Executive Education

The Executive Program for Prospective CFOs

Prepare for the top role in finance—sharpen analytical skills, build strategic leadership and communication skills, manage the changing regulatory environment, and broaden your experience.

The role of financial leaders today has evolved beyond strictly crunching numbers. Finance officers must be strategic leaders, effective communicators, and risk managers. Chicago Booth has assembled an interdisciplinary team of faculty from the fields of economics, finance, accounting, strategy, and leadership to create The Executive Program for Prospective CFOs.

Led by Professor Randall Kroszner, the Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics and former Governor of the Federal Reserve System, this program draws upon Booth’s global expertise in finance and strong focus on economic research to address the most pressing issues facing senior finance executives today. The program also includes keynotes from distinguished practitioners who describe how they have managed strategic challenges in their organizations.

Keynote speaker for 2016: Ray Young ('86), Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)

In a fireside chat with Professor Randy Kroszner, Ray Young shared key challenges he has faced, "things he wished he had known" before becoming CFO, and how the CFO role has evolved over time. At ADM, he oversees the company's treasury, tax, accounting, investor relations, financial planning, business development, and information technology functions as well as the captive insurance and ADM Investor Services organizations. Young is also responsible for strategic oversight of ADM's business in Asia.

During this program, you will:

  • Identify critical attributes needed to create a high-performance environment that will drive innovation and financial results.
  • Learn practical strategies to communicate effectively in good times, in times of crisis, with customers, suppliers, credit rating agencies, investors, and the media.
  • Effectively articulate the corporate message internally and externally.
  • Analyze powerful patterns in strategic thinking and apply a strategy framework to identify a logical path for growth.
  • Evaluate portfolios of projects and businesses to inform strategic decision making and operational management.
  • Develop a strategic plan for M&A execution and implementation.
  • Understand what drives differences in the cost of capital around the world, the impact on capital budgeting, and the valuation of international investments.
  • Analyze the sources of financial fragility and the regulatory responses that are fundamentally reshaping financial markets and undertake strategic risk management in this changing environment.

“My goal as faculty director is to make this the premier program for senior finance executives who want to sharpen analytics, build strategic leadership and communication skills, manage the changing regulatory environment, and broaden their experience to benefit their companies and individual careers. I hope to attract a select group of executives who will become the next generation of leaders in finance and who will continue to benefit from this high-caliber network long after the program is over.”

– Randall Kroszner, Faculty Director


LOCATION
Chicago Booth, Gleacher Center, Chicago IL

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Randall S. Kroszner

Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics

Randall S. Kroszner served as a Governor of the Federal Reserve System from March 2006 until January 2009. During his time as a member of the Federal Reserve Board, he chaired the committee on Supervision and Regulation of Banking Institutions and the committee on Consumer and Community Affairs.

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Robert H. Gertner

Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance

Robert Gertner is the Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He has been on the faculty since 1986. Professor Gertner is also a Faculty Director of Chicago Booth’s Social Enterprise Initiative. His research focuses on issues in strategic decision-making, corporate finance, organization structure, theory of the firm, and social enterprises.

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Christian Leuz

Joseph Sondheimer Professor of International Economics, Finance and Accounting

Christian Leuz is the Joseph Sondheimer Professor of International Economics, Finance and Accounting at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. He is also a Co-Director of the Initiative on Global Markets, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and at the European Corporate Governance Institute and a Fellow at Wharton's Financial Institution Center, Goethe Universität Frankfurt's Center for Financial Studies, and the CESifo Research Network.

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Kevin F. Rock

Clinical Professor of Finance

Kevin Rock joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2004. Prior to his appointment, he taught courses in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions at MIT’s Sloan School of Management where he was named Teacher of the Year in 2003, 2000, and 1996.

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James E. Schrager

Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management

Jim Schrager is the Faculty Director for the Chicago Management Institute and the Advanced Strategy Program, teaching courses in new venture and corporate strategy to MBA students and executives at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He was awarded Chicago’s Emory Williams Teaching Award in 1996, 2001, and 2007.

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Douglas J. Skinner

Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting

Douglas Skinner is a leading expert in corporate disclosure practices, corporate financial reporting, and corporate finance, with a focus on payout policy.

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Susan Lucia Annunzio

President and Chief Executive Officer

Susan Lucia Annunzio is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Center for High Performance (CfHP). She is a strategic advisor to CEOs of leading global companies on strategy attainment and business transformation.

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Gregory D. Bunch

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship

Greg Bunch brings years of practical experience as a general manager and entrepreneur to his classes. He is the founder and president of Masterplan International Corporation. Bunch works with Fortune 50, family, and start-up businesses in the areas of innovation and strategy. He was also a partner at Brandtrust, a brand strategy consultancy. Some of the companies he has worked with include: American Express, Danaher, ETS, Harley-Davidson, Hewlett-Packard, Kimberly-Clark, McDonalds and YUM!

I believe that this course is a must for those individuals seeking to become CFOs. The course content and professors at Chicago Booth really help to open your mind to new concepts and ideas. I come away from the course armed with 'gems' that I can apply from day 1 in my current role.

