An exclusive, invitation-only event for leading, cross-sector CFOs and their successors exploring which traits define CFO leaders, the critical factors for progress towards the C-suite, how to achieve gender balance on boards, the impact of digital, the role of innovation and future skill requirements for NextGen finance leaders.
FT CFO Dialogues
Identifying and Defining NextGen Finance Leaders
Martin Wolf CBE
Alistair Brownlee MBE
Olympic Triathlon Champion
BMW Group and Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL)
Despite continued political, financial and economic uncertainty, CFOs need to have overall business optimism for future prospects and growth. In addition to the standard tasks for strengthening the company’s performance, innovation and development of new markets are becoming best practice.Capital spending and investment into technology, marketing and advertising and research and development are all expected to increase over the next year. Uncertainty has not led to a general aversion to risk but it is critical to understand how the macroeconomic trends and technological disruptions could impact finance teams. Which traits define leading CFOs and which soft skills need to be acquired? How can gender diversity impact company performance? What factors are critical in the progress toward the C-suite?
For aspiring CFOs, it is important to join peer networks, both within and outside of their organisations, to help expand the knowledge base, develop capabilities to the fullest, and provide feedback about performance or how to address certain challenges.
The FT CFO Dialogues will explore how the CFO role has changed, development of new markets, the impact of digital, the role of innovation and future skill requirements for NextGen finance leaders. Join the FT and cross-sector CFOs and senior executives from Europe’s community to find out what trends and challenges might impact your role and your company going forward. The agenda will explore how to mitigate risks related to key challenges faced by CFOs including: regulatory requirements and policies, staff recruitment and retention, data security and access to capital.
Agenda - 8th Nov
8:00amRegistration and networking
9:00amChair's opening remarks
Pilita Clark, Associate Editor and Business Columnist, Financial Times
9:05amOpening keynote: Leadership styles spotlight for aspiring financial leaders
There are some shared leadership behaviours and attitudes between top CEOs and athletes which can ensure that the executives are uniquely placed to tackle and thrive even within the most challenging business environments. This live interview with the Brownlee brothers will explore what it takes to become an inspirational leader.
Alistair Brownlee MBE, two time Olympic Triathlon Champion and runner up at 2016 Sports Personality of the Year
Jonny Brownlee, Silver (Rio) and Bronze (London) Olympic medal winner
Interviewed by: Pilita Clark, Associate Editor and Business Columnist, Financial Times
9:30amHigh level insights: Emerging markets and macro-economic perspective
This high-level economic insights session will focus on how the macroeconomic and geopolitical trends could impact CFOs. Areas to be covered include: oil price, protectionism versus globalisation, trade agreements, cross-border laws and emerging markets.
Martin Wolf, CBE, Associate editor and Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times
Elina Ribakova, Visiting Fellow, Bruegel and former Managing Director of Research, Deutsche Bank
10:00amLeadership panel: How finance leaders influence the business: executive board, business management and stakeholders
- Which traits define leading CFOs and which soft skills need to be acquired?
- How can expertise be aligned to a company’s critical business challenges?
- Which factors are critical in progression toward the C-suite?
- How does the CFO influence the business strategy?
- How does gender diversity impact company performance?
Vivienne Artz, President, Women in Banking – UK and Ireland and Finance and Chief Privacy Officer, Refinitiv
Kjerstin Braathen, Chief Financial Officer, DNB ASA
Koushik Chatterjee, Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer, Tata Steel
Caroline Clarke, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Finance Officer, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
Simone Menne, Supervisory Board Member, BMW Group and Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL)
Moderated by: Daniel Thomas, Executive News Editor, Financial Times
11:15amThe Connected CFO: Becoming disruptive: A thought leader review of the technological disruptions which are shaping the role of the CFO and finance leaders
Evaluating the role of digital technologies and innovation, including AI and machine learning, in relation to advanced data analytics and performance for finance teams.
