Finance & CFO

Key Themes

Finance continues to be a key investment area for our clients and despite the pandemic, our CFO practice had a record year with 29% annual growth in the period to 31st July 2020. Of the work our CFO Practice did in Financial Services last financial year, nearly 50% was in the asset management sector reflecting the ongoing demand particularly from alternative asset managers to expand and mature their finance functions. Our two fastest-growing sectors outside of FS were Healthcare and the Public Sector.

We are about to launch our global CFO survey, which we anticipate to be our biggest yet and will share the results in the coming months.

Key CFO Moves: Q3 2020

  • Ali Dibadj, current Head of Finance and Strategy at AllianceBernstein, will assume the title of CFO effective February 2021.
  • Emily Portney, former Global Head of Client Coverage and Head of Americas, Asset Servicing at BNY Mellon, is appointed CFO.
  • Simon Carter, current CFO at British Land has been appointed CEO.
  • Johnbull Okpara, MD, Global Head of FP&A and CFO, Infrastructure Groups at Morgan Stanley has been appointed Controller, Chief Accounting Officer at Citi.
  • Scott Weller, former Finance Director at PayPal, joins Curve, a banking platform, as its first CFO.
  • Pamela Bentley, former Chief Accounting Officer at The Carlyle Group joins GCM Grosvenor as Managing Director of Finance and will assume the role of CFO effective January 1, 2021.
  • Rob MacGoey, former Chief Accounting Officer at Apollo Global Management, joins HarbourVest Partners as CFO.
  • Matthew Larson, CFO of Barclays Americas, joins Jefferies Group LLC as CFO.
  • Stephen Daintith, CFO at Rolls Royce, joins Ocado as CFO.
  • Ismail (“Izzy”) Dawood, previously CFO at Branch International, joins Paysafe as Group CFO.
  • Dhivya Suradevara, former CFO of General Motors, joins Stripe, the San Francisco based global technology company.
  • Dominic Wade, formerly of RBS, has been appointed CFO at Unity Trust Bank.
  • Mike Santomassimo, CFO of Bank of New York Mellon, joins Wells Fargo as CFO effective fall 2020.
  • Michael Rowland, previously Partner at KPMG, is appointed CFO at Westpac.

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