- Elliott Wood, Finance & Planning Leader, IBM Latin America


Excellent, well-rounded, well-structured program. More finance executives should take this.

- Mayank Agrawal, Softward Group CFO, IBM India/South Asia


The program is great. I revisited some of the key concepts important to my role on an updated format. And also had the opportunity to learn from others' experiences.

- Carlos Montenegro, Head of Planning and Finance, Sao Carlos Empreendimentos


Excellent course! Great instructors who communicated their messages clearly and with purpose. I would highly recommend this course.

- Robert Rusch, Director – Finance and Accounting, American Transmission Co.


Great content and professors. Engagement with peers provided many opportunities for learning.

– Yolanda Daniel, VP Finance, W.W. Grainger, Inc.


I think the program is a success and fills a gap in the market. The international experience in the room enhanced the content and learning experience.

– David Gillespie, General Manager, Planning, Investment, and Funding, Jemena Ltd.


I truly enjoyed the program and believe it will be very successful. It was my first experience at the University of Chicago and will definitely not be my last one.

– Randy Ahuja, Managing Director, Verto Partners LLC


The distinguished faculty at Booth provided the depth and variety of perspectives and frameworks which will help future CFO's in how they think about the organizational, strategic, and financial management of their firms, through good times and bad.

- Abu Zeya, Finance Director, Halliburton


The program was very well designed. Topics were relevant to my current position as well as useful in my continued growth toward my next position.

– Todd Bryant, Vice President, Controller, RLI


This program generates opportunities to develop new skills and improve the capability to integrate a global finance view to create value.

- Orlando Gutierrez, Operations & Finance Manager, Corporate Boards, The Kroger Co.


This was a great program offering solid balance of theory and application. The focus on strategy throughout the program was excellent to focus on the 'how' you apply the learning in real life.

- John Murphy, Sr. VP, Chief Accounting Officer & Controller, DIRECTV

This program benefits senior finance executives who have significant experience in upper-level management or finance. This program will be valuable to executives from all industries and companies of all sizes from around the globe. Past Participants have come from companies such as The Dow Chemical Company, IBM, AbbVie, Express, Hyatt Hotels, and TOTO USA, Inc.

Applicants should have significant experience in upper-level management or finance.Titles include: CFO, deputy CFO, senior VP, finance director, treasurer, and controller.

Program Outline

High-Performance Leadership

  • The role of a leader in creating a high-performance work environment
  • Critical attributes that drive innovation and financial results
  • Strategies and processes to implement

Straight Talk in Tough Times

  • Communication in a crisis, good times, and unpleasant times
  • How to match actions to words
  • Practical strategies and tools for effective communication
  • Proactive vs. reactive when the unexpected happens
  • Formulate effective messages to different audiences.

Financing Strategy

  • Set and adjust priorities, manage cash flow, and target a sustainable growth rate
  • Choose an optimal capital structure

Strategy Formulation and Implementation 

  • Why bother with strategy? What can strategy do? What happens if we don't have a strategy?
  • Developing two simple tools: a set of four generic questions to apply to all businesses, a set of six powerful patterns that can be used to think about the ways strategies are developed
  • Apply this strategy framework to identify a logical path for growth

Strategic Risk Management and Financial Fragility

  • Analyze the sources of financial fragility and regulatory responses reshaping financial markets
  • Assess implications of the Federal Reserve's and other central banks' extraordinarily accommodative policies for volatility, "currency wars," asset price bubbles, credit flows, inflation, and prospect for economic growth
  • Learn the components of effective risk management
  • Draw lessons from recent and historical crises to better prepare for and manage through future crises

Strategic Capital Allocation and Portfolio Management

  • The role of the CFO in strategic investment decisions
  • Evaluate and improve capital allocation processes
  • The relation between portfolios of projects and financial portfolios; managing investment projects as portfolios
  • Build effective financial models to support strategic decision making
  • Incorporate scenario-based tools into financial modeling and decision making

Evaluating Global Investments and the Cost of Capital

  • Adapt capital budgeting to global opportunities
  • How to incorporate political, expropriation, currency, and other international risks into the valuation process for global investments
  • How globalization affects the cost of capital and what explains differences in the firms' cost of capital around the world

Strategic Communications Management

  • Effectively manage investor base and quarterly earnings releases
  • Corporate conference calls and earnings guidance
  • Payout policy and signaling: dividends and repurchases
  • Determinants of credit ratings: implications for capital structure
  • Regulation FD and legal aspects of corporate disclosure plicy

Acquisition Strategies and Merger Implementation

  • The M&A process: strategy, valuation, and execution

The Entrepreneurial Leader: The Importance of Innovation in a VUCA* World (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous)

  • Framework for innovation and entrepreneurial thinking
  • How to harness continuous improvement and disruptive change

Upcoming Courses

Date Fee  
May 22 - 26, 2017 $10,800 Register Now »

Fee does not include accommodations.
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