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Aligning Financial Plans to Long-Term Goals

Townsend Managing Director Dan Ellis spoke with The CFO regarding the higher level of sophistication needed from CFOs in today’s landscape and the critical role they play in the alignment of a company’s financial plans to its long-term business goals. “These are organisations that are partnering for the first time …

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Misperceptions of Private Equity: What Candidates Should Know

While Aristotle famously considered the whole to be greater than the sum of its parts, the private equity model of the 1980s may have disagreed. At the time, the space was heavily focused on leveraged buyouts and distressed investments. Firms purchased companies to break them up and sell them off …

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Will Remote Work Create a Leadership Void?

The pandemic has drastically altered how employees engage with the workplace. Proponents of remote work cite increased productivity, flexibility and the promise of a better work-life balance. Others counter that working from home has eroded culture, making it harder for employees to collaborate and for younger leaders to grow. Whether or not the trend continues, three years of virtual operations have left their mark on the workforce. What does this mean for tomorrow’s leaders?

Is This the End of the Non-Compete Agreement?

On January 5, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed a new rule that would ban post-termination non-compete clauses and require employers to rescind existing ones. The FTC argues that non-compete clauses — which impede an individual’s ability to enter into or start a similar profession or trade — stifle worker mobility and wage growth. The ruling would essentially render existing and future agreements non-enforceable, subject to a narrow exception for owners or partners of a business.