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FT CFO Dialogues

Identifying and defining NextGen finance leaders

London |
Speakers include:
Rebecca  Worthington

Rebecca Worthington

British Land

Prashanth  Shenoy

Prashanth Shenoy

NMC Healthcare

Birgit Conix

Birgit Conix

TUI Group

Overview

Things are looking murkier. Trade wars and rising interest rates are weighing on growth in the world economy, while unsettling markets. Concerns over top-line performance and digital disruption mean cost reduction and business resilience are priorities. ESG issues are becoming critical to long-term competitive success. Finance teams cannot simply slash and burn, they need to maximise efficiency and productivity while developing and redeploying talent. Brexit is expected to disrupt supply chains. Finance roles are becoming more data-driven - requiring technical fluency, creative thinking and calculated risk-taking to achieve agility. NextGen finance execs need to be aware of the interplay between these issues as part of their progression towards a leadership role. CFOs must be enabled to steer their company through an uncertain corporate landscape in order to protect, create and transform value. The second annual FT CFO Dialogues will explore how CFOs continue to develop their roles to drive change across the company. 

Which talents are essential, in progression toward the C-suite and the board?  What does the board want and expect from the finance function?  How can CFOs spot new opportunities to develop traditional business services in unusual, useful ways?  How can CFOs collaborate with data teams to unlock precious insights?  How can technology help in re-deploying people to value-adding activities? As CFOs have become a visible and active face of the brand, how can they aim to inspire and demonstrate leadership?

Join the FT and cross-sector CFOs and senior executives from Europe’s business community, and take part in the conversation. 

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fallback Add to my Calendar 09/25/2019 08:00:0009/25/2019 17:30:00trueFT CFO DialoguesThings are looking murkier. Trade wars and rising interest rates are weighing on growth in the world economy, while unsettling markets. Concerns over top-line performance and digital disruption mean cost reduction and business resilience are priorities. ESG issues are becoming critical to long-term competitive success. Finance teams cannot simply slash and burn, they need to maximise efficiency and productivity while developing and redeploying talent. Brexit is expected to disrupt supply chains. Finance roles are becoming more data-driven - requiring technical fluency, creative thinking and calculated risk-taking to achieve agility. NextGen finance execs need to be aware of the interplay between these issues as part of their progression towards a leadership role. CFOs must be enabled to steer their company through an uncertain corporate landscape in order to protect, create and transform value. The second annual FT CFO Dialogues will explore how CFOs continue to develop their roles to drive change across the company. Which talents are essential, in progression toward the C-suite and the board?  What does the board want and expect from the finance function?  How can CFOs spot new opportunities to develop traditional business services in unusual, useful ways?  How can CFOs collaborate with data teams to unlock precious insights?  How can technology help in re-deploying people to value-adding activities? As CFOs have become a visible and active face of the brand, how can they aim to inspire and demonstrate leadership?Join the FT and cross-sector CFOs and senior executives from Europe’s business community, and take part in the conversation. FT-CFO-Dialogues875d6dce07787d2c7e3f94ef32419bf9MM/DD/YYYY

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“Yet another way the FT broadens my knowledge of evolving economic environment.” CFO, Amicus Finance

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Agenda - 25th Sep

  • 8:00am
    Registration and networking
  • 9:00am
    Chair's opening remarks

    Ben McLannahan, Markets News Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Opening keynote: Inspirational leadership - Demonstrating agility and resilience against all the odds

    Natalia Cohen, Member, The Coxless Crew - first all-female team to row unsupported across the Pacific Ocean

    Brendan Hall, Motivational Speaker, Author and Round the World Yacht Race Winning Skipper

    Moderated by: Ben McLannahan, Markets News Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:30am
    FT High 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 the corporate sector, the opportunities and risks, and how CFOs can translate this into the business plan.  

    Martin Wolf CBE, Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

    Diana Choyleva, Chief Economist, Enodo Economics

    Gavyn Davies, Chairman, Fulcrum Asset Management

  • 10:30am
    Networking break
  • 11:00am
    Leadership panel: What are board level expectations and how can they be met?
    • Which talents are essential, in progression toward the C-suite and the board?  
    • What does the board want and expect from the finance function?
    • How can CFOs demonstrate the benefit to the business of the support functions?
    • How can CFOs ensure all changes are translated and effectively communicated to shareholders?  
    • How can CFOs build an effective partnership with the CEO to help devise the longer-term strategy and allocate resources required for execution?
    • How can CFOs engage the Board to support the digital agenda?
    • How can diversity be improved across the Board?

    Birgit Conix, Group CFO and Executive Board member, TUI Group

    Rebecca Worthington, Board member, British Land

    Prashanth Shenoy, CFO, NMC Healthcare

    Moderated by: Ben McLannahan, Markets News Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:45am
    Fireside chat: Closing the productivity gap

    A healthy, engaged and inspired workforce is the beating heart of every successful business.  However, increasingly employers are recognising the number of individuals experiencing debt and money problems.  Research shows that financial anxiety can lead to long term stress and poor mental and physical health, resulting in absences, lower performance and increased turnover.  Absenteeism and presenteeism caused by a lack of financial wellbeing costs businesses in the UK £1.56 billion each year.  The financial concerns of employees are often hidden from employers due to the stigma of discussing personal finances.

