Why You Should Attend!


In today’s digitally-driven, fast paced marketplace, Chief Financial Officers are being tasked with building a forward-thinking finance organization and partnering with the business to foster innovation, all the while driving operational efficiency and cutting costs. To explore the importance of balancing traditional finance responsibilities while navigating an era of digitalization, Argyle Executive Forum is bringing together leading CFOs and Finance Executives for our annual Chief Financial Officer Forum in Los Angeles. Throughout a full day of thought leadership content and networking, we will focus on the most pressing issues that Finances professionals are facing with an agenda geared specifically towards Chief Financial Officers, Chief Accounting Officers, as well as VPs and Directors of Finance, Accounting, FP&A, Controllers, and Treasurers in a leadership role. Key topics we’ll explore include: 

  • Leveraging emerging technologies to drive cost cutting and operational efficiency
  • Understanding  and effectively addressing the financial risks that disruptors within your industry pose 
  • Evaluating major political, regulatory and economic factors that will impact the business climate in 2017
  • Transforming data into valuable insights to make better business decisions
  • Maintaining a reliable, steady finance organization amidst internal business transformation or disruption
  • Effectively onboarding the new talent & investing in the long-term development of existing talent 


Our keynote presentations, fireside chats, panel sessions, and networking breaks will enable candid discussions with your peers focused on these topics and more. We look forward to bringing together another fantastic faculty in 2017, and to hosting you alongside our community of Fortune 500 Finance leaders hailing from Southern California and beyond!

Eligible attendees will be awarded 3+ CPE credits for their participation in the CFO Forum. 

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This event will feature insights from top executives, including:

If you'd like to recommend a speaker, please email Laura Laxamana at llaxamana@argyleforum.com.

ARGYLE HOST Dean Ditto Chief Financial Officer
Dental Lab Holdings (DLH)
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Tim Deloso Vice President & Treasurer
Warner Bros.
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Sunny Donenfeld Senior Assoc. Dean for Finance & Administration and CFO
USC Marshall School of Business
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Gregg Goldman Senior Vice President, Business Affairs & Chief Financial Officer
The University of Arizona
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Scott Griffiths Chief Financial Officer, Marketing
Farmers Insurance Group of Companies
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Ravi Mallela Senior Vice President, Head of Finance
First Republic Bank
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Dan Murray Chief Financial Officer
Dollar Shave Club
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Sandeep Reddy Chief Financial Officer
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Mandana Sadigh Senior Vice President and Treasurer
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  • BREAKFAST Kick off the day with a healthy breakfast and networking. Connect with your peers in the finance community from a variety of industries before the morning’s content begins.
  • OPENING REMARKS Join Dean Ditto, Chief Financial Officer, Dental Lab Holdings to kick off the day and preview the topics we’ll be exploring throughout the day!
  • MORNING KEYNOTE Sandeep Reddy, Chief Financial Officer, Guess?
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    Sandeep Reddy was appointed to the position of Chief Financial Officer of GUESS?, Inc. in July 2013. He has previously served as the Company’s Vice President and European Chief Financial Officer, since 2010, where he was responsible for all aspects of the Company’s European finance functions, including financial planning, treasury, accounting and tax. From 1997 to 2010, Mr. Reddy served in a number of positions of increasing responsibility for Mattel, Inc., a leading global toy manufacturer, ultimately serving as Vice President Finance and Supply Chain for Southern Europe (France, Spain, Portugal, Italy). Mr. Reddy has an MBA from Cornell University, a BA (Hons) in Economics from Delhi University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

    Join Sandeep as he share’s what’s next for one of America’s iconic retail brands!

  • MORNING NETWORKING BREAKS Take a break to make new connections and discuss the morning presentations over coffee and snacks.
  • PANEL DISCUSSION “Adapting to the Digitalization of Finance”
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    Session topics include, but are not limited to:

    • Leveraging technology to minimize cost and increase efficiency
    • Effectively managing technology spend
    • Transforming relevant data into actionable insights
    • Responding to heightened data security concerns and regulatory issues
    • Simplifying performance management through automation

  • LUNCH Take a midday break to grab lunch, network with your peers, and discuss the morning presentations.
  • PANEL DISCUSSION “Spotlight on Operational Efficiency”
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    Session topics include, but are not limited to:

    • Challenges in budgeting and planning
    • Emerging trends and best practices in streamlining the annual budget process
    • Implementing dynamic planning approaches such as rolling forecasts and driver-based planning
    • Leading techniques for aligning financial and operational plans
    • Best practices in delivering financial and operating results to line management
    • Leveraging technology in order to drive cost cutting and operational efficiency

  • AFTERNOON NETWORKING BREAKS Take a break to switch tables, meet some new peers, and discuss the afternoon presentations over coffee and snacks.
  • AFTERNOON KEYNOTE Scott Griffiths, Chief Financial Officer, Marketing Farmers Insurance Group of Companies
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    “Transforming Data into Valuable Insights to Make Better Business Decisions”

    Today, customers are more educated, more empowered, and have more options available to them. While most companies acknowledge this and put ‘Customer Experience’ as a top business priority, talk is cheap.  How do companies execute on this priority and what is the CFOs role?

