Deborah (Debbie) Schleicher is a Cordia Growth Services Partner who brings over 25 years of leadership experience in finance, accounting and taxation disciplines. Most recently, Debbie has held positions as a strategic and operational CFO for both private and public companies, supporting multiple high growth organizations from start-up phase through successful capital raises and exit transactions. She has extensive M&A experience including target identification and evaluation, diligence, deal negotiation and structuring, and post-closing integration. Debbie was the CFO for a large, successful sell-side exit of a growth stage venture-backed organization, has led IPO readiness efforts and handled investor relations in both private and public arenas.
As a strategic financial leader, Debbie has led accounting, tax, FP&A, human resources, investor relations, and operations for many companies. She has been instrumental in assisting companies through the many stages of growth, spanning from incubation, start-up phase to a high-growth, expansion operation. Debbie has scaled operations by building high-performing finance teams to achieve increasing levels of profitable growth. Her vast industry experience includes SaaS, fintech, e-commerce, marketplace, subscription models, professional services, hospitality, broadcasting, and manufacturing.
In prior roles, Debbie was a Partner in public accounting firms, including Arthur Andersen and Grant Thornton, where she served clients that were publicly traded, venture backed and privately held. During that time, Debbie gained invaluable operations experience starting and operating multiple firm-wide practices and service lines. Additional roles have included being CFO of various growth companies and as a consulting/fractional CFO. Her accomplishments include a dual track IPO and $758M acquisition to a public company, a $54M Series B equity raise with a convertible note bridge and raising debt financing of over $75M for business expansion.
Debbie prides herself on being collaborative, customer centric, and team oriented. She lives in Rockville, Maryland with her husband Scott (Debbie married into Clemson football). She has two adult children who live in Atlanta and Baltimore. Lately, you can find Debbie riding the Peloton or walking her dog Layla (a boxer).