The CFO Agenda saw 150+ CFOs and senior finance professionals gather at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel in London to discuss Risk and Economy, Digital Transformation and Strategy and Business Partnering.
A wealth of industry experts and finance professionals lead strategic discussions on managing organisational culture to produce a positive impact on risk, challenging and influencing at board level and strengthening weaker links in the digital supply chain.
Helene graduated from the Lisbon School of Finance & Economics in 1998 with a degree in Economics. She also holds a Masters’ Degree in Management from the Catholic University of Lisbon and a Masters’ Degree in Digital Marketing from the IPAM – Lisbon School of Marketing.
After graduating, Helene held a number of Management positions in Finance with the French Supermarket chain ‘Intermarche’ and then joined the PSA Group, with its three world-renowned brands, Peugeot, Citroën and DS, in August 2000.
In the following years, Helene held a number of Senior Management positions with the PSA Group around Europe including Director of Finance for Peugeot Croatia and then Peugeot Portugal, Head of coordination B2B and Used Vehicle Sales for Peugeot and Citroën in Iberia and Peugeot Brand Director in Portugal. Since February 2016, Helene has been Director of Finance for the PSA Group in the UK based at its Headquarters in Coventry.
Mark Wilson is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda. He joined the business in June 2015, and is a Board Member of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd.
Before joining Aston Martin, Wilson spent 8 years as Finance Director of McLaren Automotive and latterly held the position of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at GCube Underwriting. He has also held senior positions at Lotus and Aviva UK. Born in March 1974, Wilson is married and has two children. A keen golfer he also enjoys sailing and supporting Northampton Saints.
Wilson’s ambitions at Aston Martin include successful delivery of the luxury marque’s six year ‘Second Century’ plan, a comprehensive strategy for the transformation and growth of Aston Martin, alongside bringing stability and profitability to the brand.
Stuart has always had Rugby in his blood. A former full-time rugby player and until recently the Head Coach of the English national rugby union team, a position he held from 2011 until he stepped down on 11 November 2015. Admired for his work in developing young players, Stuart led England to a fourth consecutive second position in the Six Nations.
Known best for restoring a feel-good factor to English Rugby and leading an overhaul and reformation of England’s squad culture he brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in leading through change and uncertainty. And try doing that under the watchful eye of millions. A lesson on embracing failure, reflecting and growing as a leader.
Rasmus Ankersen is an expert on the topic of talent and high performance cultures. In 2012 Rasmus published The Gold Mine Effect, in which he explores how some countries and cities develop a disproportionate amount of top talent. In 2016 Rasmus published Hunger in Paradise: a book about how successful organisations can remain successful by eliminating complacency.
Rasmus is also the chairman of FC Midtjylland, his childhood football club in Denmark, and a director of the English club Brentford FC. Both are known as some of the world’s most innovative football clubs, especially recognised for their use of big data to drive decision-making.
Over the past few years, Rasmus has been hired to share his research on high performance cultures by global brands like LEGO, Google, Boston Consulting Group, IKEA, Google, Facebook, Hitachi, Roche, Ernst & Young and many more.
Steve has worked across FMCG and B2B with Unilever, retail with Sainsbury’s and private equity at Langholm Capital LLP. His experience spans developed and emerging markets ranging from the UK foods and ice cream businesses, global personal care and foods categories and CFO of Unilever Philippines. Consistently involved in change and transformation through making the complex simple, engaging and fun – he is now driving Unilever Finance ‘Horizons’ agenda to embrace technology to unlock more value. A physicist, accountant, foodie and geek with a passion for the potential of people and technology.
Graeme Leach is CEO & Chief Economist of Macronomics, a macroeconomic, geopolitical and future megatrends research consultancy launched in 2016. Graeme is a visiting professor of economic policy, and a member of the Shadow Monetary Policy Committee of high profile UK macroeconomists commenting on the Bank Of England’s conduct of monetary policy. He also has a weekly column in the City AM newspaper in London.
Over the past decade he has undertaken over 150 live television and radio interviews for BBC News, Sky News, CNBC, CNN, the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme and BBC Radio 4 World at One.
Prior to forming Macronomics, Graeme was Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute, focused on the drivers of prosperity across the globe. Between 1997 and 2013 he worked as Chief Economist and Director of Policy at the Institute of Directors (IoD), where he was also a Main Board Director. The IoD represents around 40,000 business leaders in the UK and overseas.
Graeme represented the IoD in discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer and 10 Downing Street. Earlier in his career he was Chief UK Economist and Chief International Economist, at The Henley Centre for Forecasting. He was also Economic Adviser to the Scottish Provident Investment Group.
