Stefaan is an entrepreneurial finance executive with a Big 4 audit background and extensive experience in scaling companies.
He started his career 20 years ago in audit at PricewaterhouseCoopers Belgium, working on multinational commercial companies in a variety of sectors.
This was followed by a 6 year career at Chiquita Brands International, where he held several positions in Finance including Financial Analyst and FP&A Manager.
Stefaan has contributed to the diversification of the Chiquita brand in Europe by starting up a new Business Unit, involving M&A and creating the finance function from scratch.
In 2010 Stefaan joined Luciad, a privately held scale-up software company based in Belgium. He started as Group Controller before being appointed CFO in 2013.
He managed several due diligence processes leading a highly successful sale of the company to Hexagon in 2017.
Stefaan holds a Master in Commercial Sciences and is a Chartered Accountant.
As an entrepreneurial business leader, Pieter Geeraerts has a track record of turning around underperforming business units, starting up new departments as well as scaling up highly performing businesses.
In his current role as CEO of MobileXpense and its affiliates, Pieter has scaled up MobileXpense from an unknown startup with a strong product to an IDC recognized major player in the industry in 18 months time.
Throughout his career, Pieter has taken up a wide variety of senior roles covering product development, sales, project management, general management and finance. This exposure to the various parts of the business has resulted in a strong conviction of the need to have ‘just enough’ strong processes: without processes a company descends into chaos, while too much processes are stifling the company.
Pieter started his career as a PhD student more than 20 years ago and joined an Alcatel spin-off to help create the first VDSL system. At Alcatel and later Alcatel-Lucent, he took up senior roles in sales, product management, project management, general management and finance. He gained deep experience with procure-to-pay software at Basware and electronic payments at Worldline.
Pieter holds a degree of Master of Science of Electrical Engineering from Ghent University, and graduated from Vlerick Management School with an MBA few years later.
Christian Moraldo, Vice President Group Financial Control & Finance Operations is currently responsible of the Finance Transformation, Finance Operations, Financial Planning, Reporting & Analysis, Business Information Management and Internal Controls for the Group.
Christian has 30 years of diversified international professional experience in Europe and Asia Pacific. Prior to his current position, Christian held several responsibilities at corporate and operational levels in all areas of Finance and in several organisations such as PPG Industries, Gemalto (ex-Gemplus), PricewaterhouseCoopers (ex-C&L) and Crédit Lyonnais.
He has a graduate degree in Economics and a diploma from the Paris Business School of Management (Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris). He has three citizenships – Brazilian, French and Swiss.
Ranu is a young, ambitious woman who Heads up the International Operations and Technology Finance function at Vocalink, MasterCard.
She is a proud mother to a 4 year old daughter and a role model and mentor to hundreds of young youths.
As Ambassador of ‘Working Options’ and an active mentor at The ‘Girls’ Network,’ Ranu executes impactful motivational talks across London to help inspire and encourage young youths to realise their full potential and become the best version of themselves.
From Podcasting, to public speaking, from author contributions, to article writing, it is with great pleasure that we invite Ranu to speak at this year’s CFO Agenda. Ranu recently delivered a presentation on ‘What it takes to become an effective Finance Business Partner: Breaking the Accounting Stereotype’ and also participated in a panel discussion on ‘Women in Diversity.’ She also came 2nd place in the Global ‘Woman of the Year In Finance’ at this year’s Future of Finance and CFO Summit in London.
Liv Watson is a Senior Director of Strategic Customer Initiatives at Workiva, with a primary focus on monitoring and evaluating new market opportunities globally. She helped found XBRL International and is one of the original developers for XBRL.
Robin Owen is the Senior Finance Director, Global Business Services and Global Procurement, at AstraZenenca, a role he has held for the last 4 years. AstraZeneca is a FTSE 100, global science-led bio-pharmaceutical business with revenues of $25b and 50,000 employees. AstraZeneca’s purpose is to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-saving medicines.
Robin has a broad experience within pharma, having worked in Operations, IT and R&D prior to his current role, and a varied industry background, partnering business leaders in automotive, banking, consultancy and pharma.
Anant co-founded AppZen in 2012 to deliver the first world-leading AI platform for modern finance teams around the world. He’s responsible for the product vision and execution of the company’s broader mission. Previously he was the VP of Applications at Fujitsu America from 2009-2012, responsible for product management, and delivery of Fujitsu’s applications and infrastructure for the enterprise and, before that, served as Fujitsu’s Senior Director of Enterprise & CRM Applications. Earlier in his career, Anant was Consultant of ASI and served as Group Head of Corporate Planning at Nimbus Communications Ltd. Anant has 15+ years of experience in software development. He has an MBA and a BS in Finance and Engineering from Mumbai University.
