In 2003, career finance executive Colleen Cunningham was restless in her role as CFO with Havas Advertising. She had established North American operations for the international advertising conglomerate following a $2 billion U.S. acquisition and, after two years with the firm, she craved a new challenge.
When Phil Livingston, then-president and CEO of Financial Executives International, announced his resignation in a message to members, Cunningham received the e-mail but wasnt immediately interested in the position. Three months later, on a whim, she queried the search firm. The field was down to four finalists but the recruiter threw Cunningham into the mix.
Honestly, [the recruiter] indicated that she didnt have any diversity on the slate, explained Cunningham. She basically managed my expectations. The next thing I knew, I was getting an offer.