Sponsored by Workday
TIME: 2:00 PM ET

Webcast Summary

Within many companies, finance teams have established reputations for narrowly focusing on reducing costs and reporting on the past. But to prepare their companies for the future, finance leaders will need to rethink what skills they seek from and develop within their finance teams. Finance leaders will also need to rethink what they require from technology. As recent research from The Hackett Group reveals, digital transformation is now an essential rite of passage for companies that aim to automate routine tasks finance teams have traditionally performed while ensuring finance teams have the analytical acumen that is necessary for planning beyond the next budgeting cycle.

During this Webcast, we will outline a disciplined yet adaptive approach finance executives can employ to lead their companies through digital transformation. We will discuss:

  • What digital transformation means for finance leaders,
  • What key factors drive, and what challenges most often undermine, finance leaders' efforts to develop a mature digital strategy,
  • Why and how finance leaders will need to prioritize investments in technology not only in terms of cutting costs but also creating value, and
  • What skills, resources, and support finance leaders will require to enable their finance teams – and their companies – to emerge as world-class organizations. 

About the Speakers

Tom Willman, Principal, Finance Advisory Global Practice Leader, The Hackett Group
Tom Willman serves as Global Practice Leader of The Hackett Group's Finance Advisory programs. He has 20 years of finance, accounting, and consulting experience across numerous industries. His experience has focused on helping CFOs and senior finance executives to transform their organizations through the deployment of more efficient and effective processes, service delivery models, and enabling technologies.
Max Courtney, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company
Mr. Courtney is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company (SFBCIC). He has broad experience in all aspects of accounting, auditing, NAIC compliance, reporting, and financial management. In addition to serving as SFBCIC's CFO, he is also the project sponsor and lead for SFBCIC's implementation of Workday Financials. Mr. Courtney began his career with Deloitte as an auditor before entering the property and casualty insurance sector. 
Tim Wakeford, Vice President, Financials Product Strategy, EMEA and APJ, Workday
Tim Wakeford is Vice President, Financials Product Strategy, EMEA and APJ with Workday, where he is responsible for setting the strategic direction of Workday’s financial products in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, and Japan. Prior to joining Workday in 2017, Tim served as Finance Director on the U.K. 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 organizations. Tim is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and holds a B.A. in Politics and Government from the University of Kent.

About the Moderator

Joe Fleischer, Editorial Director, Finance Channel, Argyle Executive Forum
In his role as finance channel editorial director with Argyle Executive Forum, Joe Fleischer focuses on developing webinars on topics that reflect the primary concerns and priorities of senior finance executives. He is based in New York.
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Field of Study: Finance
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None required
Delivery Method: Group Internet-based
Recommended CPE Credit(s): 1 

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