2018 FP&A Leadership Forum
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Argyle Executive Forum is bringing together senior finance executives for our 2018 Financial Planning & Analysis Leadership Forum in Atlanta. Throughout a full day of content and networking, this invitation-only Forum will provide finance executives unique opportunities to learn from and connect with industry leaders who play key roles in guiding the strategic direction of their companies. With a program geared towards leaders in finance, accounting, financial reporting, business analytics and strategy, this Forum will feature engaging and thought-provoking sessions on key themes that include:
- Finance teams’ expanding purview, shifting from a retrospective reporting approach to forward-looking strategies
- How employing new approaches to financial planning and analysis (FP&A) better informs decisions and improves performance
- Best practices for establishing a culture of financial accountability throughout the company
- Exploring the skills and attributes finance executives need to seek and develop among the finance teams they lead
- How to work across functions and successfully leverage analysis and planning within and beyond the realm of finance
Our keynote presentations, fireside chats, panel discussions, and networking sessions will equip you with actionable takeaways to bring back to the office, as well as the opportunity to expand your network by connecting with senior finance leaders hailing from Atlanta and beyond. We look forward to hosting you!
This event will feature insights from top executives, including:
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Diageo View Bio »
Ayca Akyel was appointed Vice President, Finance, in 2017, driving the overall financial strategy and direction for 14 markets. She offers 18 years of US and international experience with Fortune 100 companies across a broad range of global finance and management functions.
Before joining Diageo, Ayca spent 12 years at The Coca-Cola Company where she was most recently a Finance Director overseeing all financial activities of the “Ready to Drink Tea, Coffee” and “Water” categories. Prior to her Finance Director role, she was the Commercial Finance Manager who led financial operations and pricing and revenue generation models for product contracts. She began her career with Coca-Cola, in a series of progressive finance roles across its Eurasia and Middle East Group based in Istanbul, Turkey. In addition to her 12 years at Coca-Cola, she spent 3 years at Deloitte as a financial auditor and 2 years as a finance associate for a tech start up.
Ayca serves as a board member of Turkish American Friendship Council based in Atlanta. She earned an Executive MBA from Emory University and is a Certified Management Accountant. She is fluent in English and Turkish.
Georgia Department of Public Health View Bio »
Dionne is responsible for all financial aspects of the Department including financial management, financial reporting and fiscal policy. GDPH is the health agency responsible for the delivery of public health services to all citizens of Georgia and establishing state health policy. In her role as CFO, manages the Department’s $600M budget and works as a strategic business partner to the various departments and stakeholders to promote long-term and strategic thinking to help achieve the Department’s overall health and business priorities.
In addition to her role as CFO, Dionne is the chair of the Department’s Information System (IS) Governance Council. The IS Governance Council represents the executive decision-making body for information technology investments and provides oversight for the Department’s $4 million technology portfolio. Dionne is currently spearheading the current initiative to invest over $38 million to modernize the information technology infrastructure across the statewide public health network which is comprised of 18 public health districts covering all 159 counties in Georgia.
When GDPH was created in 2012, Dionne was a key member of the team responsible for establishing the financial structure of the newly created Department. These efforts included workforce development and planning and process improvement. During her time at GDPH, Dionne has lead strategic redesigns of two major federal programs. The programs were redesigned to build sustainability through integrated service delivery models and efficient fiscal policies.
Prior to joining GDPH, Dionne served as the Budget Director for the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), where she managed the $3B budget. At GDOT, she restructured the budget office which resulted in reduced costs and increased efficiency. In 2011, Dionne and her team received the Commissioner’s Merit Award for their efforts in reconciling over 300 federal projects and collecting over $700M in reimbursements.
Dionne holds a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) and is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).
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Velux View Bio »
Bill Huber is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of VELUX Group USA Inc., a Danish, privately held, global leader in Skylights and Roof Window Systems. In addition to leading all finance, tax, risk management and statutory reporting for VELUX in North and South America and the Asia Pacific, Bill collaborates with a lean finance leadership group in setting and executing strategic global priorities to steer the VELUX Digital Journey. VELUX Global Finance has gone Beyond Budgeting, has implemented common forecasting and KPI reporting via an integrated “One Truth” data source providing transparent executive dashboards in record time across the entire VELUX Supply Chain.
Bill has broad international experience having lived and worked in the US, South America, Europe, Africa and Malaysia with The Coca-Cola Company. He speaks Dutch, German and Spanish. Bill received his Masters in Accountancy from the University of Georgia and International Business degree from Nyenrode University in the Netherlands. He is a CPA in Georgia and South Carolina.
Bill is passionate about the community having Chaired Special Olympics Georgia, serving as the Finance Chair of the Atlanta Ballet, a leader in Boy Scouts of America and currently serves on the Board of American Friends of Nyenrode University.
Genuine Parts View Bio »
Grant has been with Genuine Parts Company for over 21 years. He began his career as an Executive Management Trainee has since held various positions in Operations, Inventory Management, Product, Real Estate, Heavy Vehicle, Store Operations and Strategic Financial Analytics (SFA). Most recently, Grant built the Information Center of Excellence for the US APG which now serves over 1,700 employees with data and information needs. Working closely with IT, Grant also leads the US APG’s data governance efforts and actively consults on various broader IT projects. Given his close proximity to data and information, Grant also works with GPC’s and APG’s top executives to set the strategic direction for the company and monitor progress towards these goals.
Outside of GPC, Grant has served on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Greater Atlanta for the last 8-years. Grant received his Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs from the University of Colorado, Boulder and earned his Masters of Business Administration from Georgia State University.
Equifax View Bio »
Judy joined Equifax Corporation in March 2015 as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Equifax International and is based in the company’s Atlanta Headquarter. Her responsibilities span through Latin America, Canada, Europe and Asia leading a team of senior Finance Executives. She is accountable for all aspects of Financial Management, Reporting and Leadership supporting International Operations. Her role is essential in supporting the development of strategy and innovation to consistently meet or exceed growth plans for the business.
Judy has also been a Mentor and Coach to many Finance professionals across many geographies. Her commitment to help develop leaders at all levels has helped the Mentees become better prepared leaders.
Judy has more than twenty years of international and multi sector experience with focus in Finance and Operations. Started her career in Apparel and progressed in property & casualty insurance, information technology and healthcare with assignments in the US and Europe assuming roles with global responsibility. More recently she spent eight and a half years with as the CFO and COO of McKesson International Operations Group based in Warwick, England and prior to this role Judy spent four years in McKesson Technology Group’s Headquarter in Alpharetta, GA.
Judy has a Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of South Carolina with a focus on Finance and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina with a double major in Finance and Marketing. Judy is originally from Hungary, speaks fluently in English, Spanish, German and Hungarian, married with four children. Judy and her family are passionate tennis players and love watching tennis and rugby whenever possible – live or on television. She also enjoys traveling and learning new cultures.
8:00am - 9:00am Networking breakfast and registration
Take the time to get to know the fellow attendees, speakers and sponsors that you will be sharing the day with. Continental breakfast with coffee, tea and juices will be served.
9:00am - 1:00pm Morning sessionsOur speakers share their expertise on hot topics and challenge areas through various presentation styles. Keynotes, panels and fireside chats will be broken up by networking breaks.
1:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch
Enjoy a healthy buffet lunch and networking time.
2:00pm - 4:30pm Afternoon sessions
Our speakers will share their expertise on hot topics and challenge areas through various presentation styles. Sessions will be broken up by one afternoon coffee and snack break.
4:30pm - 6:00pm Cocktail reception
Wrap up the day with a cocktail (or a few!) and hors d'Oeuvres. 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
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