Finance Leadership & Development

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Finance Leadership & Development

Professional accountants need to respond to the continually changing expectations of their organizations, the financial markets, and society. In addition, many accountants aspire to finance leadership roles, such as chief financial officer (CFO). As a result, they must fulfill their traditional responsibilities, while increasing their support of strategic and operational decision-making. Through education, life-long learning, and development, they must acquire the right mixture of skills, experiences, and attitudes, including leadership, strategy, business, management, and interpersonal skills. Read More

 

Should a CFO be a Professional Accountant?

by Stathis Gould, Head of Professional Accountants in Business, IFAC | January 6, 2014 |

As CFOs are also now seen as organizational leaders and business partners, in addition to being the financial gatekeeper, finance leadership and professionalism apply to both stewardship and business partnership. Finance leadership requires an appreciation of the importance of the dual aspects of compliance and performance. Professional accountants need to live up to these expectations if they are to occupy finance leadership positions. It is now more important than ever for the accountancy profession to develop outstanding professionals who are well equipped to work in business and government, and well prepared to take on finance leadership roles. Read More

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Should a CFO be a Board Member?
by Stathis Gould, Head of Professional Accountants in Business, IFAC | January 6, 2014 |

A critical determining factor of the status of a chief financial officer (CFO) is how they are positioned within his/her organization. Another is whether a CFO is a professional accountant. Examining status through these two lenses can give a sense of how strong the financial management and control of an organization is. Read More

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