Arnold Partners Blog

Confidential CFO and VP Finance Recruiting During the Pandemic

Without exception, my conversations with executives all begin or end with, “What strange times we are living in at the moment,” or something similar. No one seems to be able to make sense of the big picture right now. From what I have read, it is because we are not...

Networking your way into a new executive position in 2020

With your newly crafted executive resume in hand, it’s time to get to work on getting the right people to see it and invite you for an interview. Again, the goal of the resume is just that: to open doors to a conversation about new opportunities for you as a...

The Meaning of Numbers in CFO and Board Search

The work I do finding exceptional CFO and Board Members for my tech and life sciences clients is not exactly steeped in numbers. It is more about communication and networking. Sure, there are metrics that I use to measure my business, but they are not nearly as...

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...
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...

CFO Recruiting vs. Data Digging

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

“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

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?

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

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....