487: Putting Your Organization on an Even Keel | Robin Gantt, CFO, Northwest Pipe Company

It's unlikely that this is the first sentence ever to include the phrase "even-keeled" alongside the name Robin Gantt, but this is a pairing that bears repeating here to reveal not only an obvious character trait of our latest guest, but also one that frequently sets apart CFO leadership at large. Gantt, already a seasoned…
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486: Counting Your Customer Success Milestones | Matthew Fahy, CFO, FinFit

When Matt Fahy identifies the opportunities that have punctuated his finance career, he credits subscription revenue models as having played a recurring role along the trajectory that has led to multiple CFO tours of duty. For Fahy, it all began with a move to New York City, where he was soon serving one of the…
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485: Finding a Cure for the IPO Blues | Mark Lee, CFO, Forge

Before joining Goldman Sachs back in the late 1980s, Mark Lee was a finance manager at Hewlett-Packard Co. Today, Lee fondly recalls being mentored by a senior controller while situated deep inside the technology behemoth's computer support division. The finance executive, explains Lee, viewed controllership as a strategic role where executives could acquire and build their…
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484: Milestones for a CFO Barn Raiser | Andrew Guggenhime, CFO, Dermira

When asked about his arrival at Dermira, CFO Andrew Guggenhime explains: "I was the 22nd employee, and today we have over 300." Along the way, the company executed an IPO, reached a market value of $1 billion, received FDA approval for its first medication (last June), and brought the offering to market (last October). Not…
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483: Making FP&A a Road Map for the Business | Glynis Bryan, CFO, Insight Enterprises, Inc.

There was a time when Glynis Bryan imagined herself someday retiring from Ryder System, Inc.—a company she entered as an intern and would later exit as a senior vice president. Along the way, she credits the transportation logistics giant with having exposed her to complex M&A transactions and innovative capital structures—two areas that she believes…
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482: When Opportunities Reveal Themselves | Wilco Groenhuysen, CFO, Novocure, Inc.

Near the end of our discussion with CFO Wilco Groenhuysen, he recommends a book while confiding:  "It's not a great book—but it has a big lesson." "Opportunities exist for only for a short time. So when you see an opportunity, grab it and make the best of it," says Groenhuysen, revealing the big lesson and…
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481: Achieving a Milestone Transaction | Mike Myshrall, CFO, Cyren

Of all the finance milestones that CFO Mike Myshrall uses to illustrate Cyren's appetite for success, perhaps few are more enlightening than the one involving private equity titan Warburg Pincus. Two years ago, Warburg Pincus offered to buy out Cyren shareholders at a 35 percent premium over the current price of their shares. However, unwilling…
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480: Bringing a Metric to Life | Mark Patrick, CFO, Syngenta

Sometime in the next three to six months, Syngenta AG, a Swiss-based agribusiness company, is expecting to welcome a clan of ambitious offspring. Months, even years in the making, these fruit from a forward-looking group are born from a cross-functional team—one tasked with helping the $13.5 billion enterprise correctly measure its expansive sustainability initiatives. To be…
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479: Keeping the Customer Top-of-Mind | Stefan Schulz, CFO, PROS Holdings, Inc.

Among the many flights that CFO Stefan Schulz has taken between Minneapolis and Houston over the years, few are etched in his memory better than a certain return flight to Minneapolis—during which he created an ambitious list of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) action items. The list that Schultz created in the air that day was long and…
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478: Numbers: CFO Leadership’s Lightning in a Bottle | Sebastien Martel, CFO, BRP

It was late for a workday (perhaps after 9:00 p.m.) when Seb Martel shared his team's candid findings with a collection of top managers tasked with assessing the economic downturn's likely impact on BRP's business. As a manufacturer of popular vehicles for snow and water, BRP management was naturally concerned that the downturn could wallop BRP's…
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