Strategy & Operations » Business Partnering » Advice for new CFOs: network and work hard

Mike Kourey, CFO of Medallia – a SaaS company, shares his advice for new CFOs:

  • Never underestimate the power of your personal network
  • Use LinkedIn to seek out like-minded peers
  • Build on your internal network, as well as your external network
  • Work hard: putting your hand up can really help to advance your career.

Mike Kourey is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Medallia and has held executive, board, and advisory roles at high-growth technology companies for more than 25 years. Previously, he served on the board of directors and the audit committee of Aruba Networks until its acquisition by Hewlett-Packard in May 2015; on the board of directors and as audit committee chair at Riverbed Technology; and on the board of directors and the audit committee of RingCentral. Mike has been a board and audit committee member at various private growth companies. He also served as a Partner and Operating Partner at Khosla Ventures from 2012 to early 2015. Prior to Khosla, Mike was the CFO at Polycom from 1995 to 2012, and a board member there from 1999 to 2011.

Mike holds a B.S. from the University of California, Davis, and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.