    Research has found that poor financial wellness affects:

    • Productivity – 25% of employees admit that financial worries impact their productivity at work
    • Absence – 45% claim that money matters are their #1 cause of stress, a condition which leads to 15 million work days off each year in the UK
    • Engagement - employers offering financial Wellness solutions have 22% more employees who are extremely or very engaged in the workplace
    • Employee turnover – Employees who feel their income is not working for them will often be searching for jobs which pay slightly more. With the cost of turnover estimated at £30k per employee, this can be extremely costly for businesses

    Maria Johannessen, Partner, Mercer

    Interviewed by: Ben McLannahan, Markets News Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:00pm
    Connected CFO dialogue: Creating an agile business through digital transformation

    CFOs are the new owners of big data.  There is a blurring between the roles of finance and IT departments, both teams most work closely to ensure their data can provide transparency on the way a company operates and inform the business strategy. Organisations are only using 5% of their own data.  

    • How can CFOs establish a platform to help extract more value to enable them to provide an objective perspective which informs core business decisions?
    • How can CFOs spot new opportunities to develop traditional business services in unusual, useful ways? 
    • How can data enable the CFO to challenge the way their organisation does business, offer alternatives and sustain a financial reserve for investment?
    • How can a common language be created across business and stakeholders?
    • How can CFOs collaborate with data teams to unlock precious insights? 
    • How can technology help in re-deploying people to value-adding activities?
    • How can the CFO ensure transformation plans and strategies are aligned to implement and exploit new technologies? 
    • How can digital help to optimise business agility and create new market opportunities?
    • How can you embed culture change into the core business?
    • What would you do differently?

    Tom Mackay, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd

    Markus Kobler, Global Chief Financial Officer, Allianz Global Investors

    Clare Patterson, Chief Information Officer, Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Ltd

    Tom Betts, Chief Digital Officer, Financial Times

    Moderated by: Malcolm Moore, Technology News Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:40pm
    Effectively managing cyber risks to achieve business resilience
    • Threat brief
    • How changes to regulation have changed the risk profile of cyber for businesses
    • How NCSC can support businesses to manage cyber risk and raise their resilience

    Senior representative, National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

  • 1:00pm
    Lunch
  • 2:10pm
    Industry debate: Demonstrating an organisation’s sustainability and ethical impact through a robust Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) programme

    ESG investors are values-based and want to know the broader social impact of an organisation when screening potential investments.  In addition to potentially opening up access to capital, ESG programmes can help to build a stronger corporate brand and promote sustainable long-term growth. This corporate debate will discuss how these new expectations can be met by the CFOs role, how they can balance the interests of stakeholders across the business, and how the finance function can measure intangible metrics.

    • What is the purpose of the organisation and what do they stand for?
    • How can transparency help to build and rebuild public trust?
    • How much is ESG a factor in attracting talent? 
    • How are wider stakeholders being engaged?
    • As there is no set criteria for ESG, how can CFOs ensure they create teams who aren’t just developing their own auditing goals?
    • How has this changed how you communicate with investors?
    • Is it the role of a corporate to move towards social impact within responsible investing?
    • How much does ESG impact credit ratings?
    • What are the ESG and social impact requirements for pension funds?

    Will Goodhart, Chief Executive, CFA UK and Lead - Taskforce Working Group: strengthening competence and confidence on impact investment amongst industry

    Sacha Sadan, Director of Corporate Governance, Legal & General Investment Management

    Moderated by: Ben McLannahan, Market News Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:40pm
    Interactive sessions: Working groups for NextGen finance leaders

    1. How to become a modern day CFO: Digital, global, strategic, commercial, and a leader of the business?

    Facilitators: Susie Clements, Global Managing Partner, Financial Officers Practice, Heidrick & Struggles and Tom Cunningham, Principal, Financial Officers Practice, Heidrick & Struggles

    2. How will the finance team role change as CFOs become the new owners of big data?

    Facilitator: Dorjan Mehmeti, Finance Transformation Director, Maersk Drilling

    3. What will be the impact of AI, AR and blockchain on finance?

    Facilitator: Raymond Jack, Executive Director, Finance and Operations, ACCA

    4. What is the evolving role of Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A)?

    Facilitator: Andrew Harding, FCMA, CGMA, Chief Executive – Management Accounting, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA)

    5. Ready for uncertainty, ready for recession - How should CFOs and finance teams prepare?

    Facilitator: Guy Strafford, Director and Executive Vice President, Market Engagement, Proxima

    6. How can CFOs help to boost their organisation’s productivity and efficiency?

    Facilitators: Fiona Greiner, Chief Financial Officer, matchesfashion.com and Sophie Martin, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Financial Times

    7. What factors are critical for NextGen leaders in their progress toward the C-suite?

    Facilitators: Francesca Hampton, Chief Financial Officer, Cynergy Bank and Kathryn Winup, Chief Financial Officer, Police Mutual

    8. Leading the finance function in a transformed world

    Facilitators: Angela Noon, Chief Financial Officer, Siemens UK and Ana Campon Alonso, Chief Financial Officer, Siemens Spain

    9. How can finance teams use technology to transform their close?Facilitator: Ceci Tai, Solutions Consultant, BlackLine

  • 3:40pm
    CFO dialogue: What is the Future of Finance and how can CFOs prepare?

    The finance team have a central role to play across the business in redeploying talent within departments.  CFOs must manage multi-generation workforces across global locations and need to adapt and align with their expectations and requirements to manage talent.  Rapid technological changes mean job titles, roles and functions continue to change, be eliminated or transformed.  Within the finance team, CFOs need to create a business structure and fill the roles with the right people instead of creating roles for people.

