Work Experience

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, Interim CFO, Management, Fractional CFO, 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 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, Due Diligence Consultant, Cross-border M&A, Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (SME), Valuation Multiples, Comparable Company Analysis, Software, Medical Devices, Angel/Seed Funding, Storytelling, Cash Flow, eCommerce, Management Consulting, Enterprise Software, Business Plan Consulting, Seed Fundraising, Fundraising Strategy, Financing, DCF Modeling, Scenario Analysis, Cap Tables, Cash Flow Modeling, Retail & Wholesale, RiskMetrics, DCF Valuation, Discounted Cash Flow (DCF), Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), Equity Research, Due Diligence, UK GAAP, Macros, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Information Memoranda, Energy, Process Improvement, Excel Expert, Deal Sourcing, Higher Education, Pricing Strategy, M&A (Sell-side), Industry Analysis, Market Research, Investments, Data Analysis, Excel 365, Financial Analysis, Business Services, Fashion, Apparel & Accessories, Early-stage Funding, Early-stage Startups, Climate Change, Subscription Pricing, Subscriptions, United Kingdom, Growth Capital Raising, Clothing, Debt Financing, Investment Banking, Financial Data, Investment Capital Raising, Portfolio Analysis, Business Advisory, Small Business Management, Small Business, Saudi Arabia, Investment Memoranda, Intellectual Property Valuation, Monte Carlo Simulations, Financial Transformation, Financial Benchmarking, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence (BI), Sensitivity Analysis, Investment Analysis

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, 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, Cross-border M&A, Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (SME), Valuation Multiples, Comparable Company Analysis, Software, Biotechnology, Medical Devices, Angel/Seed Funding, Storytelling, DCF Modeling, Scenario Analysis, Cap Tables, Cash Flow Modeling, DCF Valuation, Discounted Cash Flow (DCF), Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), UK GAAP, Excel Macros, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Energy, Excel Expert, Industry Analysis, Market Research, Data Analysis, M&A Valuation (DCF), Early-stage Funding, Early-stage Startups, United Kingdom, Growth Capital Raising, Financial Data, Investment Capital Raising, Business Advisory, Small Business Management, Small Business

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, 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, Distribution, Payroll & Benefits, Bookkeeping, Accounts Payable, P&L Forecasting, Accounts Receivable, Warehouse Management, Cross-border M&A, Comparable Company Analysis, Cash Flow, DCF Modeling, Scenario Analysis, Cash Flow Modeling, DCF Valuation, Discounted Cash Flow (DCF), Process Improvement, Excel Expert, B2B, Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, Accruals, Financial Model Auditing, Corporate Restructuring, Distressed/Special Situations, Internal Financial Reporting, Project Finance, Climate Change, Financial Data, Project Management, Financial Benchmarking, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence (BI), Investment Analysis

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), Financial Modeling, Forecasting, Financial Forecasting, Controller, 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, Distribution, Payroll & Benefits, Bookkeeping, Accounts Payable, P&L Forecasting, Accounts Receivable, Cross-border M&A, Cash Flow, Management Consulting, Enterprise Software, DCF Modeling, Scenario Analysis, Cash Flow Modeling, Retail & Wholesale, DCF Valuation, Discounted Cash Flow (DCF), Data Visualization, Macros, Process Improvement, Excel Expert, B2B, Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, Distressed/Special Situations, Internal Financial Reporting, Financial Data, Inventory, Financial Benchmarking, Investment Analysis

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, 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, Distribution, Payroll & Benefits, Bookkeeping, Accounts Payable, P&L Forecasting, Accounts Receivable, Cross-border M&A, Cash Flow, Cash Flow Modeling, Energy, Process Improvement, Excel Expert, B2B, Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, Internal Financial Reporting, Project Finance, Financial Data

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, Distribution, Payroll & Benefits, Bookkeeping, Accounts Payable, P&L Forecasting, Accounts Receivable, Food Delivery Services, Food & Beverage, Food, Warehouse Operations, Cash Flow, Warehouse Management, Profitability Analysis, Pricing, Inventory Management, Cash Flow Modeling, Process Improvement, Excel Expert, Pricing Strategy, Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, Management Reports, Supply Chain, Logistics & Supply Chain, Internal Financial Reporting, Cost Reduction & Optimization, Financial Data, Inventory, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), FMCG, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence (BI)

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, 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, Distribution, Payroll & Benefits, Bookkeeping, Accounts Payable, P&L Forecasting, Accounts Receivable, Warehouse Management, Profitability Analysis, Pricing, Inventory Management, Excel Macros, Macros, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Process Improvement, Excel Expert, B2B, Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, Supply Chain, Internal Financial Reporting, Cost Reduction & Optimization, Financial Data, Inventory