Patrick Butcher joined The Go-Ahead Group as its Chief Financial Officer in March 2016. Previously he was Network Rail’s CFO and led capital raising activities in public markets for the organisation prior to its reclassification in 2014 as a public sector company.
Patrick has a wealth of CFO and transport industry experience acquired over 23 years having held CFO roles at English, Welsh and Scottish Railways (now DB Schenker), Mapeley Limited, London Underground and Kings College Hospital. His early career was spent at Deloitte & Touche as a management consultant and auditor.
As the CFO of IBM UK & Ireland, Vineet is responsible for driving results of a portfolio of businesses generating annual revenues of approximately GBP 3.7 billion. Additionally, as a key member of the UK and Ireland Leadership team his responsibilities also include supporting IBM’s transformation as a Cloud Platform and Cognitive Solutions company.
Prior to this role Vineet held the position of IBM Assistant Controller – Strategy & Budgets, based at Armonk, NY. His responsibilities included managing IBM’s long term financial model including driving the annual and the long term strategic plans.
Vineet has been with IBM for over 15 years and has held various finance roles of increasing responsibility across Europe and the USA.
He holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the Manipal Institute of Technology, India and a MBA degree from the Warwick Business School, UK.
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Ever since our founding in 2003, our mission has remained constant: to provide powerful, intuitive solutions that empower both finance and the business to lead with insights. With Adaptive Insights, companies of all sizes and industries can plan smarter, report faster, and analyze better—transforming business performance in ways never before imagined.
As a pioneer in cloud corporate performance management (CPM), Adaptive Insights has grown rapidly, with a singular focus on customer success. Today we offer the only fully integrated cloud CPM and business intelligence (BI) platform in the industry that delivers an award-winning user experience, unparalleled service, and leading expertise. We are honored that our intuitive solutions are powering the fastest growing and biggest brands in the world.
Establishing a commitment to customer success early on required setting an equally high bar for ourselves—one that we continue to reach for each and every day. The result of this is a trajectory of success that includes strong financials, the best partners, the most customers, best user experience, and highest customer satisfaction in the industry.
Adra is a leading provider of cloud-based solutions for financial control and automation, with over 26 years’ experience, our mission is to take the stress out of your month-end close.
Our suite of tools enable finance and accounting teams to work more efficiently with more precision whilst reducing risk and increasing control. Designed to integrate seamlessly with ERP systems, our integration process enables you to be up and running in a matter of days.
Today, over 3.000 organisations, ranging from large multinationals and SMEs, trust Adra’s products to streamline and standardise their accounts departments.
Waving good-bye to spreadsheets has never been easier.
Through our enterprise and market focused solutions we positively impact millions of people’s lives through continually investing in our people, partnerships and own technologies to stay focused on our markets’, customers’ and their stakeholders’ needs.
We enable our customers to drive efficiencies, savings and growth opportunities through focused, right-first-time software solutions that evolve with the changing needs of their business and the markets they operate in. True partnership is the defining thing that makes us different from the competition.
We pride ourselves on delivering focused software solutions for public sector, enterprise commercial and health & care organisations that simplify complex business challenges and deliver immediate value.
Advanced is a Sunday Times Top Track 250 Company 2016 and was ranked in the Deloitte UK Fast 50 which recognises the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the UK and a winner of the Tech Company of the Year in PwC’s UK Tech Awards in 2014.
Aon plc (NYSE:AON) is a leading global provider of risk management, insurance brokerage and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services. Through its more than 72,000 colleagues worldwide, Aon unites to empower results for clients in over 120 countries via innovative risk and people solutions. For further information on our capabilities and to learn how we empower results for clients, please visit: www.aon.co.uk
APMG International is an Accreditation and Certification body boasting a wide portfolio of Cyber Security solutions, including the Cyber Defence Capability Assessment Tool (CDCAT®) based on MoD research.
Directors face difficult decisions, often without expert knowledge and guidance. Cyber security is so diverse that making fully informed choices in prioritising spend is almost impossible.
In 2010, the Ministry of Defence developed a scientific approach to identifying cyber risk from the threat of inadequate defences – harnessing all the intelligence and experience available to them. They created a tool that is regularly updated with threat mitigation and unique to best practice Information Security. CDCAT® was developed for rapid assessments in any organisation, regardless of system size, in order to establish the scale of the problem and priorities.
Our assessment provides independent, expert assurance that every pound spent is maximised, ensuring the securest possible future for your organisation – aligned to the budget available.
To find out more, contact CDCAT@apmginternational.com or telephone 01494 452 450
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BlackLine is a provider of cloud-based solutions for Finance & Accounting (F&A) that centralise and streamline financial close operations and other key F&A processes for midsize and large organizations. Designed to complement ERP and other financial systems, the BlackLine Finance Controls & Automation Platform increases operational efficiency, real-time visibility, control and compliance to ensure end-to-end financial close management, fuelling confidence throughout the entire accounting cycle.
