484: Milestones for a CFO Barn Raiser | Andrew Guggenhime, CFO, Dermira

When asked about his arrival at Dermira, CFO Andrew Guggenhime explains: "I was the 22nd employee, and today we have over 300." Along the way, the company executed an IPO, reached a market value of $1 billion, received FDA approval for its first medication (last June), and brought the offering to market (last October). Not…
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483: Making FP&A a Road Map for the Business | Glynis Bryan, CFO, Insight Enterprises, Inc.

There was a time when Glynis Bryan imagined herself someday retiring from Ryder System, Inc.—a company she entered as an intern and would later exit as a senior vice president. Along the way, she credits the transportation logistics giant with having exposed her to complex M&A transactions and innovative capital structures—two areas that she believes…
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482: When Opportunities Reveal Themselves | Wilco Groenhuysen, CFO, Novocure, Inc.

Near the end of our discussion with CFO Wilco Groenhuysen, he recommends a book while confiding:  "It's not a great book—but it has a big lesson." "Opportunities exist for only for a short time. So when you see an opportunity, grab it and make the best of it," says Groenhuysen, revealing the big lesson and…
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481: Achieving a Milestone Transaction | Mike Myshrall, CFO, Cyren

Of all the finance milestones that CFO Mike Myshrall uses to illustrate Cyren's appetite for success, perhaps few are more enlightening than the one involving private equity titan Warburg Pincus. Two years ago, Warburg Pincus offered to buy out Cyren shareholders at a 35 percent premium over the current price of their shares. However, unwilling…
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480: Bringing a Metric to Life | Mark Patrick, CFO, Syngenta

Sometime in the next three to six months, Syngenta AG, a Swiss-based agribusiness company, is expecting to welcome a clan of ambitious offspring. Months, even years in the making, these fruit from a forward-looking group are born from a cross-functional team—one tasked with helping the $13.5 billion enterprise correctly measure its expansive sustainability initiatives. To be…
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479: Keeping the Customer Top-of-Mind | Stefan Schulz, CFO, PROS Holdings, Inc.

Among the many flights that CFO Stefan Schulz has taken between Minneapolis and Houston over the years, few are etched in his memory better than a certain return flight to Minneapolis—during which he created an ambitious list of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) action items. The list that Schultz created in the air that day was long and…
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478: Numbers: CFO Leadership’s Lightning in a Bottle | Sebastien Martel, CFO, BRP

It was late for a workday (perhaps after 9:00 p.m.) when Seb Martel shared his team's candid findings with a collection of top managers tasked with assessing the economic downturn's likely impact on BRP's business. As a manufacturer of popular vehicles for snow and water, BRP management was naturally concerned that the downturn could wallop BRP's…
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477: A Blueprint for Corporate Finance Success | Ching Jaw, CFO, Cytokinetics

Trained as an engineer, Cytokinetics CFO Ching Jaw methodically designed a blueprint for an early-career transition to corporate finance to fulfill his desire to more broadly help businesses. The plan, and his execution of it, worked exceedingly well. A former platoon commander in the Taiwanese Army, Jaw earned an MBA in finance and general management…
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476: Virtual Finance Leadership Is Her Reality | Jill Vogin, CFO, TrainingPros

TrainingPros CFO Jill Vogin describes her early-career public accounting experience as a “virtual master’s degree” in corporate finance and accounting. It was also something of a good omen, given that Vogin now leads the finance function of a highly specialized staffing company with virtual offices throughout the country and (more recently) around the world. It’s…
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475: Advancing Product to Enter the Next Stage of Development | Barclay Phillips, CFO, G1 Therapeutics

G1 Therapeutics CFO Barclay “Buck” Phillips set his sights on the CFO position on day one of his very first job back in high school. After he hustled home to share the great news about landing the part-time gig, Phillips’s father, a stock broker, shared some prescient advice: "Son, always make sure you’re the guy…
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