CFO Moves

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5 Most Popular Names for CFOs (2012 Edition)

What do you call your CFO? If your company hired or promoted a CFO in the past year in the United States, there is a good chance your CFO may have the following first name. Men Michael / Mike John David / Dave Steve / Steven / Stephen Mark / Marc Women Mary Christine Karen … 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

Does a CFO Need a Résumé?

Focus has its benefits. So does the world of social media. Working in Executive Search, I have focused on delivering human resources of the financial kind to companies for over 11 years now. For the past couple of years, I have put significant time into a sustained and targeted social media effort to let companies … Continue reading

The 1 Thing Younger CFOs Should Not be Afraid of (and 2 Recommendations)

You may be aware that I have another blog called CFO Moves, which tracks CFO Movement across the United States on a weekly basis. I’m happy to share my team’s research with colleagues, clients, CFOs and even competitors. I gain some fascinating insights into Chief Financial Officers through this research, as well as learning from … Continue reading

How long should it take to hire a CFO?

According to an article in Wall Street Journal’s CFO Journal by Maxwell Murphy, it took Illumina 2.5 years to hire their Chief Financial Officer, Mark Stapely. (Illumina’s CFO hire was reported in our CFO Moves blog). Now that, my friends, is a long search. From my perspective as a CFO Search specialist, 2.5 years is … Continue reading

Where do CFOs Move the Most?

When we started the CFO Moves Blog in September 2011, our goal was to track CFO Movements (Hires, ‘Unhires’ and Appointments) across the United States on a weekly basis. Our information comes to us from news releases and articles, as well as information provided to us by companies and CFOs. The information reported weekly is … Continue reading

Announcement: To serve you even better!

Collaboration, teamwork, flexibility, and communication are among the traits of successful business enterprises and they propel us to new heights – personally and in the corporate arena. While my goal when founding Dergel CFO Search & Consulting was to focus on serving CFOs while remaining a sole practitioner, I have shifted to a team environment … Continue reading

When hiring a CFO, is LinkedIn the place to look?

A recent blog piece on ERE.net called Fishing in a Small Pond discusses, from the recruiter and company perspective, whether LinkedIn is the best source for candidates when looking to hire. Our own research shows that LinkedIn is not as great a source for CFO candidates as people think. Our CFO Moves Blog, which is the … Continue reading

Trend? Increasing numbers of CFOs are hired internally

This blog posting by Marcus Beale of Odgers Berndtson in the UK caught my attention – The growing trend towards Internal FD appointments. (For those that are unaware, FD is short for Financial Director, which is the term used in the UK for CFO). While Marcus notices this as a trend in the UK, I … Continue reading

Ask Samuel: How is the CFO job market?

Dear Samuel, I’m a CFO that is considering looking for my next career opportunity. Business conditions seem tough, and I’m concerned that this is not a good time to look for a new CFO role. How is the CFO job market? Worried in Wichita Dear Worried, You ask a question that almost every CFO I … Continue reading

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