    • How can CFOs influence the organisational culture and employee engagement across the organisation in the adoption of digital?
    • How can CFOs take a more holistic and flexible approach to talent acquisition to account for the rapid technological advances and changing business priorities?
    • How can CFOs balance retaining talent versus managed exits?
    • What incentivises the NextGen finance leaders and how can reward packages be structured accordingly?
    • Are new job titles required to attract new talent ie ‘data wrangler’ (responsible for interpreting big data)?
    • What are some of the developments in inclusivity and diversity including neurodiversity?
    • What are some of the lessons learnt and best practice from reverse mentoring?
    • What role will talent analytics play going forward?

    Julia Wilson, CFO, 3i

    Patricia Cobian, CFO, Telefonica UK and Member of Supervisory Board, Telefonica Deutschland Holding AG

    Susie Clements, Global Managing Partner, Financial Officers Practice, Heidrick & Struggles

    Moderated by: Isabel Berwick, Editor - Work & Careers, Financial Times

  • 4:20pm
    Chair’s closing remarks and networking afternoon tea

    Ben McLannahan, Markets News Editor, Financial Times

Speakers (28)

Rebecca  Worthington

Rebecca Worthington

Board member
British Land

Rebecca has extensive listed property sector experience and brings key commercial acumen to the Board of British Land. She was formerly group chief operating officer (having previously been group chief finance officer) of Countryside Properties PLC and spent 15 years at Quintain Estates and Development PLC, first as finance director and latterly as deputy chief executive. Rebecca was also a non-executive director and chair of the audit committee at Hansteen Holdings plc until 20 March 2018, and a non-executive director of Aga Rangemaster Group plc to September 2015. She qualified as a chartered accountant with Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP.

Prashanth  Shenoy

Prashanth Shenoy

Chief Financial Officer
NMC Healthcare

Prashanth Shenoy has been appointed as CFO of NMC in August 2017. He joined NMC in 2016 and has served as the Deputy CFO, directing Corporate Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions department. He played an instrumental role in NMC’s acquisition of Al Zahra Hospital Sharjah, a Class 1 transaction on the London Stock Exchange. Mr. Shenoy has also been spearheading fund raising and equity placing activities for the group. He has been closely involved with NMC’s strategic entry into the healthcare market in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Shenoy brings with him 18 years of experience across various industries, predominantly in pharmaceuticals and healthcare. Prior to joining NMC, he has played a key role in the finance functions at global healthcare organisations such as Allergan and Biocon. He has well rounded experience in corporate finance, managing business collaborations / overseas subsidiaries, treasury, foreign exchange risk management, business strategy, preparing business plans and evaluation of investment opportunities. Mr. Shenoy is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Birgit Conix

Birgit Conix

Group CFO and Executive Board member
TUI Group

In July 2018 Birgit Conix joined the Executive Board of TUI AG. Previously she has been working as CFO of the Belgian media and telecommunications group Telenet, which she had assumed in 2013. 
Prior to moving to Telenet, Ms Conix had been Senior Finance Director Western Europe for the international brewing company Heineken since 2011. She had held various management and leadership positions at the global healthcare company Johnson & Johnson from 1996 to 2011. She worked in both the J&J Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices divisions at Europe, Middle East & Africa level, and was Vice President Finance at Janssen Germany, a J&J subsidiary, from 2004 to 2007. Prior to J&J, she worked at both Tenneco and Reed-Elsevier.
Birgit Conix has 25 years of experience in finance across many different industries. Having held assignments in Amsterdam, London, Queretaro/Mexico, Madrid, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf, she gained extensive experience in virtually all of TUI’s core markets in the course of her career.
She studied Business Economics at Tilburg University in the Netherlands and obtained a Master of Business Administration from Booth School of Business at University of Chicago.

Tom Mackay

Tom Mackay

Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President
Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd

Tom Mackay was appointed Virgin Atlantic’s Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President in January 2017. He is responsible for the financial operations of the business and
is focused on achieving profitable growth combined with a healthy return on capital deployed. Legal, External Affairs and Fleet Planning also form part of Tom’s activities.
Tom has a 20 year career in finance, bringing a wealth of financial experience from roles spanning a number of different industries. Prior to joining Virgin Atlantic in September 2015,
Tom served as Head of Finance for the Food business at Marks and Spencer PLC, and had previously held the role of International Head of Finance, responsible for all areas of finance
within the M&S international business.
Previously he held roles at Logica PLC the FTSE 100 IT and Outsourcing group (now part of The CGI Group) as CFO for their International and Global Operations covering the America’s
and Asia and prior to that Group Financial Controller, having begun his career at Ernst and Young now EY.
He is a Chartered Accountant, holding a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Durham university.

Patricia  Cobian

Patricia Cobian

Chief Financial Officer, Telefonica UK

Patricia was appointed Chief Financial Officer, Telefonica UK in September 2016. She was previously Telefonica UK’s Strategy & Transformation Director since September 2014 and up to her appointment as CFO.

Before joining the Telefonica UK leadership team, Patricia led for Telefonica S.A. the post-merger integration planning of Telefonica Deutschland with ePlus through to deal completion.  Prior to this, she was the Director for Business Development in Telefonica Europe, where she also led strategy, marketing innovation and played a key role in a number of partnerships, spectrum auctions, infrastructure sharing deals and key acquisitions and divestitures in the region. She joined the Telefonica Group in 2006 as VP Strategy and Development for Telefonica Europe.

