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Sixty-Nine Percent of CFOs at Fortune 100 Companies Promoted Internally

CFO Journal Cites Fortune 100 CFO Study


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CFO Journal cites key statistics from our study of Fortune 100 CFOs, including commentary from Eric Rehmann, head of the Financial Officers Practice at Russell Reynolds Associates.

More than two-thirds (70%) of those promoted internally to CFO at Fortune 100 companies spent at least 11 years at the company beforehand, and 41% had put in more than 20 years, according to a study from executive recruiter Russell Reynolds & Associates.

"It's amazing how long some of these CFOs have waited for their chance," says Eric Rehmann, head of the financial officers practice at Russell Reynolds. "For these companies, there's something comforting in promoting a person who has all the internal relationships set up and can pick up the phone and know who is on the other end of the line."

All told, 69% of CFOs at the largest U.S. companies were internally promoted, rather than recruited from the outside, suggesting a deep talent bench and attention to succession planning within their finance departments.

Access the full article with subscription at CFO Journal.

Click here to view the full study, "Where do CFOs come from?"

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Sixty-Nine Percent of CFOs at Fortune 100 Companies Promoted Internally