CFO Pathways Report

Launched in 2022, Eton Bridge Partners presents the findings of research into 1,213 CFOs who have been appointed across the UK and Europe.

This report is powered by a leader in global people intelligence space, BoardEx. It includes CFO data from over 850 companies, collated on the UK and European appointments to Chief Financial Officer in 2020 and 2021. Key finding include:

  • The UK has caught up with Europe on gender, but there is still a long way to reach a 50/50 balance
  • Almost half of newly appointed CFOs are aged 46-55
  • The majority of CFOs are appointed externally. Internal promotions remain rare
  • Group Financial Controllers are the most likely to be promoted internally to CFO
  • Divisional CFOs are the most likely to be promoted externally to CFO
  • Sector and Private Equity experience remain a key deciding factor


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