Welcome

Digital advances, rapid market fluctuations and demands for agile business practices are presenting CFOs with a mandate for change – and fresh opportunities to reinvigorate financial leadership.

As finance chiefs seek to fuel innovation through data-led insight, superior analysis and effective collaboration, they are facing new heights of accountability and shareholder expectation. Navigating this complex, dynamic business environment requires a well informed and forward thinking approach to decision making.

Held in the week following the 2017–2018 Federal Budget, the CFO Forum gathers Australia’s leading Chief Financial Officers for an influential discussion of the vision, leadership and strategy they need to succeed in the next financial year and beyond.

Why attend?

The annual CFO Forum is a prestigious event that congregates the most senior finance executives from all sectors of the national economy.

Delivered by CFOs, for CFOs, this event is your guide to the evolving priorities, challenges and opportunities shaping top-level financial decision making.

  • Gain insight into the leadership and innovation strategies steering the success of today’s CFOs
  • Be Inspired by the brightest finance minds from Australia’s biggest companies
  • Understand how to be at the forefront of corporate decision making
  • Learn how CFOs are building and leading high-performance teams
  • Engage with latest developments in the economy, financial management, technology and more
  • Network effectively with your finance peers at dedicated lunches, breaks and networking drinks

Gain Access

// 6+ Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 30+ industry speakers
// 100+ executives
// 5 Star networking environment

Speakers


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Robin Stalker
Chief Financial Officer
adidas (DE)
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Kyle Loades
President & Chairman
NRMA
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Nicholas Gruen
Chief Executive Officer
Lateral Economics
speaker
Paul Bassat
Co-founder
Seek
Board Member
Innovation and Science Australia
speaker
Adam Campbell
Chief Financial Officer
Flight Centre Travel Group
speaker
Stephen Rue
Chief Financial Officer
NBN Co
speaker
Andrew Townend
Chief Financial Officer
PepsiCo Australia & New Zealand
speaker
Julie Raffe
Chief Financial Officer
Village Roadshow
speaker
Adam Watson
Chief Financial Officer
Transurban
speaker
Reuben Casey
Group Chief Financial Officer
Kathmandu
speaker
Amanda Cox
Chief Financial Officer
West Coast Eagles
speaker
Saul Eslake
Economist
speaker
Ayten Saridas
Chairman & Host
speaker
Dr Robert Kay
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Incept Labs
speaker
Jim Mitchell
Chief Financial Officer
Sydney Water
speaker
Ross Jacobs
Chief Financial Officer
Boeing Defence Australia
speaker
Phil Wallace
Finance Director
Diageo
speaker
Sally Bateman
Finance Director
NIKE Pacific
speaker
Warren Hogan
Adviser
Federal Treasury
speaker
Ray Gunston
General Manager, Finance, Corporate and Special Projects
AFL
speaker
Innes Willox
Chief Executive
Australian Industry Group
speaker
Roger Smith
Chief Financial Officer
BOC
speaker
Ann Furlong
Director of APAC Operations & Global Enablement
Blackline
speaker
John O’Farrell
Director, Finance Operations and Group Financial Controller
AMP
speaker
Darren Brown
Global Retail Finance Director
Travelex
speaker
Donal Graham
Partner
EY
speaker
Adnan Ghani
Executive Director, Head of Trade Finance
Westpac
speaker
Jennifer Scott-Gray
Director, Head of Trade Finance Sales
Westpac
speaker
Matthew McKenzie
Chief Financial Officer
Lonsec Group
speaker
Vijay Suriyanarayanan
Head of Business Process Services
TCS Australia
speaker
Rob Doyle
Chief Financial Officer
Domain Group
speaker
Jarrod Magill
Director
EY
speaker
Amendra Pratap
Managing Director
Octane Software Solutions
speaker
Scott Martin
Chief Financial Officer
Maersk Line Oceania
speaker
Brenden Russell
Regional Sales Manager
Cortell Australia
speaker
Chris Mentor
Vice President
Jedox Australia & New Zealand
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Sessions

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Tuesday 16th May 2017
  • 08:30Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 08:55Opening Remarks from the Chairman

    Ayten Saridas
    Chairman & Host
  • 09:00Official Welcome

    Australia’s Fiscal Future: a Plan for Growth
    Warren Hogan
    Adviser
    Federal Treasury
  • 09:10Opening Keynote

    Tomorrow’s CFO: Making Innovation Happen
    Robin Stalker
    Chief Financial Officer
    adidas (DE)
  • 09:50Outlook Session

    Market Momentum: Navigating the Local and Global Landscape of Change

    In an interconnected world where risk and opportunity are constantly shapeshifting, finance leaders not only manage the known, they also help to lead the unknown. How are economic conditions in Australia set to influence corporate planning in the upcoming financial year? What are the key political and socio-economic concerns reflected in the 2017–2018 Federal Budget? How are finance leaders managing important shifts in regulation and political risk? What should be expected from major international markets over the next financial year?

