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The CFO’s Role in Scaling a Hypergrowth Technology Company

CFOs play a vital role in the scaling of any business. Young technology businesses however pose their own unique challenges. Coupling those challenges with hypergrowth results in extraordinary demands on the management of a company. First coined by Alexander V....

The Key to CFO Search & Board Recruitment: Listening with the Ear of the Heart

I had the good fortune of being raised in a family that put a high value on educating the whole person. What I mean by that is that academics were really important, but more important was instilling a sense of curiosity about all things surrounding us: culture,...

Board Recruitment: What CFOs Need to Know to Gain a Seat

Last week I had the privilege of attending a panel discussion about Corporate Board recruitment and strategies for securing a Board seat put on by the Bay Area HR Executives Council, a SHRM affiliate. The event was well attended and the panel, comprised of two CHROs...

An Executive Recruiter’s Advice for the College-Bound

Let me preface this blog by acknowledging that I am not a parent. But I get asked by a lot of parents and occasionally college students about what undergraduates should do to maximize their chances of success in the business world. Here are some objective and...

Stunner: CFO Backs Out of a Signed Offer

Have you ever done this? Or had a CFO candidate do so? In my 20+ years as an executive recruiter I have never heard of nor experienced such behavior. Until now. Is it a sign of just how overheated our market for talent has become? A little backdrop: Our client came to...

The Power of a Professional Network for CFO Search

I recently met with a CEO who is a potential client in need of a new CFO. He is in a name-brand company that most people in technology circles would recognize. He is also one of the most network-connected people I have ever met. Part of the value he brings to his...

Strong Momentum Runs into Significant Headwinds: My 2019 Outlook

2018 wraps up with the strongest employment market in memory. While the stock market took a bit of a dive at year-end, as 2019 springs up so does the Dow. There is definitely a shortage of “been-there-done-that” technology CFOs, but will it matter if companies do not...

Gender Diversity on your Board of Directors and California SB826

New Year’s resolution: diversify? No, it is a mandate. California SB826 demands your attention now to attract a diverse Board of Directors in 2019. New Year’s resolution: get help? Yes, Arnold Partners has the experience and the relationships to help you achieve a...

Weddings and IPOs: A Capital Match

I met with a new client this week who is the CEO in a very exciting technology company that is initiating a CFO search. The company is on a path towards an IPO, so this was a large focus of our conversation. My client is very experienced, having brought a couple of...
Board Recruitment: What CFOs Need to Know to Gain a Seat

Board Recruitment: What CFOs Need to Know to Gain a Seat

Last week I had the privilege of attending a panel discussion about Corporate Board recruitment and strategies for securing a Board seat put on by the Bay Area HR Executives Council, a SHRM affiliate. The event was well attended and the panel, comprised of two CHROs...

An Executive Recruiter’s Advice for the College-Bound

An Executive Recruiter’s Advice for the College-Bound

Let me preface this blog by acknowledging that I am not a parent. But I get asked by a lot of parents and occasionally college students about what undergraduates should do to maximize their chances of success in the business world. Here are some objective and...

Stunner: CFO Backs Out of a Signed Offer

Stunner: CFO Backs Out of a Signed Offer

Have you ever done this? Or had a CFO candidate do so? In my 20+ years as an executive recruiter I have never heard of nor experienced such behavior. Until now. Is it a sign of just how overheated our market for talent has become? A little backdrop: Our client came to...

The Power of a Professional Network for CFO Search

The Power of a Professional Network for CFO Search

I recently met with a CEO who is a potential client in need of a new CFO. He is in a name-brand company that most people in technology circles would recognize. He is also one of the most network-connected people I have ever met. Part of the value he brings to his...

Weddings and IPOs: A Capital Match

Weddings and IPOs: A Capital Match

I met with a new client this week who is the CEO in a very exciting technology company that is initiating a CFO search. The company is on a path towards an IPO, so this was a large focus of our conversation. My client is very experienced, having brought a couple of...

True Grit in the C-Suite, Not on the Range

True Grit in the C-Suite, Not on the Range

In the ever-expanding complexities of the modern world, some things in the field of corporate financial leadership don’t change. A lot has been written about the changing role of the CFO in a technology company over the last few years. From my standpoint, the role has...