CEOs have turned the CFO into their advisor and second-in-command. The CFO is like the Hand of the King in Game of Thrones, the one person who has the courage and knowledge to question the ruler. Recent opinion pieces seem to take the MBA’s side more often than the accountants. The degree and certification, of course, are just proxies for several skillsets that rarely coexist in a CFO. It’s a mistake to let three letters replace clear thinking about this critical position.
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