    • Identifying ‘the customer’ based upon their needs and the company’s value proposition.
    • Educating the company about customer experience
    • Building an infrastructure to allow the customer to do whatever they want, whenever they want, and however they want.
    • Objectively assessing the validity and performance of each investment against the customer experience, using both financial and non-financial data

  • FIRESIDE CHAT Dan Murray, Chief Financial Officer, Dollar Shave Club
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    Dan Murray has held the role of Chief Financial Officer of Dollar Shave Club since 2015. Prior to joining Dollar Shave Club, Dan was CFO of Machinima and was Senior Vice President of Comcast Interactive Media where he oversaw Finance, Strategy and Business Intelligence for Comcast’s digital properties.  Dan was CFO at Fandango when Comcast acquired the company in 2007 and was CFO at Academy123 when Discovery Communications acquired the company in 2006.  Dan lead International Finance/Accounting for Yahoo! and for Overture (acquired by Yahoo! in 2003), helping grow the international Search business from a start-up to $1 billion in revenue. 

    Join us in a fireside chat with Dan as he shares his experience leading companies through financial growth!

  • CLOSING REMARKS Dean Ditto, Chief Financial Officer, Dental Lab Holdings will return to the stage and wrap-up the day with key takeaways.
  • RECEPTION Wrap up the day with a cocktail (or a few!). Head home with new connections and a notebook full of key takeaways to implement back at the office.

What will be discussed? Explore finance hot topics and challenge areas such as:

Emerging technology and finance

Review the key technology trends that CFOs are exploring, and reflect on how finance as a discipline has evolved in the past few years as a result. Learn about:

  • Overcoming traditional interdepartmental silos
  • Evaluating the capabilities the cloud offers
  • Mitigating security concerns
  • Transforming data into actionable insights

Driving value in talent management

Examine how the current hiring environment requires the CFO and HR to collaborate more than ever on talent management and retention strategies. Dive into:

  • Exploring the HR/finance relationship
  • Addressing training and development needs
  • Aligning talent management with business goals
  • Partnering across functions to drive results

Managing enterprise risk

How have the rapid transformations in technology impacted the risk environment? Learn how successful organizations are managing the digital landscape. Find out about:

  • Leveraging risk to drive opportunity
  • Incentivizing employees to be more productive
  • Streamlining through succession planning
  • Creating balanced risk strategies

The modern CFO

The role of the CFO is constantly evolving, in scope and practice. Talk about how this affects all areas of the executive agenda, including how to deal with a new regulatory environment. Learn how top CFOs have been:

  • Deepening relationships with C Suite partners
  • Preparing the finance team for the future
  • Gaining greater operational expertise
  • Securing a strategic edge through new skillsets

The CFO and M&A

Discuss the difficult questions CFOs are asking at the onset of new M&A opportunities, and how they shepherd the transaction from beginning to end. Find out how other finance leaders are:

  • Identifying the "right" deals to leverage
  • Measuring the success of M&A transactions
  • Maximizing overseas investments
  • Defining metrics to build fruitful relationships

Partnering for innovation

Explore the definition of innovation for CFOs, and the modern ways of evaluating and financing it within the organization. Focus on moving past the stereotype that finance "stifles innovation" through engaging discussion on:

  • Determining areas to add value
  • Rethinking traditional finance metrics
  • Exploring new tools and technologies
  • Prioritizing innovation across the firm

Still have questions? We have answers.

I want to attend, but what if I'm unsure of my schedule and need to cancel my participation?

Just let us know. We understand that schedules change! However, we always have a waiting list for this event, and if you don't cancel, we will assume you are still attending and your spot will go unused. If you must, cancel at least 48 hours prior to the event to make room for others!

What if I can't be OOO for a whole day, or need to come late?

We have wifi and private rooms available for attendees to take calls and spend some quiet time on emails, as well as access to printing. Have a morning meeting you can't miss? No problem. This event was designed for busy executives - we get it.

I'd like to bring some colleagues. Do I need to register them online?

Events are more fun with friends, and we'd be happy to host your team. You can have them register online, or send us their names, titles and email addresses and we will take care of it for you! request a pass.

I don't see the event venue listed. Where will the meeting be held?

To maintain exclusivity, we don't release the venue address until the registration process has been completed. All logistical details will be shared once you have requested a pass and been approved.

The "2017 Chief Financial Officer Leadership Forum in Los Angeles"
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Traveling for the event? Stay at one of our recommended hotels nearby:

The below is the preferred hotel of Argyle Executive Forum.  Please note that we do not have a corporate rate.


Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza

251 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Telephone: (800) 843-6664