Is being FD of a UK plc a thankless task?

Speaking to the Guardian, Gissing says floating the company would be the worst thing Ocado could do.

He says: “I am finance director and marketing director and it is a thankless task to be finance director of a public company in the UK. One day it will float, but I won’t be the finance director."

They’re strong words from the outspoken FD but is he onto something?

Ian Paterson Brown, the former FD of F&C Asset Management, has also had some choice things to say about life at the top of the finance tree, describing it as a “lonely job”.

Do you agree or disagree? Let’s hear your views below.

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