444: Blueprint for a Strategic Finance Chief | Raj Agrawal, CFO, Western Union

When he started his career, Western Union CFO Raj Agrawal never expected to wind up leading a global finance function. This seems appropriate today, considering that he defines his role—first and foremost—as “driving and executing the strategy of the company.” Trained as an electrical engineer at General Motors, Agrawal also earned an MBA and then…
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443: Trials by Fire and Fortune: Tales of a CFO Change Agent | Tim Saunders, CFO, Canopy Growth Corporation

Tim Saunders seems like the kind of leader you’d follow into battle. He thrives in high-pressure situations, remains cool under pressure, and truly values his troops’ expertise. Saunders also commits to taking on new—and seemingly overwhelming—challenges, like the one that greeted him in his first finance executive role following his time in public accounting. During…
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442: The Context Shifter | Naeem Ishaq, CFO & EVP, Circle

Circle CFO Naeem Ishaq’s Forrest Gumpian career trajectory has given him extraordinary exposure to most of Silicon Valley’s touchstone technologies—the semiconductor, cloud computing, mobile payments, and, most recently, cryptocurrency. After a stint as a dot.com-era entrepreneur with a venture he launched as an undergraduate, Ishaq has invested the past 18 years in accumulating a trove…
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441: Identifying Your Pivotal Career Experiences | Kevin Durkin, CFO, Threat Stack

Guest:  Kevin Durkin, CFO Company: Threat Stack Headquartered:  Boston Connect:  www.threatstack.com Subscribe to CFO Thought Leader Apple | Google | Spotify | Stitcher | iHeart | Android App
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440: The Serial Disrupter | Glenn Schiffman, CFO, IAC

  Guest:  Glenn Schiffman, CFO Company:  IAC Headquartered:  New York City Connect:  www.IAC.com Subscribe to CFO Thought Leader Apple | Google | Spotify | Stitcher | iHeart | Android App
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439: Keeping CROCI Top-of-Mind | Amit Singhi, CFO/COO, The Piston Group

The Goal: To Achieve Better Governance—Without Bureaucracy The Piston Group "The intent was not to try to centralize everything. I believe in keeping the organization decentralized, nimble, fast, and flexible ... but at the same time, we want to figure out how to better leverage the synergies that exist and can benefit all of the company.…
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438: The Skills Development Path | Four CFOs Discuss Techniques for Acquiring Skills

Exposing the Skill-Building Path "Well, I think there are three things that I can point to when I consider my development as a finance leader. I started my career in public accounting, and what that gave me, I believe, is a good foundation, a solid technical base. This gave me a broad scope of experience…
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437: The Big World of Microfinance | Pamela Yanchik Connealy, CFO, Kiva

“I’ve had the good fortune to work at places like Genentech and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where we were able to implement both financial constraints and head count constraints to force ourselves to make the appropriate trade-offs between portfolio decisions and investment decisions by the organization. I believe that this actually forced higher-quality hiring…

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436: Making “Try It and Track It” Your Finance Mind-set | Bob Cruickshank, CFO, ezCater

Lessons Learned: Always Expect the Unexpected "Kiva Systems was a robotics company that helped to revolutionize robotics inside e-commerce distribution centers. It was a very cool company with a very cool product. In early 2011, I joined them to start to put controls in place to get the company ready to go public. I thought…
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435: Team Design: Four CFOs Reveal Design Insights

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