Mr. Burke Mewborne
I recently spent time with ABTV’s Burke Mewborne to explore CFO responsibilities. This is part of a series of interviews to establish a list of CFO responsibilities. This list will be used in a survey to compare what CFO’s are evaluated on and what the perceive is important. Our conversation identified areas of responsibility that will be used to establish a core group that will drive the survey options.
Each CFO has a slightly different list of responsibilities, often with a unique value. Mr. Mewborne identified the role of loyal opposition to the CEO. This concept is often used in legal discussions. Webster provides this starting point definition. Fascinating to transition the concept to a CFO. I like the emphasis on bringing strength and conviction to the critical CEO relationship without tilting toward rebellious behavior.
Specifically, I liked Burke’s insight that the CEO strengths directly drive the responsibility areas for the CFO. An example is a CEO who has strength in public facing issues and activities would work best with a CFO who did not identify public presence as a critical ability to utilize. This variability in evaluation items and areas of key importance introduce a point of differentiation that will be addressed in the survey results.
Thank you Burke for your time and expertise.