With more than 30 years of experience as a chief financial officer, Bruce
Describe your career path for us, including your advice along the way for other CFOs interested in this progression.
From accounting and financial reporting to analysis and treasury, my career has always been on a finance path. Throughout the past 15 years, I have served as CFO to three very exciting and fast growing companies, for which innovative technologies have played a lead role.
As for my advice, it is important to realize that you can always add value to your organization. Because today’s companies need CFOs with a variety of skill sets, relying on all of your experience will help to guide your business. Whether your expertise is in finance, capital markets, or operations, your contributions to your CEO and your board are valuable resources for directing and strengthening your company.
What’s exciting for you as a CFO? What do you enjoy the most about your profession?
For me, the most exciting part of being a CFO is the absence of boundaries and limits. Getting involved in every aspect of a business is very rewarding and it is gratifying to be able to provide advice from a financial perspective. What I find most enjoyable is working on a variety of projects within all areas of an organization.
What’s the one thing that you could do without as a CFO?
The level of detailed review combined with the monthly cycle of financial statements can be tedious and those are definitely responsibilities that I could do without.
The CFO/Board landscape changes all the time. How do you keep yourself educated on the latest developments that affect your profession?
Staying up-to-date in the industry takes work, but social media certainly does a great job of presenting us with current events and trends. And, just as important, additional learning opportunities can be found while attending educational events, sharing professional experiences with peers, and asking mentors for advice.
Describe your ‘Aha!’ moment or a crowning achievement to your career.
Some of the greatest moments in my career have been witnessing the achievements of my direct reports. By ultimately striving to have one of my team players take my job, I feel that my role as a mentor allows me to share my knowledge and experience in a way that is truly beneficial. It is a great feeling to watch one of my staff members move to the role of CFO, either as my successor or as a new hire at a different company.
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