    Saul Eslake
    Economist
    Warren Hogan
    Adviser
    Federal Treasury
    Innes Willox
    Chief Executive
    Australian Industry Group
    Brenden Russell
    Regional Sales Manager
    Cortell Australia
  • 10:40Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:20Partner Keynote

    Finance Digitization: Optimising Technology & Talent

    The digitization of finance is a defining mega-trend for CFOs but further explosive growth in finance technologies has yet to occur. New technologies are delivering not only efficiencies but unparalleled data and insights. However, significant thinking is required to leverage technology through the finance operating model, as well as finance talent and new skillsets. How do CFOs effectively shape and plan for the future digital finance function?

    Donal Graham
    Partner
    EY
  • 11:50Leadership Session

    Finance on the Frontline: Resilient Leadership for Dynamic Times

    Responsive and responsible financial leadership is essential in an age where transparency, accountability, upskilling and innovation have daily implications. What defines best practice as a CFO today? How is the strategic input of CFOs changing? How can CFOs develop the skills, experience and mindsets to further expand their leadership potential? What strategies can be used to foster a pipeline of diverse talent and next-generation leaders?

    Stephen Rue
    Chief Financial Officer
    NBN Co
    Ray Gunston
    General Manager, Finance, Corporate and Special Projects
    AFL
    Amendra Pratap
    Managing Director
    Octane Software Solutions
    Roger Smith
    Chief Financial Officer
    BOC
  • 12:40Lunch Welcome Remarks

    Glenn Ahern, Australia Divisional General Manager, CPA Australia
  • 12:45Lunch & Networking sponsored by CPA Australia

  • 13:45Strategy Session

    Dynamic by Design: Energising and Optimising Business Strategy

    Amidst widespread uncertainty and structural change, the difference between surviving and thriving can hinge on strategy that transcends business functions and stakeholder expectations. What strategies are proving the most useful to manage change, measure the quality of business processes, and optimise performance? What can finance leaders learn from startups about the risks and rewards of innovation? What are the benefits and challenges of business structures such as shared services, outsourcing, decentralisation, reduced silos and cross-functional teams?

    Adam Campbell
    Chief Financial Officer
    Flight Centre Travel Group
    Jim Mitchell
    Chief Financial Officer
    Sydney Water
    Jennifer Scott-Gray
    Director, Head of Trade Finance Sales
    Westpac
    Reuben Casey
    Group Chief Financial Officer
    Kathmandu
  • 14:35Keynote Interview

    Corporates Beyond Disruption – Balancing Innovation, Diversification and Implementation
    Kyle Loades
    President & Chairman
    NRMA
  • 15:15Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

  • 15:45Technology Session

    Innovation Cultivation: Technology and Transition in Finance

    As digital finance is shaped by the cloud, real-time data analytics, dashboards, smart contracts, bank connectivity, blockchain, bitcoin and more, CFOs are striving to create efficiencies of scale from low-cost, high-value technologies. What are the most significant technological changes impacting the way CFOs and their teams work now, and how could this change over the next five years? How can technology be leveraged to improve business alignment and enhance the experience of employees, suppliers and customers? In a future where machines learn by themselves and technology replaces many finance and accounting roles, how can CFOs make the most of human ingenuity?

    Adam Watson
    Chief Financial Officer
    Transurban
    Julie Raffe
    Chief Financial Officer
    Village Roadshow
    Amanda Cox
    Chief Financial Officer
    West Coast Eagles
    Ann Furlong
    Director of APAC Operations & Global Enablement
    Blackline
  • 16:35Mastermind Keynote

    CFO Innovation - A Risk Perspective
    Dr Robert Kay
    Executive Director & Co-Founder
    Incept Labs
  • 17:15Closing Remarks from the Chairman

    Ayten Saridas
    Chairman & Host
  • 17:20Networking Drinks Remarks

    Jacqueline O'Connor, Head of Short Term Money Markets, FIIG Securities
  • 17:25Networking Drinks Reception

  • 18:25Close of Day One

Wednesday 17th May 2017
  • 08:50Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 09:05Opening Remarks from the Chairman

    Ayten Saridas
    Chairman & Host
  • 09:10Keynote Address

    Growth, Culture and Change: Maintaining Australian Competitiveness
    Paul Bassat
    Co-founder
    Seek
  • 09:50Stakeholder Session

    People at the Core: Powering Effective Partnerships with Stakeholders

    By nurturing relationships that address the needs of internal and external stakeholders, CFOs can strengthen company morale, reputation and stock value – for the present and the future. How are CFOs optimising collaboration with internal partners, such as CEOs, accounting, treasury, procurement, IT, sales, marketing, HR and operations? What tactics are useful for communicating and reporting on financial information in a way that is clear, accurate and accessible? How are CFOs navigating confidentiality and transparency when managing legal obligations, best practice, investor relations and shareholder activism?

