Russell Reynolds Associates: The Evolving Academy Finance Landscape

Academy companies—defined as organizations with extraordinary reputations for developing top talent—have evolved significantly over the past 10 years when it comes to finance talent.

To better understand these shifts in top finance talent development, Russell Reynolds Associates analyzed the experiences and backgrounds of S&P 2000 CFOs from 2012 to 2022 (N = 4000).

Their findings include:

  • Big Four experience remains a staple – but is steadily declining
  • The MBA is going out of style
  • The academy conglomerate pipeline has lost its luster

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