Patricia has deep expertise in the TMT space with 15+ years track record in leading teams at the intersection of evolving customer trends, market structure and technology. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014 and she was appointed Strategic Adviser to Lumia Capital, an expansion-stage VC in January 2016.

Before joining Telefonica, Patricia was a consultant with the TMT and Corporate Finance practices of McKinsey & Company, working with clients in Europe, LatAm and the US. Patricia started her career in Hewlett-Packard and holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Pontificia Comillas-ICAI (Madrid).

Martin Wolf CBE

Martin Wolf CBE

Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator
Financial Times

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.

Julia  Wilson

Julia Wilson

Chief Financial Officer
3i Group

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.

Gavyn Davies

Gavyn Davies

Chairman
Fulcrum Asset Management

Gavyn Davies has been Chairman of Fulcrum Asset Management since 2004. He is a founding partner of Active Private Equity and Anthos Capital. He is a Senior Adviser to Prisma Capital, a subsidiary of KKR. 

Mr Davies joined the Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street as an Economist in 1974 and was an Economic Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister from 1976-79. He then pursued a career as a City economist, first with Phillips and Drew (1979-81), then with Simon and Coates (1981-86). He joined Goldman Sachs International in April 1986 and was a Partner or Managing Director from 1988 to 2001. He was also the firm’s Chief Economist over that period and Chairman of the Global Investment Research Department. From 1979 to 2001, he was repeatedly ranked as the City's top UK, European or global economist in surveys of institutional investors. From 1992 to 1997, he was a member of HM Treasury's Independent Forecasting Panel. 

In 1999, he chaired a UK government inquiry into 'The Future Funding of the BBC'. He was appointed Chairman of the BBC in October 2001 and resigned his position in January 2004. He has been an Economic Adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee on the Treasury and a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. 

Mr Davies graduated in Economics from St John's College, Cambridge, followed by two years of research at Balliol College, Oxford. He has received an Honorary Doctor of Science (social sciences) from the University of Southampton, an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from Nottingham University, a Fellowship of The University of Wales, Aberystwyth, a Fellowship of Imperial College Faculty of Medicine, and an honorary doctorate from Middlesex University.

Diana Choyleva

Diana Choyleva

Chief Economist
Enodo Economics

Diana Choyleva is Chief Economist at Enodo Economics, an independent macroeconomic forecasting consultancy she set up in 2016 to untangle complexity, challenge the consensus, and give pointers to the future by making sense of today. Enodo’s focus is China, one of the most misunderstood economies in the world, yet one of the most important to figure out. For 16 years prior she worked at Lombard Street Research (now TS Lombard), most recently as their Chief Economist and Head of Research, setting the agenda for the firm’s team of economists and strategists while conducting her own global analysis. She joined LSR after completing her master’s degree in Economics at Warwick University in 2000 and became an executive director in 2005. Diana headed the firm’s UK Service from 2005 until 2009. Between 2010 and 2013 she was based in Hong Kong overseeing LSR’s expansion in Asia. She is best known for her analysis of China, including the book she co-wrote in 2011, ‘The American Phoenix – and why China and Europe will struggle after the coming slump’. Diana writes regular opinion pieces for the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, etc. She has extensive global experience engaging with all manner of audiences and has made frequent television appearances, including on BBC’s Newsnight on the day that Lehman Brothers collapsed.

Susie  Clements

Susie Clements

Global Managing Partner, Financial Officers Practice
Heidrick & Struggles

Susie Clements is a partner in the Heidrick & Struggles’ London office and is the co-head of the firm’s Financial Officers Practice globally.

With over twenty years’ CFO search experience, Susie works closely with a broad spectrum of clients from global and multi-national corporations to smaller corporates that are owned publicly, privately, and/or backed by private equity.

She has successfully delivered individual hires, build-out, turnaround, and talent pipeline projects to recruit CFO, divisional/regional/country financial directors, controller, tax & treasury, audit & risk, and other finance functional remits.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Susie was a partner and head of the CFO practice successively for two leading executive search boutiques. During this time, Susie hired additional key executive committee roles including CEO, COO and Sales & Marketing Directors, giving her an insight into broader leadership issues and relationships.

Tom Betts

Tom Betts

Chief Data Officer
Financial Times

Tom Betts is the Financial Times’ Chief Data Officer. He is a member of the FT Management Board and leads the company’s data capability and strategy. 

During his time at the FT, Tom has taken data analytics from the back office to the boardroom and established it as one of the key catalysts for digital growth. Most recently he founded FT Strategies, a boutique consulting unit that is helping other businesses to undertake similar transformations.

Tom previously held the position of VP Analytics at Pearson where he built teams to support commercial growth and learning outcomes in education. Prior to that he was Head of Data Analytics for FT.com, having first joined the FT in 2009. Before that, he worked in consulting, delivering large-scale data mining projects in telecoms, insurance and government. 

He holds an MSc in Informatics and a BSc in Artificial Intelligence.

Sophie Martin

Sophie Martin

Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Financial Times

As Deputy CFO, Sophie Martin provides guidance, support and advice to FT directors and their teams in order to drive the financial performance of the business. She leads the global commercial finance team, coordinates business development activity with the parent company Nikkei and deputises for the CFO when required. 

