Our signature monthly interview series features top CFOs, whose stories inspire and provide guidance on how to build a career in finance.
Path to Becoming a CFO | Rodrigo Brumana, CFO at Poshmark
Rodrigo’s LinkedIn profile features a lineup of A-list modern company logos including Poshmark, OfferUp, Amazon, eBay, RetailMeNot, HP, and Palm. This diversity of companies provides an unconventional breadth of experience across sectors.
We’ll hear about his experience as a public CFO and as the CFO of a VC-backed unicorn. We’ll ask him about serving in FP&A and divisional CFO roles in publicly traded companies, and how exposure to eCommerce, internet, digital media, software, services, manufacturing, and investment banking has shaped his approach to his role.
Path to Becoming a CFO | David Goulden, CFO at Booking Holdings
Join us for this conversation between David Goulden, CFO at the world’s leading provider of online travel and related services Booking Holdings — which includes Booking.com, Priceline, OpenTable, Kayak, and others — and Jeff Epstein, Operating Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners.
David has operated in multiple international roles, both directly and indirectly involved in finance. His path to CFO is not the typical story of a CPA/accountant or investment banker that we normally see. Having acted as CEO at EMC Information Infrastructure after working in sales, engineering, and product development within the EMC Corporation, as well as COO for the Americas and Asia Pacific at Getronics N.V. earlier in his career, David has multinational, and multidisciplinary insights to draw from.
He shares lessons from his broad and extensive career, and brings a worldly set of perspectives and knowledge to this discussion with the Airbase community.
Path to Becoming a CFO | Howard Wilson, CFO at PagerDuty
Howard’s path to CFO is unlike any other we have seen over the two years this series has been running. Until becoming CFO at PagerDuty, Howard had not held a traditional finance or accounting position. With a formal education in Information Systems and Computer Science, Howard began his career supporting the Sales operations at Oracle.
His career moves included positions as Chief Commercial Officer and General Manager of Digital Experience Management until he stepped into the finance leadership role at PagerDuty serving as CFO in the years up to and including the company’s IPO. This session offers a glimpse into an alternate path to the more often observed Big Four or investment banking backgrounds.
Path to Becoming a CFO | Alan Black, former CFO at Zendesk and Founder of Surfspray Capital
Join us for this conversation between two top CFOs turned investors. Jeff Epstein, Partner at Bessemer Ventures and former CFO at Oracle, will interview Alan Black, who is the founder of Surfspray Capital.
Alan served as the CFO at Zendesk in the years leading up to and following its IPO. Before Zendesk, he served as President and CEO at Intelliden, an IBM company, and as Managing Director and CFO at Openwave Systems. Alan sits on the Board of Directors at Looker and as an advisory board member to McGill University. We’ll get the inside story on the choices Alan made on his career path and how they might help inform your decisions.
Path to Becoming a CFO | Steve Sordello, SVP and CFO at LinkedIn Emeritus
Steve Sordello has spent nearly three decades working for some of the most iconic technology companies in Silicon Valley. Steve brings a diverse background in strategy, operational and financial management, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate leadership. Steve has served as the CFO of LinkedIn Corporation (LNKD), the online business networking service.
During his tenure at LinkedIn, he oversaw LinkedIn’s successful IPO, scaled the company from $10M to over $8B in revenue, raised critical capital and completed multiple private and public acquisitions, including LinkedIn’s $26.2B merger with Microsoft where Steve has since continued to play a key leadership role in its success.
Prior to LinkedIn, Steve served as CFO of TiVo, Inc. (TIVO), a manufacturer of digital video recorders, where he helped drive the company to profitability. Prior to TiVo, he served as CFO at Ask Jeeves, Inc. (ASKJ), an internet search engine company where he drove the dot-com turnaround, building a high-growth, highly profitable business and was instrumental in its sale to IAC in 2005. Steve also held senior roles at Adobe Systems, Inc. (ADBE), the global leader in digital media and digital marketing solutions. At Adobe, he drove the overall planning process and worked on a number of critical projects, including driving the financial analysis behind the acquisition of Photoshop, the launch of the Creative Bundle Suite, and the product launch of Acrobat. Prior to Adobe, Steve started his career on a rotation program at Syntex Corporation, a pharmaceutical company that was acquired by Roche Pharmaceuticals in 1994.
Steve also serves as an independent director and audit committee chair at publicly traded Atlassian (TEAM), a leading provider of collaboration, development, and issue-tracking software, as an independent director at publicly traded Compass (COMP), a real estate technology company, and as a non-profit board member, trustee, and audit committee chair at Santa Clara University. Steve also served as an independent director and audit committee chair at publicly traded Cloudera (CLDR) up to its merger with Hortonworks in 2019.
Path to Becoming a CFO | Kelly Steckelberg, CFO at Zoom
Kelly Steckelberg brings extensive leadership and finance experience to her role as CFO at Zoom. Most recently, she was CEO at Zoosk, where she previously held positions of CFO and COO. Prior to Zoosk, Kelly was the Sr. Director of Consumer Segment Finance at Cisco. Kelly has also held various roles in finance at Cisco Webex, Epiphany, and PeopleSoft. She began her career in tax and audit at KPMG and has a MA in accounting from The University of Texas at Austin.
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