Jared Poff, EVP & CFO at Designer Brands, shares his experience navigating a retail business during the ups and downs of the pandemic. He draws on lessons learned from adapting during other turbulent moments in his career in corporate finance and voices his confidence in coming out on the other side.
As we kick off a new year, we’re sharing wisdom from top CFOs to help all the aspiring CFOs out there plot their course for 2022 and beyond.
Francis Trudeau, CFO at BrainBox AI, shares his experience going from CFO at a mature company to taking on the first-ever CFO role at a tech scaleup working to fight the climate crisis. While it’s a mountain of work building a finance department from the ground up, Francis is up to the challenge.
David Harutian, VP of Finance at Qualified, brings his experiences as an adviser in investment banking and corporate development to building a finance team for a hypergrowth tech startup. While his time working on the advisory side was invaluable, David shares the satisfaction of working in-house, embracing an entrepreneurial mindset and building a foundation for success.
Christian Lee, CFO at Transfix, knows a thing or two about leveraging data to address long-standing industry problems that have been brought to the surface during the pandemic. The key is to prioritize, keep a long eye, and hold fast to developing solutions even after the storm has passed.
Great CFOs know that automation isn’t just a necessity for sales and marketing. Leveraging real-time data and technology is key to scaling the finance side of any business. As we head into the holiday season and look forward to ringing in the New Year, we’re sharing some of the best advice on technology we’ve received from recent guests here on The CFO Playbook.
With over 20 years of experience scaling B2B SaaS and enterprise software companies, Tony Russo has a knack for evaluating opportunities as a CFO. At Imply, Tony exercises discipline and an operational mindset in partnering with the CEO and the rest of the executive team to grow the company.
Mark Nasiff believes in leading with curiosity and harnessing the power of data to drive insights that move the business forward. At Lookout, the finance team is integrated into different sides of the company to cultivate cross-communication and knowledge-sharing.
Jim Buckle knows you don’t have to sacrifice rapid growth when building a business that prioritizes what’s best for people and planet. At Gousto, the finance team helps to drive the business forward while embracing a sustainability mindset.
Jeannie De Guzman sees the role of finance evolving far beyond the traditionally siloed functions of accounting and bookkeeping. At 1Password, finance is a strategic advisor to leadership and a vital business partner to the rest of the organization.
Lena Loiberg, VP of Finance at Melio, discusses the importance of automation and integrated tech tools for finance teams, how Covid accelerated the digitization of payments across industries, and the unique joys of working inside the finance department at a growing FinTech company.
Anup Singh sees his job as CFO of cybersecurity company Illumio as more than just crunching the numbers. He takes the time to help develop the business and his team.
Tatiana Rezende is the CFO of Brazil-based Nuvemshop, the leading e-commerce platform in Latin America. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, Tatiana is outspoken on the issue of creating inclusive workplaces.
When Russ Keefe became CFO of cybersecurity firm Corelight, he studied up on the history of the industry. He believes that the best finance executives are the ones with a deep understanding of their business.
Kevin Fleming, the CFO at Elder HQ, explains why finance needs to be at the heart of a well-running business with a strong value system.
Long Dinh, VP of Finance at AI chatbot startup Ada, built a world-class finance team from scratch. He says the only way to grow is to preemptively build the systems and processes for where you expect the company to be two or three years from now.
Margaux Gregoir, the Vice President of Finance at Luko, talks about her unique experience building a startup finance team during the pandemic.
Ken MacAskill, CFO of Snyk, explains how spending time moving beyond the numbers to learn the business has helped him get out of the way of growth and become a more valuable CFO.
Joel Stephens, VP2 of Finance at fashion shopping app and website Lyst, shares his experience of leading the financial element of the company’s $85 million pre-IPO funding round, while dealing with the challenges of a global pandemic.
Rahul Goel, Vice President of Finance for Moglix, has helped the B2B e-commerce startup attract funding from investors like Tiger Global and Sequoia Capital. The company sells oxygen concentrators and PPE. Providing tools to fight the pandemic was a motivator for Rahul and his team amidst the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ronald Hohauser, the CFO of Legendary Entertainment, talks about the importance of building a strong team, and how he learned to stop worrying and ride the highs and lows of a temperamental industry.
Catherine Birkett, the CFO of GoCardless, talks about pushing through career hardships and becoming a confident leader.
Sharon Virag, the Chief Accounting Officer at customer service software company Genesys, has built an extensive career in finance by constantly looking for opportunities to learn and grow as a leader.
Maddy Devine traded consulting with multinational corporations for building startup finance teams from the ground up. As VP of Finance at virtual conference software company Bevy, she wants to work with people who look beyond the numbers to see business opportunities.
President of Hillspire and former CFO of Yahoo, Ken Goldman’s unique path has many lessons for current and future CFOs.
Mark Pettit joined Connect Ventures as the one-man finance team. As CFO, he’s helped the venture capital firm streamline its data analysis, workflow, and more.
DataStax CFO Don Dixon says that in his 20+ years in finance, he’s learned that rising to the CFO position requires understanding something much more complicated than numbers: people.
Malcolm Finn followed his conscience to chemicals company Johnson Matthey, where he’s helping transition its business model to producing clean energy sources.
Paraag Amin’s route to becoming CFO of omnichannel digital marketing company dotdigital isn’t conventional — but it set him up for success.
Andreas Melzer is the Associate Director of Finance at consumer research company Quantilope where he’s helping the company define KPIs while seeking investment, and scaling finance operations.
Virpy Richter, CFO of affiliate marketing network Awin, has never been the kind of finance professional who hides in a corner with her spreadsheets.
With 30 years of experience, Kelly Battles believes CFOs need to find the balance between being a champion and a firewall. Pulling that off requires streamlined data and human communication.
Darrell Cox is the CFO of Vena Solutions, a fast-growing provider of cloud-based financial planning and analysis software. As CFO, Darrell leans into “Agile CFO” methodology to ensure he can lead a team that iterates and serves the business’ changing needs.
Talita is the founder and CEO of Authentic Change Solutions, where she helps individuals to become better, more effective leaders. Prior to launching her own venture, she spent more than 11 years with BMW Group Financial Services, where she worked her way up to CFO before the age of 35.
In this episode, Anders Liu-Lindberg (former business partner for the Europe and Middle East region for Maesrk) makes the case for promoting business partners to the CFO position and explains why good business partners don’t send reports.
Raxita Kapashi oversees a $1 billion investment portfolio as CFO of Europe’s largest venture capital firm for B2B software, Dawn Capital. She shares the process of working on an IPO, her daily leadership framework, the challenges faced by portfolio companies and the metrics and KPIs she tracks.
In late 2017, when Tom Fencl joined the Pricefx team as the CFO, the global SaaS startup had about 70 employees. Fast forward and they now have close to 400 employees stationed around the world and have raised more than $131 million in funding. It’s safe to say Tom has played a key role in this growth. In this episode of The CFO Playbook, Tom touches on the challenges he has confronted as the CFO of such a fast-growing company, including learning how to develop a team and navigate the global landscape. He also dives deep into what data he uses to track the company’s financial growth, his unique approach to the reporting process, and how he teaches his team to approach these numbers (hint: It’s with skepticism and a good old-fashioned pen and paper).
Kevin Jacobson is leading LogicGate with a dual role as CFO & COO, which allows him to help guide all facets of the company’s rapid annual growth.
When Patrick Butcher joined Capita more than two years ago, the international outsourcing company was loaded with debt. Sure, from the outside it seemed profitable, but Patrick, who has been a CFO for 25+ years, took it upon himself to financially transform the company and focus on cash — not revenue and profit.
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