Succeed as a New CFO

Tackle CFO challenges to accelerate your impact

Tackle CFO challenges early

New CFOs must tackle CFO challenges early to set themselves and their organizations up for success. However most new CFOs are forced to self-navigate, which frequently leads to slow knowledge transfer, employee disengagement and adverse impact on business outcomes.

Pie chart describing the CFO Challenges for new CFOs.
Gartner helped provide a template and competency framework by which we could assess our current state of capability within finance, and what the roadmap would be to improve that.

Stuart Humphreys

Group Financial Controller, National Grid

New CFOs: How We Address CFO Challenges

Our research identifies four approaches that are pivotal to accelerating a new CFO’s impact in the face of CFO challenges. These include quickly understanding business risks, aligning closely with key business partners and processes, assessing Finance's current performance and developing a strategic roadmap for the function.

New CFO Guide to Success

Identify the CFO challenges that new CFOs face, and understand how to navigate the key responsibilities and expectations associated with the early stages of your role with this essential checklist.

CFOs in Transition — Accelerate Time to Impact

New CFOs face an overwhelming number of competing tasks during their first few months in seat. What CFO challenges should they prioritize? Review Gartner’s CFO-in-Transition Framework to identify the four essential approaches for addressing CFO challenges.

Plan and Execute your Finance Strategy

Developing a clear vision for Finance is a short-term priority for all new CFOs. Tackle your CFO challenges: Identify the key elements of successful Finance strategies, use tools and checklists for planning, and communicate and execute your Finance strategy effectively.

Understand the trends shaping the future of finance

As digital technologies continue to disrupt industries and markets, the finance function must also transform to leap competition. Discover 10 trends shaping the future of finance with new processes, technologies and business models.

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We Support Your CFO Challenges

Beyond managing a smooth and effective transition into your new CFO role, there are a number of CFO challenges that you must successfully deliver on to enable the growth of the finance function and the broader organization. 

Gartner CFO & Finance Executive Conference

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Join hundreds of senior finance executives to hear key insights and learn actionable strategies for building the finance function of the future. Finance leaders who attend will:

  • Absorb insights based on proven practices 
  • Capture crowd-sourced implementation ideas 
  • Leave with prioritized objectives and practical solutions
  • Build lasting connections with finance peers
After attending [the Finance Conference], we were able to locate and mitigate a $2 million risk [and] avoided a potential audit.

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