Cost and Risk Management Tips for CFOs


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Cost and Risk Management Tips for CFOs: Interview with: Stephen Rue, Chief Financial Officer, News Limited, the Chairman of the upcoming marcus evans CFO Summit 2012, on cost and risk management.

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Cost and Risk Management Tips for CFOs

  1. 1. Cost and Risk Management Tips For CFOs In terms of cost cutting, CFOs should changing media environment. News question everything that is done, look Limited has a large proportion of to implement shared services, review the Australian newspaper market, options for outsourcing, and consider but consumer habits are changing. the delayering of management and Advertisers now have alternative any opportunities to divest non-core options for marketing their products assets. and services, and are looking for a measurable return on their It is also important to invest some investment. For us, the big challenge savings back into areas of the is to continue to protect and support business that can be grown. our traditional print business, while Competitors may also be going growing a new digital business thatInterview: Stephen Rue, Chief through the same difficulties, so it will be seriously profitable in theFinancial Officer, News Limited might be an opportunity to gain future. competitive advantage, grow market share or hire top talent released fromChief Financial Officers (CFOs) competitors.should consider cost-cuttingmeasures in conjunction with theoverall business strategy and not in What risk management strategies could you share? Any costisolation, says Stephen Rue, ChiefFinancial Officer, News Limited. Risk management is an essential part management must of the CFO’s job today. The CFOThe Chairman of the marcus evans needs to look at all areas of the be done inCFO Summit 2012, taking place in business and its strategies, from howthe Gol d Coa st, Qu e e nslan d,Australia, 4 - 6 March, Rue discusses business plans are being executed to OH&S legal compliance. To ensure all conjunction withcost management, gaining marketshare and risk management in operational areas are covered, it is best to engage the whole business. the overalltoday’s challenging economy. Key operational management has to understand the importance of business strategyHow can organisations lower assessing the risk environment. Theytheir expenditure whilst are usually very conscious of issuesmaintaining their competitive such as disaster recovery, businessedge in today’s economic and interruption, safety and poorbusiness environment? execution of plans. This is not something done on a spreadsheet in Any final thoughts?Any cost management must be the CFO’s office. It has to beconducted in conjunction with the encapsulated through the whole The economy today is volatile.overall business strategy. Cutting business. Similarly, the pace of change iscosts in isolation of a whole of accelerating; CFOs need to bebusiness plan can be dangerous. All As the CFO of News Limited, what incredibly vigilant in this environmentemployees should see a purpose are your top challenges and how of increased business risk. They havebehind it, so it is critical to constantly are you tackling them? to think past the traditional role ofcommunicate a vision for the future the CFO and become the eyes andat the same time. Our greatest challenge is the ears of their business.
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