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
Vindi Banga is currently a partner in the private equity firm CD&R and the Chairman of Kalle GmbH.
Sarah Bates is Chairwoman of St James’s Place plc and Polar Capital Technology Trust plc.
Daniel Bernard is Vice-President of CapGemini. He was previously the Chairman of Kingfisher and CEO and Chairman of Carrefour.
Donald Brydon is currently Chairman of London Stock Exchange Group plc and of Sage Group plc.
Donald Brydon CBE
Sir Roger Carr is Chairman of BAE Systems plc. He has been Chairman of Centrica and Cadbury 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.
Laura M Cha
Victor Chu is the Chairman of First Eastern Investment Group, a leading Hong Kong-based international investment firm.
Dr Bertrand Collomb is Honorary Chairman of Lafarge SA.
Dr Bertrand Collomb