Leslie Whiteford

Leslie Whiteford

CFO with Global Experience in Business Transformation | Former EVP at E*TRADE

career accomplishments

Leading the HK IPO process for a PE-owned global corporate service provider where a sale to another PE House for ~US$1.0 billion saw us withdraw from the listing at the eleventh hour

Leading the internationalization of a listed Indian full-service brokerage business resulting in a sale to HSBC for ~US$300 million.

Providing finance leadership to a global brokerage start-up to exit through a sale to E*TRADE for US$122 million.

industry expertise

Financial Services | Trust & Corporate Services | Professional Services | Asian Market Expert (Specialized Knowledge in Hong Kong, Singapore, and India)

Leslie is a CFO Senior Executive with substantial Global experience delivering increased shareholder value for Listed, Private and PE backed entities. His skill is in developing and delivering strategic corporate business plans leading to successful business transformations, IPO’s, mergers, acquisitions, and integrations.

Known for his track record of driving performance through astute financial management, insightful analysis, process improvement, and delivering robust solutions to a range of complex strategic and operational challenges, Leslie is also equipped with a strong understanding of legal, risk management, and compliance, along with proven skills in driving margin growth through guiding transformation, digitization, outsourcing, offshoring, and international new market entry.

Leslie exhibits a rare emotional intelligence along with a strong understanding of international and corporate cultures which allow him to better facilitate cross-cultural negotiations. Experienced in Listed Companies, PE-owned and private companies including start-ups, with significant M&A experience including exits through IPO and trade sale.

His expertise has been garnered from working within the highly competitive world of Corporate Business, Investment, and Financial Services in Singapore, Hong Kong, India, USA, UK, and Ireland. His earlier career and qualifications were gained with Thomson McLintock (KPMG) UK and PWC Hong Kong.

Leslie graduated from The University of Dundee with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Accounting and Economics