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Florida CFO Group
(877) 352-2367ASK A CFO
Florida CF Group
(877) 352-2367ASK A CFO
CFO Partner

Deane Baron

With proven success working with small- and medium-sized domestic and global businesses in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, I focus on delivering results and promoting accountability toward business goals and financial metrics. My broad industry background includes technology, software, and manufacturing. I collaborate with teams, drive profitable growth, and accelerate cash flows.
Deane Baron
My Primary Focus:
  • Driving profitable growth
  • Raising capital – equity and debt
  • Budgets and forecasts 
  • Accelerating cash flow
  • M&A and due diligence
  • Financial planning and analysis
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • Business turnaround
  • Strategic planning
I have developed meaningful profitability measures and reporting for business leaders to keep attention on the bottom line. Over eight years as the vice president of finance in a software business, I enabled growth from $10M to $400M in revenue. As CFO, I led the turnaround from a $20M loss to break even by emphasizing sales and manufacturing. 

 I have raised capital for venture capital-backed, private equity-backed, and public markets companies. I have secured additional rounds of venture capital and venture debt. Under private equity ownership, I delivered on the first-year business commitments for the integration of three merged companies, which enabled the renegotiation of a $500M debt on favorable terms. In the public markets, I communicated with the SEC in completing an IPO and follow-on equity raise. I also raised capital from export credit agencies and banks for my Latin American customers.

I have developed M&A and due diligence expertise in multiple transactions, including leading the sale of a $350M business segment from a public company to a private equity firm. I have also completed acquisitions for product and regional expansions. 
A few accomplishments where I have led or played an integral role include:
  • Growing software business from $10M to $400M revenue over 8 years as VP Finance
  • Raising $150M equity and debt financing, including IPO on NYSE
  • Completing $350M business sale to private equity firm
  • Acquiring three businesses with $80M global revenue
  • Delivering on first-year business goals to integrate three merged companies and renegotiate a $500M debt
  • Growing Latin American region from $100M to $250M revenue over three years as CFO
  • Ramping sales from $8M to $25M over three years, while increasing profitability eight times as regional COO
  • Turning Around Nortel’s Optical Cable from $20M loss to break even in two years as CFO

I have over 20 years of CFO experience, including both domestic and international businesses. I have an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and an engineering degree from University of Waterloo in Canada. I was previously certified as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) in Canada.  

In my professional career, I have served as:

  • VP Finance, Mavenir
  • VP Finance and COO, Hysky
  • VP Americas Region and COO, Codan
  • Venture Capital Financing Consultant, Startech Early Ventures
  • VP Mexico, Nortel
  • CFO, Latin America, Nortel
  • CFO, Optical Cable, Nortel 
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