Externally Funded Firms


CEO to CEO works with chief executives of midmarket firms that have outside investors – venture capitalists, angel investors, private equity firms or public stockholders. The CEOs of these firms are often the entrepreneurs who started the companies. Their unique leadership challenges can include:

  • Lack of experience running a firm that is the size of the organization they operate today
  • Desire to continue leading their firms to the next stages of growth – i.e. demonstrating to the company’s financial backers that they don’t yet have to bring in a “professional” manager
  • Balancing the short-term needs of investors with the long-term needs of the business
  • Dealing with a formal board composed of members who may have divergent objectives
  • Transitioning from the role and responsibilities of owner/founder to the responsibilities of an investor-backed growth CEO

We have helped a number of CEOs of externally funded firms to raise their and their company’s game to the next level.

“Rob Sher has been a wonderful resource for confidential advice for me in the CEO position. I was happy to become his first client and have reaped the benefits since.”

John Rule
CEO since 1995 of Applied Aerospace Structures Corp., a 370-employee, Stockton, Calif.-based manufacturer of lightweight aircraft assembles.

About Robert Sher

Robert Sher is founding principal of CEO to CEO, a consulting firm of former chief executives that improves the leadership infrastructure of midsized companies seeking to accelerate their performance. He was chief executive of Bentley Publishing Group from 1984 to 2006 and steered the firm to become a leading player in its industry (decorative art publishing).

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