About the study

Partnering for performance

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This study is based on a global survey of 550 CFOs and CHROs and a series of in-depth interviews with CFOs, CHROs and EY professionals.

Using the results of our survey, we compared the CFOs and CHROs at high-performing companies with those at companies that are not performing as strongly, to understand how the relationship differed.

We defined a high-performing company as one that:

  • Achieved earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) growth over the past 12 months of 10% or greater
  • Has seen a significant improvement in employee engagement and employee productivity over the past three years

Sixteen percent of our survey respondents are high performers.

We are grateful to all the participants in this study. In particular, we would like to thank the following finance and human capital leaders who readily shared their insights in a series of interviews:

  • Anisha Archary Human Resources Director, Old Mutual Emerging Markets
  • Joel Bernstein CFO, Global Customer Operations, SAP America
  • Bruce Besanko CFO, SuperValu, Inc
  • Dieter Buhl Member of Board of Management, Responsible for Human Resources and Sales, Daimler Financial Services
  • Dharma Chandran Chief HR & Corporate Services Officer, Leighton Group
  • Brad Ferrer EVP Finance, CNN
  • Kimberly Hauer Vice President and CHRO, Caterpillar
  • Sean Huurman Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, Imagine Communications
  • Marco Iannaccone CFO, Yapi Kredi Bank
  • Amit Jain CFO, Emaar Properties
  • Brian Jemelian SVP Finance and Administration, Yamaha Corporation of America
  • Jay Kloosterboer SVP of HR, Dover Corporation
  • L Krishna Kumar Group CFO, Tata Global Beverages
  • Brigette McInnis-Day Executive VP, Human Resources, for Global Customer Operations and the office of the CEO, SAP
  • Santrupt Misra CEO, Carbon Black Business and Director, Group HR, Aditya Birla Group
  • Rich Postler HR VP of Global Business Services, P&G
  • Puan Raiha Vice President, Human Resource Management Division, PETRONAS
  • Jon Scriven Group Executive People and the Office of the CEO, Qantas
  • Bill Tofflemire CFO, Wal-Mart Canada
  • Stephan Unger Member of the Board of Management and CFO, Daimler Financial Services
  • Zhong Hua CFO, CNOOC

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