Mary Driscoll

Senior Research Director, Financial Management, APQC

Mary Driscoll is APQC's practice leader for financial management. In this role, she is responsible for identifying and disseminating best practices and metrics used to improve the effectiveness of the office of the CFO. Driscoll has been researching and writing about the evolving role of the CFO—and the corporate finance function—for many years.

Since joining APQC in January 2009, Driscoll has been interviewing senior finance executives about their approaches to financial management during the recent economic slump. She has also been leading a peer group consortium study aimed at emerging performance management models and systems.

Prior to joining APQC, Driscoll served as president of CFO Research Services, an arm of CFO magazine, which is a unit of The Economist magazine. She was a founding senior editor at CFO magazine, where she developed numerous cover articles ranging from capital structure to CFO compensation. Driscoll also blogs on issues facing finance professionals.

Driscoll is the author of Cash Management—Corporate Strategies for Profit, published by John Wiley & Sons. A frequent speaker and author for financial management conferences and magazines, Driscoll combines her knowledge of the complex details of the finance function with the clarity of a seasoned writer and editor.

She earned her bachelor of arts degree with honors from the University of Massachusetts and studied management and accounting at Harvard University's program for postgraduate certification.

Posts by Mary Driscoll

Sustainable Working Capital Improvements: Making Best Practices Stick

When the credit markets suddenly froze during the financial crisis, finance teams at large companies went into triage mode and raised spare-cash....More

Reregulation Gone Wild?

CFOs and treasurers are unhappy with an SEC proposed rule change that would require "quantitative and qualitative" disclosures about short-term....More

The Cost of Accounting and Reporting -- The Gaps Raise Eyebrows

At this time each year, teams of corporate accountants work fervently to close the books on last year's financial results. APQC's benchmarking....More

Gaining an Edge: Don't Tolerate Slow Financial Processes

The never-ending pursuit of cost reduction in financial management operations is all well and good — but do not overlook the negative impacts of slow....More

The New Talent Crisis in Finance

A new talent crisis is about to hit corporate finance. The word “new” is deliberate. This time, the challenge is not about the rising cost of good....More

Robo-signing and Sloppy Processes That Could Land You in Jail

Think you're having a bad day? Consider the CEOs and CFOs of the nation's biggest banks that have been caught up in the robo-signing scandal. They....More

How Shared Services Are Reinventing AP

A recent survey conducted by APQC revealed that managers of financial shared services operations are keen to deliver “business intelligence” to their....More

Beware of the Distressed Opportunity: When Cash Finally Runs Dry

Over the next six months, we can expect to hear a lot about beleaguered businesses being snapped up by stronger companies looking to buy some good....More

Getting the Jump on Performance Announcements

Last week, General Motors announced its return to steady financial footing. One equity analyst proclaimed in The Wall Street Journal that the....More

Getting Bad Grades in Risk Management

How good are North America's largest companies when it comes to detecting and dodging risks that can disrupt the hunt for growth and profit? It turns....More