Award Categories

Award Categories

Lifetime Achievement

Awarded to a current or former CFO of a public or private company whose contribution has significantly and uniquely impacted the greater Bay Area business community over the course of his/her career.

CFO of the Year For:

Public Company – Large
Public Company – Small to Medium
Non-Public Company

Non-Profit Organization
Emerging Company

CFO who has made outstanding contribution to his/her company’s performance as well as to the greater Bay Area business community over the past year.

Has played key role in significant achievement of his/her company, such as:

  • Managing rapid growth, providing necessary services and infrastructure to support growth
  • Achieving operational efficiency, cost reduction, cash flow improvement
  • Strategic acquisition or divestiture, including implementation and integration
  • Innovative financing
  • Strategic partnerships
  • Significant new customers or contracts
  • Implementation of best practices in Finance
  • Capital structure improvement
  • Risk management innovation and improvement

Achievement is measurable in terms of:

  • Financial performance
    1. Revenue growth
    2. Margins
    3. Balance sheet
    4. Market cap, etc.
  • Improved competitive position
  • Improved company image

Personal Characteristics

  • Confidant to CEO
  • Outstanding Mentor

Extraordinary performer in difficult circumstances

CFO of the Year: Transformation Agent

CFO of a public or private company who has broken through the traditional boundaries of finance in contributing to a significant transaction, transformation or turnaround of his/her company.

Has played key role in a significant financial transaction or series of transactions resulting in transformation of company, such as:

  • Recapitalization/Restructuring
  • Acquisition/divestiture
  • IPO

Achievement is measurable in terms of:

  • Capital structure improvement
  • Growth in market cap and/or revenue
  • Positive ratings changes from equity research analysts and/or debt rating agencies.
  • Consistency

Personal Characteristics:

  • Outstanding team builder
  • Extraordinary performer in difficult circumstances