    Rob Doyle
    Chief Financial Officer
    Domain Group
    Jarrod Magill
    Director
    EY
    Vijay Suriyanarayanan
    Head of Business Process Services
    TCS Australia
    John O’Farrell
    Director, Finance Operations and Group Financial Controller
    AMP
  • 10:40Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:10Platinum Keynote

    Innovation and Technology in Trade Finance
    Adnan Ghani
    Executive Director, Head of Trade Finance
    Westpac
  • 11:35Data Session

    Smarter, Bigger, Better Data: Tapping Potential, Adding Value

    Data continues to underpin the transition of finance and accounting from processing functions into drivers of significant business value. How have CFOs used data insights to improve outcomes for customers, suppliers or internal stakeholders? How are CFOs taking data and analytics to the next level in order to inform business planning, growth strategies and decision making? In what ways are CFOs contributing to data security and data integrity, and what more needs to be done?

    Phil Wallace
    Finance Director
    Diageo
    Matthew McKenzie
    Chief Financial Officer
    Lonsec Group
    Darren Brown
    Global Retail Finance Director
    Travelex
    Scott Martin
    Chief Financial Officer
    Maersk Line Oceania
  • 12:25Keynote Interview

    Efficient Economies – Harnessing Potential in Evaluative Frameworks
    Nicholas Gruen
    Chief Executive Officer
    Lateral Economics
  • 12:50Lunch Welcome Remarks

    Peter Boutros, New Business Team Manager, LeasePlan
  • 12:55Lunch & Networking sponsored by LeasePlan

  • 13:50Future Session

    Principled, Resilient, Sustainable: Fast-Tracking the Future of Financial Leadership

    A CFO influences not only a company’s present financial situation, but also a company’s financial future – with implications for the economy and wider society. What will be the challenges and opportunities of conducting business in the near and medium-term future? Is planning for the future becoming more difficult or more manageable? What qualities will finance leaders need to succeed at maintaining stakeholder trust and loyalty? How can CFOs act now to develop the skills and resources they and their teams will need in the future?

    Sally Bateman
    Finance Director
    NIKE Pacific
    Ross Jacobs
    Chief Financial Officer
    Boeing Defence Australia
    Andrew Townend
    Chief Financial Officer
    PepsiCo Australia & New Zealand
    Chris Mentor
    Vice President
    Jedox Australia & New Zealand
  • 14:40Closing Remarks from the Chairman

    Ayten Saridas
    Chairman & Host
  • 14:45Close of Forum

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Sponsorship

www.ey.com

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

www.westpac.com.au/trade

Westpac Institutional Bank (WIB) delivers a broad range of financial services to Commercial, Corporate, Institutional and Public Sector customers with connections to Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and USA markets. We take a supply chain perspective of our customer’s business, providing innovative risk and financing solutions designed to add value to our customers’ and their strategic trade counterparts business.

www.concur.com.au

Concur, imagines the way the world should work, offering cloud-based services that make it simple to manage travel and expenses. By connecting data, applications and people, Concur delivers an effortless experience and total transparency into spending wherever and whenever it happens, so businesses can focus on what matters most.

www.octanesolutions.com.au

Octane Software Solutions is an IBM partner specialising in Business Intelligence. We provide our clients with cutting edge solutions for Budgeting & Forecasting, Allocations and Dashboard Reporting.

www.tcs.com

Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT and ITenabled, infrastructure, engineering and assurance services.

This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata Group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has a global footprint and is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India.

https://www.blackline.com

BlackLine provides cloud-based solutions that automate and manage complex, manual, and repetitive processes including financial close operations and other key finance and accounting processes.

Designed to complement ERP and other financial systems, the BlackLine Finance Controls & Automation Platform increases operational efficiency, real-time visibility, control and compliance, fueling confidence throughout the entire accounting cycle.

www.cortell.com.au

Cortell helps drive efficiencies throughout your planning reporting and analytical processes. By automating the data and business controls, we deliver the right information to the right people reducing risk and improving insight. Cortell is a multi-awarded Platinum IBM Partner.

www.jedox.com

Jedox is a leading Global Business Intelligence and Corporate Performance Management solutions provider. Empowering decision makers and users across all departments and helps them work smarter, streamline business collaboration, and make insight-based decisions with confidence.

www.fiig.com.au/

FIIG Securities is Australia’s largest specialist fixed income provider with over $11billion currently under investment. For 18 years we’ve been providing investors with direct access to bond markets and a range of term deposits and other cash solutions.

https://www.cpaaustralia.com.au

CPA Australia is one of the world’s largest accounting bodies with more than 160,000 members globally.

www.leaseplan.com.au

LeasePlan is the world leading vehicle leasing and management company, with operations in 32 countries and more than 1.5 million vehicles under management.
A proven partner to Australian businesses, LeasePlan provides effective cost controls and best practice management of your essential business vehicles.