Justin Brickwood, Managing Director and Head of Markets Innovation, Barclays
Peter Knag, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Turner
Wendy Smith, Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Kellogg's Europe
Moderated by: Daniel Thomas, Executive News Editor, Financial Times
11:55amThe defined benefit pension odyssey
Defined benefit pension plans are entering an era of run-off and are now a legacy financing issue. Are you focussed on a clear destination for your pension plan?
This session will provide a unique insight into the key ways of managing the pension journey. It will look at alternative run-off options and discuss what groundwork should be undertaken to ensure your desired destination is reached in the most efficient and effective way. This will include how best to set an investment strategy to achieve your pension aim and take advantage of the flexibility available in how pensions are provided to plan members to minimise risk. The session will cover a high profile case study highlighting how this approach can work to great effect.
Jane Ralph, Associate, Barnett Waddingham
Liam Mayne, Partner and Corporate Actuary, Barnett Waddingham
12:10pmCFO dialogue: BREXIT - How and what impact will this have on CFO business decisions
This panel will explore the likely impact of BREXIT on regional and global CFOs. Questions to include:
- What are the risks and opportunities? How can these be prioritised?
- What are some of the likely outcomes on areas such as capital spending and hiring rates and overall business prospects?
- Where are businesses focussing in order to counteract continued uncertainty in the marketplace ie reducing costs, introducing new products and services and increasing cash flow?
Michael Landau, Group Chief Financial Officer, Lycamobile Group
James Lenton, Chief Financial Officer, AIG Europe
Julia Wilson, Chief Financial Officer, 3i Group
Moderated by: Jonathan Guthrie, Head of Lex and Associate Editor, Financial Times
1:55pmInteractive sessions: Working groups
- Overview of regional (European) and global tax reform, trade policy review and BREXIT impact
- How Blockchain could impact the CFO role and processes
- Impact investing: Current market and trends, opportunities and challenges
- Gender balance: Overcoming the barriers to female leaders in finance
- How can AI and RPA technology be used to drive productivity, employee satisfaction and business insights within finance?
- Becoming a well-rounded CFO: What are the essential traits and characteristics in leading CFOs?
Elina Ribakova,Visiting Fellow, Bruegel and former Managing Director of Research, Deutsche Bank
Dr Markus Kobler, Global Chief Financial Officer, Allianz Global Investors
Malcolm Pape, CFO UKI and EMEA, Experian
Turid Elisabeth Solvang, Founder and CEO, FutureBoards and Co-Founder and Member of Advisory Board, European Women on Boards and former Chairperson, European Confederation of Directors Associations
Alan Dingwall, Chief Financial Officer, Serco UK&E
Alexandra Morris, Investment Director, Skagen Funds
James Dening, VP of Europe, Automation Anywhere
Alice Gaskell, former MD, BlackRock and Director of Strategy, Women in Banking and Finance – UK and Ireland
Véonique Léonard, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Board member, Bank J.Van Breda and Co
3:00pmCFO dialogue: Talent management and the changing workforce
For aspiring CFOs it is important to understand the changing workforce in relation to societal and technological trends, which leadership and engagement skills are required, shifting skill sets (ie creativity, adaptability, assertiveness, and disruption), recruitment versus outsourcing, and expectations of NextGen finance leaders.
Sandra Federighi, Chief Financial Officer, Stella McCartney
Ivan Nash Vila, Chief Financial Officer, Endemol Shine Group
Angela Noon, Chief Financial Officer, Siemens UK
Moderated by: Isabel Berwick, Executive Editor, Work & Careers, Financial Times
3:40pmChair's closing remarks and networking afternoon tea
Isabel Berwick, Executive Editor, Work and Careers, Financial Times
Martin Wolf CBE
Martin Wolf is Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 “for services to financial journalism”. He was a member of the UK government’s Independent Commission on Banking between June 2010 and September 2011. Mr Wolf is an honorary fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University and King’s College, London. He is also an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham. In 2014, he was made a University Global Fellow of Columbia University, and a Senior Fellow in Global Economic Policy at its School of International Public Affairs. He is a member of the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum.
