CFO

Practice

6 Steps to Becoming a Star CFO

Sure, your job is to control costs and the way you divvy out precious cash resources is bound to ruffle feathers sometimes. But is that all you’re doing? Or are you helping corporate goals?
Practice

Internal Complexity Top Challenge CFOs Are Facing: Report

According to a new Accenture study, dealing with legacy systems and environments, managing the complex needs of all stakeholders, new and complex business risks, and supporting increasingly complex operating models were the top four issues cited by CFOs.
Education & Careers

Study: CFO Pay Up 7 Percent for S&P 500 in 2013

A new report from financial services consulting firm Mercer LLC found that the median total direct compensation for CFOs at S&P 500 companies increased by 7 percent last year to $3.13 million.
Education & Careers

How Corporate Finance Got Its Groove Back

Take a step back from GAAP. For senior managers in corporate finance, the word of the day is "agile." Today's finance leaders are no longer in the back office, but are helping companies grow. Companies that embrace financial best practices lead in other areas as well.
A&A

Finance Teams’ Roles Continue to Expand: AICPA Survey

The responsibilities of the CFO and other finance professionals have moved beyond corporate accounting and financial reporting, and now include strategic business planning, IT development, and cybersecurity, among other areas.
A&A

IFAC Report Highlights Five Guiding Principles of the CFO

A new report from the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) highlights what professional accountants need to do to prepare for a finance leadership role.
A&A

CFO Survey: Finance Teams Have Firm Grasp of Regulations

A recent survey of more than 2,100 CFOs found that 73 percent of respondents classified their accounting and finance teams' regulatory and compliance knowledge as either "excellent" or "good."
A&A

ACCA/IMA Report Reveals Ten Key Skills for Future CFOs

While many of today's CFOs have taken the usual finance stepping-stones toward their executive roles, they believe tomorrow's CFOs will need new experiences and key skills to meet the evolving needs of business, according to a new report.
Education & Careers

Study Finds Fortune 500 CFOs Staying in Roles One Year Longer

Fortune 500 CFOs are staying at their jobs longer, as the average tenure among top corporate financial executives is 5.9 years, up from 4.9 years since 2008, according to new research.
Education & Careers

US Accountants Being Asked to Think More Globally

Having expertise in such topics as international tax laws and global regulatory requirements will be somewhat or very necessary for accounting and finance professionals five years from now, according to 69 percent of CFOs who were recently surveyed.
A&A

Survey Highlights Top Issues That Keep CFOs Up at Night

According to the first-ever "CFO Pulse Survey," the two things finance executives worry most about are revenue growth and possessing the right talent to achieve organizational goals.
Education & Careers

ACCA and IMA Announce New Global Initiative Promoting Financial Leadership and Performance

The ACCA and IMA have announced a new strategic initiative for the global finance profession – Financial Leadership and Performance.
A&A

Fiscal Cliff, Deficits, and Jobs Remain Concerns

A quarterly volatility and variables poll of 540 corporate executives indicates that many CFOs are stressed and plan to be more diligent in planning and forecasting.
A&A

SEC Charges CFO with Diverting Company Dollars

The SEC has charged a former CFO of a Minnesota-based computer networking device manufacturer for secretly diverting company funds to cover unauthorized personal expenses and other employees' entertainment expenses.
A&A

FEI Releases Congressional Scorecard for 112th Congress

Financial Executives International (FEI) has announced the release of its first-ever "Congressional Scorecard," which rates lawmakers' records on their votes for or against FEI's priority legislative issues.
Technology

CFOs Weigh In on Benefits of Cloud Computing

A majority of top finance executives in US companies foresee Cloud computing lowering costs and helping their businesses succeed in the near future, according to a new survey conducted by CFO Research.
Practice

Mixed Reviews for Employee Performance Reviews

How useful are performance reviews? It depends on who you ask. A recent survey conducted by Accountemps reveals some interesting results.
Technology

Tuning the Orchestra: IT and the CFO

Business functions once had very clear roles and responsibilities: finance looked after the money and IT was a distinct unit responsible for back office technology and communications. However, responsibility for IT decisions is changing.
A&A

More CPA Executives Are Optimistic about the US Economy

A growing number of financial executives are optimistic about prospects for the US economy and their own organizations over the next twelve months, according to the first quarter AICPA Business and Industry Economic Outlook Survey.
Practice

Money Management Is Possible - Even in Today's Economy

Most businesses these days are looking to cut spending. Accounting firms are in a unique position to not only help their small business clients trim the fat and manage their money, but to do the same for themselves.

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