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, Excel VBA, Three-statement Modeling, Financial Controls & Processes, Controllership/Accounting, Distribution, Payroll & Benefits, Bookkeeping, Accounts Payable, P&L Forecasting, Accounts Receivable, Due Diligence Consultant, Warehouse Management, Cross-border M&A, Software, IFRS Financial Reporting, Data Visualization, Excel Macros, Macros, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Microsoft PowerPoint, Process Improvement, Excel Expert, Data Analysis, Microsoft Power BI, Financial Statements, Financial Model Auditing, Financial Data

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, Excel Expert
1985 - 1990

Master's Degree in Business Economics

University Of Genoa - Genova, Italy

JUNE 2023 - PRESENT

Advanced Valuation and Strategy - M&A, Private Equity, and Venture Capital

Erasmus University Rotterdam | via Coursera

JANUARY 2017 - PRESENT

C# Coding Course

Kensington College, London, UK

JANUARY 2017 - PRESENT

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

Finance

Accounting, Corporate Finance, Budgeting, Fundraising, M&A (Sell-side), Due Diligence, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Controller, Valuation, Management Accounting, Financial Modeling, Forecasting, M&A (Buy-side), Startup Funding, CFO, Venture Funding, Valuation Modeling, Capital Raising, Data Analysis, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Revenue & Expense Projections, Private Company Valuation, Series A, Three-statement Modeling, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Investment Briefs, Investment Thesis, Equity Research Analysis, M&A Modeling, Private Equity, Financial Management, Cash Management, Financial Reporting, P&L Forecasting, Cash Flow, Cross-border M&A, Valuation Multiples, Comparable Company Analysis, Angel/Seed Funding, RiskMetrics, Profitability Analysis, Pricing, Seed Fundraising, Cash Flow Modeling, DCF Valuation, Discounted Cash Flow (DCF), Equity Research, UK GAAP, Pricing Strategy, Market Research, Financial Model Auditing, Internal Financial Reporting, Cost Reduction & Optimization, Project Finance, Growth Capital Raising, Portfolio Analysis, Business Advisory, Investment Memoranda, Intellectual Property Valuation, Financial Benchmarking, Business Intelligence (BI), Taxation, Financial Risk Assessment, Funding Strategy

Output Software

Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, Office 2010

Data & Analysis Software

Visual Basic, SAS, Financial Data

Industry Expertise

Consumer Products, Technology, Venture Capital, Software, Retail & Wholesale, Energy, Higher Education, Fashion, Apparel & Accessories, Early-stage Startups, Small Business, Interior Design, Food & Beverage, Food

Geographic Expertise

United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia

Other

Finance, Planning, Modeling, Strategy, Auditing, Operations, Business Cases, Business Planning, Fractional CFO, Foodtech, Pitch Decks, Pitch Deck Consultant, IT, Startups, Financial Forecasting, Information Technology, Investor Presentations, Excel VBA, Stock Market, Reporting, Excel 365, Solar, Growth Strategy, Interim CFO, Business Modeling, Business Models, Fundraising Consultant, Biotechnology, Marketplaces, Manufacturing, ASC 606, US GAAP, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Dashboards, Dashboard Design, Financial Controls & Processes, Controllership/Accounting, Opportunity Assessments, EBITDA, Software as a Service (SaaS), SaaS, Business Strategy, Early-stage Venture Capital, Cash Flow Management, Accounts Payable, Bookkeeping, Payroll & Benefits, Distribution, Accounts Receivable, Warehouse Management, Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (SME), Medical Devices, Storytelling, Inventory Management, eCommerce, Management Consulting, Enterprise Software, Business Plan Consulting, Fundraising Strategy, Financing, DCF Modeling, Scenario Analysis, Cap Tables, Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), IFRS Financial Reporting, Data Visualization, Excel Macros, Macros, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Information Memoranda, Process Improvement, Excel Expert, Deal Sourcing, B2B, Industry Analysis, Investments, Management Reports, Financial Statements, M&A Valuation (DCF), Financial Analysis, Supply Chain, Accruals, Logistics & Supply Chain, Business Services, Early-stage Funding, Growth, Corporate Restructuring, Distressed/Special Situations, Climate Change, Subscription Pricing, Subscriptions, Clothing, Debt Financing, Investment Capital Raising, Inventory, Small Business Management, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), FMCG, Monte Carlo Simulations, Project Management, Financial Transformation, Business Analytics, Sensitivity Analysis, Investment Analysis, Economics, Statistics, Consulting, Microsoft Power BI, C#, Turnaround, Performance, Military Operations, Term Sheet Negotiations, Leveraged Buyout (LBO), Management, Budget Modeling, Coding, Interim Finance Director, Healthcare Software, Fintech, Due Diligence Consultant, Food Delivery Services, Warehouse Operations, B2C, Real Options Reasoning, Game Theory, Investment Banking, Precision Engineering, CNC Machine, Forecast Consultant

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