John Nolan

Interim CFO, COO, CEO, Board Advisor

John Nolan is an accomplished strategic, finance and operational executive who assists growth-stage companies primarily in the D.C. metro area.  He is an expert at creating the financial infrastructure (forecasting, pricing, team building and reporting) for software and other subscription-based service providers.  He has been recognized as a CFO of the Year finalist by the Washington Business Journal, and his work and career have been featured by the Washington Post.  His insights on costing work have been featured in the Harvard Business Review press book, Competing on Analytics.

John has also offered his expertise to multiple charitable organizations including serving on the advisory boards of So Others Might Eat and Imagination Stage, and as the current board chair of the Center for Inspired Teaching.

John is hired by Boards, investors and executive teams to act as a part-time or interim CFO/COO/Advisor in times of corporate transformation to help companies:

  • Achieve growth while meeting the reporting and control needs of investors, bankers and auditors
  • Secure financing for companies and projects by creating persuasive launch-ready plans
  • Build forecasting and analysis systems to deliver timely insights
  • Develop finance teams to exceed the expectations of customers and employees
  • Optimize organizations to free up capital
  • Price, propose and contract new business in both commercial and government markets.

John’s approach is to tailor larger company models, processes and scaling strategies for smaller companies — particularly SaaS-based companies in B2B, B2C and B2G markets — so that they have the greatest possible business impact with the least amount of disruption.

Among John’s key accomplishments were to serve as CFO of Determine, Inc., a NASDAQ Traded enterprise SaaS company. Determine provided contract management, sourcing and procure to pay products and services. There he raised $20m in equity and debt, oversaw the integration of domestic and international acquisitions, quadrupled analyst coverage and led the process that resulted in a successful sale of the company.

John also served as President, Chief Operating Officer and CFO for Quadel Consulitng Corporation. Quadel is a leading national expert in government housing programs. There he created FAR and CAS based G&A and Overhead rates and passed two DCAA level audits. Under John’s leadership the company appeared on the Washington Business Journal list of the 100 largest privately held companies for three years. John also served as VP of Finance for MCI Communications where he ran a 90-person Corporate Finance group and led the process to sell the Fortune 100 telecommunications firm to Verizon. He began his career as an accountant with IBM.

John holds a BSM, Management from Tulane University‘s A.B. Freeman School of Business, and an MBA in Business from the University of Texas at Austin‘s Red McCombs School of Business. He is a currently licensed CPA.