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首席财务官的职权越来越大,原因何在?

Lisa Marie Segarra 2018年11月08日

为了企业发展,首席财务官必须越来越多地参与到各类业务当中。

当今的首席财务官并不只是和钱打交道。是的,他们基本上仍是以财务为主,毕竟头衔就是这么说的,然而为了获得成功,首席财务官必须越来越多地参与到各类业务当中。

本周一,《财富》最具影响力的商界女性国际峰会在蒙特利尔拉开帷幕,四位首席财务官展开了对话,她们是加拿大皇家银行资本市场的帕提·舒加特、枫叶体育娱乐公司的辛西娅·帝万、设计公司斯坦泰克的特丽莎·让,以及美敦力公司的凯伦·帕克希尔。尽管来自于不同的行业,但这些高管们一致认为:首席财务官的职责正在向大而全的方向转变,公、私营领域的公司皆是如此。

首席财务官如今介入了数字转型举措、网络安全和整体业务策略。而且随着公司关注重点的变化,这些领域也将随之扩大。

让指出,“当我想起首席财务官的职责时,真正浮现在我脑海中而且发生变化的是:有一种力量一直推动着我们留意在传统意义上本不属于财务范畴的业务。我在参加投资者会议时发现,投资者希望知道,‘公司有哪些多元化和包容性政策?你是怎么做的?你都会跟踪哪些指标?’10年前,我不会遇到这类问题。”

人们对业务数字的关注点也发生了变化。尽管首席财务官和投资者此前更关注每个季度的业绩和实现短期增长,但目前又出现了一个新的关注点:可持续发展和实现长期目标。

帕克希尔说:“实际上,首席财务官的职责是确保实现公司的长期可持续发展以及帮助公司获得成功。这样做的话,首席财务官便会介入几乎所有与长期成功有关的事务。成功通常都是用财务业绩、数据和统计信息来衡量。而作为首席财务官,我们的业绩也得依靠数据、统计信息和财务业绩。综上所述,首席财务官职责范畴远超过财务报告的原因也就一目了然了。”(财富中文网)

译者:Pessy

审校:夏林

The chief financial officers of today aren’t just about dollars. Yes, they’re still focused largely on the financial—it’s in the title after all—but in order to be successful, they must increasingly be involved in all parts of the business.

Fortune’s Most Powerful Women International Summit in Montreal kicked off Monday with a conversation among four CFOs: Patti Shugart of RBC Capital Markets, Cynthia Devine of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Theresa Jang of Stantec, and Karen Parkhill of Medtronic. Despite their varied industries, the executives agreed on one thing— the CFO role is evolving into an all-encompassing position within both public and private companies.

CFOs are now involved in digital transitioning efforts, cybersecurity, and overall business strategies. And as priorities change, those areas are growing as well.

“What really comes to mind as I think about the role of CFO and what’s evolved is this drive for us to actually be aware of what traditionally would have been not a financial matter. I sit in meetings with investors and they want to know, ‘What’s your diversity and inclusivity policy? How are you doing? What are the metrics that you’re tracking?’ Ten years ago I wouldn’t have had that conversation,” Jang noted.

The numbers side of business has also taken a turn. While CFOs and investors were previously more focused on each quarter and achieving short-term growth, there’s a new emphasis on sustainability and meeting long-term goals.

“The CFO is really a role where we’re focused on ensuring that we drive the long-term sustainability and success of our company,” Parkhill said. “In doing so, you get involved in almost everything when you’re looking at the long-term success. Success is often measured in financial performance and in data and statistics. And the CFO role, we thrive on data and statistics and financial performance. That’s why the role has evolved to be something far greater than just financial reporting.”

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