The role of the Chief Financial Officer and its recent evolution has been a topic of fascination within the business community for years now. Catalyzed by a fast-paced, digitally enabled marketplace, the modern CFO has grown from financial expert and bookkeeper into a much more strategic, dynamic player on the executive team, and an advisor to the entire business. Given these changes, how has the CFO’s relationship with the CEO changed? Which other executives are CFOs collaborating the most closely with? What will the CFO of the future be most focused on? And what impact do all of these factors have on the future of the role?
Argyle Executive Forum, in partnership with Host Analytics, surveyed leading CFOs across the U.S. on these topics to better understand how the role of the CFO will continue to evolve. Amidst the many focuses that emerged — fostering innovation, attracting talent, partnering with the CEO, helping other employees understand financial objectives — one imperative emerged the most clearly: driving growth. Read on to explore the data and understand what factors are driving the CFO to support growth within the organization.