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May 13, 2013 | by  | in News | [ssba]

Shadowy Business

Victoria students looked into the mouths of financial dragons last Thursday at the final of the ‘Shadow a CFO’ competition, held in Rutherford House.

The competition gave top Victoria students the opportunity to follow a top New Zealand Chief Financial Officer (CFO) around for a day. During the final, nine students performed Dragon’s Den-style presentations to the panel of CFOs, arguing why they should be chosen.

The CFOs were impressed by the standard of the candidates, so much so that every candidate was selected to shadow a CFO. “[The candidates were of] really high quality, and were really brave,” said Sara Brownlie, CFO of Central Agency Shared Services.

Each candidate had to explain why they should be chosen, where they saw themselves in three years’ time, and what it would mean to them if they were chosen. Accounting and Commercial Law student Andrew Burt wanted the opportunity to become the “David Attenborough of the concrete jungle”—to observe the CFOs in their natural habitat.

Student Ngahuia Leighton heard about the competition through her Accountancy lecturer and was “excited at the different opportunity”.

After the presentations had finished, the judges argued with each other over who got which candidate. At one point, head of the Victoria School of Accounting and Commercial Law Professor Ian Eggleton, jokingly suggested that they bid for candidates and all the money go to his school.


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