As Seen in CFO Studio Magazine Q3 2016 Issue
THE WINNERS OF THE 2016 CFO INNOVATION AWARDS SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS ON STAYING AHEAD OF THE CURVE
Innovators are men and women who make a difference in their chosen endeavors. Through their energy, leadership, identification of opportunities and risks, big thinking, unwavering dedication, and farsightedness, the 12 CFOs being honored this year are bettering 12 companies or tax-exempt organizations. Their bold actions have brought increased resources and/or respect to their employers. We asked each of the winners what they would say about CFOs as innovators. Several spoke about creating or carrying forward the company’s strategy. Others mentioned getting the most from their team. What these CFOs do every day is not unique, but it is highly successful because they have clear goals, leadership agility, and a plan for dealing with risk.
CFO SUCCESS AWARD- FINANCE DEPARTMENT
The CFO who has driven enhanced financial performance across the financial function and/or finance department of the organization. The judges looked for accomplishments specifically in finance, as opposed to across the whole company.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, PINNACLE FOODS
“A CFO focusing on innovation ensures that the finance function is heavily involved in the strategic decision-making of the business. He or she partners with the key leaders in the business to help drive decisions that have the best financial consequences. [While the CFO is focused on innovating the finance function,] the CFO’s team works tirelessly with other functions to support and guide them to make the best decisions possible.”
FINALISTS FOR CFO SUCCESS AWARD- FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Vince Abate, Chief Financial Officer, Metem Corporation
Anthony Conte, Chief Financial Officer, EPAM Systems
Jeffrey Dale, Chief Financial Officer, Federal Reserve Office of Employee Benefits
Cheryl Marks Young, Chief Financial Officer, Easter Seals New Jersey