Career Tracks

Where CFOs got their start.
Kate O'SullivanNovember 1, 2004

What is the best path to becoming a CFO? And which companies have produced the most finance executives?

To find out, we traced the career tracks of the Fortune 100 CFOs and other well-known finance leaders. The results, not surprisingly, were mixed.

Some finance chiefs simply found a company and stuck with it, climbing the ladder from finance trainee to finance leader. But for others, the stops were many and varied. The record? Honeywell’s David Anderson, with nine different companies on his resume.

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As these career maps show, there is no one right way to get to the top.

See the career-track maps