Chief Financial Officer
McFarland brings more than 25 years of experience leading companies during periods of rapid business growth and development. His experience includes multi-company consolidations, early stage growth and development stage companies, new business ventures and spin-offs of mid-market companies.
Prior to joining Proterra, McFarland was CFO at FEI Company’s new business initiative to bring its first desktop scanning electron microscope to market. He later became the general manager of the business division and ultimately managed the sale and transition of the business to a European buyer. Prior to FEI, McFarland served as the CFO for a number of technology service companies in New York City and was the CFO for Denver-based smart card company Racom Systems. He also served as vice president and general manager at Kemper Securities where he was part of the team, which successfully integrated five investment banking firms to form the $800 million Chicago-based national firm.
Prior to his management roles, McFarland led financing transactions for the Denver-based corporate finance division of Boettcher & Company where he focused on transactions including IPOs, secondary offerings, and merger and acquisitions. Before joining Boettcher he worked in the consulting practice at Deloitte, Haskins & Sells where he focused on emerging business and obtained his CPA.
McFarland holds a bachelor of arts in economics from Oberlin College in Ohio and an MBA from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.