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Haley Varner

Senior Managing Director

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Washington, DC 20006

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Haley Varner is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura Office of the CFO™ based in Washington, DC with a reputation for her ability to identify performance enhancement opportunities and lead complex transformations. 


Haley has over 17 years of experience providing advisory and interim management services for companies in varying stages of transformation and distress. She has a proven track record of developing and executing performance improvement goals for C-suite leadership and their teams under aggressive timelines and specializes in partnering with CFOs to execute their business plans. Her expertise spans across industries, including real estate, construction, financial services, hospitality, retail & consumer, manufacturing, and technology/software services. 

Haley’s professional experience includes:

  • $1 Billion Manufacturing Portfolio Company: Created OCFO roadmap for integration of $800 million revenue acquisition identifying quick wins for EBITDA enhancement.
  • $150 Million Fashion Retailer: Identified 20% reduction in corporate overhead costs by eliminating non-essential spend, redesigning organizational structure, and consolidating indirect spend supplier base. 
  • $800 Million Educational Travel Company: Performed G&A analysis to identify savings opportunities and create roadmap to improve EBITDA by five percent over 18-month execution period. 
  • $600 Million PE Owned Government Contractor: Enabled new CFO to optimize close cycle reducing from 18 days to 10 in first 90 days.
  • $200 Million Technology Service Portfolio Company: Performed standalone P&L and G&A cost takeout analyses for carve out evaluation and identified $10 million of annualized EBITDA savings. 
  • $60 Billion Global Investment Manager: Redesigned existing FP&A models as interim solution while leading EPM system strategy and selection while concurrently redesigning operating model.
  • $450 Million HVAC Service Portfolio Company: Provided quick snapshot recommendations for new CFO and created bolt-on strategy focused roadmap to articulate and track sponsor performance goals.
  • $200 Million Technology Service Provider: Identified $8 million in cost savings opportunities in five weeks for distressed provider of tech-enabled services and IT managed services. Resulted in long-term forbearance. 

Prior to joining Ankura, Haley was a director in the business transformation practice for a global consulting firm. She started her career at a global restructuring and turnaround firm and continued supporting clients in the transaction advisory services group for a Big 4 accounting firm before serving as portfolio manager at a private investment fund. Her education in industrial and systems engineering and career leading engagements at top tier consulting firms as well as managing company performance as a principal, has shaped her approach to optimizing environments with unique perspective.

  • BS, Industrial Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

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