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  • A Mentor Makes a Career

    A young accounting manager who didn't see herself as CFO material trusted the judgment of her employer's famous audit committee chairman, and wrote a success story. October 9, 2008

  • Work-life Programs: How the Big Seven Flex

    Employees at audit firms can pretty much write their own work-life script. Here's a roundup of how the seven largest firms approach flexible work arrangements. July 23, 2008

  • Industry-Hopping CFOs Gain an Edge

    To round out your résumé you don't have to go into operations or overseas. Another route: When you have one industry down, move to another. Repeat as needed. July 14, 2008

  • Interest in Exec MBA Programs Surges

    A rocky economy means more executives are heading back to business school — even if their companies won't pay for it. June 13, 2008

  • CFOs Earn Low Marks as Class Instructors

    Their expertise may be in demand at business schools, but finance chiefs often fall flat unless they really work at it, professors say. May 28, 2008

  • Wal-Mart's Michael Fung: Why Internal Auditors Make Good CFOs

    To really know what drives value for a company and understand its business processes, Fung says, there may be no better training ground than internal audit. May 20, 2008

  • Spreadsheet "Worst Practices"

    Here's how finance executives abuse the most-useful of computer programs — and how to do better. May 14, 2008

  • Global Know-how: The Career Imperative

    If you're American, it's relatively easy to get overseas finance experience. If you're not, landing a finance gig in the United States can be tough. But either way, if you want to be a CFO, working abroad is an essential step. April 28, 2008

  • Rare Career Path: CPA, JD, CFO

    How an accountant's detour through law school led him to a dream job in finance. April 23, 2008

  • What's Missing in Controller Education?

    Often, it's the teacher, as online learning takes over. We report on one of the last bastions of classroom training in this area, and examine its advantages. April 15, 2008

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