547: Enters the Change Agent | John Karnes, CFO, Vertafore

It’s probably not a stretch to say that when John Karnes is recruited to fill a CFO role, his C-suite peers have already stopped talking about change and want to begin driving it. Over the past decade, Karnes has stepped into CFO roles at six different companies, each one handing him a transformation mandate in…
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546: When Speed to Market Matters Most | Richard Steinhart, CFO, BioXcell Therapeutics

When asked what sets BioXcel Therapeutics apart from other clinical-stage biopharmaceutical companies, CFO Richard Steinhart doesn’t mention a specific drug or therapy. Instead, he describes a system that the company developed to advance the speed with which drugs are commercialized. According to Steinhart, the biotech company’s system uses artificial intelligence to reveal “hidden connections” that,…
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Why Talent Must be Top of Mind for Finance – Paul Burrin, VP, Sage People

CFOTL: It seems to us that many finance leaders are not as focused on workforce challenges as they are perhaps with measuring customer retention and other customer-related areas. I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind sharing some thoughts on my observation? Burrin: Well I think first of all, while CFOs are well connected with HR…

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545: Get in Gear with ARR | Ken Stillwell,CFO, Pegasystems

The way Ken Stillwell tells it, his career as a CFO can be divided into two distinct worlds: the world before ARR and the world after ARR. ARR, of course, is the acronymic identifier for the widely used SaaS metric known as annual recurring revenue. Stillwell prefers to put his own twist on the acronym…
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544: Tales of a Finance Journeyman | John Pokorney, CFO LeTip World Franchise

Few finance leaders have boiled down the take-aways from their career journeys into as many palatable, bite-size portions as John Pokorney, CFO of LeTip International. Having found his original finance door of entry at Intel Corp. in the early 1990s, Pokorney credits the chipmaker’s collaborative culture for prodding him to speak the language of others…
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543: Whetting Your Firm’s FP&A Appetite | Paul Willson, CFO, Compeat

After years of careful finance career–building within the healthcare sector, Paul Willson came upon an opportunity inside Austin’s energetic technology start-up community that he found hard to resist. Becoming employee number 23, he was immediately dubbed “the finance guy”—a label that he would wear for only 5 days before the ambitious start-up announced that it…
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542.5: THREE for ONE Friday | CFOs: Chris Sands, Pavan Makhija, David Morris

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542: Now See This: One CFO’s Data Visualization Mantra | Tim Zue, CFO, Boston Red Sox

­­­When it comes to guessing a person’s email address, most of us would agree that the best way to optimize your odds of success is to first assume that the person was using their actual name as part of the address. From there, your next decision arguably is whether to spell out the individual’s first…
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541: Energizing Your Stakeholder Network | Smital Shah, CFO, ProQR Therapeutics

As an Indian citizen living in the United States and working for a Dutch company, CFO Smital Shah frequently spends her days on conference calls with investors from Asia, Israel, or Europe. On every investor call, at every board meeting, and at every employee gathering, the same question gets asked: “How far is ProQR from…
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540: When the Whole is Greater | Lucy Rutishauser, CFO, Sinclair Broadcast Group

Like a savvy investor, Lucy Rutishauser built her early career by carefully tracking the activities of different companies. Sometimes, to glean better insights, she would actually cold-call a company and ask for the finance department. But Rutishauser wasn’t looking to invest money—instead, she was looking to invest that all-so-valuable commodity known as career-building years. “The…
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