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Only those who have worked themselves in industry throughout their careers as senior managers really understand the day-to-day challenges and the skills managers must have to succeed in today's business environment. Over the years, Paul has built close personal relationships with customers and candidates in all industries across the globe.
 
 
 
Paul Taaffe

Paul Taaffe

 
is an experienced and successful CFO of global corporations as well as high profile private equity funds and their portfolios where he mastered various change management challenges, from turnaround and restructuring to the implementation of new growth strategies. From personal experience, he knows the needs and requirements of the modern CFO - whether interim or permanent.
Vanessa Friedrich

Vanessa Friedrich

 
Vanessa Friedrich is Office Manager and Recruitment Consultant at FINANCE People Solutions.
She founded her own first company in 2008 and is responsible for direct search and Interim management projects as well as business development since joining us in February 2018.
Vanessa Friedrich did a training program in the retail industry and is a qualified team builder and trainer. She lives with her husband in Königstein and is a very keen climbing enthusiast.
 
 
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Paul Taaffe is the founder and managing partner of FINANCE People Solutions. He looks back at 25 years of experience in challenging high profile CFO positions with global “blue chip” Corporations and PE Funds Portfolio Companies.
Paul Taaffe is also Founder and Managing Partner of Taaffe and Partners which specializes in benchmarking and structuring CFO organizations.
Paul was a CFO in diverse industries from Financial Services, IT, Telecommunications, Automotive Suppliers, Consumer Goods, Health Care and Building Supplies where he worked for corporations like Pepsi Co, Nike, Lear and Dell.
On the PE side Paul was CFO of portfolio companies owned by TPG, Advent, CVC and DBAG.
He subsequently became PE Partner for Alvarez & Marsal where he was CFO and CRO of Tele Columbus when he completed a debt to equity swap and set the company on track for a successful IPO later.
Paul Taaffe is a Chartered Accountant (ACCA – Glasgow Scotland) and as an Irish citizen speaks English as well as fluent German and basic French Italian and Spanish.
He lives with his family in Frankfurt am Main Germany am Main.
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  Finance Magazin
 

FINANCE is our partner and the publisher of the "FINANCE Magazin" which is very well known and highly respected in the finance community in German speaking Europe.  FINANCE, additionally, offers FINANCE TV, FINANCE Alumini Network and numerous high profile events like Structured Finance with over two thousand attendees and high profile speakers and panelists. The FINANCE journalists engage in critical and controversial dialogue with German CFOs and supervisory boards and has a unique understanding of CFO topics.
 
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