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CFO THOUGHT LEADER is a podcast featuring firsthand accounts of finance leaders who are driving change within their organizations. We share the career journey of our spotlighted CFO guest: What do they struggle with? How do they persevere? What makes them successful CFOs? CFO THOUGHT LEADER is all about inspiring finance professionals to take a leadership leap. We know that by hearing about the successes — (and yes, also the failures) — of others, today’s CFOs can more confidently chart their own leadership paths across the enterprise and take inspired action.

CFO THOUGHT LEADER is a podcast featuring firsthand accounts of finance leaders who are driving change within their organizations. We share the career journey of our spotlighted CFO guest: What do they struggle with? How do they persevere? What makes them successful CFOs? CFO THOUGHT LEADER is all about inspiring finance professionals to take a leadership leap. We know that by hearing about the successes — (and yes, also the failures) — of others, today’s CFOs can more confidently chart their own leadership paths across the enterprise and take inspired action.
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CFO THOUGHT LEADER is a podcast featuring firsthand accounts of finance leaders who are driving change within their organizations. We share the career journey of our spotlighted CFO guest: What do they struggle with? How do they persevere? What makes them successful CFOs? CFO THOUGHT LEADER is all about inspiring finance professionals to take a leadership leap. We know that by hearing about the successes — (and yes, also the failures) — of others, today’s CFOs can more confidently chart their own leadership paths across the enterprise and take inspired action.

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512: Delivering on Solar's Promise | Ronen Faier, CFO, SolarEdge Technologies

7/10/2019
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As Ronen Faier recalls the career-building ups-and-downs of being entrepreneurial CFO, few memories appear to be more vivid than a meeting with Guy Sella, a seasoned Israeli entrepreneur, who invites Faier to lead the finance team of his solar startup. Not yet a midsize firm, SolarEdge Technologies was only about $9 million in annual sales with roughly 100 employees when Faier receives Sella’s invitation. Having already experienced firsthand the heartache and financial repercussions of...

Duration:00:41:47

511: Getting Your Data Groove On | Elizabeth Salomon, CFO, Xactly Corp.

7/7/2019
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Back in the early 1990s, while a senior manager at Ernst & Young, Elizabeth Salomon was selected to be an “Accounting Fellow” at the OCC – the nation’s primary regulator of banks. Nominated by E&Y for the prestigious post, Salomon moved to Washington DC and was soon writing policy statements that would provide guidance to bank examiners across the country. Reporting directly to the OCC’s chief accountant, she quickly became a “go-between” with other banking regulatory agencies as she...

Duration:00:43:30

509: Removing the Friction Between Sales & Finance | Joe Aho, CFO, Compuware

6/30/2019
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If CFO Joe Aho’s career DNA were uploaded to Ancestry.com, he would likely discover a family tree populated with no less than five financial planning analysts and 17 senior sales representatives. Needless to say, his career roots are multifunctional, with numerous titles and different tours of duty inside both finance and sales operations. Having joined Compuware nearly 20 years ago, Aho has served as CFO for the last four – his longest occupancy of any one position at Compuware — which...

Duration:00:35:06

508: Behold the Productization of the Office | Michael Knott, CFO, EQ Office

6/26/2019
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It was the type of introduction that finance executives will invest decades of thoughtful career-building to receive. After dwelling nearly 20 years inside the capital markets and investment research corridors that scrutinize and energize the activities of publicly held real estate companies, Michael Knott was perhaps better prepared than most to receive an introduction to the search executive or team of search executives that had begun extensive outreach. Certainly, Knott’s robust...

Duration:00:40:39

507: All Eyes On Cloud Spend| James Denena, CFO, Snow Software

6/23/2019
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Like many CFOs, one company more than others dominates James Denena’s finance career building years. Denena spent more than ten years at Applied Materials of Santa Clara, California where an executive development program encouraged him to move around inside the chip maker’s sprawling finance organization. While Denena filled traditional FP&A and treasury roles, he also actively sought out different operational roles that could provide him with a more wide-eyed view of the manufacturing side...

Duration:00:36:12

506: Boarding the Moving Train | Sean Sobers, CFO, Quantenna Communications

6/19/2019
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Asked to supply us with a finance Strategic moment, CFO Sean Sobers recalls an acquisition completed during an earlier chapter of his career. Convinced the the acquired company was only capable of yielding a meager profit, Sobers and the finance team set out to expose the company’s shortcomings only to discover the opposite. “It was probably the most profitable business unit we had,” explains Sobers, who says the discovery came as part of a broader effort on the part of finance to require...

Duration:00:27:37

505: Making a Difference | Michelle Naus, CFO, Tri-County Mental Health Services, Inc.

6/16/2019
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The young man’s smile is broad and welcoming. It’s the type of photo that colleges and universities frequently use to attract young applicants. However, when featured on the home page for Tri-County Mental Health Services, Inc., the image’s message seems less manufactured and perhaps more ambitious as it seeks to signal hope to families seeking mental health and substance abuse services. As the primary safety-net provider of behavioral health services to a community of more than 346,000...

Duration:00:47:15

504: Understanding Your Customers | Steve Coughran, CFO, EMJ Corporation

6/12/2019
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Inside the middle market today, it’s not uncommon to find a seasoned private equity executive serving as CFO of one his or her firm’s portfolio companies. Such an arrangement provides the business leader with a coveted split-screen view that buffers the investor’s demands with real-world operational insights. CFO Steve Coughran, who last year entered the C-suite at EMJ Corporation, of Chattanooga, TN, enjoys a similar split-screen of the business. However, this time the other half of CFO...