Mr Wolf has been included in Foreign Policy’s list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers. He has won the Wincott Foundation senior prize for excellence in financial journalism, the RTZ David Watt memorial prize, the Journalism Prize of the Fundacio Catalunya Oberta (Open Catalonia Foundation), Commentator of the Year at the Business Journalist of the Year Awards, the “Ludwig-Erhard Preis für Wirtschaftspublizistik” (“Ludwig Erhard Prize for economic commentary”), and “Commentariat of the Year” at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards. The Society of American Business Editors and Writers recognised Mr Wolf in its Best in Business Journalism competition. He has also won the Ischia International Journalism Prize and the Overseas Press Club of America’s prize for “best commentary on international news in any medium”.
His most recent publications are Fixing Global Finance (Washington D.C: Johns Hopkins University Press, and London: Yale University Press, 2008 and 2010) and The Shifts and The Shocks: What we’ve learned – and have still to learn – from the financial crisis (London and New York: Allen Lane, 2014). Mr Wolf was educated at Oxford University. He has honorary doctorates from Nottingham University, Kingston University, Macquarie University, the London School of Economics, Warwick University and KU Leuven.
Alistair Brownlee MBE
Alistair Brownlee MBE is the two time Olympic Triathlon Champion. He was also runner up at 2016 Sports Personality of the Year.
Jonny Brownlee is the younger of the Brownlee brothers, and has won Silver (Rio) and Bronze (London) Olympic medals.
Simone Menne holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Kiel, Germany and began her career as an auditor for ITT Corporation in the United States, later joining Deutsche Lufthansa. At Lufthansa Technik, she served as Vice President of Finance and Accounting, before joining British Midland as Chief Financial Officer in 2010. In 2012, Ms. Menne joined Lufthansa as a member of the management board and was appointed Chief Financial Officer. She served as Chief Financial Officer at Boehringer Ingelheim from 2016 to 2017. Ms. Menne is a member of the supervisory board of BMW, Deutsche Post,
Johnson Controls International and Springer Nature. She also serves in the audit committee of the latter three.
Peter Knag is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Turner. He reports to Pascal Desroches, Chief Financial Officer, WarnerMedia and Turner Administrative Officer. Knag was previously the vice president of AT&T Inc. merger planning, leading financial planning and analysis for the AT&T/Time Warner integration process. Prior to that role, he was Managing Director of Corporate Development for AT&T Inc., where he led the management of client relationships, analysis, negotiation and execution of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, and venture capital investments on behalf of AT&T and its affiliates worldwide. Knag joined AT&T in 1999 and led and executed more than $200 billion in transactions.
Prior to joining AT&T, Knag worked for Lehman Brothers and First Albany Corporation. Knag holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Southern Methodist University and is on the board of directors and treasurer of Vogel Alcove.
Wendy Smith is the Chief Financial Officer for Kellogg's EMEA Region. She was appointed to this post in September 2015. Prior to joining Kellogg's, Ms Smith held senior finance positions in Johnson & Johnson and P&G. Most recently she was the Chief Financial Officer for J&J's Consumer Division in the Asia Pacific Region. To date, she has held a range of senior positions in finance functions globally and in different regions across the world. She has industry experiences in Consumer Products, Medical Devices, and Pharmaceuticals.
As a finance professional, Ms Smith believes in the importance of Compliance, Business Partnering and People Development. Her primary focus and passion is in developing people, and being an active mentor and sponsor for many professionals in and outside of her company.
Elina Ribakova is a Visiting Fellow at Bruegel. Her expertise is in financial markets, emerging economies and central banking. She has had an extensive career in finance at Citigroup, Amundi (European asset manager), Avantium (Emerging Markets dedicated hedge fund) and most recently as Managing Director of Research at Deutsche Bank. Prior to that, she worked for nine years in policy making at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC where she was involved in several programme countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. She studied Economics at the Stockholm School of Economics and completed her graduate studies at the University of Warwick in 1999. During 2015-16 she was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs of the London School of Economics. She has published extensively including in academic journals and is a frequent contributor to Bloomberg, Sky News, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, BBC and economic blogs such as Project Syndicate.
