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The new-age CFO and his many avatars

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Many avatars of the new age CFO

The one key element that has changed the way of doing business is the flow of information. The new-age CFO must now realise that he is no longer expected to linger in the background and surface every time the results are to be announced.

As the one person in the organisation who has intimate knowledge of both the past performance and the expected future growth, it becomes his responsibility not only to steer the company towards a better future but also be able to provide a transparent, big picture view of the future, to internal stakeholders, customers and investors. Continue reading

The Payables Transformation by Hyacinth Ferrao

Hyacinth Ferrao, Financial Controller & Senior Vice President, India

Hyacinth Ferrao, Financial Controller & Senior Vice President, India

While every CFO needs to undoubtedly spend time on strategic & tactical matters, it is also very important to pay attention to timely & accurate processing of vendor payables. Every CFO can, I am sure, recollect one or two or even more payment escalations that have come to either them or at times even the CEO of their company. What follows then is a frenzy of activity to find out which are the invoices pending, where are they lying currently, why were they not paid? More often than not there is a mad scramble to unearth the facts and respond promptly. Now, let’s imagine – what if we could at the click of a button see if invoices have been received for a vendor, view the actual invoice online (if received), Continue reading

Preparing for an exit

This article is useful to PE Funds and CXO’s of PE invested companies who are eyeing an exit in the next 12-18 months and looking to strengthen/ streamline decision support systems, squeeze cost reductions, enhance governance mechanisms, implement risk management systems which will help them build a case for better valuations closer to the date of an exit either through listing or through sale to another PE fund.

How does a company get itself exit ready?  Unfavorable market conditions and not so good business environment are today stated as primary reasons for PE funds and companies not being able to get an exit.   A recent article in the Economic Times states that there are close to 630 PE invested companies, which are waiting for an exit. There is pressure and Continue reading