Director of Finance Transformation in Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), leading the Finance Strategic Initiatives team. Primarily focused on large scale change management and transformational programs, driving increased efficiency and effectiveness enabling the Finance function to become a more customer centric focused business partner. This has included the set-up of an In-House Shared Service Centre (SSC) in Bulgaria along with an FP&A Reporting & Analytics Centre of Expertise (CoE). Currently leading a major transformation across the whole Enterprise, focusing on Enterprise Performance Reporting, touching Commercial, Supply Chain and supporting functions, the goal of which is to standardise, simplify and automate management reporting to drive increased business performance, adding value to the end-2-end processes across the organisation. Prior to joining CCEP, Daniel held a number of Commercial Finance roles across a number of sectors including Telecommunications, Financial Services and IT for EE, Avaya, Citigroup, 3Com and Fujitsu. Daniel is married and has 2 children, Hannah (13) and Kara (3).
Bruce Burrows has been in Tetra Pak’s Global Leadership Team since September 2012. His main areas of responsibility cover Finance, Control, Business Transformation and Information Technology. Responsibility for Facility & Real Estate Management, as well as Supplier Management were added in 2015 and 2019 respectively. Bruce is the Secretary of the Global Leadership Team.
Bruce joined Tetra Pak South Africa in August 1995 and he has held Finance & Business Transformation roles in Switzerland, Sweden, Russia and the Middle East.
Before joining the Tetra Pak Group, he worked at Coopers & Lybrand for 3 years.
Bruce has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant (South Africa) & Chartered Management Accountant (UK).
A global leader in Finance, Guillaume de Pommereau excels in driving business value at enterprise level and leading financial organizations across complex multinational environments.
In leadership roles with Hitachi Europe, Takeda Pharmaceuticals Europe, Newell, and Dell Computer, he has delivered significant value while developing strong business partnership and maintaining the highest standards of compliance.
Leading a team of 70 finance experts at Hitachi Europe, he focuses as much on the revenue side as on the cost side, with a view that Finance is at the heart of a company’s performance ability.
Guillaume started his career in audit in PwC in Paris 26 years ago. He worked in France, Germany and is now based in the UK. His experience covers the technology sector at Dell and KPNQwest, the consumer goods sector with Parker Pen, Waterman, Papermate, the health sector with Takeda Pharma and Alliance Healthcare and the industry sector with Hitachi.
Guillaume is a graduate from EM Lyon Business School and holds a Master in Econometrics from Paris University. In 2009, he graduated from TRIUM, a Global Executive MBA delivered by NYU Stern School of Business, HEC Paris and London School of Economics.
Ian MacTavish is Risk Director of Save the Children a $2.4bn global International NGO working in over 100 countries targeting the most marginalised and deprived children in the world.
Ian is a CFO and Business Leader with over 20 year experience in pharmaceutical, FMCG, INGO experience gained in two of the most respected blue chip organisations (AstraZeneca and Unilever) and one of the world largest INGOs (Save the Children). He is highly experience in Finance transformation leading initiatives in all three organisations. Save the Children (where Ian was also Finance Director) is embarking on a cross functional digital transformation of all its core processes that will impact all of its 27,000 staff including 1,000 in finance over a period of 5 years. In AstraZeneca, Ian was head of Global Financial Reporting and Processes and led a $100m cross functional cross business information transformation (including Finance) to change the way leaders and systems access the cross functional information they needed to deliver.
Ian is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
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.
A Chartered Accountant and also USA qualified, Paul started his career at Deloitte & Touche where he was a Senior manager in its USA practice. This was followed by a 13 year career at Exel plc where he held a number of senior finance and operational roles including Deputy Group Finance Director and was a member of the executive board of Exel plc and Chairman of their Acquisitions and Project Review Board. Paul was appointed Group Finance Director of Hays plc in 2006 and has helped transform the business into the preeminent global specialist recruitment business with operations in 33 countries.
Mike Lipps has been Chief Executive Officer of insightsoftware since its inception in June 2018. Prior to insightsoftware, Lipps served as President and COO of MercuryGate, a leading transportation management software company, and as CEO of the Legal Software division of LexisNexis, a global legal technology and research company. Lipps spent the first 14 years of his career at Intuit Inc, where he ran multiple business lines including QuickBooks Financial Software, the leading financial and accounting software product in the United States.
As SVP of Client Solutions at Proxima, Simon has responsibility for products and solutions for one of the world largest procurement consultancies. The role as understanding the sorts of challenges that current and prospective clients face and then calibrating Proxima solutions to solve them. Simon’s team is thus accountable for presenting Proxima in the market, what we do and how we talk about it. Simon is also a regular writer and speaker on all things procurement, digital and change orientated.
Day to day Simon spends his time with some of the world’s largest and most interesting companies, learning and advising on the supplier and procurement strategies helping them to become fitter, more agile and most customer centric.
