How CFOs can Successfully Navigate the IPO Process and Beyond

February 2024

Welcome to Kingsley Gate’s ‘In The Spotlight’ series, where we highlight exceptional individuals who have made significant contributions in their respective fields. This episode features Steve Louden, former CFO Roku and Current Board Director at Zumiez and SunPower. Steve’s remarkable journey and insights provide a unique perspective on the evolving role of CFOs and the growing demand for financial expertise on corporate boards.

Navigating Market Volatility

In this episode, we delve into the dynamic world of corporate finance and leadership. Steve shares with us his experiences in steering Roku through economic downturns and advertising market fluctuations. He provides insights into strategic decision making during challenging times, drawing from the lessons learned throughout the IPO journey.

Steve highlights a crucial lesson applicable not only to CFOs but to all business leaders: the significance of maintaining a balance between rigor and flexibility in decision making. He underscores the need for CFOs to present business insights that are not only relevant but also easily understandable for stakeholders, offering a unique perspective on the company’s financial health and strategic direction.

Additionally, Steve emphasizes the pivotal role of Investor Relations in shaping a company’s narrative amidst uncertainties and market shifts.

About Steve Louden

Steve Louden, a distinguished CFO and strategic thinker, served as the Chief Financial Officer of Roku from 2015 to 2023, overseeing the company’s growth from a market cap of 1.7 billion to a pandemic peak of 50 billion. Recognized for his exceptional leadership, Steve brings a wealth of experience from roles at prominent companies like Expedia, Washington Mutual, and Disney. Currently, he serves as the Board Director at Zumiez and SunPower, emphasizing his continued dedication to shaping the business landscape.

Watch the conversation between Ed Montoya & Steve Louden in the video above!

Read Ed Montoya’s article on “How CFOs Can Successfully Navigate the IPO Process and Beyond” here

Ed Montoya
Senior Partner and
Global Financial Officer Practice Leader
Kingsley Gate
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