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CFO Interviews from CFO Rising West 2008

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CFO Interviews at Rising West 2008

Al Drewes

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Al Drewes - Change Agents

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Pepsi Bottling Group's CFO, Al Drewes, on how finance is changing along with shifts in the business

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Al Drewes - Creating Goodwill

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Pepsi Bottling Group CFO Al Drewes on how to manage the two sides of the CFO role

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Al Drewes - Early Warning Signs

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Pepsi Bottling Group saw the economy slipping well before the current crisis, says CFO Al Drewes.

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Al Drewes - Looking Ahead

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How Pepsi Bottling Group is dealing with the uncertainty of 2009

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Al Drewes - On the Balance Beam

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CFOs really can be both strategic and control-oriented. Here's how, according to Pepsi Bottling Group CFO Al Drewes.

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Al Drewes - The CFO as Therapist

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Pepsi Bottling Group finance chief Al Drewes says employees and fellow executives are turning to their CFOs for guidance in the current economic crisis.

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Charlie Niemeier

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Charlie Niemeier - Convergence or Capitulation

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PCAOB member Charles Niemeier explains why he opposes the SEC's plan to move the United States to international accounting standards.

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Charlie Niemeier - Foreign Influence

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The European Union currently wields too much influence over international accounting standards, says PCAOB member Charles Niemeier.

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Charlie Niemeier - Speed Kills

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PCAOB member Charles Niemeier says artificial deadlines risk damaging global accounting standards and explains why principles will never entirely replace rules.

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David Walker

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David Walker - Darker Future

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Unless we make tough choices, our economic future will not be as bright as its past, warns David Walker, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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David Walker - Defense Strategy

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The next President must demand accountability by the military, warns David Walker, the U.S. Comptroller General from 1998 to 2008.

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David Walker - Desperately Seeking Leadership

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Washington has succumbed to economic "laggardship", warns David Walker, the former U.S. Comptroller General

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David Walker - Edge of an Abyss

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America's economic future rests on politicians who put country ahead of careers, says David Walker, former comptroller of the United States.

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David Walker - Team of Rivals

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Bipartisan efforts can restore America's economic future, says David Walker, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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David Walker - Truth a Casualty

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Founding fathers never intended to make politics a career, says David Walker, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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David Walker - Wake Up America

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Determined to avert a super subprime crisis, the former chief auditor, David Walker, has taken his show on the road.

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Ed Trott

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Ed Trott - A Sordid Tale

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Efforts to converge U.S. and international accounting standards went awry as a result of political interference, says former FASB member Ed Trott.

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Ed Trott - Saving Accounting

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Ed Trott, former FASB member, argues that efforts to converge U.S. and international accounting standards must be returned to a measured pace as part of a larger review of regulation in the United States.

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Ed Trott - The IFRS Backlash

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Former FASB member Ed Trott explains why he opposes the SEC's plan to switch the United States from U.S. GAAP to international financial reporting standards.

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Ed Trott - The Birth of IFRS

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Former FASB member Ed Trott recounts the history of international accounting standards development.

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Frank Calderoni

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Frank Calderoni - The Virtual Close

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How Cisco finance executives around the world work together to close the books in four hours

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Frank Calderoni - IFRS Too Soon to Tell

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How Cisco is addressing international financial reporting standards

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Frank Calderoni - The CFO Has His Day

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Cisco finance chief Frank Calderoni says now is a great time to be a CFO

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Frank Calderoni - The Talent Crunch

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Cisco CFO Frank Calderoni says challenging his staff helps keep them at the company.

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Frank Calderoni - The CFO as Strategic Partner

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Cisco CFO Frank Calderoni on how finance executives can balance controls and strategy

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Jerry Boerner

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Jerry Boerner : Finance and IT, A Tenuous Marriage

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Jerry Boerner, executive director of finance at AT&T mobility, explains that finance and technology teams think differently. While they may not always get along, they must put differences and blame aside in order to move the company forward.

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Jerry Boerner : The Future of Financial Reporting

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Jerry Boerner, executive director of finance at AT&T mobility, explains Project Mercury, the company's new financial reporting system. The project has made it possible for AT&T to have information on the profitability of each of its 70 million customers.

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Jerry Boerner : The Power of Knowledge

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Jerry Boerner, executive director of finance at AT&T mobility, discusses how a better understanding of the firm's customers makes the company more flexible and competitive in the wireless marketplace.

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Mark Ellis

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Mark Ellis - A Better "Little GAAP"

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Michael C. Fina CFO Mark Ellis says IFRS offers an alternative to U.S. GAAP, which he says is increasingly too unwieldy for smaller, private companies.

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Mark Ellis - A Smaller World

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Michael C. Fina CFO Mark Ellis says banks, accounting firms, and the market itself will push the United States to follow the rest of the world in moving to IFRS

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Mark Ellis - IFRS is Inevitable

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Mark Ellis, CFO of Michael C. Fina, explains why he believes IFRS will be useful for smaller, private companies, and why he thinks conversion to those standards is inevitable.

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Mark Snell

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Mark Snell - A Failure of Regulation

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CFO Mark Snell of Sempra Energy applies lessons from utility deregulation to the current banking crisis, and discusses the basics of risk management.

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Mark Snell - Light at the End of the Tunnel

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Mark Snell, CFO of Sempra Energy, explains why sometimes your greatest career setbacks turn out to be great opportunities.

