Ari has 20+ years of executive financial and operational leadership experience with a variety of global high-growth businesses, including professional services, technology, multi-location and multi-entity organizations. Ari has track record of success in adding value to businesses on both top and bottom lines. Throughout his career, Ari has been actively involved in fundraising (venture/angel financing, private equity, IPOs, and bank debt) and has significant expertise in mergers and acquisitions. At Digital Pi, Ari is responsible for all Finance, Accounting, Legal and Administration of the company.
Prior to Digital Pi, Ari was the CFO of Mercury Media, a leading direct response performance marketing agency. Ari was also COO and CFO at Schwartz Communications, a dynamic marketing services firm focused on media relations and content creation for emerging growth companies. He led the company to and through its highly successful acquisition by Publicis.
Ari was also the CFO of Adlex, a rapidly growing software start-up that pioneered IT service delivery management and which was successfully acquired by Compuware. Ari’s other experience includes serving as CFO of Quantiva, Inc., a performance monitoring software start-up, as well as VP of Finance and CFO at Switchboard.com, the Internet’s first online yellow/white pages directory, where he led the company through a highly visible dotcom IPO.
Ari completed his undergraduate degree at the University of New Hampshire and his MBA at Bentley University. He also completed the CSS Program in E-commerce Management at Harvard University and has also taught various finance and accounting courses in graduate-level programs.
In his free time, Ari is a sports and fitness buff, having completed six marathons and a triathlon, and is a competitive tennis player and avid skier. Ari lives in the greater Boston area with his wife and three children, but frequently heads up to northern Vermont to enjoy the great outdoors.