Saumen Chakraborty, CFO, Dr Reddy's Laboratories
Raj Kumar Baheti, Director and President (Finance), Alembic Pharma "It's due to the reluctance of CFOs to come out of their comfort zones. CFOs are not used to deal with ambiguities. As a CEO, you are required to take important decisions without waiting for that last piece of information.
So, making timely decisions is more important and this is one area in which CFOs are generally weak"
Sandeep Batra, Director (Finance), Pidilite
"A budding CFO should have a 360-degree approach and look at marketing and the people management function above and beyond the finance function. He is best geared for the position of the CEO. The benefit is that the CFO is the best person for return calculation. If the CFO calculates returns based on marketing and people management, he is a successful person"
Rajesh Kumar Mohta, CFO, Specialty Restaurants
Adesh Gupta, Whole-Time Director and CFO, Grasim Industries "When you are CEO, you need a much more holistic approach. You've got to look at every aspect of the business. To the extent the CFO can think on those lines, he is as good a CEO material as possible. But if the CFO starts thinking more departmentally, more in isolation, he can never be a good CFO in the first place, let alone a CEO"
Kevin P. D'Sa, CFO and ED, Bajaj Auto