Harvest CFO places CFO for PE Backed CPG Company 

January 2021 – Harvest CFO places Tad Godsil as CFO for Zesty Paws, LLC in Orlando, FL  

 Zesty Paws is a premier middle market Private Equity-backed consumer products company founded in 2014 achieving high growth and breakthroughs in the science of pet health and nutrition. Zesty Paws is the global go-to brand for top rated pet nutrition supplements in treat form that offer functional benefits with premium branded ingredients and is the category leader on Amazon. Zesty Paws is headquartered in Orlando FL, with product development and manufacturing in the US. Zesty Paws is a portfolio company of a Chicago-based Private Equity firm focusing on the education and wellness space.  

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Is your Portfolio Company CFO up to the Task?

The shoes of the private equity portfolio company (Portco) CFO are not easy to fill. As former Portco CFOs and experienced executive recruiters in this space, we know that the successful performance of the CFO role is high on the shortlist of drivers for Portco success. It is a small group of financial leaders who are up to the challenges and high stakes environments of financial leadership within a Portco environment. It is essential to get it right. What does right look like? The following are questions to ask to assess if the individual in your financial leadership role is the right business partner to deliver on the strategic plan.

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Harvest CFO Delivers Best Value Proposition for PE Portco Interim CFO Needs

Harvest CFO consistently delivers the best value proposition for companies seeking the right financial leaders for shorter term “interim” needs. Through the Firm’s proprietary extensive national database and network of PE portfolio company (Portco) interim CFOs, we deliver candidates with the right industry experience and skillset needed to be successful in interim engagements within 5 to 10 business days from initial request. Our interim fee model is typically 25% to 35% less cost than 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 converts to the permanent CFO, our model results in a highly successful transition.

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The Business Partner CFO

Private equity (PE) firms that generate higher returns for their investors have embraced the evolution of the portfolio company finance function becoming a competitive advantage. CEOs and private equity (PE) professionals we work with share our rigid belief that the CFO role needs to be a true business partner in value creation. Based on our work with PE portfolio companies, there is a strong preference for financial leaders who bring the mindset and skills to elevate the CFO role from financial gatekeeper to a more business-oriented role as an adviser and a strategic partner to the CEO and PE firm corresponding with the roles as “Catalyst” and “Strategist”.

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HARVEST CFO COMPLETES RECENT PE PORTFOLIO COMPANY PLACEMENTS

February 2020  –  Harvest CFO continues to build its relationships with private equity (PE) firms that utilize our executive recruiting services for their critically important CFO role needs within their portfolio companies. Through our well defined business process and the work of our ‘subject matter experts’, we consistently deliver CFOs who are highly skilled accounting and finance professionals who are also highly skilled and experienced working as value-add operationally focused business partners; have provided leadership as to systems and process improvements and implementations; have deep M&A experience; are great relationship builders; and are proven successful business partners with their executive teams and PE firms. As a baseline requirement, our candidates must have prior successful PE portfolio company experience or similar to be considered for our roles.

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HARVEST CFO COMPLETES RECENT PE PORTFOLIO COMPANY PLACEMENTS

December 2019  –  Harvest CFO continues to build its relationships with private equity (PE) firms that utilize our executive recruiting services for their critically important CFO role needs within their portfolio companies. Through our well defined business process and the work of our ‘subject matter experts’, we consistently deliver CFOs who are highly skilled accounting and finance professionals who are also highly skilled and experienced working as value-add operationally focused business partners; have provided leadership as to systems and process improvements and implementations; have deep M&A experience; are great relationship builders; and are proven successful business partners with their executive teams and PE firms. As a baseline requirement, our candidates must have prior successful PE portfolio company experience or similar to be considered for our roles.

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Harvest CFO Also Delivers Best Value Proposition for PE Portfolio Interim CFO Needs

February 2019 – Harvest CFO, a recognized premier executive recruiting firm solely focused on the financial leadership role (CFO, VP of Finance) for Private Equity portfolio and middle market companies across the U.S. and across industries, delivers the best value for permanent placements and also for interim CFO needs.  Harvest CFO delivers best value by quickly providing the right interim CFO for the company’s specific needs and at a cost model that delivers high returns.  Harvest CFO employs the same “high bar” criteria utilized for our recruiting for permanent roles in that our interim CFOs must have relevant industry experience; prior successful PE portfolio company experience; and the skillsets and attributes needed to deliver high value for the specific need and success for the duration of the interim engagement.  We also 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 that the interim CFO converts to the permanent CFO, our model results in a highly successful transition.

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Harvest CFO Completes CFO Placement for $1BN Revenue Global PE Portfolio Company

November 2018 – Harvest CFO, a recognized premier executive recruiting firm with the sole focus of delivering the right CFOs and other financial leadership roles for Private Equity portfolio companies, recently completed the CFO placement for a $1BN revenue global PE portfolio company with aspirations of a future IPO.  Prior to contacting Harvest CFO, this company worked for 10 months with an international executive recruiting firm for this CFO role without success. The PE firm investor for this company was referred to Harvest CFO by another PE firm that works with Harvest CFO for their portfolio companies. Harvest CFO presented the right candidate for this CFO role in less than 30 days from commencement of their search activities. The Chief HR Officer for this company refers to their selected CFO as “the needle in the haystack.”

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Harvest CFO Completes Several Recent PE Portfolio Company Placements

July 2018  –  Harvest CFO, a recognized premier executive recruiting firm with a sole focus of delivering the absolute best talent for the critically important financial leadership role (CFO, VP of Finance) for Private Equity portfolio companies, has recently completed several PE portfolio company placements. Harvest CFO works with several leading PE firms to deliver the right financial leaders for their portfolio companies located throughout the U.S.  PE portfolio recent placements include:

  • CFO for Los Angeles, CA headquartered multi-store specialty retailer
  • CFO for Chicago, IL headquartered marketing and technology company
  • CFO for Raleigh, NC headquartered event rental company
  • CFO for Chicago, IL headquartered specialty automation equipment supplier
  • CFO for Portland, ME headquartered advanced composites manufacturer
  • CFO for Cincinnati, OH headquartered specialty adhesives manufacturer and distributor
  • CFO for Dayton, OH headquartered automation equipment manufacturer
  • CFO for Muscatine, IA headquartered industrial supply distributor
  • Interim CFO for Montvale, NJ headquartered firefighting training simulator/trainer
  • VP of Finance for Houston, TX headquartered energy industry services company
  • CFO for Cleveland, OH headquartered commercial real estate developer and management company
  • CFO for a Chicago, IL headquartered event rental company
  • CFO for Jacksonville, FL headquartered aluminum and glass door manufacturer/distributor
  • Interim CFO for Dallas, TX headquartered medical technology company
  • Controller for Pittsburgh, PA headquartered specialty chemical manufacturer

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Harvest CFO Completes Several Recent PE Portfolio Company Placements

January 2018 – Harvest CFO, a recognized premier executive recruiting firm with a sole focus of delivering the absolute best talent for the critically important financial leadership role (CFO, VP of Finance) for Private Equity portfolio companies, has completed several PE portfolio company placements in the month of December.  Harvest CFO works with several leading PE firms to deliver the right financial leaders for their portfolio companies located throughout the U.S.  PE portfolio placements completed in the month of December include:

  • CFO for Bergen County, NJ specialty cosmetic ingredient supplier
  • CFO for Palm Bay, FL specialty chemical manufacturing company
  • CFO for Chicago, IL specialty automation equipment supplier
  • CFO for South Bend, IN electrical maintenance and contracting services company
  • CFO for Central OH financial services company
  • CFO for a Boston, MA event rental company

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