Tim Wakeford is Vice President, Financials Product Strategy, EMEA at Workday, and is responsible for setting the strategic direction of Workday’s financial products in EMEA.
Prior to joining Workday in 2017, Tim served as Finance Director on the UK Boards of Cushman & Wakefield, and previously, Willis Towers Watson. Tim has held executive level positions in the finance departments of both private and public sector organisations.
Tim is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and holds a BA in Politics and Government from the University of Kent.
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Albida’s core focus is back office business transformation. Our hands on operationally experienced team appreciate that no two business are the same and each customer requires a bespoke strategy and solution based on global best practices obtained over many years of operational and consultancy experience.
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.
Celonis (www.celonis.com) is the New York- and Munich-based leader in Enterprise Performance Acceleration software. A pioneer in Process Mining technology, its Intelligent Business Cloud helps every company rapidly remove operational friction to become a Superfluid Enterprise. Companies around the world including Siemens, L’Oréal, Uber, Citi, Airbus, and Vodafone rely on Celonis to guide action and drive change, turning business processes into extraordinary experiences and resulting in millions of dollars saved.
FloQast is close management software created by accountants for accountants to help accounting teams close faster and more accurately. It provides a single place to manage the close, give everyone visibility, and automate the reconciliation process. On average FloQast customers close three days faster.
ICAEW is a world leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports over 181,500 chartered accountants and students worldwide. We provide qualifications and professional development, share our knowledge, insight and technical expertise, and protect the quality and integrity of the accountancy and finance profession.
Knotel is the world’s leading flexible workspace platform that matches, tailors and manages space for customers. Knotel caters to established and growing companies, giving them the freedom to focus on their business, culture, and people. With over 4 million square feet across 200 locations in four continents, Knotel is transforming commercial real estate and moving companies forward.
Knotel was founded in 2016 to give businesses the flexibility and speed to scale on their own terms. All Knotel spaces are tailored to the needs of each individual company by an in-house team of architects, interior designers, and workplace strategists.
KPMG is a global network of professional services firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 147 countries and territories and have more than 219,000 people working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.
Longview makes enterprise software that connects Finance and drives competitive advantages for organizations. Thousands of business leaders from Global 2000 companies worldwide leverage Longview to make strategic business decisions with confidence.
Our software drives speed, accuracy and productivity while delivering critical insights from vast and disparate data points. Longview elevates planning, budgeting, forecasting, tax reporting, analytics and financial close from data collection and validation to strategic business processes. Delivered out of box, advantages are realized quickly.
Longview’s 25+ years of domain knowledge and experience, combined with our state of the art on-premise and cloud-based platform, deliver the most robust and innovative performance management solution in the market place.
Longview is headquartered in Toronto, Canada with offices around the world. Please see www.longview.com for more info.
Mercer builds brighter futures by redefining the world of work, reshaping retirement and investment outcomes, and unlocking real health and well-being. Mercer’s more than 25,000 employees are based in 44 countries and the firm operates in over 130 countries. For more information, visit www.mercer.com. Follow Mercer on Twitter @Mercer.
MobileXpense provides large organizations with travel- and expense management services that are adapted to their unique organizational and regulatory needs. At MobileXpense we are driven by our dedication to make travel and expense management carefree for our partners, customers and their employees.
Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management is changing how enterprises compete and grow, by delivering faster, simpler and flexible business management, without the complexity of typical ERP systems.
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.
Soldo is a multi-user spending account, complete with Mastercard® cards, intuitive admin and effortless reporting. Our mission is to simplify the entire business expense cycle, from beginning to end. We use the smartest financial technology to solve the three key business spending problems: delegation, control, and reporting.
Soldo was created by entrepreneurs and banking experts united by the search for a simple and effective way to manage the flow of money inside organisations of any size.
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.
A perfect P2P and S2P process is the dream for every company and organization, and Transparent supports its clients every step of the way on this journey. We create value out of our client’s raw data, a craft that we have elevated to an art. Since the beginning in 2000, we have our own in-house developed software helping us discover and recover vendor overpayments, duplicate payments, tax credits, open credits and unclaimed property. We give our clients control and advice on P2P and S2P. We do so by offering AP recovery audits, Statements investigation, Fraud and risk analysis, Contract Compliance, Vendor Master Services, and VAT Solutions. Our goal: give our clients more time, more money, more control and peace of mind.
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.
Workiva, provider of the world’s leading connected reporting and compliance platform, is used by thousands of enterprises across 180 countries, including more than 75 percent of Fortune 500® companies, and by government agencies. Workiva customers have linked over five billion data elements to trust their data, reduce risk and save time. For more information about Workiva (NYSE:WK), please visit workiva.com.