Raj's proven track record of being a hands-on operational CFO who has a deep understanding of the drivers of value creation within the industry.
Being an integral member of the executive team that has organically grown enterprise value by 10x from ~$200 million to ~$2 billion+ in the last 3.5 years
Working closely with CEO and board to develop strategic vision of the company centered around being an industry-leading data center developer and operator, driving the divestiture of non-core business units
As the chief financial officer for Aligned, Anubhav Raj oversees the company’s financial and operational strategy. His remarkable foresight as CFO and philosophy have enabled him to serve as a partner across all departments, keeping shareholders effectively informed, ensuring sufficient funding, driving process improvements, and reporting timely and accurate financial information. His leadership, business savvy and financial acumen have made him a key business partner for Aligned and its executive management team. Raj has achieved success despite business challenges in several ways: Worked with the CEO to drive a successful restructuring of the company, reducing overhead expenses by ~65 percent, all while growing the company’s recurring revenue base by >50x. The capital transactions have reduced the company’s weighted average cost of capital by >50 percent while funding the company’s rapid growth and creating a sustainable platform that is delivering long-term value to shareholders.
Successfully completed $1 billion in sustainably linked financing, which positioned Aligned as the first U.S. data center company to complete the industry’s largest private financing and first sustainability-linked financing, while navigating significant macroeconomic volatility caused by COVID-19.
Raj has shown his leadership and superior management as he has led the development of all back-office operations (accounting, finance, HR, IT) and recruited and developed a high-performing team that has instituted policies and procedures that are integral to the rapid growth of the business.
In addition to the highlights below, his commitment to the company’s financial best practices and accounting standards and/or success as a strategic visionary were indicated by instituting greater financial controls and accounting processes that reduced financial close timelines by ~70 percent and developed best-in-class financial and management monthly reporting packages.
Raj has successfully contributed to the following adding to Aligned’s growth and profitability transforming the capital structure of the organization, bringing in sophisticated institutional debt and equity providers through multiple rounds of financings and refinancings, raising more than $2 billion in capital in the past three years.
These are just a few reasons we chose Raj as one of the Texas 2021 Next Generation Award winners. Connect Media’s fifth annual Next Generation Awards recognize young leaders in the commercial real estate industry who are likely to be influential for years to come.
Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM.
In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.