Prior to taking this role, Sophie was Finance Director for Corporate Development, leading the FT’s M&A activity and business strategy. Sophie was previously VP Finance for Pearson Professional, a division of Pearson plc which comprised their computer-based-testing solutions business (Vue), a portfolio of English language teaching and learning services as well as FT Group.  

Sophie is a Chartered Accountant and read Law at Nottingham University, spending a year studying French Law in Bordeaux.

Markus  Kobler

Markus Kobler

Global Chief Financial Officer
Allianz Global Investors

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.

Maria Johannessen

Maria Johannessen

Partner
Mercer

Maria is a specialist in providing strategic advice to corporate clients. She is based in the London office and leads the Corporate Consulting Group for Mercer.  Maria enjoys solving complex problems for her clients – mainly around pensions but increasing extending to other types of long-term liabilities. She believes strongly in the concept: one strategy with the widest possible set of solutions across investment, covenant, funding, structuring, operations etc. Maria is passionate about presenting complex material in a focused and decision oriented manner which is fit for CFOs, CIOs, boards and other senior decision-makers.

Before joining PwC and Mercer, Maria worked for BlackRock and UBS Investment Bank.

Maria has a Masters in Financial Engineering from the University of London and a BA from Michigan State University, is a CFA charter holder and ACMA qualified accountant.

Angela Noon

Angela Noon

Chief Financial Officer
Siemens UK

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.

Sacha Sadan

Sacha Sadan

Director of Corporate Governance
Legal & General Investment Management

Sacha Sadan is Director of Corporate Governance and on the LGIM board. In September 2016 he was recognised in the Financial Timesas one of “the 30 most influential people in the City of London’, crediting him as one the leading architects of 2012’s “shareholder spring’. Sacha has overall responsibility for corporate governance including areas including environment, social and governance (ESG). His team performs a highly active role engaging with companies in which LGIM invests, seeking to deliver superior long-term value for shareholders.

Prior to joining LGIM in 2011, he was a fund manager and regularly draws on his in-depth knowledge of companies and markets. He was a senior UK Equity manager at Gartmore (2002–2011) where he co-managed a range of UK equity hedge, retail and institutional funds. He started his career at Universities Superannuation Scheme where he became the lead equity manager of its £4 billion UK pension fund. In 2009 and 2010 he was voted the top-rated pan-European fund manager in the Thomson Reuters Extel Awards (known as the “City Oscars”). In 2001, Sacha was awarded Best of the Buy Side by Institutional Investor. He is a founding member of UK Investor Forum and is still a member of its board. He holds a BA in accounting and finance from Manchester University.

Clare Patterson

Clare Patterson

Chief Information Officer
Shell International Trading and Shipping Company

Clare Patterson is the CIO of Shell International Trading and Supply. Artificial intelligence (to augment energy trading decision-making), machine learning and robotics processing represent her biggest investments in emerging technologies. The impact of their application comes from the massive data processing needed to manage renewable power better, to speed up market trading and to beef up distributed energy systems – through, for example, more consumer power generation and storage equipment such as solar panels and electric vehicles. Clare and her team have helped develop a giant data lake, with interfaces to over 20 data sources. It enables users to run their preferred modelling and data visualisation tools to come up with better forecasts of the demand, supply and pricing of energy in the European energy market.

Prior to this she was a Director in KPMG's Information Protection and Business Resilience team. Clare holds a KPMG Executive MBA from École des Ponts Business School and a Masters in Information Security and a Degree in Management Science and Computer Science from the Royal Holloway, University of London.

Fiona  Greiner

Fiona Greiner

Interim Co-CEO and Chief Financial Officer
MATCHESFASHION.COM

Fiona Greiner is the Interim Co-CEO and Chief Financial Officer of MATCHESFASHION.COM, the leading global luxury fashion retailer for men and women. She joined the business in 2010 with the remit to raise investment and orchestrate growth potential, and was instrumental in the strategic planning behind the acquisition of a majority stake in the business by APAX Partners. She is responsible for all financial planning and corporate governance and manages the fraud and property teams within the business.
Previously Fiona was Financial Director at Jack Wills overseeing a period where sales grew from £11 million to £120 million over three years. She has also held senior finance roles at Polo Ralph Lauren, GAP, Charles Tyrwhitt and Kingfisher PLC.

Will Goodhart

Will Goodhart

Chief Executive, CFA UK
Working Group Lead for the Implementation Taskforce - Growing a culture of social impact investing in the UK

Will is chief executive of the CFA Society of the UK (CFA UK). CFA UK represents the interests of more than 12,000 members of the UK investment profession. The society is one of the largest member societies of CFA Institute and is committed to leading the development of the investment profession through the promotion of the highest ethical and technical standards.

Will joined the society in December 2006 from Euromoney Institutional Investor plc where he was a divisional director with responsibility for specialist financial brands. He is an affiliate member of CFA Institute and CFA UK.

He is also a Working Group Lead for the Implementation Taskforce - Growing a culture of social impact investing in the UK.  The Implementation Taskforce is a focal point for engagement and cohesion around these issues to ensure as many recommendations of the Advisory Group come to fruition and that sustained industry engagement continues at sufficient pace. Will’s Working Group has focused on strengthening competence and confidence of impact investing within the industry.

Ana Campon  Alonso

Ana Campon Alonso

Chief Financial Officer
Siemens Spain

Ana Campon Alonso has been the Chief Financial Officer for Siemens Spain and Portugal since 2019. Prior to this she was the CFO of Siemens Spain and earlier CFO of Siemens Slovakia. 

