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

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-based--or at least he recalls being drawn more to the challenges facing CFOs and other senior members of management team than to the deal-making mechanics of the banking side. As CFO…
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497: Rites of Passage Along the Commercialization Path | Tim Adams, CFO, ObsEva

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 queuing 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…
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496: Making Finance Your Company’s Information Hub | Adam Meister, CFO, Talend

A career stint inside the corporate development realm at Visa quickly came to mind for CFO Adam Meister when he was asked about the experiences that he believed had shaped his CFO mind-set. Characterizing his time at Visa more as "a detour" than as a straight line along his career- building trajectory, Meister recalls the…
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495: Putting Three-Wheelers in Gear | Bal Bhullar, CFO, Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp.

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

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,…
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493: A CFO for All Seasons | Vijay Kumar, CFO, Sify Technologies

At times, it must seem to Vijay Kumar that his 12-year tenure as a CFO has been spent not at one company but three. This must be a sense that most C-suite members at Sify Technologies likely experience in light of the company's appetite for continuous reinvention. Back in 2007, when Kumar arrived at the…
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492: Moving Finance to the Center | David Evans, CFO, Cardlytics

It wasn't long after David Evans arrived inside the CFO office at Cardlytics that finance team members learned that their office surroundings were about to change. Originally domiciled in the less-trafficked--some would say "quiet"--side of the building, Evans wasted little time in relocating his team to more central (and arguably more social) office space. "Physically…
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491: When the Virtues of Organic Growth Trump M&A | Arthur Levine, CFO, Sensus Healthcare

Back in 2014, shortly after Arthur Levine first stepped into the CFO office at Sensus Healthcare, the fast-growing medical device company hit a sizable speed bump. A growing number of future Sensus customers were putting their purchases on hold as uncertainty around insurance reimbursements grew in relation to a review being conducted by The Centers…
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When Finance Is “The Octopus” | Mark Patrick, CFO, Syngenta, AG

CFOTL: How do you view the role of finance in this organization? Patrick: We’re like the octopus. We have the tentacles that go into every part of the organization, and it all comes back to finance at the end of the day. We have to have an element of independence, a challenge, a role within…

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490: Telling Your Story in Real Time | Craig Nickerson, CFO, insightsoftware

When it comes to newbie accountants, few clients are more coveted within the realm of public accounting than those preparing for an IPO. So it was back in the early 1990s, when Craig Nickerson found himself knee-deep in CPA envy after having served not one but five of his firm's IPO-minded tech clients. Today, Nickerson…
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