The CFO'S Perspective

When & Why to Hire the Right CFO for a Non-Profit Organization

Why do we need a CFO?

The right CFO in place will optimize the returns of your organization’s activities by carefully managing all aspects of your finances.

The CFO role is strategic by nature, creating budgets, analyzing financial statements, and strategically interpreting the data. They provide an active partner to the Executive Director (ED) and bring a forward-looking and proactive stance to managing the organization’s finances.

Whether an organization begins to spiral downward or have high-speed growth, a CFO might be needed to help you respond when decisions are required in a quickly changing financial landscape.

When an Executive Director becomes burdened with too many hats, it limits opportunities.  With a CFO in place, an Executive Director can feel empowered because they have a financial executive who knows how to solve problems and run the organization financially.

The right CFO will bring clarity when you lack detailed financial analysis that is critical to making sound business decisions.

Topics: Non Profit Organizations CFO Hiring Staffing

How Much Overlap Should There be Between the Outgoing & Incoming CFO?

Your CFO has been a part of your organization for many years and is now planning to retire. You have the great fortune to have CFO Selections help you find an outstanding replacement with CFO executive search services or CFO consulting services.

Topics: CFO Hiring Planning Staffing

Finance and Accounting Transaction Support Considerations for Middle-Market Mergers and Acquisitions

Preparation, and expert guidance are key for a successful middle-market business transaction.

READY OR NOT?

Owners and CEOs of middle-market companies may encounter a business acquisition or divestiture opportunity without the benefit of prior transaction experience. Likewise, such organizations may be supported by a finance and accounting function that has not participated in the purchase or sale of a business.

While investment bankers and other advisors are well-positioned to initiate transactions, and provide guidance throughout the process, the company’s own management team – particularly in the area of finance and accounting – may need to be augmented by additional deal-experienced resources.

The assessment by a first-time buyer or seller of the transaction-readiness of its finance and accounting resources is an important step toward achieving the objective of accelerating the completion of a transaction while minimizing the disruption of the underlying business.

The sections that follow identify a number of concepts a first-time middle market buyer or seller may wish to consider in assessing its level of preparedness for a transaction.

Topics: Mergers and Acquisitions

Understanding the Relationship Between a CEO and CFO - the Ultimate Partnership

Some say that CFOs are now more important than CEOs and the financial crisis in 2008 made companies more dependent on CFOs in order to focus on accumulating cash as a brace against further turmoil similar to the credit implosion. A corporate CFO is a professional who must find ways to protect the bottom line while instilling confidence in their company's financial statements. Beyond their financial expertise, CEOs of leading companies are looking for a CFO who can help them manage the business, complement their skills, and offer leadership.

Topics: CFO CEO

When Does a Business Need a CFO?

There is no one better positioned inside a company than the CFO to develop structure from a complex process, and create sustainable financial success in business. The CFO takes their financial expertise and channels it into a strategic leadership role to create financial success for the company and its stakeholders.

Topics: CFO