14th annual CFO of the Year Awards
recognizes area CFOs; proceeds from the event benefit Larkin Street
SAN RAMON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#CFO–Five9, a leading provider of cloud contact center solutions, today
announces that Five9 CFO, Barry Zwarenstein was awarded the 2019 Bay
Area CFO of the Year Award for the small to medium public company
The Bay Area CFO of the Year Awards are presented by Larkin Street Youth
Services in partnership with the San Francisco Business Times,
and title sponsors Deloitte and Marsh & McLennan Agency. Proceeds
benefit Larkin Street’s work to prevent and end youth homelessness.
Zwarenstein was honored at a ceremony on Thursday, June 6 at the Hyatt
Regency San Francisco. Over 500 guests were in attendance and raised
over $500,000 to support Larkin Street.
“Barry is a world-class CFO,” said Rowan Trollope, Five9 CEO. “I have
had considerable experience in dealing with CFOs throughout my career
and I consider Barry to be one of the best. I deeply value his vast
experience, intelligence, business savvy, financial acumen and
leadership. He is deeply respected throughout the organization and by
Wall Street. His work ethic is amazing. Barry is a key business partner
for me and the rest of the executive management team.”
Zwarenstein has more than 35 years of financial leadership in the
technology industry, and has served as the Five9 CFO since January 2012
and Interim CEO from December 2017 until May 2018. He has been the CFO
of several companies and has managed three successful IPOs, including
Five9, VeriFone and Logitech.
His philosophy is to take a broad approach to the role of CFO and become
an effective business partner across the entire organization. Barry’s
approach is to keep shareholders effectively informed, ensure sufficient
funding, drive process improvements, and report accurate and timely
financial information. A key element that connects these roles are
in-depth, contextual analyses about all aspects of the business;
something that is easily accomplished in a cloud company like Five9
since there is an abundance of consistent and coherent data. He also
believes it is essential to have best-in-class, scalable, and integrated
systems, as well as a strong, seasoned finance team.
“I am honored and humbled to have received the CFO of the Year award,”
said Barry Zwarenstein, Five9 CFO. “It would not have been possible
without the help and support of my many great partners – including the
Five9 executive staff, my incredible finance team and caring family.”
Five9 is a leading provider of cloud contact center software for the
digital enterprise, bringing the power of cloud innovation to customers
and facilitating more than three billion customer interactions
annually. Five9 provides end-to-end solutions with omnichannel routing,
analytics, WFO, and AI to increase agent productivity and deliver
tangible business results. The Five9 platform is reliable, secure,
compliant, and scalable; designed to create exceptional personalized
For more information visit www.five9.com.
About The Bay Area CFO of the Year Awards
Now in its 14th year, The Bay Area CFO of the Year Awards event is a
partnership between the San Francisco Business Times and Larkin
Street Youth Services recognizing outstanding CFOs in the Bay Area. The
event has raised nearly $6 million to benefit Larkin Street Youth
Services and the homeless youth they serve. Learn more at cfoawards.org
About Larkin Street Youth Services
Larkin Street Youth Services is an internationally recognized leader in
providing effective housing, education, employment and health services
to at-risk, homeless and runaway youth. Larkin Street reaches ages 12 to
24 across San Francisco and has served over 75,000 homeless and at-risk
youth since 1984.
Three out of four youth who complete the full range of Larkin Street
programs successfully exit homelessness permanently. Larkin Street is at
the forefront, working at the local, state and federal levels to create
the circumstances necessary to make instances of youth homelessness
rare, brief and non-recurring.
For every dollar invested in homeless youth, society sees $8 in social
benefits or saved costs.
Learn more at larkinstreetyouth.org