Majority of Polled CFOs Say Never Had Mentor

June 1, 2006 ( - In a recent poll of more than 1,400 CFOs from US companies with more than 20 employees, an independent research firm found that 58% never had a mentor, either formally or informally.

According to results from an Acocountemps’ poll, more than one third (35%) of top executives who worked with mentors said the “single greatest benefit” was having a mentor who served as a confidant or advisor. Of the other top choices, 27% of the polled CFOs who had mentors said their mentors gave them insight into a field or industry, and 21 % said their mentors encouraged them and/or boosted their morale.