Koushik Chatterjee has been an Executive Director and CFO of Tata Steel since November 2017. He joined Tata Steel in 1995 and has held the roles of Vice President (Finance), Group Executive Director (Finance and Corporate), Executive Director for Europe and Group Executive Director (Finance, Corporate & Europe).
Mr Chatterjee sits on the board of several Tata Steel Group companies. He is a member of the Primary Market Advisory Committee on Capital Markets of SEBI, a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has been appointed as the first Indian on the Global Preparers Forum. He is also a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council, Global Task Forces on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures, Switzerland, the B20 Task Forces under the Chairmanship of Germany on Energy, Climate and Resource Efficiency, Responsible Business Conduct and Anti-Corruption and is a Director of the World Steel Association, Belgium.
Mr Chatterjee was declared India’s ‘Best Executive’ for 2009 by Asia Money.
Sandra Federighi Oni has been the Global Chief Financial Officer at Stella McCartney for the past four years. She started her career in fashion by joining Gucci in Florence. Her background in banking gave her a strong foundation from which she progressed through to a Financial Controller position within the Kering group at Stella McCartney.
Additionally, Mrs Federighi Oni has been so inspired by winning the Black British Awards as leader in the consumer and luxury category, that she started the process of setting up a foundation to support Young Black and Minority Ethnic Talent to enter, develop and grow in the fashion industry. This would be an extension of a role she has already adopted of mentoring young people looking to build a great career and develop themselves in the fashion business.
Caroline Clarke has been the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust's Chief Finance Officer since 2011 and in 2012 she was awarded the Finance Director of the year by the Healthcare Financial Management Association. She was also appointed as the Trust’s Deputy Chief Executive in 2012.
Ms Clarke was formerly director of strategy at NHS North Central London. Prior to that she was an associate partner in KPMG's health strategy team. She has spent most of her career in NHS finance, having been director of finance at the Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and City and Hackney Primary Care Trust.
Michael Landau is the Group Chief Financial Officer at Lyca Group and is responsible for supervising the financial affairs and strategy of all Lyca Group companies. He leads a 70-person international finance team, which includes financial management and reporting, group structuring, tax and treasury, corporate finance, and the management of all external financial relations. Mr Landau has extensive experience in the TMT sector finance and as an entrepreneur, with Board experience across both private and public companies.
Angela Noon is Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Siemens UK, a position she has held since Jan 2018. Prior to joining Siemens UK, she was Partner and CFO of Next47, the corporate venturing arm of Siemens AG, a fund investing and partnering with Startups to foster disruptive ideas and to accelerate the development of new technologies.
During her 18 year career with Siemens, Ms Noon has held several senior management positions in the UK and overseas including Global Vice President and CFO for the Digital Enterprise Software Segment, a key unit for the industrial digitalisation strategy of Siemens. Earlier in her career she was Commercial Director for North West Europe for Siemens IT
Solutions and Services, before the Unit was acquired by ATOS in 2011.
A Digital enthusiast and advocate of education for all, Ms Noon is a member of the Economic Growth Board (Confederation of British Industry) and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
With over 20 years of FTSE 100 corporate finance, tax and treasury experience, Julia Wilson has been Group Finance Director of 3i Group plc, a leading international investment company focussing on private equity and infrastructure, since October 2008.
She began her career at Arthur Andersen, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant and focussing on international tax planning. She held a variety of tax and financial roles at Hanson plc, Tomkins plc and Cable & Wireless plc before joining 3i in 2006.
Ms Wilson is also the Senior Independent Director of Legal & General Group plc, a leading global asset manager and the UK's largest provider of individual life insurance products.
Ivan Nash Vila
Ivan Nash Vila joined Endemol Shine Group as Chief Financial Officer in Autumn 2016. Based in the Group’s headquarters in Amsterdam, he leads the Group’s entire finance operations including controlling, accounting, tax and treasury as well as internal controls.
He has over 20 years of international experience in Operational Finance, M&A, Business Development, Strategy and Investor Relations in the TMT sector.
