Keith brings more than 15 years of deep experience as a full time or contract CFO to startups and high growth companies in a wide range of industries including biotech, nanotech, real estate, SAAS and food & beverage. In addition to the customary finance roles of a CFO, he also has experience managing investor relations and due diligence, HR and benefits, IT and insurance, as well as fund raising and successful exits for founders.
As the CFO for a biotech company at which he continues to be engaged, he set up and manages the company’s financial systems and processes and has been deeply involved in the company’s fundraising. For a food & beverage company, he also set up systems and processes from scratch, managed cash so that no outside investment was needed while growing the company from $4 million to over $100 million. For a nanotech company, he authored the offering document and closed the $36 million Series A round, one of the largest Series A raises at the time.
Prior to becoming an entrepreneurial CFO, Keith’s corporate experience included Vice President Corporate Development of Kaiser Aluminum, where he was one of four direct reports to the CEO of a Fortune 500 global company. He was also Vice President International, Business Manager of the Primary Aluminum Business Unit, Assistant Treasurer and served on the Board of Directors of operating companies in Europe, Africa and China. Previously at Chevron, Keith was the finance director on the negotiating team that created the $20 billion TengizChevroil joint venture in Kazakhstan, and he received the Chairman’s Award for his financial planning application, which was used worldwide for 20 years.
Keith earned a BS in Biological Sciences from Stanford, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.