Markus Kobler is Global Chief Financial Officer for Allianz Global Investors and a member of its Global Executive Committee.
Markus joined Allianz Global Investors in 2013 from Bank Julius Baer & Co where he was Global Head of Onboarding and responsible for the transfer of clients and staff in the integration of Merrill Lynch International Wealth Management into Julius Baer.
Prior to this, Markus was COO Asia and Deputy CEO Bank Julius Baer, Singapore. Based in Singapore for more than six years, he was part of a team that set up Julius Baer’s operations in Asia, namely Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and Jakarta. He was responsible for building the bank’s platform with two booking centres and oversaw the support functions including IT, Operations, Finance, Legal & Risk and HR.
Before moving to Asia, Markus helped to coordinate the integration of SBC Wealth Management into the Julius Baer Group in 2005 and was in charge of the Business Line
Management function of Julius Baer’s Asset Management division.
Before joining Julius Baer in 2003, Markus was a senior consultant at McKinsey in Zurich where he managed client merger initiatives and strategic redesign projects in the areas of performance and product management for a number of asset managers and private banks.
Markus holds a PHD in Economics from the University of Basel in Switzerland.
Tom joined Thomson Airways as Finance Director in 2015. Thomson Airways a member of the TUI Group, is the world’s largest charter airline. Previously Tom was Vice President of Finance for Jumeirah Group in Dubai between 2013 and 2015 and Group Financial Controller at easyJet plc between 2007 and 2013. Tom studied at Durham University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1998 with Deloitte. Married with three young children, Tom is a passionate supporter of Arsenal FC and enjoys travelling, the gym and running.
CEO and founder of Think Forwards, a financial and businesses consulting group on a quest to embed commercial finance excellence, creating value-add financial business partnering teams, and to help you understand what changes may be needed in your businesses to optimize growth and profitability. We bring real-life financial experience to deliver results. We look at what businesses do today and help them implement those changes they want to make to transform tomorrow — delivering positive financial impact.
Chris thrives in situations where he can talk with people about their business and work with them to find ways to drive their business forwards. He has extensive experience in leading projects to drive transformational change whilst ensuring profitable and sustainable growth.
Chris has experience in both large multi-national businesses and in start-ups. In his prior role as International CFO at Allergan, he led an international finance organisation of 170 people supporting a business with $3bn in sales and 4,500 employees delivering double-digit sales growth in over 100 countries. He has established finance functions and to raise funding for smaller early stage companies.
Resident CFO at the Finance Director Magazine, guest lecturer at the Henley School of Management, and judge at the British Accountant Awards.
Chris is a Chartered Accountant with ICAS, and holds a PhD and Masters degree in Chemistry.
Contact Chris at email@example.com. Find him online at linkedin.com/in/chris-astle/ and @astle_chris.
Martin Sanders is Chief Audit Executive for the European Region of Honda Motor Europe Ltd.
The role heads up the Corporate Audit function providing independent objective assurance of the adequacy of control and management of risk of the £5.2billion European Business
Joined Honda (UK) in 1994 and held senior positions of Head of Sales & Marketing for Honda (UK) Cars, General Manger Honda (UK) and Europe Power Products and for the past 3 years CFO/GM for Honda Motor Europe.
Prior to Honda, he worked for Volvo Cars (UK) as Managing Director of Volvo Finance and before that worked as a worldwide auditor for British Airways PLC.
A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of England and Wales qualified with Deloitte in the UK. He graduated with a degree in Economics from the University College Cardiff.
Martin is a Trustee and Chairman of Governance of Wooden Spoon, which is the national rugby charity for children who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially.
He is a proud Welshman, born in Cardiff and is married with three sons.
As a London-based director with Eurasia Group’s Corporate Advisory Services team, Rohit Shukla works with EMEA-based boards across multiple sectors, helping top executives to navigate geopolitics in what is an increasingly uncertain world.
Prior to joining Eurasia Group, he worked in consulting, analytics, and outsourcing at global corporations such as Xerox, Capgemini, and Moody’s. He has advised leading corporations, banks, government institutions, and professional services firms on strategy, transformation, and operational improvement, including the commercial negotiation of outsourcing contracts valued at $800 million. Rohit has a Cranfield MBA, MSc in Corporate & International Finance from Durham University, and an Economics with Politics degree from Loughborough University.
Mark is the US Group Financial Controller for The Almac Group. Mark is Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and holds a Master’s degree from Dublin City University in IT & Accounting and a Bachelor’s Degree from Queens University, Belfast, in Economics. Originally from Northern Ireland Mark moved to the USA in 2012 to take up his current position with The Almac Group. Prior to joining The Almac Group Mark trained as a Chartered Accountant with PWC and worked in a number of international organizations, during his time with one he led the international expansion of a family owned firm from Northern Ireland in establishing their first foreign facility in Kansas.
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BOARD International is a global provider of Business Intelligence and Performance Management software.
Founded in 1994, BOARD International has enabled over 3,000 companies worldwide to improve the effectiveness of their management decision making processes, unifying BI and CPM in a single integrated environment.
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Headquartered in Chiasso, Switzerland, and Boston, MA, BOARD International has branches in the US, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Benelux, Nordics, UAE, Singapore, Australia, India, Japan, China, Mexico, Argentina and a worldwide network of distributors and certified partners.
Established in 2003, Cedar is a specialist recruitment consultancy operating in the finance, transformation and procurement arenas. Cedar offers highly effective bespoke recruitment solutions to clients in the private, public and not for profit markets in the UK and internationally. We manage an extensive range of permanent and interim opportunities from entry level through to senior executive. Cedar promotes a culture based around the concept of ‘Listen, Advise, Deliver’ – we listen to our clients and candidates, understand their key drivers and then advise them as to the best approach to ensure effective delivery.
Founded in 1921, we’re one of the longest established independent firms of consultants and actuaries in the UK. We have unrivalled experience working with defined benefit (DB) pension schemes and build resilient strategies to create better, more certain futures for schemes, sponsors and their members. We’re a long-term partner and support our clients all the way through to the end of their DB journey.
We pride ourselves on finding the answers that deliver the right outcomes through fresh, innovative ideas. We believe everyone has a right to a better financial future – we help our clients ensure it’s not left to chance.
The ICAEW Academy of Professional Development offers a comprehensive curriculum of CPD courses, talent development programmes, bespoke in-house training and specialist qualifications. It reflects our commitment, as a world leader of the accountancy and finance profession, to high quality professional development, using our rigorous standards and leading edge content.
The Academy has been specifically designed to equip the future professional in the fast-changing business environment. With outstanding training specialists, coaches and mentors to leverage our knowledge and create engaging, practical training, which endows participants with applied skills and have a tangible impact on business performance.
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Designed for the demanding enterprise users, it introduces a faster way to manage all business processes –from procurement to warehousing, production, sales, customer service and financial management– and offers real-time insight across the supply chain, on a global scale. Built on a flexible, Cloud and mobile technology platform, it is easy to configure and to extend with industry-specific applications, and is ready for innovation, offering a cohesive, simple solution for all enterprise management needs today, and well into the future.
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