Prior to joining Endemol Shine, Mr Nash Vila was CFO of UPC, a Liberty Global-owned company, overseeing financial operations and strategy for the combined business in Austria/Switzerland and Central and Eastern Europe. During his time at UPC, he led the restructuring and integration of the Swiss and Austrian operations, expansion of finance processes to the CEE, and the development of new business in areas including mobile, content and other new platforms.
Mr Nash Vila joined Liberty Global in 2005 when the company acquired Cablecom, Switzerland’s largest cable operator, where he was Head of Corporate Finance and Investor Relations. He went on to hold numerous other senior management positions at Liberty Global including Director of M&A, Head of Financial Planning, and Head of Investor Relations Europe.
Kjerstin R. Braathen is Group Executive Vice President of Group Finance at DNB Bank ASA and since March 2017 serves as Chief Financial Officer. She joined DNB in 1999.
She is the former Group executive vice president of Corporate Banking Norway, and has many years’ experience from Shipping, Offshore and Logistics (SOL) in Oslo. She has held previous roles at Hydro Agri International.
Ms Braathen holds a Masters in Management degree from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Nice-Sophia Antipolis.
Vivienne Artz joined Refinitiv formed from the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters) as the Chief Privacy Officer in November 2017, based in London, leading the global Privacy Team and overseeing global privacy strategy and practice.
Previously, she was a Managing Director and Global Head of Privacy Legal and Head of International for the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Group at Citi in the General Counsel’s Office in London. Prior to joining Citi in 2000, Ms Artz worked in private practice in London.
Vivienne chairs the international Regulatory Strategy Group Data Working Group and sits on the European Advisory Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
Until recently, she was the chair of the AFME Data Protection Working Group, engaged in the UK Finance Data Protection Working Group, and co-chair of the IAPP Knowledge Net for the United Kingdom. She is the current President of Women in Banking and Finance, having been awarded the “Champion for Women” Award at the Women in Banking and Finance Awards for Achievement 2016. She has many years of experience leading a broad range of diversity initiatives and groups both within firms and across sectors
Malcolm Pape is the CFO for UK and EMEA regions at Experian plc, where he leads a large finance function spread across 17 countries, partnering the businesses to drive premium profitable growth. A qualified Management Accountant (ACMA), he has over 15 years’ experience in Finance and Operational roles, spanning Outsourcing, Technology and Data Services companies. Mr Pape is a mathematician and economist and studied at Loughborough University. Applying rigorous analytical thinking, a competitive mind-set and a high performing team ethos, he has specialised in turning around difficult, ailing and problem child businesses.
Véronique Léonard is Chief Financial Officer of the Bank J.Van Breda & C, a banking subsidiary of Ackermans & van Haaren NV focusing on entrepreneurs and liberal professions. Véronique has a dynamic CFO and Strategic Executive profile with more than 25 years of experience in finance, risk, business development and IT, gained in complex and highly competitive industries (banking, ICT, manufacturing industry, insurance, B2B services). Prior to joining Bank J.Van Breda & C, Véronique L鯮ard held senior functions at amongst others BNP Paribas Group and at Accenture. She holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Louvain-La-Neuve and a Master in Finance from the University of Tilburg. She held several board functions at financing companies and a film tax shelter company. She believes that successful CFO should go beyond their traditional roles as controller or accountant and be a strategic partner that drives changes by co-shaping, refining and implementing strategic plans.
James Lenton is the Chief Financial Officer for AIG Europe. Prior to joining AIG in 2013, Mr. Lenton was with Ernst and Young LLP where he was coordinating partner for the global insurance assurance practice. Whilst there, he advised and audited a number of the largest publicly listed and private equity backed insurers. Prior to this, Mr. Lenton started his career at Price Waterhouse (latterly PwC) in 1996 where he worked in the UK and the USA.