The CFO Forum is exclusively crafted for the most senior finance executives from across all sectors of the national economy. Delivered by the profession’s elite, this event offers a powerful business agenda within an effective executive networking environment.

Being a sponsor of the event actively works for you before, during and after the event, increasing your credibility in the minds of Australia’s senior corporate finance decision makers.

Enhance your market visibility, put your CEO on the programme and gain dedicated face-to-face time with an influential audience in a specialised closed event environment.

Tim Lockwood – Commercial Manager
Tel: 02 8004 3172
Email: timl@cmgroup.com.au

Venue

PARKROYAL Darling Harbour,
150 Day St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia.

Accommodation

To receive a discount on rooms. Contact reservations directly on (02) 9261 1188 and quote 1705CFOFOR

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Packages Standard Price
Finance Professional: 1 Delegate $2495 Inc. GST
Finance Professional: 4 Delegates (Includes 1 Free) $7485 Inc. GST
Service Provider* (Limit – 1 delegate) $3995 Inc. GST

* This option is for service providers to finance professionals. Service providers may only have one representative at the event and must submit an online application for internal review.

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  • Terms & Conditions

    Connect Events is part of Connect Media Group Pty Ltd

    Delegate Package:

    Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to speaker presentations. Please note: not all speakers choose to provide presentation papers. One delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. Organiser’s reserve the right to deny entry to anyone not registered.

    Payment & Discounts:

    Payment of invoice is due within 7 days of registration. A 3% surcharge is payable for all credit card transactions. Only one promotional discount code can be applied per registrant. All prices quoted are inclusive of GST. Payment in full is required by the first day of the event. Please note: Registrations made within 7 days of the event can only be paid via credit card.

    Organiser’s Rights:

    Connect Media Group endeavours to ensure the conference programme and speaker line-up is correct at the time of the event. All advertised details are correct at time of publishing. Due to unforeseen circumstances Connect Media Group reserves the right to alter the programme prior to the event without notice. We also reserve the right to cancel or postpone this event when full refunds will be issued. Connect Media Group reserves the right to deny access to any individual that engages in or is alleged to engage in practices that are considered unprofessional and inappropriate for a business conference. We reserve the right to deny access to delegates that may affect the client / vendor ratio of attendance in favour of the interests of sponsors and commercial partners of the event.

    Photography and Video

    Connect Media Group may take photographs and/or video of the event you are attending and in doing so your image may be included in the photographs and videos reproduced and distributed by Connect Media Group in any medium to any part of the world.  By attending the event you irrevocably agree to submit your image for reproduction by Connect Media Group in distributing marketing material and/or video footage of the events. Should a delegate not agree to the above image release, they must advise team@cmgroup.com.au

    Cancellation Policy:
    A substitute delegate is welcome at any time provided the request is made in writing. A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    Full payment is required within 7 days of registration – if payment is not received in this time and cancellation is requested more than 10 days after registration – payment is to be honoured.

    Privacy Disclosure:

    We take your privacy seriously. Information collected on this registration will be held in the strictest of confidence on a secure database. This information may be used in order to contact you regarding future events, product development and services offered. If you do not wish to be contacted please email team@cmgroup.com.au To view our full privacy policy please visit: http://www.connectmediagroup.com.au/privacy-policy/

  • FAQ

    What’s included in my delegate pass? A Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to provided speaker presentations.

    Is there a group booking discount? Yes – when you book 3 delegates a 4th attends for free. The group booking discount will be calculated by reducing the individual cost of each pass by deducting the free pass from the total booking amount. If you have any questions about how group bookings work, please contact team@cmgroup.com.au

    Can I transfer my pass? A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. A substitute delegate is welcome at any time prior to the event, provided the request is made in writing to team@cmgroup.com.au

    How do I receive my delegate pass? Following the completion of your registration and payment, you will receive an email confirmation. We will contact you via email one week before the event to provide final information regarding your participation. Delegate badges and all event material will be provided upon arrival at the event – nothing will be sent in the post.

    What is a Service Provider? A service provider refers to an individual or organisation who supplies products and/or services to the primary audience of Finance Professionals. Service providers may only have one representative at the event. A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. All service providers who apply for a pass will be reviewed internally before a registration is completed.

    Is media registration available? No, this is a closed and confidential event. Media registrations are not available.

    Cancellation Policy A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    Will there be a delegate list available? No, Connect Events does not provide delegate lists to attendees.