Winning a Corporate Board Seat by a CFO from a Promoter-driven Company


Through this blog I want to help those candidates, having rich & prolific experiences from Promoter- driven company in the realm of Finance and who aspire to become CFO in coming times. In this compelling & value proposition article you would come to know that how right “personal skills” and pursuing opportunities assiduously, can be a powerful way to accelerate your career and make a critical contribution towards a credible candidate for a corporate board seat.

Here I would share a living example of a candidate who carved a niche through embracing one after tough challenges and came up with flying colours.

As usual he started the career journey with an Audit firm as Internal Auditor, Landed in the land of unlimited promises called African continent.

Welcomed by a third generation Asian business family driven company, encountered with Operation problem, Man Management Problem, Finance Problem beside culture shock on the platter.

Strategically the first attack was on mitigating the ageing Finance problem because previously 3 GMs couldn’t tackle it. Based on the above success Operation handling was offered to him but he preferred to handle administration & HR issues as he was keen to gel with local people mindset, and ultimately Operation became his new baby. Within six months he geared-up the growth engine of production and touched new high. As a prize for this litmus test he was promoted from Finance Controller to General Manager – Operation, F&A with a gift of liberty to take strategic corporate decisions absolutely independently and singlehandedly to reckon with.

Amplified the funding through Bank borrowings, minimized the credit period, utilized the large inventory pool, purchased the raw materials, augmented the 100% capacity utilization of the factory and thus automatically production capacity level up surged. Resolved labour concerned IR issues i.e. strikes, terminations, local politicians liasioning, threats etc.

And as the luck would have it, he parted ways for greener pastures but stayed in touch with his ex-boss through these days. And one fine day his ex-boss mustered up courage and asked for help, as they say a “friend in need is friend indeed”, he came back and re-joined for a year, just to help him in fund allocation management and commissioning of the new plant.

Noticeable aspect has been his steadfast commitment to get lured by new challenges and in next career switch he emphasized on import purchases by scouting strategic geographies, motivated local suppliers to cut cost & time, also delved as sales turnaround architect and marketing functions as it was a bespoke cash rich company. Recommended for purchase of a new plant exclusively on self – sustainable mode.

Turbocharging the owns burning ambitious growth plans provoked him for another job hop and here he excelled in Govt tender Business, International Trade Finance (Letter of Credit, Bid securities, Performance and Advance Bank Guarantees, Back to back LC transactions, Tax Compliance (Customs duty/VAT).

Effecting in cherry picked as Board Member and selected as Director for 3 Companies.

He has been deft in determining the company’s strategy and accountable for its performance. Possessed relevant industry experience, strategic and problem-solving skills, strong interpersonal and negotiation skills as critical skills, especially when discussing sensitive or controversial topics. Also garnered ability to voice a knowledgeable opinion to the rest of the group in a diplomatic manner.

I think his financial acumen coupled with quality of entrepreneurial leadership style and creating sovereign integrity towards the management in each organization has led him to zenith of his career path.

“Attitude is a magnet. What you think is what you attract.” Anonymous


Myself Devdat, a Resume & Linkedin Profile Writer,M: +91 9811664625, Email:





Today we are living in the era of footfalls, eyeballs, hits, likes, Digital wizards, Data addiction and blah blah etc. Naturally Recruitment and Resumes are not spared form it.

Today Linkedin profile has become a powerful tool of Recruitment in fact a Resume has indeed taken a backstage and reckoned as a document only to be used across the table during the interview.

For most of the people Linkedin is all total a different ball game, the most obvious statement I come across is what I am supposed to do in Linkedin profile so often, I am not a social media crazy. Alas, Linkedin profile gets reminded only at the time of job switch.

When the companies start a 100 meters sprint by staging a talent-scouting race everybody boils down to Linkedin profile as it’s the biggest talent databank on earth today

Get Found or Be Found:

LinkedIn offers a perfect avenue as it has its own advanced search engine to hunt candidates from but are you ready to get spotted for that great moment.

A LinkedIn profile is about creating professional online personal brand credibility for a career-minded executive for the presence to be felt through online entity.

It gives you added opportunities to post your thoughts and comment on others’ posts.

