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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539: Own Your Next Challenge and Your Career | Jason Lin, CFO, Centage

While tours of duty at struggling companies are seldom viewed as enviable career chapters for most professionals, finance leaders are often apt to savor the lessons that such tours of duty bring forth and even draw attention to such early chapters. Such is the case with CFO Jason Lin, whose career journey includes chapters with…
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THREE For ONE Friday | CFOs Eric Loughmiller, Hugh Watchhorn, Jim Tholen

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538: When Saying “No” Is a Strategic Imperative | William Edmondson, CFO, 1E

The mass migration of software developers from perpetual licensing to subscription licensing models has allowed quite a few CFOs to enrich their strategy credentials in recent years. It’s a movement that has allowed finance chiefs to rebrand themselves as champions of change, and one that has helped to dismiss the image of CFOs being the…
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537: When Every Megawatt Matters | Sharif Metwalli, CFO, Vantage Data Centers

When Sharif Metwalli decided that the time was right to accept a CFO position with Vantage Data Centers, he was confident that he had found a company that allowed him to check all of the boxes when it came to his finance leader search criteria. Box #1: Know and respect the management team. Box #2:…
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536: Finance and the Big Shift | Brian Swartz, CFO, Cornerstone OnDemand

When asked about the experiences that prepared him for a finance leadership role, Brian Swartz, CFO of Cornerstone OnDemand, doesn’t hesitate to mention his tour of duty as controller for EaglePicher, a collection of businesses founded in 1842 that stubbornly has reinvented itself from one century to the next. However, as the small conglomerate was…
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535: Wiring Your Customer-Centric Organization | Sarah Murphy, CFO, BSI Americas

As she approaches her 20th year with BSI Group, Sarah Murphy repeats the word “variety” when asked why she turned a blind eye to other opportunities outside the company known to many as an exemplar of business standards. “There was always something new to move on to,” says Murphy, who, having spent the past decade…
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534: Finding Your Operational Footing | Constance Minc, CFO, IFS

When a company opts to recruit a finance leader from the “outside world,” it’s not uncommon these days for the future CFO to first serve in a provisional role—one that can provide a wide view of the business while allocating a little extra time for on-the-job learning. So it was for Constance Minc, a veteran…
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