Take a look at the guest speakers who joined us for the first CFO Virtual Agenda, which took place in July.
Alex is Executive Director for Financial Stability Strategy and Risk and a member of the Financial Policy Committee (FPC).
The FPC is the United Kingdom’s ‘macroprudential’ authority. It is tasked by Parliament with guarding against the financial system damaging the wider economy. Alex is responsible for the Bank of England’s work to deliver that objective.
Previously, Alex was the Governor’s Principal Private Secretary. Between 2011 and 2015 he managed the transition between Governor King and Governor Carney.
Alex has served as Manager of the Bank’s UK Forecasting Team (2008-2011), Economic Assistant and Speechwriter to the Governor (2005-2008) and as a UK Economic Analyst in the Bank’s Monetary Analysis Directorate (2001-2005).
He has an MA in Economics from the University of Cambridge (1999) and an MSc in Economics from the University of Warwick (2000). He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Liverpool.
Jessica Fries is Executive Chairman of The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S), established by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in 2004. She has led A4S since 2008, working with the finance community to catalyze a shift to a sustainable economy, with a focus on practical actions and targeted interventions capable of achieving global change. While at A4S, Jessica has been responsible for establishing the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), as well as A4S’s CFO Leadership Network and capital markets programme. Previously, Jessica held a number of roles at PwC advising a wide range of companies, governments, investors and not-for-profit organizations. Jessica has written extensively on ways to integrate sustainability into business and finance, and has been a member of a number of International, European and UK Government Committees, including the UK Treasury’s Sustainability Reporting Steering Committee, the European Commission’s Expert Group on Non-Financial Disclosure and the UN Sustainable Stock Exchange Advisory Group. She is currently a member of the IIRC Governance and Nominations Committee, the Smith School Global Sustainable Finance Advisory Council, the UN Global Assessment Report Advisory Council and the Global Reporting Initiative. Jessica is a chartered accountant, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, has an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
Adrian Lee is the Group Financial Controller at Passion Pictures, a London-based Academy Award-winning animation and documentary production studio. There he oversees the accounting, business support, financial planning and analysis, and production finance functions.
Previously, Adrian was part of the team that established startup STX International’s EMEA film distribution arm, building out its financing and operating facilities.
Adrian has an audit background in tech and media having qualified at BDO, and began his professional career in Vancouver, Canada.
Iain Wright trained as a Chartered Accountant and worked at Deloitte and Touche from 1995-2003. He was elected as the Member of Parliament for Hartlepool in 2004 and served in this capacity until 2017, until he decided not to seek re-election. Iain served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Housing and Planning in the Department for Communities and Local Government from 2007 to 2009 and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for 14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships between 2009 and 2010 in the Gordon Brown Government. Between 2011 and 2015 he was the opposition spokesman for Industry. Then from 2015 – 2017, he was the Chairman of Parliament’s Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, where he led high profile inquiries into the sale of BHS and working practices at Sports Direct. He stood down at the 2017 General Election and joined ICAEW in April 2018. Iain is a Governor of Middlesbrough College and trustee of Kings College London’ Industrial Strategy Advisory Board. He also chairs the policy forum of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He has an MA in History from University College London and obtained an MBA with Distinction from Durham University in 2019.
Martin Sanders is Chief Audit Executive for the European Region of Honda Motor Europe Ltd.
The role heads up the Corporate Audit function providing independent objective assurance of the adequacy of control and management of risk of the £5.2billion European Business.
Joined Honda (UK) in 1994 and held senior positions of Head of Sales & Marketing for Honda (UK) Cars, General Manger Honda (UK) and Europe Power Products and for the past 3 years CFO/GM for Honda Motor Europe.
Prior to Honda, he worked for Volvo Cars (UK) as Managing Director of Volvo Finance and before that worked as a worldwide auditor for British Airways PLC.
A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of England and Wales qualified with Deloitte in the UK. He graduated with a degree in Economics from the University College Cardiff.
Martin is a Trustee and Chairman of Governance of Wooden Spoon, which is the national rugby charity for children who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially.
He is a proud Welshman, born in Cardiff and is married with three sons.
Deputy CFO for Honda Motor Europe Limited and with direct responsibility for Tax and Finance Planning and Actuals as well as indirectly the transactional account, the job is always interesting.