She has spent most of her professional career at Siemens, where she has been responsible for departments in the Industrial Services & Solutions Division in both Austria and Central and Eastern Europe. Between 2003 -2007 she was CFO of Siemens VDO in Austria, integrating the business into Continental Automotive. 

Ana holds a Degree in Business Administration.

Guy  Strafford

Guy Strafford

Director and EVP, Market Engagement
Proxima

A founding Director of Proxima, Guy Strafford 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.

He is Trustee and Audit Chair of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.

Francesca  Hampton

Francesca Hampton

Chief Financial Officer
Cynergy Bank

Francesca Hampton has been Chief Financial Officer at Cynergy Bank (formerly Bank of Cyprus UK) since September 2016. She was instrumental during the sale of the bank to Cynergy Capital. 

She qualified as a chartered accountant and spent time in Audit, Corporate Recovery and Corporate Finance before joining Banking 20 years ago. She joined NatWest Group as Finance Director of Lombard’s. She held a number of positions in the RBS group including: Finance Director of Invoice Finance, Chief Financial Officer/Finance Director of Global Transaction Services and International Banking and was also the Commercial Finance Director at Co-Op bank. Before her current post, she spent a year as Financial Director at Metro Bank.

In all her roles she has had responsibility for Finance transformation, Change, Control and Commercial Finance.

Andrew  Harding

Andrew Harding

Chief Executive
Association of International Certified Professional Accountants - AICPA

Andrew Harding is Chief Executive of Management Accounting at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA). Prior to this he was Chief Executive of CIMA as it joined forces to create the world’s most influential accountancy Association, representing the full breadth of the profession.
He served as Managing Director of CIMA from 2011 to 2016 and was responsible for the institute’s operational performance.
Andrew is a chartered global management accountant, a chartered accountant, and holds an MBA from Henley Business School. Prior to joining CIMA in 2009, Andrew worked for 17 years in professional body education, regulation and management.

Raymond  Jack

Raymond Jack

Executive Director of Finance and Operations
ACCA

Raymond Jack is Executive Director of Finance and Operations at ACCA, the global body for professional accountants, a post he has held since 2013. Raymond is responsible for leading operational delivery to ACCA’s members, students, employers and employees worldwide. In particular, his portfolio includes the delivery of ACCA’s exams across a network of over 100 offices and 1000 centres around the world, four times a year and on demand. He is also responsible for leading ACCA’s digital transformation in all its services across Exams, Finance,
Customer and Global Business Services.
Outside of ACCA, Raymond is a trustee of The Innerkip Society charity and has also previously held non-executive positions in the energy, education and performing arts sectors.
Raymond qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) and subsequently worked in the energy sector at executive level.

Kathryn  Winup

Kathryn Winup

Chief Financial Officer
Police Mutual

Kathryn Winup joined Police Mutual in September 2017 and was appointed Finance Director in November 2017. She is an experienced finance professional with international and UK experience across the banking and insurance sectors.

She has previously held Finance Director roles at Royal Bank of Scotland and its subsidiaries, including FD RBSI, FD Coutts & Co, CFO Wealth Management Division and FD, SME building a strong track record in Retail Banking, SME Banking and Wealth Management. Immediately prior to joining Police Mutual, Kathryn was Chief Finance Officer Digital at Aviva, with responsibility for the direct business across the GI, Life and Health insurance sectors.

She is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and an Associate Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Dorjan  Mehmeti

Dorjan Mehmeti

Finance Transformation Director
Maersk Drilling

Dorjan Mehmeti is Finance Transformation Director for Maersk Drilling. During his 13 year career with AP Moller Maersk and Maersk Drilling, Dorjan has held several finance positions globally, most recently as Head of Project Finance and Performance Management for Maersk Drilling. He has spent time in various financial roles from audit to financial reporting, FPA, and cost management, which has led to an interest in the optimisation of the Finance function finance target operating models. He is passionate about and researching on the future of Finance, Finance Digitalisation and redefining global Finance organisations by focusing on people, process and systems.

Dorjan holds a Degree in Business Administration.

Tom  Cunningham

Tom Cunningham

Principal, Financial Officers Practice
Heidrick & Struggles

Tom Cunningham is a principal in the Heidrick & Struggles’ London office and a member of the global Financial Officers Practice, focused on a cross-sector client base in industry and commerce.

Tom has worked as a financial officers search specialist for over ten years and has led and managed individual appointments of group and divisional CFOs, controllers, treasurers and heads of audit across FTSE 100 corporates and privately owned companies, as well as internal candidate assessments, external benchmarking exercises and team builds.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Tom worked for seven years at a pre-eminent UK executive search firm, where he focused upon financial officers within their financial services sector.

Ceci  Tai

Ceci Tai

Solutions Consultant
BlackLine

Ceci Tai is a Solutions Consultant at BlackLine. Ceci is a qualified Accountant previously working in the Internal Audit and Risk & Assurance department of the FTSE 100 and 250 companies in the last 15 years. Ceci had implemented SOX from scratch after Colfax acquired Charter International. She has extensive experience in the business operation and financial processes, providing advisory services to management to improve the control environment. 

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Keynote Speakers (2)

Natalia Cohen

Natalia Cohen

Inspirational Speaker and Mindset Coach
Member, The Coxless Crew - the first all-female team to row unsupported across the Pacific Ocean.

