Spotlight On Talent: The Importance of Finance Leadership According to David Speedy

Let's face it, if you want to get anything done in your organization, you have to be on good terms with the finance executive and pray that he or she is approachable. Also, the ideal finance person has to have: a) superb strategic operations experience; and b) a heart for the people in the organization. Meet David Speedy, who has experienced the full spectrum of financial operations in his robust career, as well as an intricate understanding of people's importance. We caught up with him for an interview about his background, the challenges and rewards of working in the finance department for manufacturing plants, and the fact that he is open to new opportunities.

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