BlackLine’s mission is to continuously improve the quality, accuracy and efficiency of Finance & Accounting by centralizing key functions within a single, unified cloud platform. Enabling customers to move beyond outdated processes and point solutions to a Continuous Accounting model, in which real-time automation, controls and period-end tasks are embedded within day-to-day activities, BlackLine helps companies achieve Modern Finance status, ensuring more accurate and insightful financial statements and a more efficient financial close.
More than 1,700 companies with users in approximately 130 countries around the world trust BlackLine to ensure balance sheet integrity and confidence in their financial statements. For more information please visit www.blackline.com
Cedar is a recruitment consultancy specialising in finance and procurement. We are focused on sourcing financial and procurement talent across commercial organisations managing an extensive range of permanent and interim/contract opportunities from recently qualified through to senior executive levels. We promote a culture based around the concept of ‘Listen, Advise, Deliver’ – we listen to our clients and candidates, understand their key drivers and then advise them as to the best approach to ensure effective delivery.
Our diverse client base ranges from FTSE 100 companies, through to private-equity backed business and privately owned SMEs. Our expertise include recruiting CFOs, Finance Directors, Financial Controllers, Financial Planning & Analysis positions, Group Accountants, Finance Managers and Internal Auditors. We also deal with specialist roles in Corporate Finance, Strategy, Tax and Treasury.
HAYNE Solutions is a leading UK Financial Performance Management consultancy with over 50 years’ experience of delivering financial consolidation and reporting solutions.
As a unique hybrid of qualified accountants with systems expertise, we understand that informed people and sound processes are paramount to deliver an effective Financial Performance Management solution.
OneStream Software has developed a complete and unified Corporate Performance Management platform. Founder Bob Powers was a key developer on Hyperion Enterprise® and the inventor of Oracle® Hyperion Financial Management. Tom Shea was the founder of UpStream Software and inventor of UpStream TB and UpStream Weblink, now known as Oracle® Hyperion FDM. Together they have developed the XF Smart Corporate Performance Management Platform which unifies core financial consolidation, planning, data quality, financial reporting and analytics capabilities in a single platform. OneStream can be deployed in the Cloud or on-premise.
We founded Redwood Software with a single minded mission – to help organizations achieve ‘The Robotic Enterprise™’ by eliminating the costs, risks and wasted time associated with manual tasks in the back office. We robotize all processes within R2R, O2C, P2P and those within the supply chain and HR, robotizing up to 100% of manual tasks. Today, more than 3,000 customers worldwide use Redwood solutions to automate their business processes.
SA is a market leading Finance Change project solutions company. Operating Globally at the confluence of CIO and CFO Agenda’s we specialise exclusively in delivering resourcing solutions across Finance, Finance Systems, ERP, EPM, Business Intelligence and Data Management from our offices in the UK, Netherlands and North America
SA offer a compelling alternative to SI, Vendor & Consultancy engagements, enabling clients to minimise costs & better control their programme via a proven model for mobilising freelance delivery experts to independently QA and validate programme scope, terms of reference & deliverables while supplementing business teams to successfully deliver and realise the benefits of Finance Transformation.
TPT Retirement Solutions is an award-winning specialist provider of defined benefit pensions with 70 years’ experience. As a not-for-profit organisation with c.£9 billion assets, TPT is run for the benefit of more than 2,400 employers.
Running defined benefit pension schemes can be costly and time consuming. With the burden of ever changing legislation, administration hassles and the other pitfalls of managing your own pension scheme. TPT’s DB Complete product saves time, money and gives peace of mind, by combining expert support and scheme services in one solution.
Unit4 is a leading provider of enterprise applications empowering people in service organisations. With annual revenue north of 500M Euro and more than 4200 employees world-wide, Unit4 delivers ERP, industry-focused and best-in-class applications. Thousands of organisations from sectors including professional services, education, public services, not-for-profit, real estate and financial services benefit from Unit4 solutions. Unit4 is in business for people.
Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. Founded in 2005, Workday delivers financial management, human capital management, and analytics applications designed for the world’s largest companies, educational institutions, and government agencies. More than 1,000 organisations, ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 50 enterprises, have selected Workday.
Finance Monthly is a global publication delivering news, comment and analysis to those at the centre of the corporate sector. Finance Monthly prides itself on going beyond the headlines, focusing on key issues and topics that matter to its readership, which consists of C-Level executives, business owners, partners, investment officers, HNWI, etc. With a well-balanced mix of editorial comment and Q&A style interviews with industry insiders, Finance Monthly is at the heart of all things relating to the finance sector.