Private Equity-Focused Financial and Technology Advisory Firm Accordion Announces Company-Wide Promotions

Accordion, a private equity-focused financial and technology advisory firm, today announced that it has promoted 29 executives within the firm. Promotions include executives covering Accordion’s core practice areas: operational and technical accounting, strategic financial planning and analysis, CFO-led transformation, CFO technology, deal execution, public company readiness, leadership interim and recovery and restructuring. Today’s announcement reflects Accordion’s tremendous year-over-year growth and ambitious plans to continue to evolve. Additionally, Accordion’s focus on employee career growth underscores why the company has been recognized as an employer of choice within the financial industry.

Today’s announcement includes three notable senior promotions to GM:

Shaharyar Ahmed, Managing Director, Transaction Execution: Ahmed has over 15 years of experience in private equity and management consulting in the United States, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. Ahmed has designed and implemented financial and operational value creation initiatives throughout the investment lifecycle of private equity portfolio companies. Since joining Accordion, Ahmed has partnered with sponsors and management teams on initiatives ranging from evaluating new investment opportunities, exit readiness, EBITDA improvements , working capital optimization, stakeholder reporting, KPI development and implementation, FP&A best practices, and other board-driven initiatives. . He has led engagements at sponsor portfolio companies including TCV, Carlyle, Madison Dearborn, GGC, HIG, FFL Partners and Sun Capital across various industries including technology/SAAS, healthcare, pharmaceutical, logistics, business services, consumer products and manufacturing. .

Kristen Hearon, Managing Director, Operational and Technical Accounting: As a senior finance executive, Hearon has more than 15 years of experience in roles within the Big 4, public and private companies, and consulting across various industries, including business services, healthcare, technology and consumer. She has led assignments for Bain Capital’s portfolio companies, Tailwind Capital, Sun Capital and Providence Equity Partners. At Accordion, Hearon partners with senior executives and sponsors to drive value through the finance function and she has supported CFOs with her specific expertise in controlling, accelerating close finance, setting up the finance function, improving business processes, implementing and optimizing the system, preparing for the audit. and the preparation of financial statements.

Sujay Madyastha, Managing Director, Strategic Financial Planning and Analysis: Madyastha has nearly two decades of experience in advisory, private equity and investment banking with clients ranging from startups to large multinational corporations. At Accordion, Madyastha has worked with companies in various industries including healthcare, software, manufacturing, distribution, paper products and business services. He has led mandates for the portfolio companies of Bain Capital, Ares Management, The Carlyle Group, Hellman & Friedman, General Atlantic and HIG Capital. By using advanced data analytics tools, Madyastha has enabled clients to reduce working capital and streamline costs.

Other Accordion promotions announced today include:

Operational and technical accounting:

  • Matthew Heard, Senior Director
  • Cheryl Shelhamer, Senior Director
  • Thomas D’Agostino, Director
  • Joshua Budwitz, Vice President
  • Benjamin Kushner, Vice President

Strategic financial planning and analysis:

  • Roderick Boyd, Senior Director
  • Francesco Meloni, Senior Director
  • Barclay Stanton, Principal
  • Hollylane Riley, Director
  • Erica Thurm, Director
  • Evan Forrest, Vice President
  • Evan Yenor, Vice President

Execution of trades

  • Gaurang Gupta, Senior Director
  • Eric Salit, Senior Director
  • Kyle Carmody, Director
  • Alex Milani, Director

Transformation led by the CFO

  • Sweta Adhikari, Director
  • Can Civi, director

Turnaround and restructuring

  • Michael Spiller, director
  • Dean DiTosto, Vice President
  • Jake Donnowitz, Vice President
  • Cameron McClain, Vice President
  • Adam Rhum, Vice President
  • Bennet Sanders, Partner
  • Zach Weissenborn, Partner

Accordion Business Operations:

  • Darcy Iria, accountant

About the accordion:

Accordion is a financial and technology advisory firm focused on private equity. Working at the intersection of sponsors and management teams, Accordion partners with its clients at every stage of the investment lifecycle. The company’s services span the full CFO function in the private equity industry, including operational and technical accounting, strategic financial planning and analysis, CFO-led transformation, CFO, transaction execution, public company readiness, interim management, turnaround and restructuring. With a focus on hands-on, results-driven execution, Accordion is widely recognized as the go-to PE consultancy and premier digital enablement partner for portfolio CFOs. Additionally, Accordion has been recognized as an employer of choice for pioneering a better way to work in finance. Accordion has a total of 9 offices, including its headquarters in New York and locations in Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco and South Florida.

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