The Superstar CFO: Optimizing an Increasingly Complex Role

CFO Research Service’s paper examines what extraordinary CFOs do to achieve extraordinary results today—and how they should change to meet future business challenges.


An ideal CFO serves as strategic business counselor, steward of performance and decision-support information, cost controller, and trusted adviser to the CEO.


CFOs who deliver such optimization help achieve great results for their companies and often earn great rewards for themselves. Those who don’t run the risk of falling short of investor expectations and seeing their companies rank at the bottom of their respective peer groups

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