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What happens when a CFO is falsely accused of fraud?

A CFO speaks publicly of his four-year ordeal battling accounting fraud charges. From Cfo.com.  By Gregory Law. It should go without saying that CFOs should be ethical. Most of the ones I’ve met are. But if you’re a public company CFO, you should be aware that there are circumstances in which the enforcement division of the Securities and Exchange Commission may assume there ...

CFOs must decode data to fuel the next wave of growth

From Accounting Today: CFOs have more data at their fingertips than anyone else in their company. The process of extracting value from diverse data sets is not simple, but it's exactly how CFOs expect new insights to emerge. To get it right, they must overcome significant barriers in capturing data, adopting new technologies and deploying talent in new ways. The upshot is an ac ...

Accounting Background No Longer Needed For CFO Jobs

Having an accounting background is no longer a must for a company’s chief financial officer (CFO), according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. For example, when directors of Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital were looking for someone to fill the role, they were more worried about hiring someone who had experience with raising debt and equity, and they di ...

Cost Accounting Standards Board still working on conforming with GAAP

The Cost Accounting Standards Board, a group set up by Congress in 1970 to make sure federal contractors charge their costs appropriately, is finally making some progress in aligning its 19 cost accounting standards with U.S. GAAP after Congress mandated in 2017 that it do so where practicable, reports Accounting Today. A new report from the Government Accountability Office fo ...

BlackRock CEO declares ‘fundamental reshaping of finance’

Climate change is the foundation of what may be a fundamental reshaping of finance, BlackRock Chairman and CEO Larry Fink wrote in an open letter to CEOs released Tuesday that announced the asset manager’s plans to place sustainability at the center of its investment approach, reports the Journal of Accountancy. BlackRock, which has close to $7 trillion under its management, i ...

BOARD INDEPENDENCE: IS YOUR BOARD SKATING CLOSE TO THE EDGE?

South African boards should be looking carefully at King IV’s guidance on board composition and director independence rather than simply trying to impose a one-size-fits-all rule, says Richard Foster CD(SA), a governance advisor, professional non-executive director and Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA) facilitator. An overemphasis on independence can actually ro ...

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