Finance leaders want in on the deal

A whopping 92 percent of CFOs say they should be more involved in M&A than in the past.

The vast majority of finance executives say CFOs and FDs should be more involved in dealmaking than has been the case in the past. An equally impressive 79 percent expects dealmaking to increase in importance compared to organic growth at their company. These are some of the outcomes of the annual CFO Day survey, which revealed a wealth of insights into the thinking of CFOs in 2018.

The 2018 CFO Day Survey was distributed during CFO Day, CFO Journey and the CFO & CHRO South Africa Women’s event in July and August 2018 and was filled in by a large number of top executives, 77 of them leading CFOs and FDs. All industries that make up the South African economy were well-represented, ranging from financial services, mining and technology to FMCG, hospitality and healthcare.

The CFOs were asked three questions in each of the following six categories: ethics, robots, career, transformation, dealmaking and 'adapt or die'. The full results are available as a whitepaper. To download it, click here.