Careers

I am honored to be on the board of the Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco (FWA SF). Each year we award approximately $100,000 worth of scholarships to undergraduate and graduate women studying finance and accounting at Bay Area colleges and universities. Graduate students receive $10,000 and undergraduates receive $5,000. This year’s deadline is March […]

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CFO.com is rounding up the year with collections of top stories in 2008. Their list of top Careers stories is here. Whether your job search is proactive or reactive, there's lots of good information for your 2009 career change: Crisis Demands New CFO Skills Rather suddenly, companies aren't any longer looking to make accountants into […]

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According to Gordon Grand, head of CFO recruiting at search firm Russell Reynolds Associates CFO is "the least secure job in corporate America" as reported in the WSJ. Recruiters and finance chiefs say CFOs are quitting or being ousted because the demands of the job are growing. CFOs were handed new responsibilities in 2002 by […]

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Beware! Barclay's may end up with Lehman contracts that it did not intend to purchase as a result of an Excel to PDF formatting error: [via SOX First] In a fascinating case, reported by The Register, Barclays intended buying the good bits of what was left of Lehman but a badly put together Excel spreadsheet, […]

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Attention Excel users! A couple related articles from CFO.com on spreadsheet worst practices and how to fix them. The first article generated so many emails that they published a follow up with even more tips. Spreadsheet "Worst Practices" Here's how finance executives abuse the most-useful of computer programs — and how to do better. Shahid […]

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CFO.com interviews Ben Heineman, author of High Performance with High Integrity: According to CFO.com: Ben Heineman got an eyeful of the C-suite during his 18 years as general counsel for General Electric Co. until his retirement in 2005. A book by Heineman published in June, High Performance with High Integrity, argues that a chief financial […]

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Are CFOs ready for the spotlight? According to CFO.com research from Greenwich Associates reveals that for the first time an annual survey of Wall Street equity analysts ranked the credibility of a company's finance chief as more important to the overall IR effort than that of the chief executive. But it was the endorsement of […]

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It's tough being a CFO – the responsibilities are increasing, the work is getting harder, and the personal liability risks have grown – it's no wonder that CFO turnover is up. The average tenure for a CFO is less than three years (down from five years). Both voluntary and forced departures have increased, but voluntary […]

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Wise counsel from Cisco's departing CFO Dennis Powell: The best finance teams should "think strategically, work cross-functionally, and actually embrace change," says Powell, who spent 11 years at the San Jose, California-based computer networking giant, 5 of them as CFO. To lead successfully, he adds, "CFOs need to really evaluate what role finance is playing […]

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Sound career advice from CFO.com advises ambitious young finance professionals to not only earn an MBA, a CPA credential, plus a dollop of charm and a global perspective. You better get started…

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Yesterday Citigroup announced that Gary Crittenden, currently CFO of AmEx, will be joining Citi as its CFO effective March 12th. Crittenden is often lauded as one of the most successful and effective CFOs around. He will be challenged in this new role, as Citi struggles to achieve the earnings of its rivals in a tough […]

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Increasingly CFOs are utilizing coaches to improve performance and meet the demands of c-suite jobs. Tiger Woods has one, Lance Armstrong has one, do you need a coach? "Over the last five years, we have probably seen more people come in for coaching who are in finance or information services parts of the business," says […]

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