July 16, 2012, 8:05 AM — Name: Allison Aden
Time with company: 5 years
Education: Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Missouri; MBA from the University of Missouri
Company headquarters: Norcross, Georgia
Revenue: Approximately $800 million in revenue
Countries of operations: 20 countries on five continents, with more than 300 operation centers
Number of employees total: 4,800
Number of employees the CFO oversees: 9 direct reports; 190 worldwide
CFO's areas of responsibility: Finance and Accounting
About the company: Recall provides document management software, data protection services, and secure data and document destruction services. The company has about 80,000 customers globally.
1. Where did you start in finance and what experiences led you to the job you have today?
I started my career with the Boeing Corp., which at the time was McDonnell-Douglas in St. Louis, in the finance department.
As I've progressed in my career, I have held a number of diverse roles in different organizations. I thought it was particularly important to stretch my skill set to prepare for the multifaceted role of today's CFO. I gained exposure in several industries, such as financial services, health care, manufacturing and real estate.
Recall attracted me because it is a multinational corporation with strong growth potential.
2. Who was an influential boss for you and what lessons did they teach you about management and leadership?
I've been fortunate in my career to work with several gifted individuals. From each of these individuals, I have taken away skills that worked well for them and then adapted them into my own approach.
The bosses I have admired are hardworking, determined individuals who really care about advancing the organization's goals and keeping the team motivated.
3. What are the biggest challenges facing CFOs today?
Particularly, in a public-company environment, where short-term earnings are critical, it's up to the CFO to make sure the balance between tactical execution and long term strategic planning is in place.
4. What is a good day at work like for you?
It's important to me that my team is seen as being a value add to the organization. A really good day for me is when I hear from one of the field operators that someone on my team helped them to achieve a complex goal.
5. How would you characterize your management style?
I strive to hire capable individuals and then step back and let them perform at the highest level they can. However, I'm always willing to jump in if they're struggling and help get us to the goal line.
6. What strengths and qualities do you look for in job candidates?