LinkedIn profile can serve as a flagship for your brand you need to make sure you’re highly visible person.

Enhance the Visibility

Devise a LinkedIn strategy-This means having a complete profile that’s chock-full with the Profession-specific key words – related to your thought-leadership

Few Handy Tips:

Marketing Strategy Enthusiast || HR Value Creator || Strategic Global Alliance || Valued Finance Business partner || Strategic Transformation Champion || Start-up & Turnaround Architect || Scale-up Strategies || Growth Catalyst || Tactical Initiatives|


Create your independence Charisma & Confidence coupled with a whiff of optimism as a compelling Tagline, write something glowing.

Just to defy the misnomer Linkedin profile can’t be a carbon copy of your Resume, Never write your designation and company name just underneath your name, it’s meant to create an amazing picture of your career profile, which entails flavour and essence of your candidature.

Happy Linkedin Profiling!!


Myself Devdat Professional Resume  Linkedin Profile Writer. Email:,M: +91 9811664625.


Suddenly a Recruitment Consultant called up and asked for one pager profile for Mr. MD. OMG, All hell breaks loose in such a chaotic or disruptive situation, running from pillar to post.

Getting through structured and head breaking Resume is a passe and one pager CV is an in thing today.

It’s a severely challenged market and through one pager CV you design your vision that echoes true to you. Yours is undoubtedly an unchallenged legacy that has time and again reinvented itself. Every upgrade brought a fresh wave of intuitiveness isn’t it?

You can’t just buy everything you lay your eyes on but explaining the big picture through encapsulates your captivating attainments in a single spread sheet is a challenge. But also give the much-needed elbow room to depict the career growth at a scorching pace.

You will be given close to 440 words and merely 32 lines to be precise.

Quick bytes for you:

  •  Extremely crisp introduction about self with reference to current profile, comprise it with designation or business volume with generous spray of I & me usage to give personal touch. In the very next sentence talk about your best accomplishment, your personal initiative or matchless value-adds for an initial punch.


  • To put across your statement with substantiality take the help of digits/ figures vigorously.


  • After the initial punch now bank upon your professional forte, enlist them audaciously.


  • Time has come to be little bit personal at this juncture; be intimate by sharing about Personal Credo | Personal traits | Core Values | Mission Statement or Mission Mandate etc.


  • Draw a linear line of career growth trajectory showing that indeed you have grown up with company’s growth.


  •  Start telling about your well-crafted stories like your area of command, about your strategic brainchild, efforts like Conceptualized, incorporated and it did wonders.


  • Have you been value creator as a Turnaround architect, scaling up business Challenges, Growth Catalyst, embedding new value propositions open your cards with a winning smile.


  • Are you the proud owner of any of covetous applause or accolade flash it here.


  •  By covering above points you must be realizing that wow it is absolutely unique version of your profile, showing that you are and always have been Worlds Ahead of the rest. A statement in a higher league; superlatively bespoke.


One of the crucial qualifications for CXO position or leadership hiring is having excellent Team management proficiency. And interestingly we all mention about Team management in our Resumes without failing but that’s not sufficient. An employer today wants to have assurance, conviction and proof from your end, prior to reach at any hiring decision.

Leadership is becoming a team sport.

At this juncture employer is comfortable with your all kinds of functional accomplishments but having a history of superb team management; is he hunting for in your profile.

Team Management doesn’t entail always to the subordinate but also to the Top Management Teams and their lies the issues of fitment or gelling with the peer group.

Similarly you might have pedagogy of managing huge consumer base and large team from industries like ecommerce and Mfg sectors or from discerning small team; all falls under the segment of relevant stakeholders.


How have your team fetched a trophy for the company for their exemplary performance mention it superlatively.

Your contribution in leadership hiring through talent spotting, grooming them and conceiving them for leadership pipeline is worth stating.

Membership in Strategic core team as a “Company Think Tank” is another magnificent example to show your eligibility.

In a Matrix environment it is also advantageous to share the story about managing remotely located virtual team or Real Team.

 A note of caution

The team at the top may be the most difficult to manage and lead. Rivalries, strong personalities and different notions of the future make it a tough job indeed. Hence avid optimism, bit of a daredevil, quick witted, determined temperament will mould you into a strong team person.

