Accordion appoints MD to team

Accordion, a private equity-focused financial consulting and technology firm, has appointed Junaid Samnani as managing director. He will be based in Dallas. Previously, Samnani worked at Riveron Consulting.


NEW YORK, JULY 9, 2019 — Accordion, the private equity financial consulting and technology firm, today announced that it has hired Junaid Samnani as Managing Director. Samnani will further strengthen Accordion’s expertise in Financial Accounting and Advisory Services. He will be based in Dallas, extending Accordion’s regional presence to the South. Samnani, a Riveron Consulting veteran, will enhance the firm’s ability to support a growing portfolio of over 150 fund sponsors and their portfolio companies.

“Accordion has become the go-to consulting and technology partner for value creation in the private equity community,” said Rishi Jain, Managing Director; Head of Western Region, Accordion. “Junaid uniquely understands the role that operational improvement and technology enablement play in helping clients create and sustain that value. He not only shares Accordion’s passion for helping companies optimize and transform their finance department in a private equity-backed environment, he shares our passion for a collaborative, team-based working environment. We’re thrilled to have him onboard, extending our regional presence to Texas and beyond.”

Samnani joins Accordion from Riveron Consulting, where he was a leader in the business process improvement practice and led the technology service offering. There, he specialized in technology enablement, finance optimization, and integration and separation services. Samnani has spent more than a decade in consulting, helping clients develop and execute strategies to drive operational improvement focused on revenue enhancement, cost reduction, and working capital optimization. He also has extensive experience helping clients select, implement, and leverage financial systems including ERP, CRM, CPM, HRIS, and BI.

“Private equity has meaningfully embraced the critical importance of driving operational excellence through finance transformation,” said Samnani. “Accordion is at the forefront of that effort. I’m thrilled to be a part of a pioneer in the private equity space and excited to add my experience to a firm that already brings such impressive expertise to the market.”

Samnani has led transformational engagements for public and private organizations and has serviced 30+ private equity firms. Prior to Riveron, he held leadership roles at Accenture (Finance Strategy and Transformation Group) and Huron Consulting (Finance Technology and Strategy Group).

He started his career in investment banking at Merrill Lynch/Bank of America, where he developed strong relationships with corporations and private equity firms and gained extensive experience in financial modeling and M&A.

Samnani graduated from DePaul University with a B.A. in Finance and Accounting.

About Accordion
Accordion is the go-to partner to the private equity community – driving value creation through financial consulting services and portfolio operations technology. Focused exclusively within the Office of the CFO, Accordion works alongside sponsor management teams to support initiatives across the entire finance function, including: operational and technical accounting, strategic FP&A, transaction execution, and performance improvement. With a bi-coastal team of finance and technology professionals, Accordion serves the world’s premier private equity firms and their portfolio companies from offices in New York, San Francisco, and Boston.