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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


The “Scalable” CFO: Today’s Challenge

by Nick Shepherd, Certified Management Consultant and Professional Development Facilitation, EduVision Inc. | June 25, 2014 |

There is a “sea change” in the profession today being driven by a massive shift in the way in which value is created. Can accountants grow their capacity and capabilities and embrace this broader aspect of value creation? If not the space will be filled by others and the future of the profession might be in doubt.  Read More


ICAEW Leadership Program Turns Technical Specialists into Finance Leaders
May 30, 2014 |

The ICAEW’s Financial Talent Executive Network (F-TEN®) strives to turn technical specialists into finance leaders who are able to maximize their boardroom impact.
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A CFO’s Vision for 2020: Unleashing the Real Potential
by Dr. Murtaza Abbas Mooman (FCA, ACMA, CGMA) Chief Financial Officer, Siemens Engineering Pakistan Limited | April 25, 2014 |

Fast changing business dynamics require CFOs to recognize the need for transformation. The alternative is failure to deliver a sustainable organization and a sustainable career. 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


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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