Become a 21st Century CFO

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The 21st Century Chief Financial Officer position is moving away from the super-accountant stereotype.

The 21st Century Chief Financial Officer (CFO) position is moving away from a super-accountant stereotype and moving towards a role more akin to a deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Currently, there is growing demand in public companies but especially in private companies to hire full time or contract CFO’s to lead complex growth initiatives;  mergers and acquisitions; strategic local, national or global expansion; raising growth capital; creative financing; or positioning the company for a profitable sale.

Today, the demands on the CFO are more complex.

There are few guidelines as to what to expect prior to stepping into such a position.  The complexity and rigor of the position depends on the:

  • CFO’s capabilities, intelligence, leadership, experience in finance, business development, operations, negotiating, deal making, communication and presentation skills.
  • CFO’s network of relationships with financial institutions and other capital sources.
  • CEO and CFO alignment.
  • CEO’s and the Executive Team’s capabilities, experience and intelligence.
  • Size of the company, corporate structure, business ethics, culture, industry, nature of the business, management style, market trends and competition.
  • Financial strength of the company.
  • Sales strength of the company.
  • CEO’s/Board expectations, and the corporate goals and objectives.

Hiring the wrong CFO can cause a company costly and irreparable damage.

Jan Eden offers a custom designed “Become a 21st Century CFO” Program ideally suited for individuals who are already positioned in the company as  the CFO, are tasked with CFO responsibilities or individuals who believe they are ready to step into a CFO role and have a:

  • Minimum five years of Finance, Business, Accounting experience – CPA (CA, CMA, CGA) MBA designations are a bonus.
  • Strong leadership, analytical skills to understand complicated financial data and effectively communicate the ramifications of that data and solutions to executive team and CFO reports.
  • Broader business knowledge, leadership, deal making, and negotiation skills.

To lean more, please contact Jan Eden.