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The Defining Attributes of a Successful CFO: Treasury

Our third installment of Defining a Successful CFO covers the “Show Me the Money!” attribute, Treasury. This key pillar of the CFO function provides the fuel and discipline to manage and grow a company’s capital base.

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Cash Management:

How can something so obvious create so many headaches. Cash management is all about, well, you guessed it, managing cash: bank balances, receipts and disbursements. Effective cash management is aggressive and mindful of risk at the same time. It involves having the people, processes and systems in place to prevent cash shortages while highlighting cash excesses that can be reinvested or returned to shareholders.


Know your options. Funding can come in many different forms; operating cash flows, terms with suppliers or customers, loans or lines of credit, and raising equity. Each form has different costs and risks but the objective is the same – provide the company with enough liquidity to execute your plan with some cushion for variability. Having cash, either on hand or available, will not only help to avoid bankruptcy, but also position your business with adequate resources to capitalize on growth opportunities as they come about.

Risk Management:

The importance of capital and readily available cash drives companies to implement risk mitigation measures to protect their capital base. This is why the risk management function is a natural fit for the Treasury attribute. Many internal controls are designed to protect against cash shortfalls. These controls include; preventing cash from being misappropriated, monitoring bank covenant compliance to preserve liquidity and executing an effective capital policy to maintain a reasonable cost of capital. The demands and rigor associated with effective cash management are a natural extension to solid risk management practices.

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Cash Management I: Introduction to Cash Management

This course teaches the fundamental elements of sound cash management. It’s not rocket science but it is crucial to creating a well functioning Treasury Pillar.

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Cash Management II: Intermediate Cash Management

This higher level course continues to build the cash management footing while developing cash planning and utilization strategies.

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Funding I: Introduction to Funding

A major step for any business is to receive outside funds and the obligations that the liability creates. This course lays the groundwork for preparing to take on third party investment.

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Risk Management I: Introduction to Risk Management

Much like the baton exchange described between Accounting and Finance, Governance and Risk Management are deeply connected with the actions of one having an impact on the other. This introductory course will frame Risk Management in a manner that will enhance your ability manage and communicate it effectively.

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