Turid Elisabeth Solvang
Turid Elisabeth Solvang is Founder and CEO of Future Boards, a Norwegian-based project development company seeking to drive the evolution of corporate governance. It facilitates the exchange of experience and ideas for best practice governance and enables physical and digital networking. She is Co-Founder of the Norwegian Institute of Directors, which she helped establish in 2009, and was the Managing Director until October 2016. She was Chairperson of the European Confederation of Directors Associations and Co-Founder and Co-Vice Chair of European Women on Boards until April 2017. Ms Solvang is a member of the editorial advisory board of the UK-based magazine Board Agenda. She is frequently speaks on corporate governance issues, including women on boards, and is an experienced board member.
Justin Brickwood is a Managing Director, Head of Markets Innovation at Barclays, based in London. He is responsible for driving client focused innovation across Markets’ electronic offerings as well as increasing the efficiency of Barclays’ internal platforms. He partners with the FinTech community and colleagues across Markets and Technology to enhance the client offering, incorporating the best artificial intelligence, machine learning and optimisation techniques.
Prior to joining Barclays in September 2018, Mr Brickwood worked for Goldman Sachs where he spent 20 years and held a variety of engineering roles across the firm's Securities Division, most recently leading the engineering team accountable for Goldman Sachs’ Electronic Trading (GSET) business in Europe.
Mr Brickwood holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and Electronics from the University of Edinburgh.
Alice Gaskell was, until recently, a Managing Director at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager. Over 23 years, she helped build and lead Blackrock's European Equity Team of 21 investors who managed over $40b and since 2016, she helped lead the firm’s Talent and Diversity agenda as a member of it’s Global Human Capital Committee. In 2018, Ms Gaskell won Morningstar’s prestigious European Equity Fund manager of the Year Award and was a finalist in Investment Week’s 2017 Female Fund Manager of Year category. She resigned earlier this year and is currently working on a voluntary basis as Director of Strategy for the Women in Banking and Finance Network in the UK. As a portfolio manager, she has observed senior management across Europe over nearly a quarter of a century and has a deep appreciation of the role of corporate culture and leadership in delivering better financial and social outcomes.
Markus Kobler is Global Chief Financial Officer for Allianz Global Investors and a member of its Global Executive Committee. He joined in 2013 from Bank Julius Baer and 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, Mr Kobler 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. He was responsible for building the bank’s platform with two booking centres and oversaw the support functions including IT, Operations, Finance, Legal and Risk and HR. He also previously 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 their Asset Management division.
He holds a PHD in Economics from the University of Basel in Switzerland.
Alan Dingwall is the CFO of Serco UK & Europe and directs the financial and commercial function of this diversified outsourcing business. During the last 7 years with Serco, he has performed a number of Finance Director roles and worked for 2 years in M&A. Prior to Serco, he worked in Finance roles with Facilities Management and Telecoms organisations and has had the full range of experiences from acquiring, being acquired, growing quickly and contracting. The last year at Serco has been focussed on transforming the finance function to improve controls, reduce costs and release capacity to ensure value is added to the operations. To achieve this they will be leveraging technology, within which the spectrum and pace of change impacting all aspects of life and business is a fascination which is both exciting and terrifying at the same time.
Alexandra Morris has been Investment Director at SKAGEN Funds since September 2016 and leads a 24 person strong investment team. Within this role, she has ultimate responsibility for all SKAGEN’s fund teams' investment decisions and results. SKAGEN Funds is a Scandinavian management company with a long history in managing equity and fixed income funds. The company was established in 1993 and is based in Norway.
Ms Morris has over 20 years’ experience within the investment industry from all sides of the investment table – as portfolio manager, broker, investor relations director as well as investment director. She previously worked at DNB Asset Management where she was CIO. From 2004 -2015, she was senior portfolio manager of two of Odin’s European mutual funds.
She has served on several boards, including Nordic Nanovector, a listed biotech company and as chairman of the nomination committee of Kongsberg Gruppen, a large defence company.
James Dening is VP of Europe for Automation Anywhere with overall responsibility for the region and is instrumental in the exponential growth the company is experiencing across Europe. Previously, he was a member of the leadership team at XLN Telecom and a board member leading all commercial activities at Red Gate. Prior to that, he held a variety of sales and leadership roles in the software and telecoms industries before serving as Head of Sales for Amazon UK, leading their B2B sales activities.
