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Chief Financial Officers

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Experience in lower level management positions of increasing responsibility (such as chief accountant, treasurer, controller, etc.) is required to become a CFO. As companies struggle to compete in today’s competitive marketplace, CFOs increasingly need a more eclectic range of experience. “Today’s most effective CFOs are those that have a breadth of business experience in addition to finance—from operations management, to business development, to even Information Technology and human resources,” according to Changing Economy/Evolving CFO, a report from the finance and accounting staffing firm Accounting Principles.

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