564: Synchrony Steps Beyond the Shadow of its Historic Roots | Brian Wenzel, CFO, Synchrony

It was roughly 10 years ago when Brian Wenzel realized that his coveted and time-tested career path inside GE Capital had become somewhat fogged over. He was not alone. Somewhere between the economic downturn and GE’s headline-grabbing restructuring, Wenzel and his career-building colleagues had seen their traditional corporate career ladder begin to disappear in a…
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AFTERPOD: Putting a Fine Point on FP&A | An Interview with Grant Halloran, CEO, Planful

(A shortened version of this interview was originally released on CFOTL Episode #564. The following transcript is an edited version of the extended Interview.) CFOTL: We’re happy to catch up with our guest Grant Halloran this week. Grant is a course CEO of Host Analytics, which this week is rebranding as Planful. Now when a…

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563: Energizing Your Entrepreneurial Mind-set | Stephen Grist, CFO, Bohemia Interactive Simulations

It was back in 2002, Stephen Grist says, when he first punched through a surface of rigid assumptions to grasp the innovative levers that would propel him into the ranks of strategic CFOs. At the time, Grist was the CFO of Viatel, a technology company whose management and sales teams were eagerly seeking to reestablish…
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562: A Window Into the Future | Anna Brunelle, CFO, Kinestral Technologies

Asked to reflect on those experiences that she feels prepared her for a finance leadership role, a cash flow statement quickly comes to mind for Anna Brunelle, CFO of Kinestral Technologies. Only months into her first industry finance job, Brunelle was tasked with preparing her company’s cash flow statement, and she didn’t like some of…
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561: Identifying the Levers of Efficient Growth | John Evarts, CFO, Mediafly

Ten years or so ago, the expression “never waste a downturn” became a popular maxim among business leaders who viewed the economy’s downward spiral as an opportunity to trim waste and restructure portions of their businesses. The expression also summed up the mind-set of a unique class of executives who, despite a bleak hiring environment,…
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560: When Your Tactic Becomes Your Strategy | Raman Kapur, CFO, Moogsoft

Years from now, if Silicon Valley’s glitterati were ever to gather to celebrate the opening of a National Cloud Computing Museum, CFO Raman Kapur would make an excellent tour guide for the facility’s finance wing. In fact, he could just chart the trajectory of his career from the dot-com bubble forward to help the world…
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559: Establishing Your Work Ethos | Bea Ordonez, CFO, OTC Markets Group, Inc.

Perhaps, unlike most of her professional peers, when Bea Ordonez interviewed for the first time for a CFO role, she got the job. At the time, perhaps no one was more surprised than Ordonez, whose finance resume—while impressive for a 26-year-old—still lacked a number of C-suite prerequisites. Twenty years later, she still resides in the…
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558: Achieving Ongoing Customer Value | David Ertel, CFO, Vizient, Inc.

A number of years back, when the management of Vizient began evaluating a list of candidates for future CFO, the odds were that David Ertel would top the list. Still, with no accounting degree and no real audit experience, Ertel might have appeared to some to be somewhat of a dark horse candidate. However, among…
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557: Sharpening Your Finance Team’s Growth Mind-Set | Bill Ruckelshaus, CFO, Extrahop

Guest: Bill Ruckelshaus Company: ExtraHop Headquarters: Seattle, WA Connect: www.extrahop.com CFOTL: What is the latest chapter for this business - what is it about? Ruckelshaus: It's very much growth, expansion, and scaling that will consume capital, so raising capital will be a part of my role. It's also working with the leadership team to lean…
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556: Preparing Your Organization for Change | Amy Shelly, CFO, OCC

Among the experiences that Amy Shelly recalls as having helped to prepare her for a CFO role, the prep work for an upended IPO still looms large. Per the guidelines of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Shelly was tasked back in the late 1990s with gathering portions of the historical data that her employer—Hull…
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