Few CFOs hoping to be CEO: Survey

48 per cent satisfied in current role
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 05/23/2013

Becoming a CFO is a career pinnacle for many finance executives — and it's where most of those who've reached it want to stay, according to a survey by Robert Half Management Resources.

Nearly one-half (48 per cent) of the 270 CFOs interviewed said they are satisfied in their current role, while 25 per cent said their next career move will be retirement.

"Today's CFOs are faced with wide-ranging responsibility and accountability, as well as the ability to influence all areas of their organizations, including those outside of traditional finance. It's a rewarding position with a high level of job satisfaction," said David King, Canadian district president of Robert Half Management Resources. "Many executives are looking at interim and consulting CFO roles as an option to transition into retirement while tackling the aspects of the position they enjoy."

"Which one of the following best describes what you hope will be your next career move?"

• no change/satisfied in current role (48 per cent)

• retire (25 per cent)

• start my own business (14 per cent)

• become CFO for a larger company (seven per cent)

• become CEO or president of a company (five per cent).

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