Rising Stars – The Path to CFO
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Partner, Practice Leader, Bay Area
An accomplished senior financial and operations executive with 25 years of progressive experience in establishing and leading global finance, sales operations, strategy, legal and HR teams at high-growth, hardware, manufacturing, and software companies.
Specialties: Strategic planning, mergers & acquisitions, systems deployment, KPI development, global tax optimization, FP&A, equity capital, debt, mezzanine funding, founder-succession planning, start-ups, mid-market companies, working capital management, Asia-Pacific and European expansion.
Synaptics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYNA)
Dean Butler was appointed CFO of Synaptics Inc (NASDAQ: SYNA) in October 2019, since joining he has nearly doubled the company’s Free Cash Flow, improved the Gross Margins by >1,000 bpts, and driven a 225% stock price appreciation. Before joining Synaptics, he served as Vice President of Finance at Marvell Technology Group where he led the turnaround of the communications focused semiconductor company. Having led the diligence and integration of $9.8B in M&A transactions resulting in a successful company pivot increasing the company’s Enterprise Value from $5B to $18B in just 3 years. Prior to joining Marvell, he served as the Controller of the Ethernet Switching Division at Broadcom. Prior to joining Broadcom, Dean held senior finance positions at Maxim Integrated another Bay Area headquartered semiconductor company. Mr. Butler received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Arnold Partners, LLC
Dave specializes in the recruitment of exceptional CFOs and Board Members for technology companies located in tech hubs across the U.S. He works with clients backed by top-tier venture capital and private equity firms, and with public companies. Over the last ten years since forming Arnold Partners, Dave has placed CFOs in a wide variety of industry sectors in both Tech and Life-Sciences, including SaaS, IoT, Blockchain, Social Media, Clean Tech, Medical Device, Pharmaceutical and Consumer. Arnold Partners is established as the leading independent tech CFO resource delivering exponential value to clients.
Dave is a sought-after voice for the tech and CFO communities having been cited by Silicon Valley Business Journal, USA Today, Money Magazine, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and a host of prominent, on-line career and CFO resource publications. He has also been a featured speaker and panelist at CFO related conferences including FEI, ABFO, and BDO Roundtables.