Communication skills key for ambitious CFOs, says search firm

Ambitious CFOs must now possess a far greater range of skills than before, including being effective with investors and the media.
Nick Evans, managing partner at Odgers Berndtson
Nick Evans, managing partner at Odgers Berndtson

The stereotype of the CFO spending his days hidden from the limelight, as the CEO represents the company to the media and investors, has been consigned to the history books. These days, to work in a high-profile firm a treasurer needs to cut a far more comprehensive CV.

“Communication is probably the vital skill now,” said Nick Evans, managing partner at executive search firm, Odgers Berndtson, in Hong Kong, of the skills required by CFOs in modern companies. “CFOs do not operate in darkened rooms anymore crunching the numbers they are at the forefront of an organisation’s external and internal communication. The best CFOs are comfortable in...

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