From joining PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1997, Kate has nearly 20 years of experience as a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor. Worked with many multinationals, both FTSE 100 companies and large inbounds.
After graduating from the University of Durham, Tim joined Deloitte where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. In 2000, he joined Vauxhall Motors, which at the time, with its sister brand Opel, made up the European operation of General Motors, and he worked in a number of finance roles in the UK, in both decision support and core finance. In 2015 Tim moved to his current role, taking over responsibility for GM’s accounting centres of expertise in Europe. In the summer of 2017, GM sold its European operations to Groupe PSA, which became Europe’s second largest vehicle manufacturer with its Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Opel and Vauxhall brands. Tim now leads Groupe PSA’s shared accounting services, delivered from locations in Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Hungary by 250 people.
Markus Kobler is Global Chief Financial Officer for Allianz Global Investors and a member of its Global Executive Committee.
Markus joined Allianz Global Investors in 2013 from Bank Julius Baer & Co where he was Global Head of Onboarding and responsible for the transfer of clients and staff in the integration of Merrill Lynch International Wealth Management into Julius Baer.
Prior to this, Markus was COO Asia and Deputy CEO Bank Julius Baer, Singapore. Based in Singapore for more than six years, he was part of a team that set up Julius Baer’s operations in Asia, namely Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and Jakarta. He was responsible for building the bank’s platform with two booking centres and oversaw the support functions including IT, Operations, Finance, Legal & Risk and HR.
Before moving to Asia, Markus helped to coordinate the integration of SBC Wealth Management into the Julius Baer Group in 2005 and was in charge of the Business Line
Management function of Julius Baer’s Asset Management division.
Before joining Julius Baer in 2003, Markus was a senior consultant at McKinsey in Zurich where he managed client merger initiatives and strategic redesign projects in the areas of performance and product management for a number of asset managers and private banks.
Markus holds a PHD in Economics from the University of Basel in Switzerland.
Since 2008, Martin Sigel has been CFO of DHL Global Forwarding, Freight, a logistics company with EUR 15bn in revenue and over 40,000 employees around the globe. In his role as CFO he is instrumental in steering the company’s strategy towards Employer, Provider and Investment of choice.
1992 he started in this group as a local accountant in the Zurich, Switzerland area and had many different finance roles in Europe and Asia. Before that he has gained experience in various industries, such as auditing, telecoms manufacturing and consumer goods trading while at the same completing his studies as CPA and Financial Controlling.
Growing through practical experience with every new challenging role and project made him a rounded and experienced finance professional. His CFO role in Asia was in a time to open new companies and develop business in a fast growing market. Back in Europe, large acquisitions and integrations as well as reorganizations and IT-projects complemented his experience and left some marks in his personality.
Martin demonstrates success of a strong team which requires diversity and openness for constant change. He sees himself as a facilitator to grow people and capitalize the expertise and personality of each team member.
He is a thorough, reliable CFO with an open mind as a professional while maintaining a lot of tradition and love of nature in his private live.
With over 20 years of experience working for technology companies, Gwyn is a leader in the Order to Cash automation space. His domain experience in accounts receivable processes and artificial intelligence automation technology has helped large enterprises to improve working capital and decrease credit risk.
Gwyn joined HighRadius as a founder member of the EMEA team and has been instrumental in growing the European business with offices now in London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.
He is most at home on the stage talking to financial industry professionals and educating the community about the latest in best practices and advancements in AI technology within Order-to-cash environments.
Christoph defines and leads the execution of the corporate strategy through various growth and transformational initiatives. In his role at Serrala, he is specifically responsible for solution success and strategically driven go-to-market strategies.
With his background in implementing corporate growth strategies, Christoph is right at the heart of seeing and understanding financial hurdles company CFO’s and finance departments as whole are facing in changing and challenging times.
At Serrala, he shaped the corporate strategy to extend the significant company growth and executed against it through organic initiatives, selective M&A transactions and the integration of newly acquired companies into the group.
Prior to joining Serrala in 2016, he worked at the top management consultancy McKinsey & Company and for Waterland Private Equity. Christoph holds a BSc in Business Administration and a MSc in Management from ESCP Europe Business School.
Tim Wakeford is Vice President, Financials Product Strategy, EMEA at Workday, and is responsible for setting the strategic direction of Workday’s financial products in EMEA.
