The Right Interim CFO Delivers Stability and Accelerates the Timeline Toward Success

Harvest CFO Executive Search is The Premier national executive search firm for delivering the right permanent and interim CFOs for private equity backed companies. The CFOs we deliver are proven successful PE portfolio company financial leaders who are highly skilled business partners with their executive teams and PE firm sponsors in achieving the strategic plan of creating high enterprise value over the holding period culminating in successful exit transactions. Harvest has partnered with more than 80 PE firms to recruit hundreds of CFOs and financial leaders for permanent and interim roles for their portfolio companies across a broad list of industries and highly niche verticals in most geographic markets in the US.  

Through our proprietary extensive national database and network of PE portfolio company CFOs, we deliver highly skilled interim candidates with the right industry and PE portfolio company experience within 5 to 10 business days from initial request. Our interim fee economic model combined with the skills of our interim CFOs provides higher returns compared to our competition. We work very hard to fill interim roles with individuals from the local geographic market thereby avoiding travel costs and commuting issues and increasing the probability of good chemistry and cultural fit. When the best outcome is the interim CFO transitions to the permanent CFO role, our conversion rate is almost 100%.

Recent interim CFO engagements include:

  • PE backed $400MM revenue specialty food and beverage manufacturer, Akron, OH.
  • PE backed $50MM revenue B2B mechanical services company, Cleveland, OH.
  • PE backed $100MM revenue industrial manufacturer, Dallas, TX.
  • PE backed $100MM revenue third party fulfillment company, Los Angeles, CA.
  • PE backed $50MM revenue commercial B2B services company, Orlando, FL.
  • PE backed $50MM niche consumer durable product manufacturer, Kansas City, MO.
  • PE backed $200MM revenue commercial facilities contractor, Jacksonville, FL.
  • PE backed energy industry field services company, Houston, TX.

Don Hillier, CEO of Harvest CFO states,

“We do not take a generalist approach for our interim roles. Our interim candidates are successful PE Portco CFOs with relevant industry experience and the skillset needed for the specific interim need. Our interim economic model combined with the skill of our interim CFOs creates tremendous value for our clients and enables us to attract and retain the absolute best talent for the duration of our interim roles. We have placed interim CFOs for several PE Portcos across the US. Similar to our permanent placements, we are relentless to quickly deliver the best talent and the best economic value for our clients.” 

The CEO of a PE portfolio company describes her recent experience:

“We utilized Harvest to initially deliver an interim CFO and in parallel to conduct the permanent search. We communicated to Harvest in the beginning that a home run was to transition the interim CFO to the permanent role. This was the result. The team at Harvest CFO has a highly communicative, consultative approach. Their deep expertise in the CFO role showed in how quickly they understood our needs currently and also for the success of our longer-term strategic plan. We had an excellent experience with Harvest CFO for our CFO hire.”

Harvest CFO, headquartered in Tampa, FL, has partnered with approximately 80 Private Equity and Venture Capital firms to recruit hundreds of CFOs and financial leaders for permanentand interim roles for their portfolio companies across a broad list of industries and highly niche verticals in most geographic markets in the US. We would appreciate an opportunity to have a conversation with you to understand the financial leadership needs within your portfolio. Call Don Hillier, CEO, Harvest CFO, 216.609.3033 or email

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