The CFO Virtual Agenda returned in June bringing together an exclusive community of the most senior CFOs, Finance Directors and Heads of Finance from the comfort of their own home.
Co-developed by CFOs and FDs from some of the world’s largest companies, the CFO Virtual Agenda is uniquely positioned to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to navigate these uncertain times, safeguard businesses and remain agile to drive business growth in the future.
Philip Hammond was a UK Cabinet Minister and key member of the British Government for almost a decade. Leading four departments over nine years, and rising to the second most powerful job in government, he was one of only three people to serve continuously in the UK cabinet from 2010 to 2019 throughout the tenures of Prime Ministers David Cameron and Theresa May.
Taking on the role of Chancellor of the Exchequer shortly after the 2016 Brexit Referendum, Hammond took charge of the UK economy at a time of unprecedented uncertainty. Firm in his belief that nobody voted for Brexit with a view to becoming poorer or less secure, he fought strongly for a negotiated outcome with the European Union that would allow a continued close economic partnership between Britain and the EU.
He was part of the “E3+3” team that negotiated the JCPOA nuclear arms control deal with Iran in 2015. During his tenure as Defence and then Foreign Secretary, Hammond built strong links with the US and other allied counterparts, both civilian and military, and was a frequent visitor to Afghanistan during the ISAF mission there.
As Chancellor and as Foreign Secretary, Hammond played a major role in managing the UK’s evolving relationship with China and has clear views about the importance of effectively integrating China into the global system as a major economic and strategic power. He also has strong connections in the Gulf region.
As Chancellor, Hammond focussed on the key strategic challenges facing the UK and other developed economies: the technological revolution and how it is already transforming the way we work and live our lives; climate change and how to harness the market economy to deliver decarbonisation; demographic shifts and the challenges of an ageing population, and particularly in the UK, the challenge of raising productivity. He believes these challenges – none of which have been diminished by the Covid-19 pandemic – will shape the next decade.
Philip Hammond grew up in Essex, and studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at University College, Oxford. Before entering Parliament in 1997, he had a wide-ranging business career across a number of sectors including healthcare, oil and gas and property, in the UK and in Europe. He stepped down as the Member of Parliament for Runnymede and Weybridge in November 2019 after nearly 23 years serving the Surrey constituency. He was awarded a life peerage by HM The Queen in July 2020.
Brian Worrell is the Chief Financial Officer for Baker Hughes. With more than 30 years of experience as a financial executive, he most recently served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for GE Oil & Gas since January 2014. In December 2010, he assumed the role of Vice President, GE Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis.
Worrell was Vice President of the GE Corporate Audit Staff from January 2006 to December 2010, where he led a team of 750 people in ensuring financial statement integrity, controllership, compliance, and best practices throughout the company. He has worked on five continents and in multiple businesses throughout his career and has served on several Boards of Directors for companies and non-profits.
Worrell is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with an honors degree in economics.
He and his wife Kate have two daughters and a son, and they support numerous educational and healthcare charities.
In his role as Chief Financial Officer for IKEA UK and Ireland, Constantinos is a Company Director and an active member of the Country Management Team, responsible for steering long-term and sustainable profitability and securing operational excellence and compliance with internal and external rules and regulations. Constantinos first joined IKEA in 2005 in IKEA Greece and since then has also worked as Store Manager in IKEA Cyprus, as Deputy Finance Manager in IKEA UK&IE and in Sweden as Commercial Plan Leader for INGKA Group. Prior to his current role, he was the Chief Financial Officer for IKEA Netherlands.
Albida’s core focus is back office business transformation. Our hands on operationally experienced team appreciate that no two business are the same and each customer requires a bespoke strategy and solution based on global best practices obtained over many years of operational and consultancy experience.
Basware is the only procure-to-pay and e-invoicing solution provider that empowers businesses with 100% spend visibility through 100% supplier connectivity and 100% data capture. Our cloud-based technology enables organizations to fully manage their spend, mitigate financial risk and reduce the cost of operations via automation. With the world’s largest open business network and an open technology ecosystem, we are uniquely positioned to deliver the solution required for Visible Commerce, which provides customers with complete transparency into all flows of money, goods, and services around the world. A global company, Basware has offices in 14 countries and is traded on the Helsinki exchange (BAS1V: HE).
Established in 2003, Cedar is a specialist recruitment consultancy operating in the finance, transformation and procurement arenas. Cedar offers highly effective bespoke recruitment solutions to clients in the private, public and not for profit markets in the UK and internationally. We manage an extensive range of permanent and interim opportunities from entry level through to senior executive. Cedar promotes a culture based around the concept of ‘Listen, Advise, Deliver’ – we listen to our clients and candidates, understand their key drivers and then advise them as to the best approach to ensure effective delivery.
Celonis (www.celonis.com) is the New York- and Munich-based leader in Enterprise Performance Acceleration software. A pioneer in Process Mining technology, its Intelligent Business Cloud helps every company rapidly remove operational friction to become a Superfluid Enterprise. Companies around the world including Siemens, L’Oréal, Uber, Citi, Airbus, and Vodafone rely on Celonis to guide action and drive change, turning business processes into extraordinary experiences and resulting in millions of dollars saved.
KPMG is a global network of professional services firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 147 countries and territories and have more than 219,000 people working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.
MobileXpense provides large organizations with travel- and expense management services that are adapted to their unique organizational and regulatory needs. At MobileXpense we are driven by our dedication to make travel and expense management carefree for our partners, customers and their employees.
Sage is the global market leader for technology that provides small and medium businesses with the visibility, flexibility and efficiency to manage finances, operations and people. With our partners, Sage is trusted by millions of customers worldwide to deliver the best cloud technology and support. Our years of experience mean that our colleagues and partners understand how to serve our customers and communities through the good, and more challenging times. We are here to help, with practical advice, solutions, expertise and insight.
Soldo is a multi-user spending account, complete with Mastercard® cards, intuitive admin and effortless reporting. Our mission is to simplify the entire business expense cycle, from beginning to end. We use the smartest financial technology to solve the three key business spending problems: delegation, control, and reporting.
Soldo was created by entrepreneurs and banking experts united by the search for a simple and effective way to manage the flow of money inside organisations of any size.
A perfect P2P and S2P process is the dream for every company and organization, and Transparent supports its clients every step of the way on this journey. We create value out of our client’s raw data, a craft that we have elevated to an art. Since the beginning in 2000, we have our own in-house developed software helping us discover and recover vendor overpayments, duplicate payments, tax credits, open credits and unclaimed property. We give our clients control and advice on P2P and S2P. We do so by offering AP recovery audits, Statements investigation, Fraud and risk analysis, Contract Compliance, Vendor Master Services, and VAT Solutions. Our goal: give our clients more time, more money, more control and peace of mind.
Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. Founded in 2005, Workday delivers financial management, human capital management, and analytics applications designed for the world’s largest companies, educational institutions, and government agencies. More than 1,000 organisations, ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 50 enterprises, have selected Workday.