Robert E. Bies
Chief Financial Officer
Bob Bies, CFO of Cannondale Investments, is an entrepreneurial financial executive with over 26 years of progressive financial experience. Since 1997, Bob has raised over $700 million of funding in the form of private and public equity and debt facilities.
In late 1999, at the peak of the Dot Com boom, Bob was recruited by InSight Venture Partners, into Greenfield Online, as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and helped to guide the company's transformation from a small online custom research business valued at $23 million in 1999, to a publicly-traded internet consumer opinion data collection and comparison shopping business (NASDAQ: SRVY) valued at $500 million in 2008, representing an over 20x increase in equity value.
Bob managed Greenfield Online's initial public offering in the summer of 2004 and oversaw Greenfield Online's M&A program during 2005, in which five companies were successfully merged within the course of six months (Greenfield Online, Opinion Surveys, Rapidata, GoZing and Ciao!). Bob was instrumental in instigating and executing the sale process that led to the $500 million purchase of Greenfield Online by Microsoft Corporation in October 2008.
Before Greenfield Online, Inc., Bob was with The Janis Group, Inc., serving as Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer between 1997 and 1999.
Prior to The Janis Group, Bob was employed by Bionaire as Senior Vice President and General Manager - Bionaire USA from 1990 to 1996.
Before Bionaire, Bob was employed by Faberge/Elizabeth Arden, serving as Controller from 1988 to 1990.
Prior to Faberge/Elizabeth Arden, Bob was employed by Deloitte, NY from 1984 to 1988, in the audit advisory services division, serving clients such as Merrill Lynch, Kidder Peabody and Faberge.
Bob holds a B.S. summa cum laude from Long Island University in Biochemistry 1982 and an M.B.A. with distinction in Certified Public Accounting from Hofstra University 1984.
Bob is a non-practicing certified public accountant licensed in New York.