Arnold Partners Blog

The Shortage of Seasoned CFOs, Silicon Valley and Beyond

The Shortage of Seasoned CFOs, Silicon Valley and Beyond I had the pleasure of meeting with Rob Krolik, the former CFO of Yelp! a couple of weeks ago. As one of the few CFOs to take a company from less than $100MM in revenue to nearly $1B, with a...

Economic and Employment Outlook

Economic and Employment Outlook for 2018 (i.e. How Long is the Commute?)—and Impact on CFO Demand It’s not just the CFO market that is RED HOT in Silicon Valley, it’s the entire economy. According to the California State Employment Development Department,...

Have you ever been presented with a counter offer?

The Dreaded Counter Offer Have you ever been presented with a counter offer after resigning a position? Or, have you presented a counter offer to an employee who resigned? Let me clearly state that one should (almost) never accept a counter offer, and why companies as...

Successful On-Boarding in the C-suite

Successful On-Boarding in the C-suite In celebrating the end of another successful year here at Arnold Partners, I gave thought to what happens once we shake off the satisfaction of completing a search, and the real work begins for our clients and placed candidates....

For CEOs and CFO Candidates: The Importance of an Exacting “Spec” in Executive Recruiting

If you’re a CFO candidate, how many times have you seen a job specification and only casually glanced at it? I had a CFO candidate tell me just the other day that he had no reason to read the spec, because, as he said: “I already know very well what a CFO does.” I’ll...

The 5 Most Important Questions to Ask When Hiring an Executive Search Consultant

As the leading independent CFO executive search consultant, I’m interviewed about my search process and approach to search by prospective clients many times a year. But frequently I’m not asked some of the questions that I know to be the most critical, based on my 20+...

When to Hire a CFO? At Each Stage of Growth.

Recently my friendly competitor and colleague Cliff Scheffel published a white paper titled, “When is the right time for a tech startup to hire a CFO?” What I really liked about his report, which was co-written by Jeff Epstein of Bessemer Ventures, is that it gives...

How to Find the Right CFO, the Right Way, Right Away

My CEO clients are always asking me, “How long will it take to find a CFO, Dave?” By industry standards, an executive-level search takes between four and five months to complete, on average. This is backed by search industry statistics, as well as data from our...

A Great CFO Search Consultant: A Head Above “Headhunter”

When you think of the word “headhunter,” what comes to mind? I generally have a distaste for the cannibalistic title as it engenders a scene of a crowded, bullpen-type work environment with individuals working furiously to fill open job orders—like the penny stock...

Economic and Employment Outlook

Economic and Employment Outlook for 2018 (i.e. How Long is the Commute?)—and Impact on CFO Demand It’s not just the CFO market that is RED HOT in Silicon Valley, it’s the entire economy. According to the California State Employment Development Department,...

Have you ever been presented with a counter offer?

The Dreaded Counter Offer Have you ever been presented with a counter offer after resigning a position? Or, have you presented a counter offer to an employee who resigned? Let me clearly state that one should (almost) never accept a counter offer, and why companies as...

Successful On-Boarding in the C-suite

Successful On-Boarding in the C-suite In celebrating the end of another successful year here at Arnold Partners, I gave thought to what happens once we shake off the satisfaction of completing a search, and the real work begins for our clients and placed candidates....

When to Hire a CFO? At Each Stage of Growth.

Recently my friendly competitor and colleague Cliff Scheffel published a white paper titled, “When is the right time for a tech startup to hire a CFO?” What I really liked about his report, which was co-written by Jeff Epstein of Bessemer Ventures, is that it gives...

How to Find the Right CFO, the Right Way, Right Away

My CEO clients are always asking me, “How long will it take to find a CFO, Dave?” By industry standards, an executive-level search takes between four and five months to complete, on average. This is backed by search industry statistics, as well as data from our...