The CFO plays an increasingly important role in the boardroom and the success of the company. The incumbent assumes a complex set of accountabilities with line responsibility to the CEO but an impartial and objective duty to the Board. This requires a sophisticated set of cognitive, behavioural and relationship skills unlike in any other role. An example of a key issue for CFOs is how to stay committed and loyal as a member of the management team, whilst being an objective commentator in relations with the Non-Executives. These vital skills can be honed by mentoring and CMi has developed bespoke programmes for future or recently appointed Chief Financial Officers.
Mentoring for CFOs often encompasses such topics as: dealing with the Board on issues of strategy, crisis management, information flow and control; relationships with the Non-Executive Directors; relationship with the CEO in the boardroom and outside; relationship with the Audit Committee chair and members; the external and internal audit function; interaction with investors, analysts and media; portfolio issues: M&A opportunities, hostile takeover bids, welcome and unwelcome approaches from competitors, private equity and investment bankers; and building valuable networks.
Many of CMi’s Chairmen Mentors are former CFOs of large international companies, with listings in Europe and the US, and have substantial experience and wisdom to share.
An unrivalled team of individuals with expertise across almost all business sectors and with experience of most business situations.
Our Mentors serve or have served on boards spanning 33 countries
Thomas Thune Andersen is Chairman of Lloyd's Register Group, UK, as well as Orsted A/S. Previously he was President and CEO Maersk Inc.
Thomas Thune Andersen
Vindi Banga's current appointments include Senior Non-Executive Director on the Board of GlaxoSmithKline plc and the Confederation of British Industry.
Sarah Bates is Chairman of Polar Capital Technology Trust plc and Merian Global Investors (UK) Limited (Old Mutual Global Investors (UK) Limited).
Daniel Bernard is Vice Chairman of CapGemini and Permanent Representative on the Board of Peugeot SA. He was previously the Chairman of Kingfisher and CEO and Chairman of Carrefour.
Sir Donald Brydon is currently Chairman of Sage Group plc. He was previously Chairman of London Stock Exchange.
Sir Donald Brydon CBE
Sir Roger Carr is Chairman of BAE Systems plc. He has been Chairman of Centrica plc, Cadbury plc and President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
Sir Roger Carr
Laura Cha is a member of the Executive Council of the Government of Hong Kong.
Victor Chu is the Chairman of First Eastern Investment Group, a leading Hong Kong-based international investment firm.