CFO Strategy in Times of Change

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CFO strategy for the future of finance

Discover 10 trends identified by Gartner that are shaping the future of finance and CFO strategies with new processes, technologies, finance innovations and business models.

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    CFO, Not-for-Profit Organization

    Times of change require a winning CFO strategy

    The pace of change is fast, organizations are becoming more complex, and CFOs are finding themselves in increasingly unfamiliar situations, forced to write the playbook on what makes a great CFO as they go.

    More than 50% of change management initiatives fail. Fewer than 33% are deemed fully successful.

    How we address CFO’s top challenges

    Every CFO experiences major change. What differentiates great CFOs is how they turn major changes into legacy-defining moments: We examine winning CFO strategy for high-risk, high-impact events.

    CFO strategy for economic downturn and recovery

    During times of economic uncertainty, businesses must act quickly with critical decisions to preserve investor value. CFOs can significantly boost their companies’ chances of success by adopting some key financial management strategies to counter management inertia and guide the company to profitable growth.

    CFO strategy for M&A

    The CFO is involved in all aspects of merger and acquisition (M&A), from deal selection to planning, execution and integration. Develop the CFO strategy for M&A using our playbook, which outlines a step-by-step M&A project plan for the CFO.

    CFO strategy for divestitures

    After announcing a divestiture, the CFO must quickly and correctly determine how to structure G&A and finance staff and spend at a smaller organization. Our guidebook outlines setting up a best-practice G&A metrics program, a critical part of CFO strategy.

    CFO strategy for organizational restructuring

    Amid layoffs, a hiring freeze or restructuring, the CFO must keep high-potential employees (HIPOs) engaged. Talent management is key to CFO strategy: Read this case study on how a top financial services company innovated on career development to engage HIPOs.

    CFO strategy for entering international markets

    Expanding into a new region can dramatically change CFO strategy, from the front office to the back office of the finance department. Our research examines how winning CFOs shift finance staff and spend levels, reporting lines and centralization.

    CFO strategy for a high-value CEO relationship

    The CFO-CEO relationship is the most important executive relationship for the CFO’s contribution to company performance. To help CFOs make decisions about how to increase the return on this relationship, we analyzed survey responses from a global group of more than 100 CFOs.

    New corporate headquarters location: CFO strategy

    The top CFO strategy priority after a major move is finding new talent. See how this large transportation services company improved return on its hiring investments by screening candidates for influence skills.

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    New to the CFO role?

    As the CFO role becomes more complex, it’s critical that CFO strategy be agile. Using insight from new and tenured CFOs, we’ve identified the key drivers of successful CFO role transitions and can equip you with the CFO strategy tools to make a fast, successful impact.

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