2015 CFO Priorities Report 
2015 CFO Priorities Benchmarking tool
Ryan Senter
Managing Director

Jay Thompson
Managing Director

Peter Firestone
Managing Director


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2015 CFO Priorities Infographic
The results of our 2015 Finance Priorities Survey from the Financial Executives Research Foundation and Protiviti confirm that finance functions are beyond busy. The sheer numbers of priorities they are addressing are at an all-time high in our four-year study. The number of finance skills and capabilities our respondents view to be higher priorities compared to last year’s results has risen dramatically.
Our five key findings include:
1. ​Finance functions are striving to gain greater visibility toward the “cash” horizon.
2. ​Finance executives are placing more importance on strategic planning, risk management, executive dashboards, profitability analysis and other strategic areas of financial analysis.
3. ​Finance functions want to manage and improve related processes in a comprehensive manner. Strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting rank among the highest priorities in the entire study, which demonstrates an intent to strengthen overall corporate performance management.
4. Getting the right talent in the right place is a formidable challenge.
5. Soft skills have hard value – Cultivating stronger communications, collaboration and relationship-building skills throughout ranks is high priority in 2015.