Starts on
29 June 2022
Duration
6 months
Online and in-person
Programme fees
£22,000 ($30,000)

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Starts on
29 June 2022
Duration
6 months
Online and in-person
Programme fees
£22,000 ($30,000)

Programme overview

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Programme is a transformative learning journey designed to broaden your perspective and prepare you for the role of a strategic CFO. Enhance your skills to better align financial and corporate strategy, while learning to leverage AI and analytics to improve financial decision-making. The programme will further hone your ability to effectively communicate financial acumen and collaborate across functions.

69%

CFOs see their role fundamentally changing as finance tasks are automated.

SOURCE: EY

58%

CFOs say that combining state-of-the-art technology with process improvement will be a major focus for the future of the finance function.

SOURCE: EY
  • Define a long-term, strategic vision that balances financial and non-financial performance objectives with business strategy.
  • Enhance your ability to predict, measure and monitor financial and non-financial performance.
  • Strengthen your technical skills and financial expertise.
  • Analyse the latest trends and the external forces shaping your business to elevate your credibility as a trusted internal advisor and key decision-maker.
  • Build, lead, motivate and sustain high-performing teams to accelerate impact.
  • Enhance your strategic communication skills to gain influence and lead internal and external stakeholder groups with greater personal impact.
  • Generate actionable strategic insights that improve the quality of decision-making across your organisation.
  • Identify, evaluate, communicate and drive the implementation of strategic choices that lead to sustainable value creation and organisational growth.
  • Lead change and transformation efforts that create lasting value for you and your organisation.
  • Transform culture across your organisation to be risk-aware and financially-aligned.

Alumni benefits

Curriculum

Financial Strategy and Management for the CFO

  • Aligning corporate and financial strategy
  • Advanced financial statement analysis and value creation
  • Using debt financing to create value
  • Key capital structure issues and trade-offs
  • The CFO’s role in capital budgeting
  • Project appraisal and company valuation
  • Introduction to payout policy
  • Dividends and share buybacks as value creation mechanisms
  • Mergers and acquisitions: deal-making, valuation, financing structures and payment options, takeovers
  • Identifying sources of competitive advantage and key value drivers
  • Measuring and monitoring performance
  • Alternative financing instruments
  • Strategic risk management for CFOs: instruments and tools
  • Strategic investment appraisal decisions and real options
  • Initial public offerings
  • Raising equity: seasoned offerings
  • Corporate restructuring: diversification, LBOs, MBOs, leveraged recapitalisations
  • Financial distress
  • Long-term financial planning

AI for the CFO: The Business of AI

  • What is AI and machine learning?
  • The possibilities of AI
  • Leveraging AI to create value
  • Building AI capabilities

CFO’s role in Strategic Innovation: Innovation through Design Thinking

  • Innovation imperative
  • Defining your innovation challenge
  • Generating ideas
  • Structures and techniques for developing ideas
  • Making it happen

CFO as Strategic Partner: Strategic Thinking

  • Compete and connect externally
  • Value creation through strategic thinking and planning
  • Strategic decision-making and judgement
  • Agile strategy execution
  • Aligning the organisation
  • Responsible leadership
  • Leading through purpose
  • Leading change and transformation
  • Building powerful relationships: communication, networks and engaging with stakeholders
  • Grow talent and teams

London or Online

This programme can be delivered in-person at our London campus or online.

London (in-person)

  • Experience our world-class Executive Education programmes at our central London campus.
  • Immerse yourself in experiential activities, collaborative group exercises and face-to-face networking opportunities with your peers, guest speakers and our world-class faculty.
  • For programme iterations running in-person and online simultaneously, you’ll experience a format that bridges the gap between on-campus and virtual learning, enabling you to collaborate with your fellow participants both in London and around the world.
  • Learn in the heart of London and access campus amenities.

Online

  • Bring the LBS experience to you with live virtual learning led by our world-class faculty.
  • Join a dynamic virtual classroom, where you’ll be immersed in experiential activities and collaborative group work with your peers, while learning from and interacting with our leading faculty and guest speakers.
  • For programme iterations running in-person and online simultaneously, you’ll experience a format that bridges the gap between on-campus and virtual learning, enabling you to collaborate with your fellow participants both in London and around the world.
  • After completion, online participants will have the chance to join us on campus for an exclusive day of networking with classmates and insightful sessions with LBS faculty.

Virtual challenges

Guided by our world-leading faculty, research and consultancy, we are delighted to launch a new business transformation solution to help you navigate the key challenges facing your organisation today. Bringing together case studies from our global clients and practical workplace activities, each challenge takes 1–3 hours as an individual or a facilitated activity.

Experts in the field

Henri Servaes

Experts in the field

Henri Servaes
Richard Brealey Professor of Corporate Governance; Professor of Finance

Professor Henri Servaes’ areas of interest include corporate finance, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and mutual funds. At London Business School, he teaches corporate finance, corporate governance and mergers & acquisitions.

He has been involved in consulting and executive education for Anglo American, Barclays, Bertelsmann, BG Group, Continental, Deutsche Bank, E.ON, The Financial Times (Lex Team), Freshfields, Mars, PwC and Suez, among others.

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Julian Birkinshaw

Experts in the field

Julian Birkinshaw
Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship; Academic Director, Institute of Entrepreneurship and Private Capital

Professor Julian Birkinshaw’s main area of expertise is in the strategy and organisation of large corporations and specifically such issues as innovation, corporate entrepreneurship, strategic agility and headquarters-subsidiary relationships.

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Michael Davies

Experts in the field

Michael Davies
Founder and CEO of Endeavour Partners

Michael Davies directs the Business of AI programme and runs the New Technology Ventures Program at London Business School. He works with leaders in technology to anticipate the future, navigate the resulting challenges and opportunities, and enable them to drive innovation. Davies has deep business and technology expertise in mobile and digital domains.

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Yiorgos Mylonadis

Experts in the field

Yiorgos Mylonadis
Adjunct Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Professor Yiorgos Mylonadis specialises in business ecosystems, digital strategy, entrepreneurial communities, social enterprises and methodologies for strategic thinking. He has led large, multi-year advisory and teaching programmes for many firms including Nestle, IBM, Emirates, Oracle, GEA, Xstrata, Nokia, SKF and Mars.

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Participant profile

Senior finance professionals who are new to the CFO role, preparing themselves for a CFO assignment or a similar strategic financial leadership position.

Background and experience:

Dates

Module Date Location
Engage and Connect 29 June 2022 Live kick-off | Virtual
Module 1 4–8 July 2022 Live online or London
Module 2 5 September–14 October 2022 Online
Module 3 26 October–6 December 2022 Online
Module 4 15–20 January 2023 London
Closing Module 25 January 2023 Live close | Virtual
Module 4 and Closing Module dates are subject to change.

Application deadline and fees

Round Date Application Fee
Round 1 Closed -
Round 2 Closed -
Round 3 Closed -
Round 4 Closed -
Programme Fee: £22,000 ($30,000)
Includes coffee breaks, lunches, some dinners and programme materials. Accommodation, travel and visa costs are not included.
Early applications are encouraged.