Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Programme

Drive business profitability with strategic financial leadership
  • Global edge with 2 online modules by Kellogg Executive Education
  • Get IIM Kozhikode Executive Alumni Status
  • Live online lectures (12 modules) by IIMK faculty with 3-day immersion at IIMK campus
  • 1 certificate of completion by IIMK and 2 module certificates by Kellogg Executive Education
Work Experience
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Round Application Deadline

Application Deadline: May 28, 2024 | Application Fee: INR 2,000 + GST

Programme Overview

Gartner’s 2023 survey charts out four priorities for today’s CFO. Leading transformation becomes crucial with 70% of finance transformations being less impactful. Improving the finance function’s strategy and design follows predictions that 40% of finance roles will be significantly reshaped due to finance technology. Consequently, prioritisation of cost management remains on top of the list with 81% of CFOs anticipating increasing technology investment. Lastly, CFOs will also have to lead change management efforts since organisations have seen a 50% decline in employees’ ability to absorb changes before becoming fatigued.

 To enable modern-day CFOs' transformative journey, IIM Kozhikode has launched its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Programme. This 12-month programme, is designed to transform the career path of new and aspiring CFOs. The programme is delivered via live online sessions by top IIMK faculty and concluded with a three-day campus immersion at IIM Kozhikode. From strategic performance management to C-suite leadership, the programme equips you with the tools and insights needed to navigate corporate restructuring, lead transformation, change management, and spearhead digital and finance technology investments, while also fostering ethical financial leadership, innovative thinking and business profitability. 

Participants will also gain global advantage through learning from pre-recorded lectures by Kellogg Executive Education, on ‘Leading Growth Strategy’ and ‘Business Leadership in the Age of Disruption’. 

Key Takeaways

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Master strategic financial decision-making in a dynamic global economy

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Navigate mergers, acquisitions, and IPOs with confidence

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Harness data analytics for precise, data-driven financial strategies

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Lead with integrity, ethical governance and corporate responsibility

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Innovate through design thinking, fostering creative financial solutions

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Strategically manage risks, safeguarding assets and maximising opportunities

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Elevate leadership acumen, influencing across the C-suite with finesse

Programme Highlights

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IIM Kozhikode Executive Alumni Status

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Live Online Lectures by IIM Kozhikode Faculty (9 months)*

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Featuring 2 Online Modules via pre-recorded video lectures by Kellogg Executive Education

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3-day immersion at IIM Kozhikode Campus (with 1-day informal Wayanad study tour)

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Capstone Project guided by IIMK Faculty

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Advanced modules on economic dynamics, mergers, acquisitions and IPO, C-suite leadership

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Hands-On Business Simulations in Mergers and Acquisitions, and Macroeconomics

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Insights from industry practitioners for a real-world perspective

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Networking Opportunities with CXO Peers

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Annual subscription to The Wall Street Journal

Note: *The programme is designed to be delivered approximately over a period of 12 months, including some occasional breaks that may be provided. This is indicative. The duration for modules by IIMK and Kellog Executive Education is tentative. The actual calendar time may be more or less by a few weeks depending on the number of topics covered during on-campus immersion and other variables like breaks provided/not provided.*

Who Is This Programme For?

  • New and Evolving CFOs   Executives new to the CFO role will benefit from the rigorous curriculum, eminent faculty, and indispensable network for navigating the complexities of financial leadership. 

  •  Seasoned Financial Leaders and Business Heads   Seasoned financial leaders and business heads will find the program empowering to orchestrate financial decision-making, catalyzing business growth and maintaining competitive advantage. 


  • Graduate (10+2+3) or Diploma holders (Only 10+2+3) from a recognised university (UGC/AICTE/DEC/AIU/State Government/recognised international universities)

  • Candidate should have a minimum of 10 Years of experience as of the Programme start date, i.e., ​​June 30th, 2024.

  • Chartered Accountant (CA) and Company Secretary (CS) are also eligible for the programme.

Meet the Faculty

The role of the CEO has evolved into a multifaceted position that demands strategic vision and unwavering adaptability. To prepare aspiring and current CEOs for the ever-changing demands of the modern world, the Chief Executive Officer Programme is delivered by leading faculty experts from both India and the US.

VG Sridharan
VG Sridharan

Chair Professor, Finance, Accounting & Control

With nearly 33 years of academic experience in India, New Zealand and Australia, Prof. VG Sridharan has taught cost accounting, financial accounting, management control system...

Abhilash S Nair
Abhilash S Nair

Professor, Finance, Accounting & Control

Equipped with a Ph.D. from IIT Bombay and a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley, Prof. Abhilash Nair received the Best Professor of Financial Management award in 2011 by...

Mridul Kumar Saggar
Mridul Kumar Saggar

Professor of Practice in Economics

A Ph.D. from IGIDR and a mid-career fellow at Princeton University, Prof. Mridul Kumar Saggar has three decades of experience in various central banking functions. As forme...

Programme Modules

Immerse yourself in a cutting-edge CFO toolkit: growth strategies, innovation, digital transformation, data-driven decision-making, and more.


  • The in-campus modules are subject to the conditions/ unavoidable circumstances that prevail at the given point in time. In case the current situation maintains thestatus quo, suitable alternatives that can replace the in-campus modules will be made available via live online sessions.

  • The modules and topics are indicative and subject to change at the discretion of programme coordinators.

  • The primary mode of learning for this programme is via live online sessions with IIM Kozhikode faculty members.

  • The modules by Kellogg Executive Education would primarily include pre-recorded video lectures by faculty of Kellogg School of Management.