Leadership Challenges

Most of the employees work pretty well at the beginning. But after the “honeymoon” period, staffs become sloppy and unmotivated. Eventually, some resign or let go. Keeping them motivated through value of planning and by taking advantage of circumstances is a core tenet.

You’re embarking on new adventures and remember an informed decision has a higher chance of being correct therefore a leader or even team leader is also of team builder which makes Leadership skills a priority.

But if the teams are structured and directed right, they can be of immense value to the company.

Myself Devdat, Professional Resume  & Linkedin Profile writer.My Email: and M: +91 9811664625.


  • One of the important aspects of CXO Resume is to show; above your Managerial wisdom that you are a GOOD HUMAN BEING and that can be indicated through your voluntary engagements and Community development initiatives.
  • Concentrate on “complete P&L accountability” and harp on Profitable growth rather than Top line growth.
  • At 99 degree centigrade water is hot; adding one degree centigrade will convert the water into steam and that steam can move a locomotive engine; many organizations fall short of that 1 or 2 degrees centigrade and there lies of emergence of C-suite vacancies.


  • The ultimate ambition of any professional is to reach the zenith of the career journey and that is to see self as Business Head or CXO as the last innings.


  • C-suite positions are having three broad categories:
  • MD/CEO, 2) CEO/Business Unit head, 3) CXO, COO, CMO etc.

Business Mantra

Talk about exponential growth with profitability, Driving the people practice, running the P&L to meet the business objectives has resulted in bespoke performance and phenomenal growth.

  • There is a million dollar question, is CXO CVs are different, yes there is stark difference as it is meant to launch you into diffrent orbit.


  • Mark the difference in the CV as you are going make the difference.


  • To start with as the saying goes, “Morning shows the day”; enumerate the accountability of the early or formative years of career. It shows that you nurtured a vision, risk appetite, Leadership streak, extra mile to run, and transformed yourself too,


  • Show that you have grown up from humble beginnings and reached thus far and excelling the leadership position, me not feeling guilt for several job hopping as you have grabbed offers by convincing interview panel and also in each stint proved through stellar performances.


  • In fact it does not matter from where do you start but it does matter where you reach, a huge leap, and reached here not because of legacy of bosses.


  • A significant eligibility for CXO category is to have decisive leadership skills; i.e. “I can hit my team to swear by me”. “What I say to the team they blindly believe, standby what I say because I know my team.” One of the best definitions of Leadership virtue is to have loyal followers.


  • Another vital quality is creating a powerful statement by developing a strong goodwill, a refined individual amongst others, positioned as Brand Ambassador, Hands-on experience in managing crisis situation or as Image management representative.


  • Highlight your ventures on reconfiguration of the Team approach, carving out competent business policies, Challenges of implementation any complex situation, a designated turned around Architect, Infusion of Innovation Culture, articulation of competitive strengths to surpass previous goals with clear value proposition by staying agile.


  • There are many people in this world who knows many things but there are very few people who know how to articulate them.


In Resume generally we tend to write only nice things, I mean about our accomplishments, accolades, Career elevation etc.etc. Which presents a decent picture about us. But as a Resume author I have always been intrigued by which kind of candidates or Resumes gets selected for senior positions.

Let us come back to the research side, I have done intensive study with Recruitment Professionals that out of zillion CVs what qualities they hunt for, and to no surprise they always scratch bit more i.e. search for beyond the obvious.

The flipside of the coin is every candidate is unique & gifted, When I discuss with candidates about their performances they share with me about their unique qualities like having intuition, attribute of sniffing success, Playing a crucial role etc. but they are unable to translate these finer nuances of the brilliancy into bio data and there remains the larger disconnect or Gap which is very harmful for career growth.

Stand out in the crowd with the “power of personalisation” because you are as different as you can be.

In coming lines I would outline few of the salient features, study them and introspect, and next time incorporate them in your new profile and see the difference, definitely the interview calls would be from very good companies and for challenging roles, after all it’s your business statement.



  • Dare quotient: an organization is nothing more than the collective capacity of its people to create value. Shower with incidences where you have shown courage and impressed upon the senior management.


