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How do you define yourself?

When asked what a CFO does, how do you explain it? Three sentences only.

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Keith Perry
Title: Consulting CFO and Business Operations A..
Company: Growth Accelerator
(Consulting CFO and Business Operations Advisor, Growth Accelerator) |

I provide the information and infrastructure to enable the development of value and the delivery of said to the customer; from providing for resources to hire, develop product to legally manage the system, and measure the value invested and delivered so that profit and growth can be controlled and maximized.

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Regis Quirin
Title: Director of Finance
Company: Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP
LinkedIn Profile
(Director of Finance, Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP) |

Financial Executive with proven success at identifying profit strategies, discovering cost savings opportunities, identifying risks and implementing controls. Assist company owners by providing the critical data and analysis needed to make informed financial management decisions. Strong reputation for developing partnerships with functional leaders to effectively bridge the gap between Finance and key areas of the organization, i.e. Operations, Accounting, Technology, Marketing.

Anonymous User
Title: CFO
Company: Local Government Agency
(CFO, Local Government Agency) |

The "conscious" of the organization.

(Agent, JKS Solutions, Inc.) |

Accounting Super Hero

Topic Expert
Regis Quirin
Title: Director of Finance
Company: Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP
LinkedIn Profile
(Director of Finance, Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP) |

I have read many of Valerie's posts. Her self-definition is accurate.

Ken Stumder
Title: Finance Director / Controller
Company: Ken Stumder, CPA
(Finance Director / Controller, Ken Stumder, CPA) |

I'm not speaking about myself since I'm not a CFO, but taking a stab at "When asked what a CFO does, how do you explain it?"

Able to be the bridge between finance and operations, a shrewd negotiator who projects confidence and restraint. Strong powers of persuasion. The conscience of the organization, keeping the company on the right side of compliance issues while also being an continuous optimist and staunchly supportive of the company's investment of resources - because (s)he helped shape said investment strategy. Agile when things do not go according to plan.

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