We aimed to discover the most likely career path to CFO: for example, is it true that private equity experience is needed to work in a PE-backed firm? Does sector experience really matter? What role does age and gender play? Ultimately, what does it take to land a CFO appointment?

This year, we have expanded our focus to both the UK and Europe and we have analysed 1,213 CFO appointments to truly understand the qualitative criteria behind hiring a CFO.