CFO

William Gerber: Plotting the next big market move with data

The granddaddy of online brokers, TD Ameritrade was founded 30 years ago—before there was any popular use of the Internet to speak of. The company’s introduction of Accutrade for Windows is widely regarded as the first trading software for online investors and marked the beginning of a massive disruption in personal finance. After a string […]

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Arun Nayar: Rethinking business models in the age of big data

Over his 40-year career, Arun Nayar has worked at some of the world’s most successful global corporations, including PepsiCo, Westinghouse and ABB. Lately, the CFO of Tyco, an $11-billion fire protection and security conglomerate, has been thinking it’s time to reimagine the relationships between corporation and customer. Big data, ubiquitous mobile devices and digital networks, […]

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Spencer Rascoff: The road from CFO to CEO

Zillow has risen from dot-com curiosity to game-changing public company over the past six years. During that time, the role of the CFO has evolved in kind, according to CEO Spencer Rascoff. He should know. He was CFO of the Web real-estate company during those early days (and CMO and COO, too). Here, Rascoff discusses […]

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Dominic Caruso: Cost versus investment

Dominic Caruso served as head of finance for several of Johnson & Johnson’s businesses before he became vice president of finance and CFO of the corporation in 2007. Because of that depth of experience, he understands well the company’s decentralized management approach. But now, as J&J seeks to double the number of people it serves […]

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Tracey Rothenberger: Reinventing a company while markets are changing

Ricoh Americas Corporation, a subsidiary of Ricoh Company, Ltd., of Japan, has grown rapidly over the past decade through acquisitions, and is now transitioning from a hardware-led to a services-led business. In Rothenberger’s multiple roles as chief operating officer, chief information officer and chief process improvement officer, he has been one of the primary drivers […]

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Gary Crowe: Becoming more agile in a fast-changing environment

Ricoh Americas Corporation, a subsidiary of Ricoh Company, Ltd., of Japan, has grown rapidly over the past decade through acquisitions that have kept its chief financial officers busy with integration issues. But now the company is transitioning from a hardware-led to a services-led business. Actually, Chief Financial Officer Gary Crowe prefers the term solutions, because, […]

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Mark Buthman: Facilitating and framing issues

Kimberly-Clark has a great tradition of innovation. It pioneered five of the eight consumer product categories where it does business, including facial tissues, training and youth pants, and bathroom tissue. Now the company is under pressure to innovate in the way it does business, too, as it drives an ambitious international expansion. Mark Buthman, who […]

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Fernando A. González: Making a more flexible and efficient organization

Since joining CEMEX in 1989, Fernando González has held several senior management positions, including managing country and regional operations, heading strategic planning, and now serving as chief financial officer. To improve its performance, CEMEX launched a comprehensive transformation process, and as a CFO that is also in charge of administration, González plays a key role […]

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Peter Cole: Marriott’s growth formula: data + a personal touch

Despite a tough business environment for the travel industry, Marriott International, which generates almost $12 billion in revenue in 74 countries under brands that range from The Ritz-Carlton to Residence Inn, has barely missed a step. Lately, the 86-year-old firm is in the middle of an aggressive expansion to add more than 600 new properties […]

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