Prior to joining Workday in 2017, Tim served as Finance Director on the UK Boards of Cushman & Wakefield, and previously, Willis Towers Watson. Tim has held executive level positions in the finance departments of both private and public sector organisations.
Tim is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and holds a BA in Politics and Government from the University of Kent.
Abby Obomighie is an ACCA fellow, currently Head of Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) at Hitachi with the responsibility for organizational-wide performance management (including budgets, midterm plans & business planning), and enhancing business partnering while leveraging on digital finance systems to support business strategy.
Prior to joining Hitachi, Abby has held various Senior/ Management finance roles, globally across different regions (EMEA, USA & Canada) . Abby’s work experience spans across several industries: Banking, Academia, Housing, FCMG, Consumer products, Pharmaceuticals and Clinical Research Organisation.
A Certified DAMIC & Project manager (APM) with hands-on experience in delivering and managing finance related transformational projects including process and change management to system rollouts (ERP, Data analytics & Reporting).
As a finance professional, Abby believes in the importance of compliance, automation/digital drive. Abby is passionate in these 3 main areas:1) talent development to be best in class encouraging self-directed and a learning mindset to create high performing team. 2) Automation in finance, leveraging on data and technology while offering a value-added human touch to drive efficiency and commercial goals. 3) Delivering best in class business partners to influence and support organizational performance.
Phil is a Partner at agilityDigital and a Director of PtD Consulting; a specialist in recovering and delivering major programmes he places a strong emphasis on agility. On being pragmatic, using disciplines and approaches from IT to create multidisciplinary teams that focus on delivering true, measurable value – incrementally and at pace.
Having started as a scientist, he swapped to IT services in the late 90s and then later to management consultancy. Since 2009 he has been working at the sharp end of IT in major events and retail, both fields where speed, agility and making returns are essential.
Dynshaw Italia is Soldo’s CFO. He has over 20 years’ experience working and developing fast growing brands and has worked for Cobra, Lebara, and CreditEnable. His specialities include building a finance function to deal with fast growth business and scale and maximising working capital finance.
Rachel Seymour is head of product management and product marketing at Sage for the medium segment working across a portfolio of products including X3, Sage 200 cloud, Sage Intacct and Sage People. Rachel joined Sage in November 2019 from Epicor where she ran International Product Marketing. Rachel has worked in product and commercial roles across a range of software companies including Act! CRM, Epicor and Exact. She started her career in corporate finance advising software companies on M&A and capital raising.
Graham Heaven FCMA CGMA, Accountant, Director of IT and Finance, Distribution and HR, for Burbidge & Son Ltd
Attracted by the family owned culture of a truly British quality manufacturing business where a significant personal contribution can be made, together with a proud connection forged with the quality kitchen products that they design and sell into the independent retail market, Graham has become a long-standing and key member of the Board of Directors for Burbidge & Son Ltd.
The responsibilities of his role within the company has expanded beyond finance over the years to cover more general management responsibilities than would be usual, building upon years of experience from both the construction and international consumer product-based manufacturing industries, a practical approach and approachable leadership style.
And when not working, travel, friends and family fill his day.
Ranu is a young, ambitious woman who Heads up the International Operations and Technology Finance function at Vocalink, MasterCard.
She is a proud mother to a 4 year old daughter and a role model and mentor to hundreds of young youths.
As Ambassador of ‘Working Options’ and an active mentor at The ‘Girls’ Network,’ Ranu executes impactful motivational talks across London to help inspire and encourage young youths to realise their full potential and become the best version of themselves.
From Podcasting, to public speaking, from author contributions, to article writing, it is with great pleasure that we invite Ranu to speak at this year’s CFO Virtual Agenda.
Anant co-founded AppZen in 2012 to deliver the first world-leading AI platform for modern finance teams around the world. He’s responsible for the product vision and execution of the company’s broader mission. Previously he was the VP of Applications at Fujitsu America from 2009-2012, responsible for product management, and delivery of Fujitsu’s applications and infrastructure for the enterprise and, before that, served as Fujitsu’s Senior Director of Enterprise & CRM Applications. Earlier in his career, Anant was Consultant of ASI and served as Group Head of Corporate Planning at Nimbus Communications Ltd. Anant has 15+ years of experience in software development. He has an MBA and a BS in Finance and Engineering from Mumbai University.
