Rolf Andersen, Finance Expert in São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
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Rolf Andersen

Verified Expert  in Finance

Finance Expert

São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
Toptal Member Since
June 16, 2020

Rolf is an international finance executive with hands-on experience in large-scale global companies and start-ups. He's confident leading remote teams, strong in process optimization, completes thorough deep dives, and provides solid solutions. He uses robust strategic and analytical approaches to optimize and turn companies around. Rolf has built organizations and investment pipelines, set up reporting structures, and designed and executed turn-around plans to create winning client solutions.

Career Highlights

Exact Capital & Consulting

Education Highlights

Master's Degree
Aarhus School of Business - Aarhus University

Certification Highlights

Case Studies

Work Experience


2021 - PRESENT
  • Built the entire finance team and processes following a carve-out from a multinational listed company.
  • Led the investment series A round, which closed with BRL 22.5 million raised, followed by BRL 12 million two years later.
  • Reached breakeven in a tight margin industry by building efficiencies through the use of technology, streamlining the organization, and cutting overhead costs.
Focus areas: Startups, Team Building, Logistics & Warehousing

Senior Vice President of Finance

2019 - 2020
Trilogy - ESW Capital
  • Streamlined and automated global O2C processes, cutting process time in half and eliminating a 14-day backlog.
  • Created, implemented, and used real work assessments to hire all finance professionals for a 100% remote workforce.
  • Built budgets and forecasts for the company's largest group of SaaS entities.
Focus areas: M&A Modeling, Remote Work, SaaS

Co-CEO and CFO

2017 - 2019
  • Created strategies for European expansion, product development, and strategic partnerships.
  • Trimmed the organization of non-value adding positions and turned a loss into gross margins of 15%.
  • Reached above 80% of the consulting capacity billed and increased revenue of supporting consulting services by a 327%-an increase over 2017.
  • Transformed the organization to agile software development and implemented a remote team structure.
  • Built a business model for budget and reporting purposes, which was also used for investor presentations in connection with funding.
Focus areas: P&L Management

Interim CFO

2016 - 2017
  • Implemented a turnaround plan and reached a 9% profit margin in 12 months turnaround.
  • Grew revenue by 19%, and picked up lost revenue from time registration.
  • Secured improved financing and lowered the cost of capital with 3%-points.
  • Found and hired a permanent CFO at the end of the 12 month period.
  • Built budget plans and models used for forecast, analysis, and funding requirement. Models made flexible to allow for subsequent alterations and scenario analysis.
Focus areas: Turnaround Management


2012 - 2017
Exact Capital & Consulting
  • Built the pitch and raised the first fund with a focus on PE/VC investments in companies with a focus on Brazil and Latin America.
  • Built an attractive pipeline of 30 potential investment candidates, executed due diligence on four of them.
  • Executed two investments and subsequently worked with each company to deliver growth plans.
Focus areas: Investments, Fundraising


2008 - 2012
  • Established own consulting business serving primarily foreign companies wishing to establish themselves in Brazil.
  • Created a reporting package for a Danish telecommunications company listed on the leading stock exchange in Denmark.
  • Obtained local product approval for a major Danish producer of personal protective gear.
Focus areas: New Business Development


2008 - 2012
Danish Design
  • Built own business from scratch, importing furniture, lamps, and decorative items from Denmark to Brazil.
  • Built a portfolio of clients through interior design offices and a showroom directly to the end consumer.
  • Sold the business to competitor including a 12 month earn-out deal.
Focus areas: Small Business Management


2007 - 2008
Maersk Gambia
  • Increased the market share by 7%-points in the first year.
  • Led the organization from last to first place on a regional assessment of all main KPI’s.
  • Achieved a top ranking in Africa in a customer satisfaction survey.
  • Delivered strong improvement in employee satisfaction.
Focus areas: P&L Management

Group CFO

2003 - 2007
Maersk Brasil
  • Implemented SAP across all business units. Renegotiated a major joint venture contract with a local partner in a port terminal project, improving the bottom-line with $1.5mill per year.
  • Spearheaded a local merger with P&O Nedlloyd following a global acquisition, retaining all key staff.
  • Secured funding through a local development bank (BNDES) for the construction of two supply vessels at the local Brazilian shipyard.
  • Reduced the sourcing cost by 4% by establishing an in-house procurement department.
Focus areas: IT, Legal, Accounting, Finance


2001 - 2003
APM Terminals Jamaica
  • Prepared the operation of the terminal, which included hiring 450 staff (both blue-collar and administration), establish positions and compensation packages, and operations procedures within two months.
  • Charged with setting up all procedures within finance and accounting following a take over of the operation of the port.
  • Drove cost improvements by creating cost awareness, supplier negotiations, and introduced lifetime cost concepts.
Focus areas: Business Process Management (BPM)
1993 - 1997

Master's Degree in International Finance

Aarhus School of Business - Aarhus University - Aarhus, Denmark


Executive Leadership Program



Financial Modeling, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Revenue & Expense Projections, CFO, Cash Flow Modeling, Budgeting, Cash Management, Due Diligence, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Valuation, Fundraising, Startup Funding, Venture Funding, Private Equity, Accounting, Forecasting, Three-statement Modeling, Market Research, M&A (Buy-side), Cross-border M&A, Financial Consolidation, DCF Valuation, M&A Modeling

Industry Expertise

Logistics, Transportation & Shipping, Venture Capital, Early-stage Startups, Financial Services

Geographic Expertise

EMEA, Middle East

Data & Analysis Software



Turnaround Management, Growth, Financial Forecasting, Startups, Business Models, Business Plan Consulting, Investments, Business Modeling, Interim CFO, Virtual CFO, Fractional CFO, Part-time CFO, Cash Flow Analysis, Business Strategy, Business Consulting, Pitch Decks, Sensitivity Analysis, Cash Flow Management, Reporting, Financial Analysis, Strategy, Negotiation, Hiring Process Development, Optimization, Investor Presentations, Fintech, Controlling, Financing, Structuring, Debt Financing, Software as a Service (SaaS), B2B, SaaS, Investment Analysis, Service, Company Research, eCommerce, Investor Reporting, Close Procedures, IFRS Financial Reporting, P&L Management, Small Business Management, New Business Development, Finance, Legal, IT, Business Process Management (BPM), Microsoft 365, G Suite, PBCS, Product Roadmaps, Budget Modeling, Fintech Consultant, International Expansion, Product Launch, Remote Work, Team Building, Logistics & Warehousing

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