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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
Leadership in Treasury: Darren McCallon, Treasurer of TrueBlue
In the latest installment of the Leadership in Treasury series, Darren McCallon, vice president of finance and treasurer of TrueBlue in Seattle, reveals how he successfully transitioned from staff to management.
May 21, 2014
Enabling CFOs to See the Strategic Value of Treasury
Many CFOs are still unaware of the strategic value of treasury, members of AFP’s Treasury Advisory Group noted at their latest meeting. And because of the excessive turnover at the CFO level throughout the business world in recent years, treasury departments are striving to demonstrate the value they bring to their organizations.
May 20, 2014
AFP Launches Certified Corporate FP&A Professional Credential
AFP has officially launched its Certified Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis Professional (“FP&A”) credential, the first-of-its-kind certification program specifically for FP&A executives. The launch coincides with the introduction of the first class of certified FP&A professionals.
May 20, 2014
CFO Coach: The Evolution of Interviewing
Technology has evolved the interviewing process. Video interviewing will create seamless conversations via technology that will dramatically change the hiring landscape.
May 15, 2014
Ten Steps to Successful Presentations
So, you’ve been asked to give a presentation? Perhaps—for the first time—to senior management or even the board of directors? These steps will take you from content selection to post-delivery feedback. You’ll be able to give better presentations and get better results.
May 09, 2014
Bottom Line: Leadership Milestones
This path is based upon the actual careers of several recently appointed corporate treasurers. Expect a few twists and turns along the way.
May 09, 2014
Finding Finance Potential Beyond the Résumé
As a treasury and finance leader looking to acquire top talent, you need to know if the person you bring on board will be driven to succeed and work seamlessly inside your company’s culture. This won’t happen unless their strengths are identified and put to use.
May 07, 2014
AFP Canadian Forum Preview: Amber MacArthur on Social Media
Attendees of the AFP Canadian Forum in Toronto this June are going to get a crash course on social media trends and best practices from one of Canada’s foremost experts, Amber MacArthur, president of Konnekt Digital Engagements. She recently spoke with AFP about her upcoming forum session.
Apr 29, 2014