What makes a good chief financial officer?

Executive Summary

"Renaissance CFO" is the term KPMG uses to describe the global innovators CEOs are looking for in their finance leaders. But industry experience and a public accounting background are still other items insurance company CFOs have on their résumés.

The answer varies depending on whether you ask leaders of finance themselves, the chief executive officers of their companies or executive recruiters. And all three groups reveal keys to success that are different for CFOs of insurers vs. other types of companies, for global insurers vs. U.S. insurers, and for large public companies vs. smaller mutual carriers.

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