Unicorn CFOs: US leans more on outside hires than India, has older set too

Study by WalkWater Talent Advisors also points to gender disparity, with women CFOs only leading 4% of Indian Unicorns, compared to 17% in US

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Shivani Shinde Mumbai

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In India, only 33 per cent of Unicorn CFOs were hired from other startups indicating a higher reliance on talent from traditional sectors. In contrast, in the United States, 72 per cent of Unicorn CFOs were hired from other startups with Enterprise SaaS and Fintech emerging as the top talent sources. Unicorn CFOs in India tend to be younger compared to their American counterparts. About 15-25 years of experience made up 60 per cent of the Unicorn CFO talent pool in India compared to 20-30 years in the US, according to findings of a study by WalkWater Talent Advisors, an executive search firm. The company researched 150 Unicorns (100 Indian, 50 from the US). The study has been co-authored by

First Published: Jun 19 2023 | 11:13 PM IST

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