The Riverside Company appoint new CFO for Alpha H

In late 2018 The Riverside Company (Riverside) gained exclusivity to acquire Alpha H, a global skincare business based on the Gold Coast with big plans. The business operates in multiple geographies worldwide and works with tier one partners such as Sephora.

Shortly after gaining exclusivity, Riverside engaged Allura Partners to conduct an executive search to secure a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for their pending investment.

The CFO search focused on identifying candidates with the required experience in building systems and reporting to enhance fact based decision making, ideally for a private equity backed investment.

As part of the search, Allura Partners engaged Annette Abrahams, a proven private equity CFO known within the Allura Partners network.

In 2011, she was appointed by private equity to Cura Day Hospitals Group to integrate 2 hospitals and form a platform for aggressive growth via acquisition. Over the proceeding years, Annette co-piloted the investment through two liquidity events, the first to Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) and more recently Fresenius Medical Care.

Annette was identified as a clear stand out in the process and was appointed to the role in April 2019. Post serving her notice Annette commenced as the CFO for Alpha H in August 2019.

We wish you the very best in the role Annette and have no doubt you will do a fantastic job, creating value at every turn.

The team at Allura are first class executive search operators. We’ve seen them deliver great outcomes in sometimes tricky CEO and CFO roles. They will take charge of a process in a proactive and action orientated manner. They have a particularly commercial mindset and good understanding of the key drivers in the businesses they are working with, which enables them to effectively search for and then filter the best candidates in the market (both local and offshore if appropriate).
— Nick Speer, Partner - The Riverside Company
Andrew is personable and you instantly feel at ease with him. He seems to have a good understanding of what his clients require from a candidate and which candidates would be best suited to be put forward. He quickly determined my strengths and what I was looking for in my next position. Although it took some time for the right position to present itself, he kept in contact with me and was always available for a chat. What really impressed me about Andrew is that he never “talked down” to you like many other recruiters. He had already “sold” you to the clients and then left it to you to finish the good work. I would highly recommend Andrew from a candidate’s perspective and would recommend him to my colleague’s without hesitation.
— Annette Abrahams, CFO - Alpha H