CFO VS. Controller
The primary difference between a “controller” and a “chief financial officer” (CFO) is that the CFO has an experience level that allows the professional to couple a strong financial background with a strategic vision to participate in the development of a client’s overall business strategy and then articulate that strategy in the form of financial reporting and analysis. Clients who typically need these services are those who are attempting to raise capital resources or those who are seeking strategic transactions, refine / refocuse their operation. In these cases, a professional with “CFO-level” credentials can provide the experience and perspective needed to shepherd the client through a critical transition period.