A Rare CFO – Madeline Ling
Our episode this week features the first Chief Financial Officer we’ve had on the show, however Madeline Ling is not your ‘ordinary’ CFO.
We don’t think we’ve met a CFO who values diversity and building relationships the way Madeline does, not to mention the articulate and creative way she speaks about the stories the numbers can tell her.
Madeline has held multiple CFO roles throughout her 20-plus year career to date which has seen her work far and wide, including in the U.S., China, Mexico, Europe, and Thailand. A tech-company veteran, these days she is CFO of US-based Boomi, a fast-growing global SaaS company, focussed on easy software integration, now owned by two blue chip private equity firms.
Before taking on CFO roles, Madeline spent twelve years consulting including the Boston Consulting Group where she was a Principal. She also has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
In this episode you’ll hear:
- What Madeline learnt as an impressionable teenager when she moved to the US not speaking a word of English
- How she thinks about leveraging her differences to add value
- Madeline’s recipe for building awesome working relationships; and
- The two questions she asks herself before changing roles or company.
In short, this was a fabulous conversation and you’ll really be inspired by the thoughtful and articulate Madeline Ling.
Below you can see how the cake turned out that Madeline talked about in the interview (top right) – looks delicious!