2022 Private Equity-Backed CFO Compensation Survey
Financial Officers

2022 Private Equity-Backed CFO Compensation Survey

Our second report on compensation trends for chief financial officers explores data from private equity professionals in North America and Europe on both organizational structure and compensation for this increasingly critical role.

In an online survey, we asked participants to provide compensation data from 2021 for bonuses and 2022 for base compensation. All data collected is self-reported by CFOs and has been aggregated to evaluate trends in compensation packages, including base salary, bonus, equity or long-term incentives, and joining bonuses.

Welcome to our 2022 Private Equity-Backed Chief Financial Officer Compensation Survey, an analysis of compensation in both North America and Europe for this critical role. Together with our surveys of PE-backed CEOs, and PE investment and operating professionals around the world, these reports help to create a comprehensive picture of the compensation that key executives are currently receiving in a wide range of positions.

For this report, Heidrick & Struggles compiled compensation data from a survey fielded in March and April of this year of 265 senior financial officers, mostly in North America and Europe. While most carried the title of chief financial officer, the survey group also included top or lead financial executives with other titles.

We hope you enjoy reading the survey, and we welcome suggestions, so please feel free to contact us with questions and comments.

For more, download the full 2022 Private Equity–Backed Chief Financial Officer Compensation Survey report.

About the authors

Alyse Bodine (abodine@heidrick.com) is the global managing partner of the Financial Officers Practice; she is based in Heidrick & Struggles’ Philadelphia office.

Stephen Schwanhausser (sschwanhausser@heidrick.com) is the global managing partner of the Consumer Markets and Private Equity practices; he is based in the Stamford office.

Elizabeth Simpson (esimpson@heidrick.com) is the partner-in-charge of the New York and Stamford offices and a member of the Financial Services and Financial Officers practices.

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