Meet CPA Canada member Victoria Davies, CPA, CA, CPA, CMA, Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions

Learn about the career path CPA Canada member Victoria Davies has taken. Discover the concepts that have launched her career and her insights on moving into industry.

Meet Victoria Davies, chief financial officer and corporate secretary at Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions. She holds both CPA, CA and CPA, CMA designations, and has been working in industry for more than 20 years.

What is the best part of your job?

As the CFO of a medium-sized company that provides talent management solutions (recruitment, development and optimization), I do many things that are often outside of a larger company’s CFO role, such as legal issues, real estate transactions, strategic M&A work, technology, etc.

I am a strong believer that the CFO should be a value-added member of the executive team. As such, I am a strategic advisor not just to the CEO, but to all the members of his team. How great is that? My CEO is a great leader and wonderful to work for. We have created a team culture at Knightsbridge and have strong leaders throughout the organization.

What is your biggest business or career accomplishment? What are you most proud of?

I have a few. I am most proud of the acquisitions that Knightsbridge has done over the years, and how they have added real value and growth to the organization.

Another of my accomplishments was working on our organization’s governance and operating philosophies. Since my arrival, we have attained the 50 Best Managed Companies award for three years in a row. 

Finally, we did a large software implementation that was very challenging, but we all stuck with it. We ended up with an excellent tool that is providing real benefits to the organization.

What surprised you most about moving into industry?

When I left KPMG, I was concerned that I would miss my colleagues. However, in industry, there are so many teams and professional advisors that you work with, that you have many similar collegial relationships.

Is there a book you recently read or movie you saw that you recommend?

I am not much of a baseball fan, but I really enjoyed Money Ball. It is really about being strategic, thinking out of the box to come up with an innovative solution to a problem. It involves trust and faith. It is a study on how to be an effective leader.

Has there been a defining moment in your career? 

Yes, when I decided to give it up. I had a great job at Pepsi that I absolutely loved. My husband had a chance to move to Paris, France. When I came back to Canada six years later, I sought out my network and through many connections, discovered that the CEO of Knightsbridge was looking for a CFO, and he happened to be the prior president of Pepsi Canada. We made a connection and I took a leap of faith. After a challenging first year, I knew that I was on the right path when I was nominated by the employees at Knightsbridge for a Knight award.

What concepts or rules have helped you succeed in your career?

Be a great leader in everything you do. Be accountable. If a project isn’t going well, step up! Figure out the issues and develop a plan and communicate. Be humble. Apologize if you’re wrong, but have a plan in place to fix it. Put yourself in others’ shoes. Don’t take credit for others’ work.