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Product Details

  • Paperback: 349 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 111817304X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118173046
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Essential CFO: A Corporate Finance Playbook

"The Essential CFO is essential reading for any CFO, new or long-tenured. It is a thorough, clear, and sophisticated road map, more needed in these complex times than ever." —Peter A. Weinberg, founding Partner, Perella Weinberg Partners, former CEO of Goldman Sachs International

"The Essential CFO provides a practical toolkit for the modern finance executive. Having served both public and private companies, I know this book will be an invaluable resource for finance professionals in all organizations." —Oren Klein, VP Finance, Advance Publications, Inc.

"A must-read for every new CFO or aspiring financial leader. This playbook is filled with practical insights to help you perform efficiently and effectively." —Jeff Hall, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Express Scripts, Inc.

"Insightfully captures demands on today's global CFO." —E. Peter McLean, Chairman, Global Financial Officer Practice, Korn/Ferry International

About the Author

Bruce Nolop retired in 2011 after a 35-year career as an investment banker and corporate executive, including more than a decade as chief financial officer of Pitney Bowes and E*TRADE Financial. He has been a board member of Marsh & McLennan since January 2008 and currently serves on the audit, compliance and risk, finance, and corporate responsibility committees.


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With more that 35 years of corporate finance experience, Bruce Nolop is the former chief financial officer of Pitney Bowes and E*Trade Financial. He began his career in investment banking with Morgan Stanley and also held senior positions with Kimberly-Clark, Goldman Sachs, and Wasserstein Perella.

He is a board member of Marsh & McLennan, where he serves on the audit, finance, compliance & risk, and corporate responsibility committees, and is an independent director and chair of the audit & finance committee of CLS Group, which operates the world's largest multi-currency settlement system. He also is a Wall Street Journal expert panelist.

His education includes a B.A. in political science from the University of South Dakota, a J.D. from Stanford Law School, and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

He lives in New York City with his wife, Susan ,and has two sons, age 23 and 22.

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Mr. Nolop's own experience lends credibility to the current roles of CFO's within a business.
James Nelson
This book will help to frame the common yet difficult questions that our financial leaders face daily in frameworks that lend themselves to effective decision making.
Dane Bratz
The Essential CFO proves an invaluable resource to anyone who aspires to be a CFO, both currently or in the future.
Nelson Estrada

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Broder on April 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
I had the pleasure of working with Bruce Nolop during his tenure at Pitney Bowes, and was always impressed by his remarkable skills as a communicator. He has brought those formidable skills to bear in "The Essential CFO." He has a lucid writing style, and shifts easily from big-picture strategy issues to the nitty-gritty details of execution. It's a useful set of reminders for sitting CFOs, and a must-read for any financial professional who aspires to that top job.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nelson Estrada on May 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is a must-read for anyone interested in corporate finance and the job of the CFO. In his elegant, easy-to-follow writing style, Bruce Nolop effectively lays out the strategic decisions facing a CFO, and how to best deal with the job's demands. The Essential CFO proves an invaluable resource to anyone who aspires to be a CFO, both currently or in the future.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Nelson on May 8, 2012
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An interesting read about the evolution of the modern CFO. Found it easy to read and accessible. Mr. Nolop's own experience lends credibility to the current roles of CFO's within a business.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George Kiefer on May 21, 2012
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Relying on his extraordinary background in corporate finance Nolop has produced a remarkably astute summary of an effective CFO's value. Don't miss it as a text for aspirants or a refreshing update in your current position.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on May 15, 2012
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A very approachable yet comprehensive and insightful reference tool for aspiring finance leaders as well as experienced CFOs. I would also highly recommend this book for CEOs, as it provides great context for all corporate finance decisions and will help them define what they expect out of their CFO partner.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sam Paglia on May 8, 2012
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In the Essential CFO, Bruce Nolop tackles the important, dynamic role of the CFO very effectively and gives great examples on how to maximize a CFO's value to the firm. As an aspiring financial leader, I definitely learned a lot about corporate finance and the job of the CFO, and highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary on April 16, 2012
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This book provides great insights into the role of the CFO. I really learned a lot that will help me in my career.
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