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August 2014 Futures in Finance: Do You Need a Career Coach?
This month, we have an interview with career and leadership coach Vivian James Rigney, who is speaking at the CTC Executive Institute at the 2014 AFP Annual Conference. We also have interviews with Ori Brafman, bestselling author, and Juan Arangote, FP&A of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, who are each speaking at the conference.
Aug 28, 2014
VIDEO: Is Your Treasury Department Becoming More Strategic?
At the recent CTC Corporate Treasurers Forum in Chicago, Kelly Timmer, assistant treasurer, Wolverine Worldwide, discussed assuming the treasury role at a time when the profession was undergoing significant changes and becoming more strategic.
Aug 26, 2014
CTC Executive Institute Preview: Do You Need a Career Coach?
Attendees of the CTC Executive Institute at the 2014 AFP Annual Conference in November will have the opportunity to hear from one of today’s leading career motivators—Vivian James Rigney, career and leadership coach. Originally from Ireland and based in New York City, Rigney works primarily with clients in treasury and finance.
Aug 24, 2014
CFO Tenure and Turnover: Not So Far Apart?
A number of recent articles have indicated an uptick in both turnover and tenure at the chief financial officer level. At first glance, this might support the theory that with today’s technology and enough research, you can find something to support any belief you hold. However, in this particular case, there might be some truth to these seemingly conflicting trends—because maybe they aren’t so different after all.
Aug 22, 2014
VIDEO: The Value of the FP&A Certification
Juan Arangote, FP&A, CPA, CMA, Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, discusses preparing for the Certified Corporate FP&A Professional exam, as well as why earning the certification is a smart career move for FP&A professionals.
Aug 21, 2014
Expert Reveals Crucial Skills FP&A Professionals Need to Thrive
The FP&A professionals of the future won’t be in the business of providing just numbers. They’ll be giving clients—internal and external—information that matters to them, solves problems, and helps them make critical decisions to increase profits.
Aug 19, 2014
VIDEO: The Changing Role of Treasury
In this exclusive video interview, Steve Overholser, CTP, CPA, CFO & Treasurer for Great Clips, Inc. discusses how his role has changed over the past five years. On the whole, treasury has become more involved in operations and strategic decision-making.
Aug 06, 2014
Leadership in Treasury: Gavin Waugh, Treasurer, Wendy’s
Gavin Waugh, the treasurer of Wendy's, tells how he achieved his career goal, and how he keeps his team motivated.
Aug 06, 2014
VIDEO: Being Part of the FP&A Inaugural Class
Eric Smialek, FP&A, Senior Financial Analyst for Neustar, discusses his experience becoming part of the first class of Certified Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) professionals.
Jul 30, 2014
July 2014 Futures in Finance Newsletter
This month, we bring you two exclusive video interviews with members of our inaugural class of Certified Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) professionals. Travis Lockhart of IMC and Todd Peterson of AARP discuss why they were interested in taking the beta exam and how they prepared for it. Also this month, we have the second installment in the AFP Advisors Network's series on the three core competencies of independent consulting.
Jul 24, 2014
VIDEO: Why Become a Certified Corporate FP&A Professional?
Todd Peterson, FP&A, Senior Financial Analyst for AARP, discusses why he wanted to be part of the first class of Certified Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) professionals.
Jul 24, 2014
The Ideal Skill Set for a Financial Consultant
The second core competency that any prospective independent treasury or finance consultant needs is technical competency. Many independent consulting engagements can be very technical in nature, so practitioners who believe they may eventually pursue independent consulting would be wise to keep those skills fresh.
Jul 22, 2014
CFO Coach: Becoming a Superstar of the C-Suite
Today’s CFO superstar is involved in every aspect of the business, solving problems across all aspects of the organization. At the core of the problem solving is finance and numbers, but it is now intricately woven with operations and the need for a broader base of business and finance acumen.
Jul 18, 2014
June 2014 Futures in Finance Newsletter
This month, we bring you exclusive coverage of the career-related sessions at the CTC Corporate Treasurers Forum in Chicago and the AFP Canadian Forum in Toronto. Also, one of the first applicants to pass the beta FP&A Certification exam discusses his process in taking the test, the AFP Advisors Network looks at the business skills required to become a successful independent consultant, and more.
Jun 26, 2014
The Business of Consulting: What Treasury & Finance Pros Should Know
The first core competency that any prospective independent treasury or finance consultant needs is business acumen. Simply being a subject matter expert is not enough—you must posses the skills required to run your own business if you want to be successful.
Jun 24, 2014
CFO Coach: Are You a Credible Candidate?
Are you credible? It’s a serious question. You might be a credible job candidate, but unless you appear credible you probably aren’t… at least not in the minds of those in a position to hire you.
Jun 20, 2014
Treasury’s Growing Role Brings Staffing Challenges, Execs Say
As treasury’s role continues to grow, and new responsibilities are added, one unintended consequence is a growing challenge over hiring and retaining staff. Many treasury groups now must develop leaders not only for treasury but for the entire organization.
Jun 18, 2014
One Military Leader’s 3 Keys to Great Treasury Leadership
Most leaders understand the importance of focusing on people and inspiring them. Retired Canadian Chief of the Defense Staff Gen. Rick Hillier, who keynoted the seventh annual AFP Canadian Forum last week, believes great leaders need to take those two steps one step further: “Focus on people, inspire them, and draw inspiration from them.”
Jun 17, 2014
FP&A Professional Tells How He Passed the Certification Test
Travis Lockhart, manager of financial planning and analysis with IMC and one of the first applicants to pass the beta FP&A Certification exam, gives his thoughts on the test-taking process.
Jun 02, 2014
How Treasurers and CFOs Can Set Up Their Teams for Success
Workers are happiest—and most motivated—when they feel that they accomplish something meaningful at work. These accomplishments do not need to be major breakthroughs, but making sure your team is set up to succeed is the mark of a good manager in just about any field.
May 30, 2014
May 2014 Futures in Finance Newsletter
This month, AFP officially launched the Certified Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis Professional (FP&A) credential and introduced the first class of certified FP&A professionals. This new certification program is the first of its kind and specifically designed for the FP&A function. Also this month, we review the results of the 2014 AFP Compensation Survey.
May 29, 2014
What Are the Traits of a Successful Treasury Consultant?
The latest AFP Advisors Network’s webinar focused on the landscape of independent consulting. The quarterly webinar delved into the traits that make independent consultants successful, and how those traits might differentiate from the attributes that are typically associated with good, productive employees.
May 29, 2014
New Booz Allen CFO Discusses Upcoming Challenges
On July 1, Kevin Cook is set to become the chief financial officer of Booz Allen Hamilton. Currently Booz Allen’s senior vice president and corporate controller, Cook will take the reins from current CFO and Chief Administrative Officer Samuel Strickland, who is retiring.
May 29, 2014
AFP Survey: In Finance Profession, Good Raises Reach Staff Level
Finance salaries continue to rise in North America, even among non-executive staff. According to a survey released Wednesday by AFP, average salaries in finance departments of corporations increased in 2013, reflecting continued modest growth in the U.S. economy. Financial professionals at the staff level reportedly saw the biggest bump in compensation.
May 28, 2014
Heidrick & Struggles on What Makes a Great Treasury Leader
When it comes to effective treasury leaders, there’s no “one size fits all,” say two partners with the executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles.
May 22, 2014