Top 5 strategic areas CFOs are tackling

CFOs across the nation are stepping out of their comfort zones and taking on a more strategic role, according to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2015 CFO Outlook.

For the 2015 Outlook, 602 financial executives — mostly CFOS — from various industries were interviewed.

Of the CFOs who reported their strategic activities were increasing, these are the top five strategic areas they reported taking on.

1. Data management — 71 percent

2. Risk management — 69 percent

3. Technological advances — 63 percent

4. Human resource issues — 55 percent

5. Communications and strategies — 48 percent

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