May 18, 2022 – Toronto-based executive search and advisory firm Amrop Rosin has recruited Mike Vivaldi as the new group chief financial officer for Questrade Inc. “Mike is a dynamic, agile, and digitally-savvy leader for a dynamic, agile, and digital-first organization—who is ready for what’s next,” said Jeff Rosin, founder.
Mr. Vivaldi is an experienced CFO with far reaching experience in public and private equity owned technology companies in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. He has a track record of driving change, profitable growth, fund raising, acquisitions, and integrations. Mr. Vivaldi brings over 25 years of experience as a finance professional spanning both private and public companies, with over 11 years of those in CFO roles. His CFO experiences span both financial and tech industries, with his first CFO position being at CDCC & TMX Select, and most recently as CFO of Centrilogic, an IT transformation and technology services organization.
Based in Toronto, Questrade has a vision to help Canadians achieve financial independence. As Canada’s fastest growing online brokerage, the company leverages technology to lower fees and provide a viable alternative to traditional financial investment options.
Amrop Rosin is a wholly owned boutique firm with a special focus on professional services, financial services, real estate, consumer and retail, industrial, and natural resources. Prior to founding the firm in 2014, Mr. Rosin led the Canadian practice of a global, publicly traded executive search firm for nearly 15 years. Amrop Rosin recruits CEOs, senior executives, and board members, with a particular emphasis on working with mid to large cap private equity firms and their portfolio companies, as well as public companies and professional services firms. In addition, Amrop Rosin offers interim management through its RES Interim Service.
Amrop Rosin has a track record in supporting organizations with CFO searches as part of its broader experience across CEOs, senior executives, and board members searches.
New Pressures on CFOs
Immediate concerns around cash flow, liquidity, and the bottom line are taking precedence at many companies due to continued fallout from the pandemic. But there are high-value lessons emerging from the current health and economic crisis that chief financial officers should bear in mind, according to recruiters specializing in finding talent for finance functional roles.
Amrop Rosin Launches Digital Transformation Practice
Toronto-based executive search and advisory firm Amrop Rosin has appointed Naveen Kumar and Sanjiv Purba as co-leaders of its new digital transformation practice. “Digital transformation is on the mind of every business leader,” said Jeff Rosin, founder. “We are launching a focused practice bolstered by two world leaders to meet this need and connect clients with the talent they need to achieve their boldest ambitions.” Mr. Kumar has a deep understanding of financial and professional services in both the public and private sectors. He previously held senior roles with organizations such as Info-Tech Research Group, KPMG, Citigroup, JP Morgan, and IBM. Mr. Purba specializes in working with C-suites and boards that want to digitally transform their businesses. He is a global thought leader who has written over 19 books as well as articles in publications such as The Toronto Star and The Globe & Mail. Before joining Amrop Rosin, Mr. Purba held roles at leading organizations such as KPMG, Deloitte, IBM, Microsoft, and IMAX.
The COVID-19 crisis thrust CFOs into the spotlight as never before, they report, while the pandemic itself has also created a business environment in which CFOs are uniquely positioned to drive business value during the recovery phase.
All too many companies today are desperate to get as much cash on their balance sheets as possible in order to ride out the aftermath of COVID-19, say recruiters. Bottom-line pressures are forcing many businesses to shift their forecasting strategies, explore new products and services — or even expand into alternative sales and delivery channels. The best CFOs are spearheading that effort.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media