Richard Rolka

Chief Financial Officer

Richard leads Vivaldi's global operations, finance and administration, shaping the firm's "One Vivaldi" direction and strategy. With his ability to integrate numbers with strategy while keeping an eye on business objectives and growth culture, Richard sees himself as a problem-solver, change agent, and an agile resource to his colleagues. One part of this role requires a strategic growth-oriented mindset and rigor, while the other requires empathy and being fundamentally conservative to balance the incredible optimism and the collective ambition of the team.

An avid believer in servant leadership, Richard is always looking for opportunities to help others, lead by example, and improve the way Vivaldi does business by creating value for its clients and its  global team.

Having started his career in public accounting and finance, Richard is a CPA as well as a chartered global management accountant. But his expertise goes far beyond finance; he has a wealth of experience in change program development, marketing, talent management, new technologies and operational leadership. Over the years, Richard has held various management roles and has been involved with several growing service companies and startups, in both leadership and board-level roles, always instilling a financial approach and growth-mindset to help all parts of these businesses perform better.

He is originally from Wolbrom, a tiny town in Poland and now lives in Trumbull, Connecticut with his wife Ania, his son John, and daughters Kayla and Ellie.

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Richard Rolka

Likes to talk about

  • Being a parent to kids growing up with social media
  • Big business as a force to solve societal problems
  • Soccer (and kickball!)

Is reading or listening to

  • "Ruthless Consistency: How Committed Leaders Execute Strategy, Implement Change, and Build Organizations that Win" by Michael Canic
  • “Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else” by Geoff Colvin
  • “Radical Candor” by Kim Scott