Which CFO Personality Is Right for IT?

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 01-18-2016 Email

When it comes to getting approval for IT purchases, the buck often stops with the CFO. And, in many cases, there's a specific CFO personality type that can make such decisions easier (or harder) for CIOs and their teams, according to a recent survey from Epicor Software. The findings identify six distinct personas for these financial department execs: Politicians, Revolutionaries, Conductors, Traditionalists, Visionaries and "Carers." (The last category described more so as the designated company worry-wart.) So which of these CFOs works best with CIOs who favor a more aggressive, disruptive approach to tech? That would be the Visionary, who is more likely than counterparts to seek updates for tech systems. (Unfortunately, there are relatively few CFOs who fit into this category.) As for which CFO leads his organization to the greatest success? That would be the Revolutionary, as 72% of these CFOs work for companies with increasing profits, compared to 64% of CFOs in general. More than 1,500 global CFOs and other global finance business professionals took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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