About us


We are Altima and we exclusively move CFOs to VC backed technology businesses throughout Europe. We were founded in 2000 and since then we have supported some of Europe’s most influential and disruptive tech start ups throughout their scaling journey. Hiring the right CFO with right background, aptitude and critically, at the right time is what we do. We have built undoubtedly the strongest network of CFOs in Europe who have raised capital for, grown and in many cases exited, VC backed tech companies. Our specialism is our strength.

Our Team


John Watkins - Partner
Prior to originating Altima, John spent three years as the CFO practice head of a London based Executive Search Firm. He founded Altima on the principles that in order to really offer a holistic advisory service to founders and CFOs alike, as opposed to merely a recruitment solution, you need an understanding and knowledge of the space akin to that of the individuals you are advising. These principles continue to underpin Altima today. John has led over 350 retained CFO searches for VC backed businesses throughout Europe.
Rabia Elahi
Rabia has over 10 years of experience in Executive Search. Having started her career in a boutique, retail specialist search firm, she went on to work in the Consumer & Digital practices for 2 of the world's top 5 Executive Search Consultancies. Rabia has worked on a wide range of cross functional assignments including CEO/GM, Finance, Marketing and Operations, at local, regional and international level, as well as digital transformation roles across all sectors. She has worked with pureplay, technology and multi-channel businesses, from large corporates to PE backed businesses and start-ups. Rabia graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc in Politics & History and an MSc in Comparative Politics.
Scott Mason
Scott has been a Research Associate with Altima for the past 2 years, joining after he graduated from the University of Exeter in 2014 with a BA in Human Geography. Scott supports the Altima team by providing analysis and insight around the European VC tech ecosystem, helping us to identify exceptional CFOs for our clients. He provides research support across all of our searches, recently including Transferwise, Yieldify, MOO, Antidote and Treatwell.

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