Duration:00:44:21

503: Reaching More Ears with the Universal Language of Finance | Ryan Hymel, CFO, Playa Hotels & Resorts

6/9/2019
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A number of years after he first joined the lodging and hospitality industry, Ryan Hymel recalls being confronted by a fork in the road. Having labored deep inside his company’s M&A growth engine, he realized that his native tongue would curtail his career opportunities as the company’s appetite for growth became increasingly focused on Mexico and Latin America. “While I can get by conversationally in Spanish, I knew that there was no way that I would excel when it came to speaking with...

Duration:00:43:33

502: Keeping Your Plan in Hand | Mark Guerin, CFO, Onconova Therapeutics, Inc.

6/5/2019
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Twenty four months ago CFO Mark Guerin had a pretty clear notion of what he wanted Onconova’s financial footing to look like during the second half of 2019. However, the question that lingered was whether the plan Guerin and his team were putting in motion had the vigor to overcome the obstacles along the way. Beginning with a strongly worded May 2017 message from NASDAQ claiming that Onconova’s stockholder equity was no longer sufficient to meet its listing standards. While Guerin’s plan...

Duration:00:33:47

501: Why the Message Matters | Steven Gaven, CFO, Boston Private

6/2/2019
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Many CFOs have told us that storytelling is a big part of being a successful CFO today. However, quite a few finance leaders have told us that this did not come naturally to them and that in fact it was only by virtue of an “A-ha!” moment that they did finally lock on to the notion that as a CFO they had better be able to tell the story in a compelling and engaging manner. When it came to the importance of finance telling the story, Steve Gaven, unlike quite a few of his peers, did not...

Duration:00:28:46

500: The Push to Drive Profitability | Katherine Edenbach, CFO, Certify

5/29/2019
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Years from now when Katherine Edenbach looks back on her CFO career, 2019 might be remembered as a pendulum year – or a year when her priorities as finance leader swung from growth to profitability. “Smaller companies are much more focused on revenue and revenue growth, which is very important, but we need to drive a lot more reporting around our profitability, and more understanding on that side,” explains Edenbach, whose finance team appears poised to administer a dose of investigative...

Duration:00:31:49

499: When Leveraging Footprint Economics | Nadeem Moiz, CFO, Select Interior Concepts

5/27/2019
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When asked what his priorities are as a finance leader over the next 12 months, CFO Nadeem Moiz supplies an answer that uses the phrase “shareholder value” not once, but three times. Needless to say, shareholder value appears to be top-of-mind at Select Interior Concepts, a diversified building products and services company. Explains Moiz: “In a public company reporting becomes very important. Governance becomes more important and investor relations and shareholder base management are...

Duration:00:37:25

498: Invest, Execute & Perform | Dan Fletcher, CFO, Host Analytics

5/23/2019
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Asked to reflect on his path to the CFO office, Dan Fletcher characterizes his years in private equity as being more operationally focused than transaction focused. Or at least, he recalls being drawn more to the challenges facing CFOs and other senior members of management teams, rather than the deal making mechanics of the banking side. As CFO of Host Analytics, Fletcher’s operational view is now fully unobstructed and meanwhile, HA’s finance leader has managed to keep one foot inside the...

Duration:00:26:26

497: Rites of Passage Along the Commercialization Path | Tim Adams, CFO, ObsEva

5/22/2019
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Three years ago, Tim Adams probably never imagined that today he would be taking spin classes in Geneva, Switzerland. At the time, the seasoned finance leader could be found queueing up at Logan Airport to board yet another flight to San Francisco. Of course, one could argue that a certain Logan departure gate ultimately helped to put Geneva spin classes on the horizon, since it played no small role in transporting the CFO to a round of talks that helped to seal the sale of the finance...

Duration:00:28:58

496: Making Finance Your Company's Information Hub| Adam Meister, CFO, Talend

5/19/2019
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A career stint inside the corporate development realm at Visa – quickly came to mind for CFO Adam Meister when asked about those experiences he believed shaped his CFO mindset. Characterizing his time at Visa as more “a detour” rather than a straight line along his career- building trajectory, Meister recalls the career chapter as one where he had few direct reports or underlings and yet was tasked with motivating a team. “You learn a lot about how to motivate and mobilize a team from a...

Duration:00:34:24

495: Putting Three Wheelers in Gear | Bal Bhullar, CFO, Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp.

5/15/2019
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Thanks to an entrepreneurial itch, Bal Bhullar will never be a conventional CFO. In fact, her CFO resume may be the only one ever to include three-wheel electric cars alongside vitamin supplements. However, when it comes to finance milestones such as the $12 million in new financing on which Electra Meccanica closed last March, Bhullar is clearly marching in step with her professional peers. This being said, when your CEO is a former race car driver and you’re building three-wheel vehicles...

Duration:00:34:59

494: The Fruitful Mix of Mindbody & Data | Brett White, CFO, Mindbody, Inc.

5/12/2019
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One of Brett White’s first assignments as a CFO was also one of his toughest. Back in 2001, with 10 years of career-building at Oracle Corp. behind him, White recalls eagerly stepping into his first CFO role–only to be handed a less than exhilarating task. During a meeting in his first week on the job, White was welcomed by the CEO, who then asked him to pull together and execute a plan to eliminate one-third of the company’s workforce, or roughly 850 employees. “It was a...

Duration:00:46:02