471: When a Megatrend Came Knocking | William Acheson, CFO, GWG Holdings

From a career development standpoint, one of the best things that William Acheson did to reach the CFO office was stepping away from corporate finance and accounting for 15 years. After coming up on the public accounting track, the GWG Holdings finance chief immersed himself in investment banking, the residential mortgage industry, capital markets, risk…
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Measuring How Data Influences Outcomes | James Walbom, CFO, Tiempo Development

Interview Excerpt: [spp-timestamp time="00:14"] CFOTL: First off, tell us a little something about Tiempo Development. What type of company is this? [spp-timestamp time="00:19"] Walbom: Tiempo is a nearshore software development outsourcing firm. We have over 400 developers in Mexico, and we develop software for U.S. companies, typically SaaS companies, which is why we’re here today. We partner…

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470: Rethinking Corporate Structures | Sean Cassidy, CFO, Arvinas

High-Growth Impact Arvinas CFO Sean Cassidy caught the high-growth bug early in his career. Shortly into his stint with Deloitte, Cassidy transitioned from a massive global financial services company to work with middle-market clients. He felt that he could make a more tangible difference for those companies by supporting them as they raised capital and…
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469: A Strategic Leader Gets His Bearings | Jim Peters, CFO, Whirlpool Corporation

Schooled in M&A When Whirlpool CFO Jim Peters joined the company at the director level 15 years ago, he was thrust into the thick of a pivotal M&A deal that also wound up generating extraordinary value from a career development standpoint. Originally assigned to help manage the accounting facets of the proposed Maytag acquisition, Peters…
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Making Hiring a CFO Priority | A Talk with Marc Linden, CFO, Sage Intacct

Marc Linden is CFO of Sage Intacct. Prior to Sage Intacct, Marc spent four years as CFO for Mirapoint, Inc., a leader in secure appliance solutions for messaging. He also served as general manager of Openwave’s messaging business unit. Marc came to Openwave from the unified messaging company Onebox, where he was CFO and was…

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468: A Cross-Functional Black Belt | Justin Spencer, CFO, Vocera Communications

A Cross-Functional Black Belt Vocera Communications CFO Justin Spencer’s strategic-finance breakthrough had little to do with corporate finance and everything to do with the drivers of strategic success. In an earlier CFO role, the tech executive had heard just about every ERP horror story there is—about sordid scope creep, sketchy implementation firms, unending projects, the…
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CFO Priorities Inside Fast-Growth Firms: A Talk with Jeff Epstein of Bessemer Venture Partners

  Jeff Epstein is an operating partner with Bessemer Venture Partners and the former chief financial officer of Oracle.  Prior to joining Oracle, Epstein served as chief financial officer of several public and private companies, including DoubleClick (sold to Google), King World Productions (sold to CBS) and Nielsen’s Media Measurement and Information Group. Event Venue:…

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467: The Exponential Value of Saying, “Thank You!” | Elena Gomez, CFO, Zendesk

Zendesk CFO Elena Gomez followed up a top-notch education (a degree from UC–Berkeley’s Haas School of Business) with a series of finance executive positions within some highly impressive companies—Charles Schwab, Visa, Salesforce, and, since April 2016, Zendesk, a customer experience and help desk platform company that's posted remarkable, largely organic, growth in recent years. Despite…
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466: Energizing the Realm of Early-Stage Pharma | Jeffrey Farrow, CFO, Global Blood Therapeutics (GBT)

An Early Dose of Pharma Start-Up Experience When Global Blood Therapeutics (GBT) CFO Jeffrey Farrow says that he took the corporate-finance career path less traveled, he really means it. As an undergraduate biology major, Farrow and a couple of entrepreneurial-minded postdocs hit upon a way to identify a protein thought to cause Alzheimer’s. The group…
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465: Catching the Next Wave, Again and Again | Steve Cakebread, CFO, Yext

A Humble Take on a Hall-of-Fame Career Yext CFO Steve Cakebread’s resume is extraordinary, given the preeminent companies he’s worked for (HP, Silicon Graphics, Autodesk, Salesforce.com, Pandora, and Yext), the new technology categories that he’s helped to bring to market, and the staggering growth that those organizations posted under his corporate-finance leadership. Cakebread joined Salesforce…
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