Tristan Gauvain, Finance Expert in Boulogne-Billancourt, France
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Tristan Gauvain

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Finance Expert

Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Toptal Member Since
March 13, 2019

A Paris-Dauphine graduate pursuing his MBA at Paris-La Sorbonne, Tristan has served as the CFO and director of strategy and development for a prominent subsidiary at Lagardere, a leading French media conglomerate. He possesses extensive strategy and finance experience and led acquisitions that drove an IRR of 30%. He freelances to help entrepreneurs and managers evaluate and implement financial and operational strategies to grow their businesses.

Career Highlights

Juridique Club
CFO, Digital Division
Lagardere Active

Education Highlights

Postgraduate Program
Panthéon-Sorbonne University
Master's Degree
Paris-Dauphine University

Work Experience

Director of Strategy and Development, Digital Division

2017 - PRESENT
Lagardere Active
  • Defined the strategy for entry into the eHealth and financial technology markets and executed the go-forward market entry strategy including the initiation of growth projects and screening potential M&A opportunities.
  • Led the acquisition of Animal Box, a leader in pet subscription eCommerce, including negotiating with the sellers and raising funds to complete the transaction.
  • Conducted a behavior study on pharmaceuticals and drugs to drive the eHealth strategy forward, leading to the establishment of partnerships and the creation of a proof of concept.
  • Led divestitures of ten separate operations within the Largardere Active digital portfolio.
Focus areas: Investments, Funding Strategy, M&A (Sell-side), Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)


2016 - 2017
Juridique Club
  • Founded a SaaS platform to facilitate legal team collaboration, acting as the CEO and leading the strategic presentation to potential investors and funding of the company.
Focus areas: Budgeting, Financial Modeling, Startup Funding

CFO, Digital Division

2012 - 2016
Lagardere Active
  • Managed Lagardere Active's Digital Division which was growing at a rate of 40%+ per annum and 300%+ cumulatively over four years.
  • Led the settlement of budget and forecasts as well as the management and improvement of trade working capital.
  • Optimized and managed the balance sheet through various strategic initiatives including liquidations, share sales, mergers, and stock compensation.
  • Managed M&A activities including leading the evaluation, due diligence, negotiations, and the integration of the new subsidiaries including and
  • Launched Doctipharma, a leading French online pharmaceutical eCommerce platform, and Mexican health and wellness information platform et Doctissimo, to further the eHealth strategy.
  • Validated the statutory accounts, settlement of financial statements, and adapted to the evolution of financial standards including IFRS 15.
  • Managed internal controls including audit follow up and the establishment of an action plan.
Focus areas: M&A Earn-out Agreements, M&A Modeling, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)

Financial Controller

2007 - 2012
Lagardere Active
  • Managed the financial controls for the French digital publishing department, established financial monitoring for a new department and reported the digital activity of Lagardere Active, a subsidiary with €130 million of revenue and 30 companies worldwide.
  • Led the integration of the accounting, sales, and human resource departments for all digital acquisitions.
Focus areas: Financial System Implementation, Financial Reporting, Budgeting

Financial Controller

2003 - 2007
Bouygues Telecom
  • Managed the revenue forecast and reforecast for a business with €3.5 billion of revenue per year.
  • Established the ABC method for the forecast round of the 2,000-person IT department.
Focus areas: Financial Reporting, Financial System Implementation, Revenue Modeling
2001 - 2002

Postgraduate Program in International Business

Panthéon-Sorbonne University - Paris, France

1997 - 2001

Master's Degree in Business Administration

Paris-Dauphine University - Paris, France


Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Finance Strategy, M&A (Sell-side), M&A Modeling, M&A Earn-out Agreements, Budgeting, Financial Reporting, Financial System Implementation, Revenue Modeling, Financial Modeling, Funding Strategy, Startup Funding

Industry Expertise

Telecommunications, CMT

Geographic Expertise

France, Europe

Data & Analysis Software

IBM Cognos


Microsoft 365, Digital Health, Healthcare Media, Modeling, Business Strategy, Growth Strategy, Target Screening, Digital Strategy, Digital Media, Post-merger Integration, Integration, SAP BusinessObjects (BO), Investments, IT Systems Engineering

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