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Pawan Kesarwani

Pawan Kesarwani

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Member since November 27, 2016
Pawan is an experienced finance professional with expertise in financial modeling, scenario building, fund raising, and financial management. He has helped multiple startups to raise $100M+ in the form of equity/debt capital, built and managed their finance function from scratch, and has strategized and executed 6 M&A deals. Pawan likes to freelance for Toptal as it allows him to work on challenging projects with incredible global clients.
Pawan is now available for hire
Career Highlights
Case studies
Industry Expertise
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail & Wholesale
Software Expertise
  • Capital IQ
Other Expertise
  • Forecasting
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Variance Analysis
  • Venture Funding
  • Working Capital Management
  • Head of Finance
    2015 - PRESENT
    • Built the finance function from scratch.
    • Raised Series C funding from VC investors for 34 million USD.
    • Built a financial model for optimal working capital and investing surplus funds for maximizing returns by 2X.
    • Led the M&A activities for acquisition of 5 targets. The synergy has helped the organization to reduce operating cost by 35% and increase revenue by 1.5X.
    • Strategized and formulated a cost-reduction plan to enable the organization reach its contribution goal of 80%.
    Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Budgeting, Venture Funding, Financial Reporting, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Consultant
    2014 - 2015
    Strategy and Finance Consultant
    • Strategized and planned the business strategy for an environment-friendly FMCG product for UK market.
    • Advised on the financial viability of a USD 5 million bio-mass power plant.
    • Formulated the investment strategy to invest in the real estate sector.
    • Worked on an eCommerce solution to reduce cost of logistics and cut wastages resulting in saving of ~ 25% YOY.
    • Prepare a business case for expansion of a MNC in the business of stores which was duly adopted by the board.
    Focus areas: Financial Modeling, Budgeting, Business Plan Development, Venture Funding
  • Co-Founder and Senior Financial Executive
    2004 - 2013
    Paras Paper Mills
    • Introduced and enhanced financial reporting and statistical analysis tools to make plans.
    • Performed financial reporting and analysis for multiple business units.
    • Made a strategic selection and implemented a new ERP which improved the overall financial reporting functions and cost control processes.
    • Prepared and reviewed MIS reports like profitability reports, monthly rolling forecasts, and more to identify the issues, risks, and saving potentials.
    • Supervised the overall financial performance by providing timely financial analysis—oversaw the finalization of the books as per statutory requirements.
    • Led the preparation of the operating and capital/project budget and monitoring thereof with actuals and reporting of variances. Identified the areas where costs can be reduced or efficiency can be increased.
    • Monitored the inflow and outflow of funds and ensured the optimum utilization of available funds to accomplish organizational goals.
    Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Financial Reporting, Working Capital Management, Growth Capital Raising, Budgeting
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance, Business Administration
    2013 - 2014
    University of Oxford - Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) in Finance, Accounts, & Taxation
    1999 - 2004
    The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India - New Delhi, India
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Finance, Commerce
    1998 - 2001
    University of Allahabad - Allahabad, India
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