  • The recording of the live sessions will be made available to the participants until the completion of the programme

  • The programme curriculum includes individual class readings, assignments, quizzes, two business simulations, case study discussions, guided capstone project,leadership workshops, and much more to apply and demonstrate classroom learning.

Capstone Project - Guided by IIMK Faculty

Embark on a transformative journey with a group Capstone Project guided and evaluated by IIMK Faculty. The participants will have the opportunity to learn and discuss during the interim and final presentations. Indicative topics for the Capstone Project includes:   

  • Business Plan Development 

Explore a business idea, a market that can be served, a business canvas and in the process prepare the detail plan for a successful entrepreneurial venture. Participants would work on resource metric, the projected business model, projected financial statements while aiming to start a successful venture through a proper judgement of operations, risk and a strategy which is dynamic, innovative and sustainable in nature. 

  • Case Problem Resolution 

Participants would work on an inherently important business problem that involves complex decision-making dilemmas or trade-offs. For instance, promotion of a new innovative product that the company has expertise on, may increase the carbon emission, which is affecting ethical sustainability or of macroeconomic decision that affects economy and business. Alternatively, participants may work on a problem that can be either puzzling or counter-intuitive or even contradictory to existing theory of knowledge to build durable and sustainable solution. 

Hands-On Business Simulation - Mergers and Acquisition Simulation

  • Comparing valuation methods, including WACC-based DCF (Discounted Cash Flow), APV (Adjusted Present Value), and Multiples 

  • Understanding mergers and acquisitions strategy, negotiating and selecting target companies. 

  • Understanding value creation in an M&A transactions. 

  • Differentiating between all-equity transactions and cash deals.

Hands-On Business Simulation - Macroeconomics

  • Recognise that monetary and fiscal policy decisions have important consequences for a country's economy. 

  • Apply core macroeconomics concepts by making monetary and fiscal policy decisions 

  • Understand the trade-offs of monetary and fiscal policy decisions. 

  • Adapt economic policy decisions to the changing state of the economy of a country, as well as to global economic conditions.

Programme Certification by IIM Kozhikode

Programme Certification by IIM Kozhikode

Participants will be awarded a completion certificate from IIM Kozhikode on successfully completing all evaluation components including a capstone project and maintaining a minimum attendance of 75%. Participants who are unable to clear all evaluation components but have a minimum attendance of 75% shall be awarded a participation certificate.   

We encourage you to attend all the live sessions and make the best out of these interactive learning experiences. 

Note: The certificate shown above is for illustrative purposes only and may not be an exact prototype of the actual certificate. IIM Kozhikode reserves the right to change the certificate and specifications without notice

Certification by Kellogg School of Management

On successfully completing the modules of AI Applications for Growth with Business Leadership in the Age of Disruption, you are eligible to receive short certifications from Kellogg School of Management.

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Kellogg Certificate LP Business Leadership in the Age of Disruption

Note: The certificate shown above is for illustrative purposes only and may not be an exact prototype of the actual certificate. Kellogg School of Management reserves the right to change the certificate and specifications without notice. 

Real-world Application Through Case Studies

Mariott Corporation: The Cost of Capital
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Recommend hurdle rates for Marriott's divisions to select by discounting appropriate cash flows by the appropriate hurdle rate for each division.

Valuation of Air Thread Connections
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Learn to select the appropriate valuation approach where capital structure is dynamic. Analyze the effects of non-operating assets on valuation.
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Valuing Managerial Flexibility Work on decision trees, option valuation and simulation for valuing managerial flexibility for a services venture.

Real Options for EDW and CRM at Global Airlines
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Calculate real option values, excel Monte Carlo analysis, and understand the difference between tactical vs. strategic growth options.

Birch Paper Company
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Take the role of Decision making at Birch Paper Co. and deep dive into transfer pricing among three divisions of a company.

Dakota Paper Products
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Build an activity-based cost model in a non-manufacturing setting, assess the model accuracy, and recommend actions for profitability.

Polysar Ltd
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Budgetary control and identifying variancesWork on the critical role of interdivisional coordination, variance analysis, budgeting, and financial analysis in maximizing performance indicators.

IIM Kozhikode Executive Alumni Status Benefits

On successful completion of the programme, participants will be eligible for the prestigious IIM Kozhikode Executive Alumni Status. These participants will subsequently receive the alumni registration details from IIM Kozhikode. The benefits include:

  • Access to a new Alumni Email Id with login details and credentials

  • Eligible to receive Publications and Newsletters of IIMK periodically

  • Online access login details to Kasebook (Online Alumni Portal)

  • Issuance of Alumni Identity Card

  • Availing MDC/Guest Rooms at prevailing rates subject to availability

Note: The Executive Alumni benefits are subject to the discretion of IIM Kozhikode. 

Complimentary Annual Digital WSJ Membership

Complimentary Annual Digital WSJ Membership

As a participant in the programme, you will receive a complimentary annual digital membership to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) with unlimited access to award-winning journalism across any device. From business and world news to technology, life, and arts, WSJ provides ambitious and fact-based reporting that readers can trust. 

Pay Later - Finance Options

Programme Fee

Maximum Loan Amount Available

Tenure (months) 


INR 6,50,000 + GST

INR 7,28,650


INR 26,940


  • The above EMI's are indicative. The EMI's offered by each of the loan providers might vary from the above figures, depending upon tenure and loan amount to be disbursed. 

  • Other EMI tenures available (Months): Propelld: 6/12/18/24/30/36/42/48

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