The CFO Alliance Releases 6th Annual 2019 Executive Compensation and Culture Study

Mid-Market Enterprise Leaders Are Preparing for Potential Slow-Downs and Believe Resilience Depends Heavily Upon the Strength and Performance of Their Culture

This Survey is unique in that it not only benchmarks salary data but also allows enterprises to benchmark the design and types of short- and long-term compensation programs offered, including the components and total compensation of CFOs, Controllers, Accounting Managers, as well as for other C-Suite leaders, including HR, Sales and Marketing Leaders. In addition, the Survey identifies and quantifies trends in how culture and compensation impact top-line, bottom-line and shareholder value performance.

“We are very excited about the expertise that the professionals from Insperity and AchieveNEXT bring to this year’s Study, especially given the increasingly complex and volatile business, economic and regulatory environment in which our CFO Alliance Member companies are operating,” says Nick Araco, CEO of The CFO Alliance. “Given the increasing volatility and uncertainty tempering the current business, economic and capital markets, Mid-Market enterprise leaders are preparing for potential slow-down or setbacks. Therefore, their corporate resilience, i.e., their enterprise’s ability to exploit an advantage or rebound from a setback, depends heavily upon the strength and performance of their culture.”

Analysis of the data captured via this Study, accompanied by specialized research produced by leading Mid-Market advocates, provides four (4) critical takeaways that Mid-Market enterprise leaders must consider for the remainder of 2019 and 2020:

  1. Rise of the Employer Value Proposition: Leading Mid-Market Enterprises measure and provide incentives for customer satisfaction, employee engagement, and even strength of relationships, but most finance leaders lack clarity on how and if to measure the alignment between these key performance indicators (KPIs).
  2. Top-Performing Mid-Market Enterprises attempt to provide the ‘right’ drivers to attract top talent and to prevent employee turnover, but continue to battle ever-increasing base salary compensation levels and ever-changing employee expectations.
  3. High-Performance, Mid-Market Enterprises actively promote increased career advancement opportunities and ‘career agility’ to their employees to reduce talent defections but continue to struggle with measuring the effectiveness and outcomes of these investments.
  4. Modern Finance Executives are increasing their efforts to clearly understand, define and articulate, in both quantifiable and qualifiable terms, the ‘DNA’ of their enterprise culture and the impact it has on their enterprise performance.

To obtain a copy of the full Report, to discuss participation/results, request customized Study analyses, or to obtain additional information about The CFO Alliance and the benefits of Membership, please contact Candace Cook, Director of Member Development at

Contact info:

Name: Deanna Tully, Operations Manager
Organization: AchieveNEXT
Address: 1265 Drummers Lane, Suite 106 Wayne, PA 19087
Phone: 610.492.7400

About The CFO Alliance

The CFO Alliance is the leading peer advisory network for more than 8,000 CFOs and qualified finance executives from the middle market and emerging enterprises from all industries, geographies, sizes and structures. Membership to The CFO Alliance is for forward-thinking, innovative finance executives who are committed to a path of constant learning, self-improvement, and knowledge, experience and insight-sharing. CFO Alliance Members are poised, sophisticated and professional.

CFO Alliance Members share their knowledge, insights, advice and counsel virtually and in-person to ‘Make Connections That Count.’ Our Members demonstrate an understanding and empathy for the challenges and opportunities of the Modern CFO.

About AchieveNEXT

AchieveNEXT, headquartered in Wayne, Pennsylvania, develops and runs subscription-based peer advisory networks for emerging and C-Suite leaders across North America, the largest of which is The CFO Alliance. The core of our AchieveNEXT services provide emerging and middle-market leaders and their enterprises with executive coaching, career management, specialized leadership and sales training, board governance, HR consulting, risk management, and technology and corporate development services.

About Insperity

Since 1986, Insperity has been showing companies how to harness the power of HR to improve business success. They’ve grown from two people sharing a one-room office to a $3.3 billion company with more than 60 offices across the U.S

Today, they are one of the country’s most comprehensive HR services providers – and they’re still innovating. It’s more than what they do. It’s a calling.

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