Shawn Cole in the The Wall Street Journal

      CFO Hiring Was Streamlined During Covid, But More Thorough Vetting Is Back in Vogue

      Increased corporate activism and a desire for ‘wartime’ finance chiefs with experience during downturns are driving companies to beef up hiring practices

      “This concept of a wartime CFO has reasserted itself, and that was something that was referred to during the recession 10 years ago,” said Shawn Cole, president of executive search firm Cowen Partners. This, he said, means finance chiefs with experience in turnarounds, cutting costs and driving revenue growth, to name a few. “That is a phrase that I am hearing for the first time in a long time,” Mr. Cole said of the “wartime” CFO. 

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      About Shawn Cole

      Shawn Cole is President and Co-Founder of Cowen Partners Executive Search. A serial entrepreneur and executive leader with over 20 years’ experience founding and running successful companies. Shawn’s business career has been centered on value creation for both turnarounds and startups with extensive experience in M&A, consolidations, and integrations. Shawn is frequently quoted in Forbes, Fortune, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, and many more publications.

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