Dan Upperco, Partner

"Great things in business are never done by one person.
They're done by a team of people."

Dan Upperco, Partner

"Great things in business are never done by one person.
They're done by a team of people."
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CFO/COO with a proven history of collaboration & team building at the global scale.

Chief Financial/Operations Officer
Successful officer roles in private equity owned and non-public companies with a monetization and sale to a publicly listed company, a global start up with multiple acquisitions, operational workouts and corporate integrations and other dynamic roles leading diverse and goal achievement teams. Recruited by a sovereign wealth fund, Mubadala, to help drive value in a multi-sector, thirty plus country portfolio. Verifiable, clean slate record of integrity, adaptability and achievement and serially appointed to manage businesses in different industries and life-cycle stages. A natural coach that leads plan execution, transformation and accountability.
Value Creation and Risk Management
• Deployed as CFO to manage a distressed $1.7 billion passive investment in Brazil that evolved to acquiring and integrating eight companies to shore up value leakages. Managed the risk in crisis and stabilized the investment to the initial 12% IRR envisioned by the Board of Directors (2014-2018)
• CFO appointment to a distressed portfolio joint venture company for restructure and sale to a FTSE 100 (Serco, LSE:SRP). Managed the risk and opportunities during restructure, recommended to the Board an organic wind-down of two segments, and then stabilizing the third segment for sale. Operationalized the workout, wrote investment memorandum and helped facilitate the sale from bidding to post-close financial and operational divestiture which generated an unplanned low eight figure cash flow and accounting gain, an IRR of 280%+, an equity exit multiple of 2.4x (2011)
• Increased earnings of a joint venture by over $115 million in equity pick up and net income gain over a two-year period by recommending and then persuading internal and external stakeholders to implement changes in operations and accounting on a $1.3 billion asset (2015)
• Improved the performance of multiple portfolio companies by creating an accountability culture based on performance, milestone management and KPIs for better decision making.
Entrepreneurial and Intrapreneurial Know-How
• CFO/COO for five start-ups with three achieving financial and operational success. Three startups still going concerns while the fourth realized success including an unprecedented equity raise through a private placement memorandum (PPM) and a Wall Street roadshow
• Set up the first foreign office for a global sovereign wealth fund and acquired and integrated eight Brazilian companies valued at more than $1.4 billion into an IFRS compliant $125 billion corporate structure with fully disclosed, published results
• Transitioned a beleaguered research division into a market focused product development group (AT&T/Bell Labs) by changing an outdated “ring fenced” product development culture to one based on teaming, skill set sharing, measuring all deliverables and cadenced operational reviews.
Leadership, Attitude and Intangibles
• Former “A league” professional athlete with Ivy League and graduate degrees
• Balanced “Executive Skill Set” honed by career achievements and diverse life pursuits
• “Employee of the Year” consecutive years - 2016 (team/company) and 2015 (individual/unit level)
World Class Financial and Operations Experience
• Challenging roles in high-value assets for different portfolio groups and companies in North and South America, Middle East and Europe (five countries)
• Worked for three Fortune top 40 companies and recruited specifically for two of their “Best-in-Class” executive training programs
• Senior Trader for a Wall Street precious metals and commodities firm managing institutional clients
• Integrated global companies into financial compliant corporate structures and created reporting foundations enabling visibility, transparency, timeliness and accuracy in financial reporting.
Perceptive and Experienced Business Needs Communicator
• Expertise assessing and procuring the optimal type and amount of funding. Successfully closed deals utilizing a creative range of funding options including corporate procurement, government technology grants, traditional (banks), non-traditional, off balance sheet (sale lease back, tax loss carry forward sale, invoice factoring) and private equity (Regulation D, venture capital, angel investors)

Case Studies — Dan Upperco

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“We came to PPC virtually bankrupt. Our major lien holder had auctioned off our assets, however with no bidder, we were restructured into a new and rapidly failing company. Thankfully, PPC provided turnaround advisory services, and thoroughly executed their process to create tremendous value in the new company. We were undoubtedly resurrected.”

Events Marketing

CEO
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“PPC uncovered an oversight in our billing pipeline that clogged hundreds of thousands of dollars in non-accessed funding. Our project managers had no idea and you can imagine our surprise during quarterly.”

Fabrication & Textiles

CFO
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“Our ‘all-hands-on-deck’ implementation of our new platform became stagnant due to staff changeover, meanwhile our current platform was no longer covered under maintenance agreements. We were in the metaphorical rock and hard place. PPC transformed our tech environment by spearheading a complete switch to an even better platform. We saw a 31% boost in productivity that quarter alone.”

Digital & Media

CTO
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“When we first reached out to PPC, we had an operating loss on the books of $4M. After an extensive discovery & implementation period, we happily reported $0.5M in profit and a literal doubling of our revenue to $8M. I cannot overstate their role in saving our company, where we were before PPC and where we are now — night and day. They know what they’re doing.”

Telecommunications

CEO
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