CFO and the C-Suite

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Note from the editor

Successful CFOs aren’t just good with numbers and strategically insightful; they’re leaders who can persuade others to line up behind them when tough decisions have to be made. That makes their ability to cultivate trusting and productive relationships with their C-suite colleagues crucial to the broader organization’s success.

To help you get a picture of CFO success in action, we compiled a handful of pieces from CFO Dive that look at what works, and what doesn’t, when it comes to the relationships between the CFO and others in the executive suite.

We start with the most important relationship — between the CFO and the CEO. No matter how much talent CFOs bring to the table, if they're not personally and strategically aligned with the CEO, the organization can’t thrive. 

Other crucial relationships are those between the CFO and the chief information officer, chief marketing officer, and chief operating officer. 

We also look at what happens when the CFO has to step up when another member of the C-suite isn’t cutting it. 

We hope you find the compilation helpful as you navigate the interpersonal relationships at the core of your own leadership challenges. 

Robert Freedman Editor

How CFOs and CEOs collaborate best

• Published Oct. 1, 2021

Why every company needs a strong CIO-CFO alliance

• Published Oct. 1, 2021

A meeting of the minds: The evolving CMO-CFO relationship

• Published Oct. 1, 2021

CFOs must be 'strategic business partner' as role merges with COO

• Published Oct. 1, 2021

How CFOs speak truth without alienating colleagues

• Published Oct. 1, 2021

The evolving CFO relationship with the C-Suite

Successful CFOs aren’t just good with numbers and strategically insightful; they’re leaders who persuade others to line up behind them when tough decisions have to be made. That makes their ability to cultivate trusting and productive relationships with the C-suite crucial to the broader organization’s success.

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  • How CFOs and CEOs collaborate best
  • Why every company needs a strong CIO-CFO alliance
  • How CFOs speak truth without alienating colleagues
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