Fresh off an exciting Series C funding announcement NEXT is thrilled to welcome Pete Janda as company CFO. Janda has background in investment banking, consulting, corporate strategy and corporate development in addition to the customary functions for which finance and accounting professionals are responsible in high-growth technology startups. He joins the company not only to focus on all things financial but also to help scale various facets of the operation.
Janda began his career at Ernst & Young's consulting division. His projects were primarily for Fortune 100 clients that wished to improve their operations. He later transitioned to bulge bracket investment banking on Wall Street to help companies raise money and acquire other companies. Janda came to Southern California in 2002 to attend business school and went back into investment banking after graduation. In 2006, he joined a $31 billion revenue, publicly traded company called Ingram Micro, and spent six years working with the leadership team on strategy and development initiatives for enhancing shareholder value.
Janda began the entrepreneurial portion of his career in 2013 when he joined a pre-Series A enterprise SaaS company. He worked with the founders and leadership team to raise capital, build and run a financial planning and analysis function and collaborate on various organic and inorganic growth initiatives before the company was sold to Verizon in 2016. He subsequently served as CFO for another enterprise SaaS startup and, most recently, a B2B / B2C logistics technology startup.
On why he's excited to join NEXT, Janda says "I think that most people, even after just scratching the surface of global transportation/logistics industry, realize how inefficient it can be, and whenever such a large business ecosystem has so much room for improvement, the opportunities for disruptive companies like NEXT are tremendous. The other exciting aspect is NEXT's rapid growth rate. Our internal opportunities to grow professionally are everywhere, and talented professionals across many disciplines can grow with the company."
Janda has an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University and an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Business.