Arnold Partners Blog

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...

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...

CFO Recruiting vs. Data Digging

I recently added a new question for my CEOs when we kick off a CFO search. It is simple, but is proving to be very helpful: What is it you do not like about executive recruiters you have worked with, or about the process? Mike Farley, the Founder of Tile, Inc. sat...

“Unconscious Bias” in the Hiring Process

Until I read the “Smarter Living” column in a recent  New York Times, I did not know there was such a thing as “unconscious bias.” But after reading about it, I knew I had some learning to do. Not only for my own take-aways for “smarter living” in my personal life,...

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...