520: Inside the Arena Makeover | Kevin Lind, CFO, Arena Pharmaceuticals

Up until about three years ago, Kevin Lind would likely have been identified as just another gifted private equity executive capable of issuing business remedies from the tip of his tongue. Or at least this may have been true in the minds of his CFO peers, who are accustomed to listening to PE pundits routinely…
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519: Understanding Your Talent Investment | Bernard Huger, CFO, OneLogin

“You want to be a CFO.” The second the words reached his ears, Bernard Huger experienced a moment of clarity that ultimately lifted a stubborn fog from the future path of his finance career.  While this was not the first occasion when such a thought had entered his head, this time the words were delivered…
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518: Illuminating the Product Development Path | Pete Tantillo, CFO, RapidRatings

Pete Tantillo recalls being somewhat surprised when he discovered that his career path could be leading to the CFO office. "I'm sort of an accidental CFO," explains Tantillo, who first arrived inside the finance function in the mid-1990s, when his employer tasked him with making a promising new ERP application meet the needs of finance.…
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517: Empowering Your Team to Teach Others | Pete D’Arrigo, CFO, Envestnet

When Pete D'Arrigo is asked to identify the business growth milestones that punctuate his 13-year CFO tenure at Envestnet, he pays passing homage to the company's 2010 IPO--before drawing our attention to a convertible debt offering made in late 2014: "This was an offering that put us in a different swim lane. It was the…
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516: Illuminating the Science for All to See | Usama Malik, CFO, Immunomedics

“It’s the economics, the finance,” says CFO Usama Malik, who quickly adds the words “and the accounting” to his short list of finance leader action items. Malik begins where most CFOs end--with the economics behind the business model. Everything else follows, he explains.   “This role is about applying a broader lens to an entire…
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515: Owning Your Firm’s Destiny | Nathan Feather, CFO, PrimeRevenue

A little more than 13 years ago, when Nathan Feather joined PrimeRevenue--an upstart supplier of supply chain financial services--the 20-member enterprise was just signing up its first direct customers. "We were a complete finance function spanning a person and a half," explains Feather, who says that despite its sparse resources, finance was from time to…
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514: Building a Better Dashboard | Perry Wiggins, CFO, APQC

As CFO Perry Wiggins recounts the different door-opening opportunities that allowed him to advance to the CFO office, APQC's finance leader doesn't hesitate to expose the seldom-mentioned sensation that frequently accompanies new responsibility--the feeling of being overwhelmed. According to Wiggins, the sense of being overwhelmed by new responsibilities is an experience that finance career-builders should…
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513: Achieving Your IPO Milestone | Kelly Steckelberg, CFO, Zoom Video Communications

A little more than 18 months ago, when CFO Kelly Steckelberg joined Zoom Video Communications, there were a number of key hires that needed to be made if the company was going to achieve its goal of selling shares to the public in the not-too-distant future. Three months after Zoom's IPO and one month after…
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512: Delivering on Solar’s Promise | Ronen Faier, CFO, SolarEdge Technologies

As Ronen Faier recalls the career-building ups-and-downs of being an entrepreneurial CFO, few memories appear to be more vivid than that of a meeting with Guy Sella, a seasoned Israeli entrepreneur, who invited Faier to lead the finance team of his solar start-up. Not yet a midsize firm, SolarEdge Technologies had only about $9 million…
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511: Getting Your Data Groove On | Elizabeth Salomon, CFO, Xactly Corp.

Back in the early 1990s, while a senior manager at Ernst & Young, Elizabeth Salomon was selected to be an "Accounting Fellow" at the OCC--the nation's primary regulator of banks. Nominated by E&Y for the prestigious post, Salomon moved to Washington, DC, and was soon writing policy statements that would provide guidance to bank examiners…
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