Perspectives of a CFO Master Class

Chief Financial Officers have been central to advising and leading their companies through some of the most upending and demanding issues.

Over the past decade, Chief Financial Officers have been central to advising and leading their companies through some of the most upending and demanding issues faced by the corporate community in generations. To name a few of these issues:

  • The impact of the Tech Recession
  • Significant business globalization and shifts in economic forces
  • Sarbanes-Oxley and comparable global legislation which forced a new focus on reporting and control
  • The Great Recession which has permanently change the corporate landscape along with business strategies and practices

Through the economic turmoil CFO turnover accelerated, a phenomenon widely covered in the press. Interestingly though, there is an elite cadre of CFOs – The Master Class of CFOs—who have stayed above the fray and served their companies as CFO consistently for years. Korn/Ferry International’s Financial Officers Center of Expertise identified more than 80 Master Class CFOs, a group accounting for 16 percent of the Fortune 500 CFO ranks. Through these informative interviews, we captured the views and perspectives of some of the most recognized financial executives in industry today.

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