Financial Officers

The role of the CFO and its direct reports has continued to evolve. Financial officers today play a part beyond accounting where their performance is linked with goals set forth by the CEO and Board of Directors. Leaders in finance positions are skilled with generating shareholder value regardless of the business model and ownership structure. 

August Leadership’s Financial Officer Practice brings experience, focus, access, resources, execution, and tremendous functional knowledge to meet your needs. We focus on getting your search right. That means providing the strongest possible, diverse slate of qualified candidates

(See August Leadership’s commitment to DE&I.)– followed by helping you to hire the right one. 

As trusted advisors to our clients, we start by understanding and assessing your needs. Then we develop a holistic plan to recruit the people your organization requires to be successful. August Leadership was born from a belief that executive search could be better. Putting clients and candidates first. Focusing on relationships not transactions.  

What We Do

The Financial Officer Practice at August Leadership can help you win the competition to recruit the best CFOs and their direct reports.

  • Deep functional knowledge (having been in “the role”) 
  • Focus on the financial officer market 
  • Unencumbered access to talent 
  • Partner-led searches 
  • A proven search and assessment process that combines art and science 
  • Client / recruiter alignment 

We believe that the traditional retained-search model is broken as there is a clear lack of alignment between client and search firm. Our business model solves the alignment issue that we have witnessed as partners with large search firms, as candidates, and as buyers of retained search services (i.e. as clients). 

Access to Talent

When considering executive search firms, it is easy to assume that the largest firms have the greatest reach. The opposite may be true: the larger the firm, the greater the obstacles in approaching the best candidates. 

We are unencumbered by off-limits restrictions. The ‘off-limits’ that affect large firms and boutiques come in two forms. The first is when a current or past search assignment puts a particular client organization off limits. The second type of off-limits arises when a candidate is off-limits because s/he has been ‘reserved’ to a particular search assignment. 

At August Leadership, we can approach the candidates you want to hire – and they return our calls. 

Our Expertise

Members of our Finance Officer Practice each have 15 plus years of experience of executive search within the finance function. We are in the market daily and understand the trends that are driving movement and demand.  

We work with public, private, family-owned, private equity-backed, and growth-stage companies across the globe. Our expertise spans all the core areas of finance leadership, including: 

  • Corporate and Divisional CFO roles
  • Financial Planning and Analysis
  • Audit and Risk Management
  • Controllership and Shared Services
  • Treasury & Tax
  • Board of Directors - Financial Expert
  • Investor Relations
  • Corporate Development, M&A

Practice Team

John Purkiss


John has over 25 years’ experience in executive search. He set up and ran the CFO Practice in Heidrick & Struggles’ London office, and was promoted to Partner. Since then he has recruited senior executives and board members for a wide range of companies.

Kristina Kalkman


Kristina’s consultative approach has proven highly effective at executing strategic talent initiatives and delivering outstanding, diverse talent.

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