2014 CFO Awards: Hugh Robertson, Council on Aging

Chief finance and operations officer30 Kawana Springs Rd., Santa Rosa 95404; 707-525-0143; councilonaging.com

Employees: 80, plus 350 volunteers

Professional background: 30 years of experience in consulting, banking, management and finance

Education: M.A. international studies, University of Washington; M.S., industrial administration, Purdue University; B.A., economics, University of Puget Sound

Age: 56

[caption id="attachment_96412" align="alignleft" width="240"] Hugh Robertson[/caption]

Mr. Robertson previously held CFO positions for a number of companies including Children's Council of San Francisco; CleanFish, Inc.; and the French American International School. Prior to working as a CFO, Mr. Robertson spent many years in corporate banking with First Interstate Bank (now Wells Fargo) and consulting with Arthur Andersen & Co. (now Accenture).

He and his wife, Kelly, live in Napa County.

What do you see as the essential role of a financial leader in the current environment?: To be a strategic leader in an environment where the room for financial error is shrinking. To ensure financial sustainability while fostering a fulfilling and empowering corporate culture. To translate financial perspectives intelligibly and honestly to make sure all stakeholders are working consciously in the same direction.

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