CFO Survey 2013 – “Policy. Economy. Growth?”

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The Economist’s CFO Summit: “Your World in 2013. Policy. Economy. Growth?”, brought together more than 100 leading CFOs to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing their businesses. Despite the cautious optimism expressed by many of those in attendance, slow economic growth, instability within the Eurozone and price risk, remain major concerns.   Despite the economic green shoots highlighted in many of …

Minimising supply risk

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Given volatile supply chains, commodity prices and currency rates, how are CFOs protecting revenues and profits? On Christmas Eve 2008, Zavvi, Britain’s largest independent music retailer, went bust. But this wasn’t a failure of falling sales and missing profits, indeed revenue was up 10% earlier in the year despite the recession. No, Zavvi went into administration due to a lack …

The changing role of the CEO

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This year’s CFO Summit, organised by Economist Conferences, saw expert speakers discuss strategies to help finance leaders tackle their increasingly complex roles. Turbulent economic times require finance leaders to deal with issues ranging from developing talent and engaging with the media to the more traditional aspects of supply chain. This article examines the main themes discussed at the summit including …