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Mark Snell - Pick Big Banks

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Sempra Energy CFO Mark Snell discusses the impact of the current financial crisis on access to credit, and what the long-term impact on banking relationships will be.

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Mark Snell - Sustaining Sustainability

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Will environmental initiatives be hurt by a lack of funding? Yes, but only in the short-term, says Sempra Energy CFO Mark Snell.

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Peter Mondani

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Peter Mondani - Finance Training

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GE's Peter Mondani shares the key ingredients to a successful finance training program

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Peter Mondani - Generation Gap

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GE's Peter Mondani on the challenges of training new college grads and more experienced hires

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Peter Mondani - How GE Does It

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Peter Mondani, vice president of human resources and finance, describes GE's famous finance training program

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Peter Mondani - Movin' On Up

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How GE trains its finance staff through rotations around the company and around the world

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Peter Mondani - Staying Current

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GE will make some changes to its finance training program to reflect the economy and the changes in finance regulation, says Peter Mondani, the company's vice president of human resources and finance.

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CFO Interviews from CFO Rising East 2008

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CFO Interviews from CFO Rising 2008

Advice for the President

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President Answers, Part I

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Five prominent CFOs tell CFO.com what advice they have for the next President of the United States.

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President Answers, Part II

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Five Prominent CFO's tell CFO.com what advice they have for the President of the United States.

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President Answers, Part III

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Video of top 5 CFO's describing next steps for the future US President.

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Bryan Proctor

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Seize the Moment

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Heidrick & Struggles recruiter Bryan Proctor descries the types of skills and connections that can help finance professionals survive and even prosper during the financial downturn.

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Bryan Proctor

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Recruiter Bryan Proctor of Heidrick & Struggles explains why the economic downturn and the high rate of CFO turnover may actually be signs of opportunity for finance professionals.

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David Elkins, AstraZeneca

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Is M&A the Cure for Pharma?

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David Elkins, VP and CFO of AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Inc., discusses the difficulties facing the pharmaceutical industry and how mergers and acquisitions can help with research and development.

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The Right Compound

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Mergers can have some bad side effects. David Elkins, CFO of AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, explains some of the pitfalls, and how to guard against a bad deal.

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Jerry York

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Jerry York on Finance

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Famed finance chief Jerry York, former CFO of IBM and Chrysler, talks about why finance fascinates him, how his own career developed, and what <i>he</i> would look for when hiring a CFO today.

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Big Blue & Bigger Blues

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Jerry York recalls how Lou Gerstner picked him to be CFO of a moribund IBM, and explains why he thinks the current credit crisis will cause the worst recession of his 46-year career.

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"Cash, Cash, Cash"

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Jerry York, former CFO of IBM and Chrysler, gives CFOs his advice for weathering these tough economic times.

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John Richardson, Qwest

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Dueling with Debt

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Can a company tackle debt without ticking off its customers? CFO John Richardson explains how Qwest Communications slashed costs without sacrificing customer satisfaction.

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From Tires to Telecoms

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John Richardson, CFO of Qwest Communications, explains how it took a team from Goodyear to get the struggling telecommunication giant's balance sheet on the road to recovery.

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Keith Hall

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My Board is Driving Me Nuts

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Keith Hall, former CFO at Lending Tree and three other public companies, and a current director on three boards, talks about how to manage the inevitable tensions between boards and CFOs.

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The Devil is in the Details

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Ex-Lending Tree CFO Keith Hall, now a director on three boards, explains why boards should stay out of the weeds, and how CFOs should focus board presentations on the big picture.

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Kurt Kuehn, UPS

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New Shades of Brown

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CFO Kurt Kuehn talks about how UPS changed both it's capital structure and it's corporate mission after it went public.

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When to say No, When to Say Grow

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UPS CFO Kurt Kuehn discusses the difficulty of promoting growth, bringing realism to dealmaking, and convincing investors of the value of a 'fixer-upper.'

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The Making of a CFO

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CFO Kurt Kuehn, who started his career at UPS as a driver, explains why his stints in investor relations and sales and marketing helped him become a better finance chief.

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Tim Koegel

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How to Be a Great Presenter, Part I

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Tim Koegel, author of "The Exceptional Presenter", explains why almost every moment of your business day is a critical presentation, and how to improve your skills.

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How to Be a Great Presenter, Part II

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Tim Koegel, author of "The Exceptional Presenter ", gives CFOs simple tips for keeping an audience engaged, whether in the office, on an earnings call, or in front large groups of investors.

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Tom Kolder, Crist Associates

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Cash is Not King

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Recruiter Tom Kolder explains that today's CFOs value intellectual stimulation, professional growth, and risk aversion over a big pay hike.

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Jacks of All Trades

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Today's CFOs must be highly skilled at activities as diverse as communicating with shareholders, managing operations, and P&L leadership, says recruiter Tom Kolder.

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In the Eye of the Storm

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Recruiter Tom Kolder of Crist Associates explains how and why CFOs' careers have become even more volatile than those of CEOs.

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Vijay Govindarajan, Tuck School of Business

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The Upside of Recession

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An economic downturn can be an opportunity for companies to innovate and correct bad habits, says Vijay Govindarajan, a professor at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business.

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The Only Way to Grow

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Emerging markets are the future for American business, says Vijay Govindarajan of Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business. Here's how CFOs can capitalize on them.

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The Value of Crazy Ideas

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Vijay Govindarajan of Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business, discusses why part of your strategic planning should have nothing to do with your current business.

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