As the economy continues to improve, senior-level executives are turning their focus back to the long-term strategic growth of the business. Chief Financial Officers in particular seem to be squarely focused on cutting costs, spending more time and focus managing strategy and risk, and driving value for their organizations. Talent management, revenue growth, and global expansion are primary agenda items within today’s finance departments, and it is these areas that we expect CFOs to target over the coming year. By leveraging their unique position within the organization and using the resources at their disposal, CFOs hold as much opportunity to fuel growth as any other executive within the corporate sphere, and they will continue to play a critical role in the evolution of their organizations in 2014 and beyond.
This survey was developed in connection with an invitation-only event hosted by Consero Group in May 2014 for Chief Financial Officers from Fortune 1000 companies. While the survey was limited to 43 participants, the answers provide valuable insight into the perspective and concerns of this group of senior corporate executives.