Today’s CFO: Growth vs. Numbers

Last week I conducted a poll in SmartBrief for CFOs asking if the ability to grow a company trumps accounting wizardry when you are CFO. I was a little surprised that only a slight majority responded that it did.

My surprise came because …

— Over the past 2-3 years, we’ve seen that operational CFOs are in high demand;

— A recent article confirming the road to the CEO is paved through operations; and

— Another article suggesting the CFO should really be the CGO (Chief Growth Officer).

What are your thoughts? Growth? Numbers? Or both equally? Since the poll is closed, please feel free to leave your comments below.

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2 Responses to Today’s CFO: Growth vs. Numbers

  1. Samuel Dergel - The CFO Expert says:


    The reason the numbers didn’t line up to what you expected was because you asked the wrong people. Ask the people who hire CFOs (CEO, Board) and you will get a response more in line with your expectations.


  2. Cindy Kraft says:

    Thanks Samuel. This might be the makings of yet another blog post!

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