What does it take to be a successful CFO in today’s marketplace? Bob Murphy knows all about it. As senior vice president and chief financial officer of BAE Systems, Inc., Murphy helped this global aerospace and defense company generate about $15 billion in sales in 2007. And he expects to see even more growth this year. In the following Q&A, Murphy shares his vision for the months ahead, and what he sees as one of a CFO’s most valuable assets: flexibility.
ExecutiveBiz: Tell us what your role is at BAE Systems.
Bob Murphy: I am the senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer of BAE Systems Inc., which is the headquarters for the U.S.-led businesses of BAE Systems plc, which is headquartered in London. BAE Systems Inc. generated sales of just under $15 billion in 2007, which accounts for about half of the overall revenue and profit of the company. We expect to see significant growth again in 2008.