Director of Strategic Initiatives in Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), leading the Finance Strategic Initiatives team. Primarily focused on large scale change management and transformational programs, driving increased efficiency and effectiveness enabling the Finance function to become a more customer centric focused business partner. This has included the set-up of an In-House Shared Service Centre (SSC) in Bulgaria along with an FP&A Reporting & Analytics Centre of Expertise (CoE). Currently leading a major transformation across the whole Enterprise, focusing on Enterprise Performance Reporting, touching Commercial, Supply Chain and supporting functions, the goal of which is to standardise, simplify and automate management reporting to drive increased business performance, adding value to the end-2-end processes across the organisation. Prior to joining CCEP, Daniel held a number of Commercial Finance roles across a number of sectors including Telecommunications, Financial Services and IT for EE, Avaya, Citigroup, 3Com and Fujitsu. Daniel is married and has 2 children, Hannah and Kara.
Bruce Burrows has been in Tetra Pak’s Global Leadership Team since September 2012. His main areas of responsibility cover Finance, Control, Business Transformation and Information Technology. Responsibility for Facility & Real Estate Management, as well as Supplier Management were added in 2015 and 2019 respectively. Bruce is the Secretary of the Global Leadership Team.
Bruce joined Tetra Pak South Africa in August 1995 and he has held Finance & Business Transformation roles in Switzerland, Sweden, Russia and the Middle East.
Before joining the Tetra Pak Group, he worked at Coopers & Lybrand for 3 years.
Bruce has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant (South Africa) & Chartered Management Accountant (UK).
A global leader in Finance, Guillaume de Pommereau excels in driving business value at enterprise level and leading financial organizations across complex multinational environments.
In leadership roles with Hitachi Europe, Takeda Pharmaceuticals Europe, Newell, and Dell Computer, he has delivered significant value while developing strong business partnership and maintaining the highest standards of compliance.
Leading a team of 70 finance experts at Hitachi Europe, he focuses as much on the revenue side as on the cost side, with a view that Finance is at the heart of a company’s performance ability.
Guillaume started his career in audit in PwC in Paris 26 years ago. He worked in France, Germany and is now based in the UK. His experience covers the technology sector at Dell and KPNQwest, the consumer goods sector with Parker Pen, Waterman, Papermate, the health sector with Takeda Pharma and Alliance Healthcare and the industry sector with Hitachi.
Guillaume is a graduate from EM Lyon Business School and holds a Master in Econometrics from Paris University. In 2009, he graduated from TRIUM, a Global Executive MBA delivered by NYU Stern School of Business, HEC Paris and London School of Economics.
Yemi Jackson is a solutions-focused Senior Executive and dynamic leader with more than 20 years of success in finance, across retail, logistics, housing and property, commercial, and education industries. Areas of expertise include accounting, change management, performance management, business process improvement, and project management. A member of the Association of Chartered Management Accountants (ACMA) professional body and completing an Exec MBA from Warwick Business School, London. As a seasoned team leader and finance executive, Yemi has worked extensively with executive teams to optimise sustainable business solutions.
Yemi is now CEO and Founder of Engage Transform a recruitment and talent developing company assisting organisations in increasing the diversity of talents they attract, developing these talents and optimising output. As a female BAME with children she has first-hand experience of gender and race equality issues at senior management level in Finance departments of major corporations. Tenacious and relentless she refused to take a lower grade role as a working mother and rose in her professional career to CFO in multi-national company. This wealth of life and professional experience has made Yemi a voice amongst Finance and Treasury professionals, challenging them to transition from back to the front office working in partnership with rest of business to optimise organisations objectives.
A founding Director of Proxima, Guy is responsible for programmes which address the challenges of transforming procurement to mobilise suppliers more effectively and efficiently within businesses. Guy is particularly interested in the future of the procurement industry, virtualisation of business and how companies can get more out of supplier relationships. Prior to training as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG, he studied politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University. He is a regular speaker at procurement and management conferences, and commentator on the procurement industry and the future of the audit market. Guy is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, and a Fellow of the ICAEW.
