The Changing Role of the CFO and Controller

From Financial Analysis to Business Operations, the Influence of CPAs in Corporate Finance Continues to Grow

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  • James Caruso, CPA

    CFO as Consigliere

    A CFO should be an adviser, counselor, and confidant to the CEO – a consigliere or chief of staff. What are the attributes that make CFOs good advisers? Find out as this blog discusses those attributes as highlighted in Richard Hytner's Consiglieri: Leading from the Shadows and Chris Whipple's The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency.
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  • Robert Morgan

    Data Transformation: Rethinking Financial and Operational Reporting

    Many organizations, having come to understand how much effort goes into producing and distributing financial and operational reports, are starting to rethink the processes. Seeing the need for change, some are undertaking what is known as a financial and operational data transformation initiative.
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  • John Fidler

    Make the Transition from CFO to CEO

    Many CPAs may think achieving the chief financial officer (CFO) position will be the pinnacle of their career, but that shouldn't be the case. The strongest CEOs are those who are the most fiscally responsible, so the move from CFO to CEO should be thought of as a natural progression.
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Pennsylvania CPA Journal

  • Five Valuation Questions When Planning Your Succession

    Valuation is critical when preparing for a business transition, whether it’s an acquisition by an outside party or a transfer of ownership to a family member or key employee. Valuation is a broad and subjective concept, and critical factors can be interpreted differently. This can lead to a disparity in valuation opinions. As such, it is important to start the valuation process with a solid understanding of the fundamental concepts.
  • Sustainability Reporting Gaining Traction

    Sustainability reporting, or social accountability as it is sometimes called, is receiving increased attention. It has been defined as encouraging companies to go beyond their legal responsibilities to invest in and improve their human capital, physical environment, and relations with diverse stakeholders. In this column, we look at the importance of social accountability in the minds of corporate leaders, review the research that investigates the performance of companies that embrace sustainability reporting, and discuss disclosure frameworks.
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  • Managing an Effective Whistleblower Investigation

    In this podcast, Steven G. Blum, CPA, CFE, principal with Control Risks Group in Washington, D.C., and a member of the Pennsylvania CPA Journal Editorial Board, previews his feature from the summer 2021 Pennsylvania CPA Journal. Blum offers tips for helping companies manage thorough whistleblower investigations, including having an established process in place and effectively responding to allegations.
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  • Dissecting the Role of the Organizational Adviser

    In a preview of his presentation at the March 18-19 PICPA CFOs and Controllers Conference, “CFO Whisperer” David Axson, a CFO strategist and adviser, joins us to discuss the role of the organizational advisor. We also touch on how COVID-19 has shaped the function as well as the future for finance professionals.
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A/R and A/P: Effective Management Techniques Webinar

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Communicating Financial Information to Non-Accountants Webinar

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Cases in Corporate Ethics: Discuss Real Life Conflicts Webinar

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Making Internal Audit an Asset for the CFO Webinar

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Shorten Month-End: Closing Best Practices Webinar

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Ethics: How to Build and Keep Your A-Team Webinar

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Avoiding Death by PowerPoint: Creating Better Presentations Webinar

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Debt or Equity: Which Will Your Organization Need Next? Webinar

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CFO Series - August 2021 Webinar Bundle Webinar

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The CFO Who Went to Prison Webinar

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Want that Promotion? We'll Show You How! Webinar

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Effective Networking: Take Control of Your Career Webinar

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Delivering Bad News? Don't Be the Messenger Who Gets Shot! Webinar

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Advanced Negotiations: Beyond Getting to Yes Webinar

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Lessons in Leadership: Confessions of a Mompreneur Webinar

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Critical Thinking for Financial Professionals Webinar

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Corporate Ethics Cases in Diversity and Inclusion Webinar

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Motivating the Right Way - Get the Most From Your Staff! Webinar

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CFO Series: Microsoft 365 Apps- Teams, SharePoint & OneDrive Webinar

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