CHARLOTTE, N.C. —, a provider of financial services, has added a veteran chief financial officer to its management team.

Richard von Gnechten recently joined GrowthFinance as managing director and a principal. He has more than 20 years of experience in CFO and other management roles. Von Gnechten served as CFO for five different firms, including Hawaiian Electric Company.

“Growth companies need corporate financial support that is integrated, strategic and cost-effective,” said von Gnechten. “Most growing companies cannot afford the expertise and broad knowledge of an experienced CFO and financial team which GrowthFinance can deliver on a part-time basis.”

GrowthFinance recently launched operations in Charlotte, has 12 clients, and plans to open an office in Raleigh in the second quarter.