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The Sleepless CFO

Being Chief Financial Officer can be stressful. The responsibility that the CFO bears for the company they work for is not a 9 to 5 job. Most CFOs I have met and spoken with agree that the role takes up most of the hours they are awake, and even some of the hours they should … Continue reading

CFOs, Are You Doing Your Job?

As an executive search professional that focuses on the office of the CFO, I am involved with the hiring of Chief Financial Officers for companies. Unless I am working to help a company hire their first CFO, the mandate I have is to replace a current CFO or a Chief Financial Officer that has left. … Continue reading

CFOs: IPOs are coming back. Are you ready?

Initial Public Offerings were hot commodities in the early and mid oh-oh’s. Most finance leadership reading this blog remember those days well, and some of you did very well financially because of it. The recession that occurred towards the end of the last decade put a stop to that IPO train. Companies needing capital for … Continue reading

VIDEO: Webinar Presentation – CFO Succession: The Right Way to Grow your Company’s next CFO

On May 23, 2013 I presented this Webinar on Proformative. To get more information on this presentation, please view this blog. Links referred to in this presentation: CFO Moves Blog: Why do CFOs Leave? Blog: CFOs: Do you want to become a Controller? This CFO did just that. If you have any questions on CFO Succession, please … Continue reading

Why do CFOs Leave?

What does it take for a CFO to move on in their career? We asked this question to CFOs in January 2013 and had over 150 responses to this question. The responses shown in the graph give a good indication why CFOs leave. What I found more interesting (and personal) was the detailed reasons given … Continue reading

Different companies need different CFOs

CFOs are capable people. Sometimes, when a CFO is actively looking for their next opportunity, they are less selective in the type of company or CFO role that they choose. When they make a career choice that is not appropriate for them, they can spend years trying to repair the choice they made. 2013 has … Continue reading

Top 12 Samuel’s CFO Blogs of 2012

2012 sure has been an interesting year. And I’m looking forward to 2013! I’m looking forward to: Working with my clients at Stanton Chase and providing them with excellent service and value in retained executive search. Staying close to CFOs in my network, and continuing to add value to their businesses and careers. Continuing my … Continue reading

Why are 87% of CFOs male?

I asked myself this question last week in preparing my blog 5 Most Popular Names for CFOs. The overwhelming majority of CFOs are male. The sample that I used, with over 1,100 names of CFOs hired and promoted over a ten month period, is significant enough to be considered a close representative of the reality … Continue reading

Who is valued more? Finance or HR?

Sounds like a silly question. Finance and HR functions are necessary organizational support functions. Companies require both Labor and Capital for success. Yet turf wars and egos impact many companies and the individuals that work in them. (Read: What do CFOs want from HR?). How a CFO manages their relationship with Human Resources is very … Continue reading

Why work with Stanton Chase to hire your next CFO?

CFO Search is a topic that I am passionate about, and have written about before touching on topics such as: 4 Reasons you should use an Executive Search Firm when hiring your CFO When hiring a CFO, is LinkedIn the place to look? How do you replace your CFO? New CFOs and the Entrepreneurial CEO – How to … Continue reading

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