Jane Ralph is a qualified actuary who advises organisations on a wide range of pension issues, primarily related to their legacy defined benefit pension plans. Her approach is to first understand the objectives of the key stakeholders; then provide clear, considered, complete and concise advice; before delivering the most appropriate solution in the most efficient way.
In her 25 plus years in the pensions industry, she has advised the full spectrum of clients from listed global multinationals to small family owned businesses with assets ranging from £3 billion to £20 million. She has advised companies on benefit design changes, scheme merger and harmonisation, liability management, scheme funding negotiations, longevity transactions, M&A activity and accounting disclosures. In addition, she historically advised Trustees and therefore has a good understanding of the approach trustees and their advisers might adopt. Her extensive experience, clear advice and proactive approach has helped her to become a trusted consultant to a wide range of UK and multi-national businesses.
Liam Mayne advises companies on a wide range of pension issues, primarily related to their legacy defined benefit pension plans. He has advised global banks, multi-national and UK-based firms. He has experience of advising companies on M&A activity, risk reduction, scheme funding negotiations, benefit design changes and accounting disclosures.
Whilst he has a broad range of corporate experience, he has particular expertise in advising companies on the pension issues related to their senior staff and changes in pension tax relief. This ranges from strategic advice on how to amend pension provision to senior staff, through to one-to-one guidance sessions with their most impacted employees. He has extensive experience working with companies of all sizes, from FTSE100 down to smaller UK businesses.
Isabel Berwick is executive editor, FT Work and Careers, where she commissions and oversees coverage of the world of work and business education. She joined the FT in 2000 from the Independent on Sunday, where she was personal finance editor, then business editor, and since then she has worked in various positions on the paper including commissioning editor for FT Life and Arts, deputy editor of FT magazine -and most recently as an editor on the Opinion desk.
Pilita Clark is an Associate Editor and Business Columnist at the Financial Times. She writes a weekly column on modern corporate life, as well as features and other articles. Pilita has worked for the FT since 2003, covering aviation and the environment. She was the FT's Environment Correspondent from 2011 to 2017.
Pilita was previously a Washington correspondent for Australian newspapers and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
Dan Thomas has been the Financial Times’ Executive News Editor since August 2018. Mr Thomas was previously the FT’s deputy companies editor and telecoms editor.
Prior to that, he worked as the FT’s property correspondent. He has also reported for FT Money and FT Weekend’s personal finance supplement. Prior to joining the FT in March 2007, he was an assistant editor for Property Week.
Mr Thomas holds a postgraduate degree in journalism from City University and a BA in English and Philosophy from Manchester University. He was named Business Journalist of the Year at the LSL Property Awards and awarded IBP News Reporter of the Year – both in 2010.
Jonathan Guthrie is the head of Lex, the Financial Times’s agenda-setting premium commentary service on companies and investment, and an associate editor of the FT. For six years he was City editor and writer of Lombard, an irreverent column on the Square Mile and corporate Britain. He has led investigations into Eurasian Natural Resources Corp, British Biotech and the “Gem of Tanzania” accounting fraud. Aside from Lex, he contributes regularly to House and Home and occasionally to FT Companies.
This Summit is qualified to 6 CPD hours.
Complimentary places are available by invitation-only to cross-sector CFOs and senior finance executives from Europe’s community. Each executive will be asked to attend with 2-3 members of their team to collectively explore the trends and challenges that will impact their roles going forward.
The morning will provide high-level insights in the form of keynote presentations and panel discussions, these will be followed by interactive working groups in the afternoon to provide actionable outcomes to take back to the office.
If you meet the above criteria, we invite you to apply for VIP passes for you and your team here.
