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World Finance Forum London

AGENDA

"Spend less time with spreadsheets and more time with customers. It will be more uncomfortable but more insightful. Successful CFOs know as much about how their customers make money as they do their own business."


Please note sessions are subject to change

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Registration & Breakfast 🥐

PRESENTATION

9:00 am - 9:40 am

How to Transition Your Finance Team From Number Crunchers to Business Partners

In this session we’ll be discussing: the advantages of centralising your finance team (& the risks of it), how to define the core values delivered by your teams, and how to strike a balance between being supportive & being persistent with your board.

PRESENTATION

9:40 am - 10:20 am

Driving Change & Change Management

Corporate restructuring can be a hard but necessary part of a corporation’s evolution. Once a company gets to a certain size or age, it can be easy for the employees to forget that the point of the business is ultimately to make money. As a company ages and evolves, the need for restructuring is essential to its very future. However, in order to make any kind of significant change to a multinational which will stick long-term, the key often lies in changing the fundamental culture of the organization.

PRESENTATION

10:20 am - 11:00 am

The Role of the CFO: Finance Agility in the Digital Business Transformation

Hear how CFOs and senior finance executives can harness technology-driven transformation to deliver greater business insights, efficiency & innovation during this demanding digital era. How can today’s finance leaders ensure they are at the forefront of digital transformation? How can finance leaders drive better performance management & business outcomes?

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Morning Coffee Break ☕️

PRESENTATION

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Finance: Skills For The Future

Finance functions are facing new and ever-changing challenges and their approach to these needs to be different from the past. We see more change, and more swirl than ever before, yet at the same time the fundamentals of a good finance function remain the same. This includes both what finance functions are doing, their use of technology and the skills required by finance professionals of the future. Now, more than ever, Finance needs to be ‘In the Business’! A changing landscape also highlights the need for a more inclusive and diverse finance function with the breadth of skills and viewpoints critical to succeeding in the future world.

PRESENTATION

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

How CFOs Can Make Every Business a ‘People Business’

Businesses such as law firms, accountancy practices, architects and other consultancies are the sort of ‘people business where the assets really do go home at night. Partners, directors and other senior experts often have a real vested interest in how their firm is run and how it’s financially managed. Communication between finance and stakeholders is crucial.

But why shouldn’t the same be true for every business? How can finance bring about a culture where everyone feels connected with the business and fully invested in its success?

PRESENTATION

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Aligning Your Company Missions

Making sure your company’s mission is delivered & met is imperative. During this presentation we’ll focus on how decision-making within the finance function impacts the wider organisation & how you can influence and impact your company’s mission through strategic financial control.

PRESENTATION

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Finance Transformation, Automation & Digitalisation

Discussing the journey that we have been on to-date – transforming the finance function. Implementation of new automation programs and how we’ve embarked upon digital transformation of the finance function (and wider business) during these turbulent times.

PRESENTATION

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Business Partnering – Giving Finance A Voice

Business partnering has become one of those topical buzz terms that is actually so generic and nebulous that the real prospective value can be lost unless we have the right foundations in place. One party’s willingness to business partner is not going to make the partnership happen. Here we’ll will share some of the key aspects in moving from being perceived purely as an Accountant to a Business Partner whose counsel and input are integral to many of the key decisions, which can ultimately lead to being the catalyst for positive change in non-core finance and ops areas.

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Tips for Every CFO in a Post-pandemic World

In this session we’ll be discussing four key tips for every CFO to apply as we move out of this pandemic and prepare for a new era of work as the role of the CFO expands within companies. Talking points include:

  • (When to) analyze, process, then re-analyze the data
  • (How to) understand the real power of forecasting
  • (Where to) constantly learn & be curious
  • (Who to) listen to and single out in the sea of information

1:00 pm - 2:20 pm

Lunch & Networking 🍱

PRESENTATION

2:20 pm - 2:50 pm

Reporting & Catalyzing Change From The Finance Seat

We’ll be discussing an innovative approach to reporting not seen at other banks. Discussing how the business differentiates itself from the industry, and what we’re doing to continually keep ahead of the competition through times of rapid technological transformation.

PRESENTATION

2:20 pm - 2:50 pm

The Strategic CFO

CEOs and boards increasingly want CFOs to not only deliver a finance organization that gets the numbers right, but also partner with them in shaping the company’s strategy. But when asked what they want from a strategic CFO, their answers vary widely. We’ll be discussing four orientations CFOs can use in engaging in the strategy process.

3:20 pm - 3:50 pm

Afternoon Coffee Break ☕️

PANEL

3:50 pm - 4:45 pm

Attracting (and Retaining) Top Talent: A CFOs Perspective

The finance function has been front and center in helping organizations navigate the business upheaval of the past year-plus. While the dust hasn’t exactly settled, many CFOs are starting to focus more on the future. That includes thinking about what kind of skill sets and experience they need to recruit in the rapidly emerging recovery, and where and how to secure that talent. We’ll be discussing how to go about this.

4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Networking Drinks – Open Bar 🍷

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CFO, Twitter

The primary mandate of the CFO is to be the guardian of shareholder value for the company. Traditionally, this was about managing risk, but today CFOs are expected to balance risk and opportunity. It's become quite a quite multi-dimensional role.

CFO, D&B

Operating a global business in a fast-changing world, you have to be grounded real-time in the external environment, have complete transparency, be fact-based and working with a great, collaborative team.

CFO, Ford

With an increasingly integrated world economy, be prepared to respond to higher levels of both risk and opportunity. A strong balance sheet is a tremendous asset when managing though periods of volatility.

CFO, Chevron

From an M&A standpoint, the returns on a spreadsheet are interesting, but it is far more important to be comfortable with the people running the business.

CFO, Krogers

Look at what your organization needs and don't be afraid to take chances, but balance risk with success, only increasing the former when the latter goals are being met.

CFO, Booking.com
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