622: Elevating Your Organization’s Financial IQ | Shane Hansen, CFO, Planful

Shane Hansen says that his business career often reminds him of the Choose Your Own Adventure children’s book series, in which the reader assumes different roles relevant to each new adventure. Hansen’s latest adventure began last April when he stepped into the CFO office at applications developer Planful just as shelter-in-place orders were being issued…
Listen to the Episode Below (00:35:20)

621: The CFO as Enabler of Science | Ivor Macleod, CFO, Athersys

When veteran CFO Ivor Macleod first contemplated joining an early-stage pharma company, the condition  known as acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) was not appearing in nightly news headlines and was yet to be ranked as the  number one cause of death among COVID-19 patients. Nevertheless, ARDS captured his attention—or rather, Athersys did.  The Cleveland, Ohio–based…
Listen to the Episode Below (00:46:00)

Taking on the Fight Against COVID-Induced ARDS | Ivor Macleod, CFO, Athersys

Finance leader Ivor Macleod has over three decades of finance experience across all aspects of the life sciences. Along the way, he has held senior finance leadership positions at Merck & Co., F. Hoffmann–La Roche, and Boehringer Mannheim Therapeutics. Prior to joining Athersys last January, he was chief financial officer and chief compliance officer at Eisai…

Continue Reading →

620: When People Matter Most | Laurie Krebs, CFO, Red Hat

It was October 2019. Red Hat, Inc., was preparing to submit its latest quarterly results to its new parent, IBM Corp., and Laurie Krebs had just been named Red Hat software’s new CFO. As a senior vice president of finance for Red Hat, Krebs had worked closely with the former CFO and more or less…

Continue Reading →

619: Finding Finance’s Center of Gravity | Ray Carpenter, CFO, Xandr

When Ray Carpenter retraces his steps to the CFO office at Xandr—an analytics and advertising company formed by AT&T's WarnerMedia—he singles out two earlier roles as having been outside AT&T’s traditional finance track. “I actually got kicked out of finance for that role,” says Carpenter, referring to a stint as a marketer inside a start-up…
Listen to the Episode Below (00:45:39)

618: From COVID’s Initial Shock to IPO in 60 Days | Dave Jones, CFO, Vroom

Not unlike the careers of his finance leader peers, the finance career of Dave Jones, CFO of online car seller Vroom, has been shaped and influenced by economic crises of the past two decades. Last month, as the initial shock of the coronavirus waned and the stock market rallied back, Vroom moved quickly to go…
Listen to the Episode Below (00:35:16)

617: Finding Your Seat at the M&A Table | Dennis McGrath, CFO, PAVmed

Dennis McGrath was only recently married and a new home owner when he was invited to a Phillies game by the CFO of AC Manufacturing. At the time, McGrath was working for Andersen as an auditor of a roster of growing companies, among which AC—a maker of industrial air-conditioning units—was perhaps not the most glamorous.…
Listen to the Episode Below (00:37:51)

When COVID Is an Accelerant | Jeff Epstein, Operating Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners

While COVID-19 and shelter-in-place ordinances continue to upend the go-to market strategies and sales projections of most companies, not all industries are being adversely affected. We recently asked Jeff Epstein, former CFO of Oracle and DoubleClick and currently an operating partner of Bessemer Venture Partners, whether certain industries will recover more quickly than others from…

Continue Reading →

616: Predictability and the Pipeline | Ashim Gupta, CFO, UiPath

When asked to share a few of the experiences that he feels prepared him for a CFO role, Ashim Gupta recalls what he characterizes as a significant accounting problem. However, it was not the nature of the accounting snag that Gupta wants us to know about but instead how his initial response to the problem…
Listen to the Episode Below (00:52:19)

615: Validating Your Proof Points for Investors | Jeff Epstein, Bessemer Venture Partners

In the mid-1990s, when Jeff Epstein was busy satisfying the M&A appetites of media clients for First Boston, one of his smaller, but more boisterous clients asked him to join the firm as its CFO.   “It was the type of situation where if they had gone to a recruiter, I would never have made…
Listen to the Episode Below (00:44:24)

Page 1 of 83