Things are looking murkier. Trade wars and rising interest rates are weighing on growth in the world economy, while unsettling markets. Concerns over top-line performance and digital disruption mean cost reduction and business resilience are priorities. ESG issues are becoming critical to long-term competitive success. Finance teams cannot simply slash and burn, they need to maximise efficiency and productivity while developing and redeploying talent. Brexit is expected to disrupt supply chains. Finance roles are becoming more data-driven - requiring technical fluency, creative thinking and calculated risk-taking to achieve agility. NextGen finance execs need to be aware of the interplay between these issues as part of their progression towards a leadership role. CFOs must be enabled to steer their company through an uncertain corporate landscape in order to protect, create and transform value. The second annual FT CFO Dialogues will explore how CFOs continue to develop their roles to drive change across the company.
Which talents are essential, in progression toward the C-suite and the board? What does the board want and expect from the finance function? How can CFOs spot new opportunities to develop traditional business services in unusual, useful ways? How can CFOs collaborate with data teams to unlock precious insights? How can technology help in re-deploying people to value-adding activities? As CFOs have become a visible and active face of the brand, how can they aim to inspire and demonstrate leadership?
Join the FT and cross-sector CFOs and senior executives from Europe’s business community, and take part in the conversation.