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Is this backstabbing?


"Is it ever appropriate for the CFO to bypass the CEO and communicate directly with the Board?"

This question was asked at a recent webinar, now available on-demand:

"The Role Finance Plays in the Boardroom"

Please add your thoughts about it below. Thanks!


Topic Expert
Blair Cook
Title: Partner
Company: Executive Finance
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(Partner, Executive Finance) |

Ever? Yes. Normally? No.

Situations where you bypass the CEO:

1. You suspect fraud or a breach of the code of ethics by the CEO.

2. The boards request is a of a routine inquiry, say an explanation for a variance. However, you should still cc the CEO on your response.

3. The CFO and the Audit Committee chair should have an ongoing relationship to deal with any financial matters or audit issues that arise. This typically doesn't require the CEO involvement (but nor does this interaction extend to the whole board)


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