With 15 years experience of living and working in over 60 countries, Natalia Cohen has chosen to follow an unusual and fascinating path. Her broad range of professional experience within the travel industry includes adventure tour leading, operations management, teaching/training, volunteer and project coordination, as well as working within the Super Yacht industry and Eco-lodge management, running a remote Safari lodge in Tanzania. Natalia is no stranger to being outside of her comfort zone and has made an art of embracing and adapting to change. Her understanding of team dynamics, the importance of a positive mindset and the ability to seize opportunities led her to become part of the first all-female team to row unsupported across the Pacific Ocean.  Natalia and the crew completed this challenge in January 2016 setting two world records and gaining an international following. This was a journey of just under 9,000 miles from San Francisco, USA to Cairns, Australia in a 29ft ocean rowing boat. The expedition was not only a challenge of extreme conditions and perseverance but also a journey within to better understand the strength of human spirit, the importance of being aligned with your values, developing mental resilience, the diversity within a team and enjoying the journey. Natalia’s vision is to empower others to reach their potential, push through their self-limiting mental boundaries and meet and overcome the challenges that life throws at them.While she may have crossed her literal Pacific, we all have our own Pacific to cross.

Brendan Hall

Brendan Hall

Motivational Speaker and Author
Round the World Yacht Race Winning Skipper

In 2009, Brendan Hall skippered a yacht in the ultimate long distance challenge, The Clipper Round the World Yacht race - a 35,000-mile circumnavigation of the globe, contested by amateur crews in identical racing yachts. Although he was the youngest and least experienced skipper in the race, he and his team won it in convincing fashion. This achievement was the culmination of years of leadership research, creating a high-performance culture and a leadership style way beyond his 27 years.

His leadership skills were put to the ultimate test - in the middle of a deadly North Pacific winter hurricane, Brendan and his crew were tasked with the rescue of an incapacitated skipper on a competing yacht. Brendan swapped yachts and skippered both vessels 4000 nautical miles, across the world’s most treacherous ocean to safety.

After completing his life changing challenge, Brendan authored Team Spirit, a raw, insightful look into the life of a leader pushing himself and his team to perform in extreme conditions. A professional yacht racing skipper, author and leadership expert, Brendan now uses his insights and powerful race narrative to help business leaders build ironclad trust with clients and teams, thrive in uncertainty, empower teams and develop a growth mindset.

Chaired by (1)

Ben  McLannahan

Ben McLannahan

Market News Editor
Financial Times

Ben McLannahan is the Market News Editor for the Financial Times. Prior to that, he was a Lex writer and the US Banking Editor covering Wall Street investment banks and other financial institutions. Previously, Mr McLannahan was a correspondent for three years in Tokyo, where he focused on capital markets and economics. Before that, he covered Asia for the FT's Lex column, based in Hong Kong. He joined the Lex team in London in August 2007 from Institutional Investor magazine, where he served for two years as London correspondent. Before that he was at the Economist Group, writing for a range of publications including CFO Europe and Intelligent Life. He graduated with a Master's degree in English from Cambridge University.

Moderators (2)

Malcolm Moore

Malcolm Moore

Technology News Editor
Financial Times

Malcolm Moore took up the role of Technology News Editor in October 2018. Prior to this, he was the United Kingdom News Editor 2016 - 2018. Before being UK News Editor, Malcolm was Leisure Industries Correspondent for the Financial Times. He joined the Financial Times in April 2015 from Telegraph Media Group, where he was Deputy Head of World News and a correspondent in Beijing and Shanghai. He was the winner of the 2012 Foreign Press Association award for ‘News Story of the Year’. Malcolm was also a Rome correspondent, an economics correspondent and a business reporter for the Telegraph. Malcolm holds a BA from University College London in English and is based currently based in London.

Isabel Berwick

Isabel Berwick

Editor, Work & Careers
Financial Times

Isabel Berwick is Editor of 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.

Advisory Board (5)

Wendy Smith

Wendy Smith

Vice President - IPAT (Insights Planning Analytics and Technology)
Amazon

Wendy Smith is the Vice President - IPAT (Insights Planning Analytics and Technology) at Amazon.

Prior to this, she was the Chief Financial Officer for Kellogg's EMEA Region from 2015 - 2019. Before that, Ms Smith held senior finance positions in Johnson & Johnson and P&G including 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 and 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.

Julia  Wilson

Julia Wilson

Chief Financial Officer
3i Group

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.

Angela Noon

Angela Noon

Chief Financial Officer
Siemens UK

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.

James Lund

James Lund

Chief Financial Officer
Financial Times

James Lund became Chief Financial Officer of the Financial Times in December 2015, following more than a year working towards the FT sale to Nikkei. In 2014 he joined the FT Board and was appointed as VP of Finance, with global responsibility for financial performance management across the FT Group. Prior to the FT, he spent six years at TalkTalk Plc in various roles, from Director of Central Finance to more commercial roles including Finance Director, TV and Online. Before that he held finance roles at Centrica and British Airways. He has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Manchester University and obtained his CIMA in 2000.

Ben  McLannahan

Ben McLannahan

Market News Editor
Financial Times

Ben McLannahan is the Market News Editor for the Financial Times. Prior to that, he was a Lex writer and the US Banking Editor covering Wall Street investment banks and other financial institutions. Previously, Mr McLannahan was a correspondent for three years in Tokyo, where he focused on capital markets and economics. Before that, he covered Asia for the FT's Lex column, based in Hong Kong. He joined the Lex team in London in August 2007 from Institutional Investor magazine, where he served for two years as London correspondent. Before that he was at the Economist Group, writing for a range of publications including CFO Europe and Intelligent Life. He graduated with a Master's degree in English from Cambridge University.