Companies attending include:
3i Group plc, Accenture, Ackermans & van Haaren, AG Barr, Allianz Global, Investors GmbH, Amicus Finance Plc, Antalis Limited, Arix Bioscience plc, Asda, Astrazeneca, Atelika AS, Automation Anywhere, Babylon Health, Bank J.Van Breda & C°, Barnett Waddingham, Big Radical, BMW, DHL , JCI, BP, Britvic plc, CIBC, Color Line, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Condeco, DNB Group, Endemol Shine Group, Essilor International, European Women on Boards,
Experian, Fitch Ratings, FutureBoards, Galp, GEMFIELDS PLC, Genesis, Investment Management, LLP, GlaxoSmithKline, Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd., Habib Bank Zurich plc, Helios Towers, Heylo Housing, ICICI BANK UK PLC, Inchcape plc, Independent Professional, Insight Investment, Jupiter Asset Management, Kellogg, Knabu Distributed Systems Ltd, Kuwait International Bank, Learning Technologies Group, LQID Ltd, Lyca Group, MarketInvoice, Marwyn Investment Management LLP, Millicom Services UK Ltd, Mitie plc, Mitsubishi Corporation International(Europe) Plc, NEST Corporation, Newcastle, Building Society Group, Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, O S T C Ltd, OBOS, Osbornes Law, Rolls Royce, Sainsbury's Insight 2 Communication, Semafone, Serco UK&E, Siemens plc, Silixa, Simply Business, SKAGEN Funds, Soldo Ltd, Stella McCartney, Swedbank Norway, The Student Hotel, Turner, Ulstein Group, Upfield (Private Equity, KKR), Wikborg Rein, Worldpay Inc, ZPG
- Understand and discuss the pressing issues affecting current CFOs (for the company and personal career development) plus the key issues affecting future CFOs
- Network with Financial Leaders from a range of sectors
- Join the FT Financial Leaders network and have access to news, articles and future opportunities
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Automation Anywhere is the pioneer of the Digital Workforce and the global leader in RPA. We empower people whose ideas, thought and focus make the companies they work for great. We deliver the world’s most sophisticated Digital Workforce Platform making work more human by automating business processes and liberating people.
Automation Anywhere Enterprise is used by over 1000 leading enterprises in all industries including banking, financial services, healthcare, technology, manufacturing and insurance across more than 90 countries. With built-in cognitive capabilities and analytics, the platform is powerful enough to automate tasks of any complexity, but user-friendly enough for anyone to use.
Barclays is a transatlantic consumer and wholesale bank with global reach, offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management, with a strong presence in our two home markets of the UK and the US.
With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries and employs approximately 85,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.
Barnett Waddingham is proud to be a leading independent UK consultancy at the forefront of risk, pensions, investment and insurance. We have over 1,000 people, 70 of whom are partners, each delivering on our values and our promise, ensuring the highest levels of trust, integrity and quality.
Everything we stand for at Barnett Waddingham is embedded in our promise – to do the right thing. We’ve applied this meaningful principle across all aspects of our business with continued success. Our continued and long-term commitment to delivering value is our promise to all our people and clients.
Through our personal approach, pragmatism and proactivity, we provide advice to every aspect of the pensions process. We offer a full range of services to employers, trustees, insurance companies and individuals in both the private and public sector. We bring clarity to complex issues such as pensions buy-outs, M&A, financing and cost management, helping you make informed and timely decisions for the benefit of your company.
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Women in Banking and Finance is a not for profit membership organisation with branches in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Founded in 1980, we aim to improve diversity in the banking and finance sector. We are dedicated to increasing opportunity for individual members to network, learn and advise each other at every stage of their career through WIBF’s programme of workshops and events. The annual Women in Banking and Finance Awards for Achievement are prestigious awards which highlight the inspirational work going on every day in pursuit of diversity and excellence in the banking and finance sector.
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FutureBoards is a project-driven company that aims to raise awareness, drive the debate and develop good practice for HOW and by WHOM companies should be governed in the future. We bring together global voices and thought leaders; investors, CEOs, board chairs, politicians, regulators and academics to exchange insight, thoughts and ideas on how business owners and governing bodies can best respond to changing expectations from society, while ensuring long-term value creation for the company’s shareholders and other stakeholders.