  • Risk Appetite: New ideas are always tentative and their results may not be instantaneous and positive therefore the willingness to assume risk is a must. Mention about your Risk proposition aggressively.


  • Team Excellence: Provide a holistic picture about enhancing teams’ execution, acclimating team to new systems, led the team to perform above standard, coached and trained employee motivation, disseminating the information to the individual team members.


  • Futuristic Outlook: Share your efforts regarding recommendations offered by you to the Top Management and also about its approval & implementations.


  • One-man Army: You have manoeuvred single handedly several projects and you got applauds for the same, also you have proven track record of initiative and ambition.


  • Transformation of the Corporate culture: Talk about unifying the thought pattern for optimising the Competitive Advantage by changing a culture of the organisation.


  • Harbinger: Leaders have always followers but they have also people of diverse perspectives who can disagree with you. Discuss about “First mover advantage strategy” as a Value chain for healthy bottom-line contribution.


  • ROI in Training initiative: As we know that Talent is the multiplier. The more energy and attention one invest in it, the greater the yield. Hence spotting talent, grooming and readiness for Leadership pipeline is a forte to be showcased.


  • Bounce back: Failure isn’t always a bad thing. The best suited line is “The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.” — Chinese Proverb. What’s wrong in mentioning about underperformance but because of strategy rejig you arrested the loss and superseded the target figure.


  • entrepreneurial thought leaders: It’s a mind-set that embraces critical questioning, innovation, service and continuous, for a moment simply leave aside all the accomplishments rather yell loudly that you are self-directed, and a person of Impeccable ethics and a high-level of integrity.


A company can’t buy true emotional commitment from managers no matter how much it’s willing to spend; this is something too valuable to have a price tag. And yet a company can’t afford not to have it. Therefore remember you have all the qualities to be successful for accelerated career growth simply tell it on the CV.

Your image in the Resume

Our whole life is dependent on image we carve out. As per the definition image is a representation of the external form of a person or thing in art. For sure here I am going to talk about the image a Resume creates.

Once you float CV for the dream position it gets shortlisted in your “absence” and once interview is over panellists take decision in your “absence”. In your absence it’s your image which plays the decisive role.

An image is a feel, an aura which comes out from your profile. In fact it’s your flavour and essence which is you.

Study your resume several times; also appeal your friends to share an honest confession that’s you.

Here I would take help from an HR profile to make you understand the importance of your image.

Look at the broader sense or Macro level on below mentioned points……

  • I a Brand ambassador of the company exemplified myself to evolve as a leader with followers to face Human Capital challenges.


  • Defining how HR directly contributes to the business as it is no more operational HR or support function. HR understand the business scenario, it’s not merely about PMS, C&B or L&D etc. instead an integrating initiative of HR & Business aspect.


  • Challenge enjoyment, embracing complexities has brought me towards a hostile culture where value for people was very low, Functional Managers used to yell at me, I don’t need brain to work rather a pair of leg to work. They used to evaluate human beings with an abusive remarks like “Yaar ye to Gadha hai, Yeh to Ghora hai, Dhakkan hai, yeh to Stepney hai” and “Bande se dhanda chaihye”, is it right to quantify them always, they are not commodity. At the end of the day everyone is human being, we have hired them therefore we should respect them; we should treat them well “preserve the dignity of the individual. After all their performance has direct bearings on the kind of culture we offer to them.


  • I implanted culture of cohesive working atmosphere, growth and performance, Fostered sense of Community, Instilled mindfulness in culture. I shared the career growth path, larger picture with the employees, and how can we take the organisation together forward.


  • Talent war is in full swing there is no scarcity but picking a befitting candidate for 0nboarding is a big challenge. Me selling a job to him, he selling is skill, the marriage to last must value adds.


  • Me as an eternal learner hence always creating my own succession in the organisation, a true believer nurturing leadership pipeline through talent spotting & providing them ample scope to grow.

Friends these points nobody writes in the Resume but it should get reflected, a feel of above must be felt to have a futuristic image of yours. Because ultimately you will be hired by the values you are bringing to the table.

Create a Brand face, an all –new benchmark decked with outstanding performance and true business athleticism to reckon