If you had to use one word to describe Jack McCullough’s professional path it would be “versatility.” Like an executive Swiss Army knife, he brings lots of tools to the job. He’s run finance organizations, led business development initiatives, and served as an entrepreneur and CEO. Most recently Jack added author to his list of accomplishments, publishing his first book, “Secrets of Rockstar CFOs.” His expertise encompasses strategy, operations, finance, human resources, sales, and marketing.
When he began his career with a global CPA firm Jack enjoyed his work but knew he wanted to enhance his leadership skills. That goal inspired him to enroll in the MBA program at MIT Sloan School of Management, which he credits with opening up many new opportunities for him.
As a CFO Jack became more involved in strategy and leadership. He quickly learned the importance of building relationships with venture capitalists and other investors, as well as about holding fast to an ethical compass, an issue that remains important today.
When the idea of creating the CFO Leadership Council took root, Jack was a member of the Boston Alumni Club at MIT Sloan. He co-founded the MIT Sloan CFO Summit, a one-day conference featuring MIT faculty and some of the best CFOs and thought leaders in the world. He recognized the tremendous value that could come out of bringing CFO’s together regularly to discuss the changing professional landscape. He created the CFO Leadership Council to build a stronger community, foster professional relationships, and share resources. Today the CFO Leadership Council has approximately 2000 members, 27 chapters, and it’s still growing.
As a recognized thought leader, Jack is often called by members of the media, who appreciate his insights, candor and wit. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, CNBC, and CFO Magazine, among others. Reporters have sought his expertise on a range of topics from artificial intelligence, capital markets, team building and strategic finance.
Of all his professional accomplishments the role of mentor is the one that is most dear to his heart. Over the years he has successfully guided and empowered dozens of up and coming CFO’s on their path, and it is what he loves most about his work. Whether he is offering career advice, talking through challenges, or making an impactful introduction, encouraging others along their path is his all-time favorite professional activity.
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