About this event

Companies often grow by acquisition, but as we learned in an earlier session, the majority of acquisitions are not accretive to the bottom-line.  Our speaker, Elizabeth Salomon, is a highly experienced CFO working for high growth companies and will share some of her insights on financial modeling and assumptions used in making the business case to the board.  In addition, we’ll talk about the diligence work that should be done, culture, and the importance of planning for successful integrations.


Carol Coughlin CEO/Founder

Carol is an experienced public company board leader, board and audit committee chair, and is highly skilled in corporate governance, including board refreshment, strategic alternatives and M&A for growth and highly regulated companies. She is a Board Leadership Fellow (NACD) and sits on the boards of the University of MD Medical Center and Trusty Care. Following an IPO and after nomination to board chair, she led the board through acquisitions that doubled the size of the company, followed by a merger with a larger company. A qualified “financial expert”, she is an accomplished healthcare CFO with a track record of achieving profitability through growth, highly successful turnarounds and M&A. She is known as an energetic, collaborative leader and a quick learner in both organizational and board settings. In 2006, Carol launched BottomLine Growth Strategies, Inc., a growth advisory firm helping CEOs of privately held companies to transform enterprise value through best practice financial and operations strategies. Carol is a graduate of Loyola University in MD (MBA) and Towson University (BS Business), is a Board Leadership Fellow (NACD), and a Certified Public Accountant.


Elizabeth Salomon Chief Financial Officer

Elizabeth Salomon is a strategic finance executive who drives execution of company strategy. enables growth and scale, and optimizes talent with private equity backed software, data, and analytics companies. She is known for building dynamic, high-performing teams, identifying areas of potential transformation, and driving process improvement and automation to improve the growth of the business. During her career, Elizabeth has executed more than 35 M&A transactions. She currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for Xactly, an enterprise SaaS company. Prior to Xactly, Elizabeth served as CFO for Cherwell Software, Decision Insight Information Group, Marshall & Swift/Boeckh, and Ontario Systems.

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Financial Oversight

Buy-Side Acquisitions: A CFO’s Perspective and the Oversight Role of the Board

Tue, Dec 01 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)

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