Rob Hughes, Division CFO, Vice President of Finance, Kimberly-Clark, discussed what it takes to transform the role of finance and deliver impactful, highly tangible value creation in his keynote presentation to Argyle's CFO membership at the 2017 Chief Financial Officer Leadership Forum in Atlanta on May 18.
Curtis Carver, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, talked about the dynamics of and need for exponential change.
"One of the most difficult times I’ve had communicating investment advice to clients was during the tech bubble. In the time period from 1999-2000, I lost two client relationships and it still bothers me. In both cases, the client disregarded our repeated advice to reduce allocations to large cap growth stocks and increase allocations to REITs and hedge funds. In one case, I was being asked to recommend increasing allocations to already expensive assets, technology stocks. We were fired in both cases. That’s an example of career risk that I faced personally. It’s one of the biggest risks we all have as professionals in this field. One of the most important risks to overcome is getting your committee onboard with the portfolio you’re trying to create and construct for them. It’s one of the hardest things to do"