Rohitesh Dhawan is a Global Macro Strategist at Eurasia Group, the world’s premier geopolitical research and analysis firm. He is a noted commentator on critical geopolitical topics, including US-China relations, Brexit and European affairs, Southern Africa, the Middle East and India. He has particular expertise on the implications of geopolitics for financial markets and the Energy & Natural Resources Sector. He is also Eurasia Group’s lead analyst for social, environmental and economic sustainability issues. In this role, he publishes original research on climate change, responsible investing, social development and philanthropy. Rohitesh is a trained Economist and Geographer from the University of Oxford, and is a Senior Faculty member at the Africa Leadership Initiative.
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).
Blue Prism is the global leader in intelligent automation for the enterprise, transforming the way work is done. At Blue Prism, we have users in over 150 countries in more than 1,800 businesses, including Fortune 500 and public sector organizations, that are creating value with new ways of working, unlocking efficiencies, and returning millions of hours of work back into their businesses. Our Digital Workforce is smart, secure, scalable and accessible to all; freeing up humans to re-imagine work.
Our award winning SaaS platform, Blue Prism Cloud, simplifies scaling, giving companies access to a pool of cloud based intelligent digital workers. Pre-configured with all the tools and AI capabilities needed to get digital workers delivering business value at speed, Blue Prism Cloud leaves you free to focus your resources on delivering outcomes and rely on us to make sure your digital workforce is available 24/7.
Chrome River is part of Emburse, a global leader in expense management and AP automation solutions, which is trusted by more than 4.5 million users in more than 120 countries. Over 14,000 customers, from start-ups to global enterprises organisations, rely on Emburse’s tailored, highly-configurable solutions.
Chrome River, rated as a Leader in expense management by analyst firm IDC, provides innovative solutions for enterprises, including Grant Thornton, Harman, Masco, and Toyota. For more information about Chrome River’s solutions, please visit chromeriver.com.
Galvanize builds security, risk management, compliance, and audit software to drive change in some of the world’s largest organizations. We unite and strengthen individuals and entire companies through the integrated HighBond software platform. With more than 7,000 customer organizations in 140 countries, Galvanize is connecting teams in 60% of the Fortune 1,000, 72% of the S&P 500, and hundreds of government organizations, banks, manufacturers, and healthcare organizations. Visit wegalvanize.com to learn more.
insightsoftware is a leading provider of financial reporting and enterprise performance management software. We enable the Office of the CFO to connect to and make sense of their enterprise data in real time so they can proactively drive greater financial intelligence across their organization, which is how best-in-class finance teams operate. Over 25,000 organizations worldwide rely on insightsoftware’s portfolio of best-in-class reporting, analytics, budgeting, forecasting, consolidation, and tax solutions to provide them with increased productivity, visibility, accuracy, and compliance. Visit insightsoftware.com for more information.
Longview, an insightsoftware company, enables the office of the CFO to seamlessly connect people, processes and enterprise data in real-time, thereby building confidence in your numbers. This results in more proactive, efficient and timely insights, which drive greater financial intelligence across your organization. More than 1,200 customers in over 150 countries across all industries trust Longview’s connected finance solutions to accelerate planning, consolidation, tax, transfer pricing, and analytics, and to provide increased productivity, visibility, and accuracy.
Mercer builds brighter futures by redefining the world of work, reshaping retirement and investment outcomes, and unlocking real health and well-being. Mercer’s more than 25,000 employees are based in 44 countries and the firm operates in over 130 countries. For more information, visit www.uk.mercer.com.
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.
Sempre Analytics enables customers to achieve better business outcomes through the intelligent use of data. We work hand-in-hand with Finance leaders to deliver solutions which increase financial resilience, enhance operational efficiency and power smart decision-making. Bringing together industry expertise and technical knowledge, our experienced consultants help customers including Southern Co-op, Veolia, Crest Nicholson and Kurt Geiger, leverage technology to drive transformation, develop and test forward-looking strategic plans and become even more intrinsic to their organisation’s success.
Vertex, Inc. is a leading global provider of indirect tax software and solutions. The company’s mission is to deliver the most trusted tax technology enabling global businesses to transact, comply and grow with confidence. Vertex provides cloud-based and on-premise solutions that can be tailored to specific industries for every major line of indirect tax, including sales and consumer use, value added and payroll. Headquartered in North America, and with offices in South America and Europe, Vertex employs over 1,100 professionals and serves companies across the globe.
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.