Searchlight Newsletter – Q2 2019

Searchlight Newsletter – Q2 2019

                        Q2 2019 A Message from Keith Pearson, CEO & Vice Chairman Once upon a time, the chief financial officer role was all about the numbers. But today, if you asked a CFO what keeps him or her up at night, the answer probably wouldn’t have anything to do with accounting. We asked that question of the CFO panelists […]

The Changing Role of the Chief Financial Officer

The Changing Role of the Chief Financial Officer

By Stephen P. Konstans Senior Vice President & Financial Officers Practice Leader Today’s chief financial officer manages far more complex and wide-ranging responsibilities than in decades past. In addition to the traditional numbers side of the job, finance leaders are now organizational strategists with expertise in technology, risk management, human resources, analytics and geopolitical trends. To explore the changing role of the chief financial officer, we invited a panel of […]

Stephen Konstans Promoted to Senior Vice President and Named Financial Officers Practice Leader for Pearson Partners International

Stephen Konstans Promoted to Senior Vice President and Named Financial Officers Practice Leader for Pearson Partners International

(DALLAS, TX – June 15, 2019) — Pearson Partners International, a global retained executive search firm, has promoted Stephen Konstans to the role of senior vice president and named him as the firm’s Financial Officers Practice Leader. Konstans has been with Pearson Partners since 2005, most recently as a vice president. “Stephen is both a people person and a numbers person. He represents the exact mix that our clients seek […]

The Chief Financial Officer Perspective 2016

The Chief Financial Officer Perspective 2016

CFOs Weigh in on C-suite Trends and the 2016 Outlook Pearson Partners International recently surveyed chief financial officers on a broad selection of topics related to their key role in the C-suite. The survey drew responses from 180 CFO respondents representing a diverse group of North American companies ranging in size from $50 million regionals to Fortune 1000 multinationals. Below are highlights of the findings, along with some comparisons with those […]

Searchlight Newsletter – Q1 2016

Searchlight Newsletter – Q1 2016

                        Q1 2016 A Message from Keith Pearson, President & CEO Texas has been blessed with a thriving economy, and nowhere is that more evident than in two of its greatest metropolitan areas: Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston. But business is booming all over the state, attracting new residents at a rate of about 1,000 a day. Great business opportunities […]

Private Equity Company Acquires New Portfolio CFO

Private Equity Company Acquires New Portfolio CFO

When a small private equity portfolio company’s chief financial officer announced his retirement—and the fact that he would be leaving quickly—the private equity owners jumped into action to fill the position. “We had a short time frame before our retiring CFO departed,” the company’s CEO says. “As a small, middle-market company with limited resources, we had to act quickly.” With intensive manufacturing operations, as well as offshore sourcing capabilities, the […]

TweetChat: Executive Search & Financial Services – October 6, 2015

TweetChat: Executive Search & Financial Services – October 6, 2015

A recent BlueSteps Executive Career Insider TweetChat featuring Pearson Partners’ VP Stephen Konstans and our team. [View the story “Executive Search and Your Financial Services Career” on Storify]

Consider C-Suite Volatility When Switching Industries

Consider C-Suite Volatility When Switching Industries

While many senior executives look within their industries for advancement opportunities, it’s a good practice to step back for a moment and look at the bigger picture: Are you in the right industry where your skills and aspirations are the best fit? Do you want to keep working in retail, oil and gas or consumer goods for the rest of your career? Or would you be better off moving into […]

The Constant Evolution of the Chief Financial Officer

  Years ago, a chief financial officer was the executive responsible for a company’s financial and shareholder reporting responsibilities. Today, this financial aspect is but one small part of a much broader scope of responsibilities. CFOs have become strategy setters and enforcers who are balancing complex regulations, global competition, technology, internal talent and much more. They are expected to understand not just accounting and finance, but their company’s products, services, […]

Should Your Company Go Public?

  Lisa Thompson, Managing Director, Professional Services Recently, Facebook launched one of the most publicized initial public offerings in history only to fall flat on its face, perhaps due to unrealistic expectations, bad market timing or the way the offering was handled. It’s certainly a cautionary tale for any company considering going public. Last year, several expert panelists at one of Pearson Partners’ quarterly “Spotlight Breakfast” events took a close […]