CFO Pathways report 2022

Eton Bridge Partners are delighted to present the findings of research into 1,213 CFOs who have been appointed across the UK and Europe. We hope the statistics, analysis, and conclusions in this white paper are useful to individuals across the UK and Europe’s C-suite landscape.

We believe there are two key audiences for whom the findings of this research will be of particular interest. People who aspire to reach the position of Chief Financial Officer will get some useful clues to the best path to follow. Companies that are about to begin their search for a new CFO will also derive a great deal of value from our findings and analysis.

This report is powered by a leader in global people intelligence space, BoardEx. They specialise in relationship mapping and intelligence, to analyse some core data on the profile of CFOs and their career pathway. This included CFO data from over 850 companies, collated on the UK and European appointments to Chief Financial Officer in 2020 and 2021.


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    Introducing the Finance Practice

    We support a wide range of organisations to appoint CFOs and their direct reports, whether permanent or interim, in the UK and around the world. As a result of our deep functional expertise and exceptional networks, we have a strong track record of delivering outstanding senior talent. We have grown to become one of Europe’s leading finance executive solutions businesses, something of which we are incredibly proud.

    We know strong financial leadership is crucial to the success of any organisation, and in today’s boardroom, the role of the Chief Financial Officer goes far beyond financial oversight and strategy. Increasingly the CFO is the natural deputy and key strategic business partner to the CEO; their ability to influence and collaborate across the business is vital.

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    Eton Bridge is by far one of the most attentive and personable Executive Search providers I have ever had the privilege to work with. Their focus is not only on a great candidate experience but also ensuring the right fit for both their candidates and clients alike.

    Alistair Roman Interim Finance Director, leading UK retailer
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    The Eton Bridge team were extremely proactive and sensitive to the needs we had for the CFO role, helping us to find more diverse candidates who better reflected the gender and nationality diversity of the senior finance team. We have been very happy with the entire recruitment process.

    Andy Savage Head of HR EMEA, global manufacturing company
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    Eton Bridge Partners provides a service that goes well beyond the normal executive recruitment business. I value their integrity and professionalism.

    James Bowling CFO, FTSE 100 utilities company