James E. Early

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What is the difference between a CFO and a controller?

Posted on Jan 09, 2012 under Updates | Comments Off

What is the difference between a CFO and a controller? I am often asked this question, especially by business owners and entrepreneurs. Usually I can explain it in brief fashion, having worn both hats at various times, but even I realize that every so often these functions cross over, particularly when a business is just starting or moving to a new level when more focus on accounting is needed. The last time I was asked, it was by an officer in a new and fast growing startup. They needed both a CFO and a controller, really, but they were only...

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