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Why attend?

CFOs can expect to network with peers, meet senior FT journalists, debate the impact of broader economic, social and technological trends; and help raise their team’s game during a period of disruption. 

NextGen finance executives will have the opportunity to attend alongside their CFO, network with peers, understand the interplay between different macroeconomic issues, and participate in interactive and pragmatic working group sessions as part of their progression towards a leadership role.

An extensive post-event summary will be provided to all attendees after the event and will include a list of key points from the interactive working group sessions.

Join the FT CFO Dialogues network to have access to news, articles and future opportunities! 

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Who Attends

Complimentary places are available by invitation-only to cross-sector CFOs and senior finance executives (VPs -Finance, Finance Directors, Controllers, Group Treasurers, and Heads of Accounting) from Europe. Each CFO will be asked to attend with 2 -3 members of their team to collectively explore the market trends, risks, challenges and opportunities that will impact their roles going forward.

The morning will provide high-level insights in the form of keynotes, interviews, dialogues 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.

Confirmed companies to attend in 2019 include:

3i Group, Ascential, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants - AICPA, BAE Systems, Barclays, BMW, British Land, Burberry, CFA UK, Coca-Cola European Partners, Countrywide, Cynergy Bank, Diageo, Direct Line, Enodo Economics, Fulcrum Asset Management, Genesis Investment Management, Insight Investment, Johnson Matthey, King, Legal & General Investment Management, Maersk Drilling, Matches.com, Mitie, National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), NMC Healthcare, O2, Prudential, Rio Tinto, Shell International Trading and Shipping Company, Siemens, Standard Chartered Bank, Telefonica, Thomas Cook, Thames Water, Travis Perkins, TUI Group, Virgin Atlantic 

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Previous attending companies included:

3i Group plc, Accenture, Ackermans & van Haaren, AG Barr, Allianz Global, Investors GmbH, Amicus Finance, 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, 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, Genesis, Investment Management, GlaxoSmithKline, Gulf Keystone Petroleum, Habib Bank Zurich, Helios Towers, Heylo Housing, ICICI BANK UK, Inchcape, Insight Investment, Jupiter Asset Management, Kellogg, Knabu Distributed Systems, Kuwait International Bank, Learning Technologies Group, LQID Ltd, Lyca Group, MarketInvoice, Marwyn Investment Management, Millicom Services UK, Mitie, Mitsubishi Corporation International, NEST Corporation, Newcastle, Building Society Group, Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, O S T C, OBOS, Osbornes Law, Rolls Royce, Sainsbury's Insight 2 Communication, Semafone, Serco UK&E, Siemens, Silixa, Simply Business, SKAGEN Funds, Soldo, Stella McCartney, Swedbank Norway, The Student Hotel, Turner, Ulstein Group, Upfield, Wikborg Rein, Worldpay, ZPG

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Fees

Paid delegate passes will be strictly limited to just 15 tickets. These are priced at £2,999 per ticket are available to purchase here.

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CPD Hours

This Summit is qualified to 6 CPD hours.

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Venue

etc.venues St Paul's
200 Aldersgate
London EC1A 4HD

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3011 0830

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Accommodation

We've set up a hotelmap which shows rates and live availability at a range of hotels convenient to etc.venues St Pauls.

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Associate sponsor (3)

BlackLine is a provider of cloud-based solutions that transform Finance and Accounting (F&A) by automating, centralising and streamlining financial close operations, intercompany accounting processes and other key F&A processes for large and midsize organisations.  

More than 2,800 companies with users around the world trust BlackLine to help ensure balance sheet integrity and confidence in their financial statements.  Based in Los Angeles, BlackLine also has regional headquarters in London, Singapore and Sydney. For more information, please visit www.blackline.com.

Even in this digital age, the difference between success and failure so often comes down to just two factors – talent and leadership. No wonder these are high on the agenda for every successful organisation. 

As pioneers of the executive search sector, Heidrick & Struggles has a heritage of 60 years working with inspirational leaders and organisations. And as pioneers, we are tireless in our quest to innovate and improve, helping our clients to stay ahead of the competition.

Today, as the need to accelerate performance is front of mind for all organisations, our firm is transforming itself into a data-driven, tech-enabled business, the better to service our clients in this digital era.

Through our executive search and consulting offering, we partner with leaders, teams and organisations around the world to deliver transformation on a global scale.

Proxima is the world’s leading independent provider of procurement services and consulting. We run and support Procurement in some of the world’s largest and most interesting organizations, ensuring that each pound spent with suppliers is productive. For a typical business, suppliers are now the biggest cost line and most likely source of risk. But they are also the most likely source of innovation and productivity. Procurement is an indispensable tool for the forward thinking CFO seeking to optimise costs whilst creating a fitter and more agile business. At Proxima, Procurement is our business.

Presented by (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Supporting partner (1)

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association) is the most influential body of professional accountants, combining the strengths of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to power opportunity, trust and prosperity for people, businesses and economies worldwide. It represents 657,000+ members and students in public and management accounting and advocates for the public interest and business sustainability on current and emerging issues. With broad reach, rigor and resources, the Association advances the reputation, employability and quality of CPAs, CGMAs and accounting and finance professionals globally.

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