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Finance Transformation: Driving Corporate Performance and Innovation

London |
Speakers include:
John Gapper

John Gapper

Financial Times

Overview

In a climate of ongoing political and economic uncertainty, productivity levels continue to remain stagnant in the UK. Why do UK employees have a lower output than their European counterparts, and how much of this is due to Brexit? What can organisations do to improve productivity, so critical to achieving economic growth and competitiveness?
The Chief Financial Officer has a central role in promoting productivity across the business and communicating this to the Board. How can CFOs collaborate with the Chief Information Officer to help drive innovation and unlock value? How should they ensure that partnerships designed to foster innovation deliver value for the business and for shareholders? And how can they use their leadership role to maintain effective partnerships within the business and promote a culture of productivity?
The Financial Times, in partnership with Oracle, is delighted to host this private editorial dinner for cross-sector CFOs to discuss how they can take a leading role in improving corporate performance and creating value.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 10/03/2018 18:00:0010/03/2018 20:30:00falseFinance Transformation: Driving Corporate Performance and InnovationIn a climate of ongoing political and economic uncertainty, productivity levels continue to remain stagnant in the UK. Why do UK employees have a lower output than their European counterparts, and how much of this is due to Brexit? What can organisations do to improve productivity, so critical to achieving economic growth and competitiveness?The Chief Financial Officer has a central role in promoting productivity across the business and communicating this to the Board. How can CFOs collaborate with the Chief Information Officer to help drive innovation and unlock value? How should they ensure that partnerships designed to foster innovation deliver value for the business and for shareholders? And how can they use their leadership role to maintain effective partnerships within the business and promote a culture of productivity?The Financial Times, in partnership with Oracle, is delighted to host this private editorial dinner for cross-sector CFOs to discuss how they can take a leading role in improving corporate performance and creating value.Finance-Transformation:-Driving-Corporate-Performance-and-Innovation5aa34f384d353c5b75bd54a2edce1c13MM/DD/YYYY

Agenda - 3rd Oct

  • 6:00pm
    Welcome Drinks
  • 6:30pm
    Welcome Remarks

    John Gapper, Chief Business Commentator and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 6:35pm
    Discussion Commences Over Dinner

    ● Macro-economic review – Enabling a productivity recovery
    Why is productivity a critical factor in improving corporate performance and economic growth? What are the key factors that impact productivity levels? What influence is Brexit having on employee output in the UK? What other factors are likely to affect investment and employment longer-term? What is the CFO’s role in improving productivity across the business? How can CFOs evaluate current productivity rates and identify the factors which are hindering growth? How can resource efficiency be prioritised to ensure cost
    savings are achieved?
    ● Fostering innovation – Effectively driving change across the business
    This discussion will feature examples of how innovation has driven business growth through improvement in productivity. How can CFOs collaborate with the CIO to determine the organisation’s digital readiness? Which innovation solutions add the most value in terms of efficiency? How can technologies such as AI, machine learning and advanced data analytics boost levels of productivity and provide insights into new markets? How can productivity benefits be quantified and tracked through ROI metrics supported by big data analytics? Can investing in labour-saving technologies combat lower levels of employment?
    ● Transformational leadership – Productive partnerships and empowering employees
    How can the CFO effectively partner the CEO and leadership team to promote productivity across the business? What style of leadership does the CFO need to adopt to drive the direction of the business (i.e. responder/challenger/architect/transformer)? What partnerships can be developed, both internally and externally, to nurture innovation? What impact does gender equality have on company performance? How can CFOs influence the organisational culture and employee engagement? How can this be promoted across the organisation? How can the workforce be empowered to increase corporate efficiency?

  • 8:25pm
    Closing Remarks

    John Gapper, Chief Business Commentator and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 8:30pm
    Dinner Ends

Chair (1)

John Gapper

John Gapper

Chief Business Commentator and Associate Editor
Financial Times

John Gapper is Chief Business Commentator and Associate Editor of the Financial Times. He writes an award-winning column on business, with a focus on finance, media and technology, and also contributes editorials and features, including regular Lunch with the FT interviews. Mr Gapper is one of the FT’s most senior and influential writers, having covered the financial and media industries, as well as employment issues, before taking up his current role in 2003. Between 2005 and 2012, he was based in the FT’s New York office, where he helped to lead its successful expansion in the US. He is the author of a novel, A Fatal Debt, a financial thriller published by Random House (2013), and co-author with Nick Denton of All That Glitters, and is working on a second. The winner of the 2013 Gerald Loeb award for commentary, he has received three annual Best in Business citations for his column from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. In the UK, he was named best business columnist in the 2011 Comment Awards and gained the technology writer and best communicator awards in the Business Journalist of the Year awards. Mr Gapper won an open scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford University and was awarded a Harkness Fellowship to University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Before joining the FT in 1987, he trained as a journalist with Mirror Group Newspapers, working on papers including the Daily Mirror, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph.

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Exclusive on-stage interviews, stimulating presentations and lively panel debates – available on multiple content platforms – provide the cutting-edge insights, unique personalities and peer audience engagement that have the power to transform finance, business, politics, society and culture.

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In Partnership With (1)

Oracle, a global provider of enterprise cloud computing, is empowering businesses of all sizes on their journey of digital transformation. With 430,000 customers in 175 countries, Oracle provides leading-edge capabilities in software as a service, platform as a service, infrastructure as a service, and data as a service.

20 of the 20 top manufacturers worldwide and thousands of other organisations rely on Oracle to accelerate innovation, boost brand equity, drive growth through customer-centric processes, and optimise supply chain performance. Oracle provides industrial manufacturing organisations with a complete, open and integrated suite of business applications, server and storage solutions engineered to work together to optimise every aspect of their business. 

Companies can innovate faster, improve customer engagement, drive business-process efficiency, and accelerate digital transformation. Oracle is the enterprise technology partner that positions companies for tomorrow, today. 

Venue

Financial Times Headquarters
One Southwark Bridge
London SE1 9HL

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7775 6653
Email: ftlive@ft.com

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Contacts

Ruth Strachan
Content Executive
Financial Times