Vaibhav Sharma is the Chief Financial Officer for GlobalLogic and is responsible for the overall financial management of the company including global finance, accounting, and tax functions. He is also responsible for Environmental Sustainability & Governance (ESG) at GlobalLogic.
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Give us a brief overview of the path that led to your current role.
I have always been interested in the intersection of technology and numbers given an academic background in Computer Engineering & MBA (Finance). It led me to start off on the Investment side of finance while working with a London-based VC firm targeting early-stage technology companies. Thereafter, I moved to a corporate finance role focused on M&A for a global leader in IT services.
I joined GlobalLogic in 2010 and have successfully led and seamlessly transitioned through a wide range of positions of increasing responsibility spanning multiple functions including Business Operations, Corporate Development, Finance, and Strategy. I am passionate about being a growth catalyst by connecting strategy and operations to facilitate decision-making to deliver financial results that enable long-term expansion and value creation.
What is one of your guiding leadership principles?
Being open and transparent goes a long way in creating mutually trusting teams. Leading through example and hands-on delegation are important elements for any fast-paced organization focused on growth.
With disruption being a key theme of recent years, where do you see the CFO role going in the next 1-2 years?
Disruption has always been part of business and successful organizations are the ones who have been able to pivot and turn it into opportunities. With the pace of disruption accelerating, CFOs are in a unique position to have a holistic view of different parts of the business, understanding how they work together (& not!) and the value drivers to be a trusted partner to the C-suite and investors. Successful CFOs need the ability to see problems beyond financials from the perspective of business leaders to influence and make recommendations.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out as a CFO?
Invest time to understand the bigger picture of the company and of the sector. Build relationships. Deliver "easy wins" early on, and plan for continuous improvement.
Tell us three fun facts about yourself.
- I like experimental cooking.
- I like reading and writing (not so much lately)
- Play hard, work harder!
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