CFO Edge

The CFO drives Purpose-led transformation

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CFOs of the future will regularly partner with non-financial areas of the business on growth initiatives and innovation of operating models contributing substantially to a firm’s competitive advantage. As a result of the expanded skill set we see a notable increase in the rate of CFO-CEO ascension.

CFOs are integral to the team that drives their company’s transformation strategy

and supporting programs. They are critical to ensuring that decision-making across the whole organisation is aligned with purpose. The finance chief also translates the purpose into financial and commercial targets and outcomes.

CFOs are playing a key role in developing and implementing strategy within their company, partnering with CEOs to creatively design growth opportunities for the future. Successful CFO leadership requires a deeper understanding of strategy, increased leadership skills, and an ability to effectively communicate financial acumen and knowledge to non-financial colleagues. Furthermore, CFOs are making investment decisions for business projects including the IT, Supply Chain, Operations and HR function.


9-10 November 2017 | Sydney

Spend time with your peers, improve your leadership skills and be prepared for the future.

Maximising the Potential

  • Spend quality interactive time with your peers along with exchanging ideas
  • Trade war stories and assess real-life best practice, pitfalls and innovations
  • Discuss and debate the challenges and prospects of this dynamic region
  • Keep up with disruptive technology, fresh ideas and find alternative solutions to your problems
  • Get 1-1 with others in your vertical and situation, rather than generic overviews
  • Build your personalised program

Agenda At a Glance 2016

08:00 – 08:15

Welcome: CFO Strategy Summit 2016 “CFO Survey Benchmarking” with our MC Dan Herd, Advisory Leader, CEB

08:15 – 08:50

The CFOs role in Innovation

08:50 – 09:25

Panel Session: Grow Fast or Die Slow

09:30 – 10:00

Technology and Business Lead Disruption: De-mystifying Big Data Analytics?

10:00 – 10:30

Navigating Change: How CFOs Can Effectively Drive Transformation with CIO Advisory, MD, Ken Matthews

10:30 – 10:45

Networking Tea & Coffee Break

10:45 – 11:25

Finance’s Role in Driving Efficient Growth with Dan Herd, Advisory Leader, CEB

11:30 – 12:30


Roundtable #1 Policy in the data age: Data enablement for the common good

Roundtable #2 How to create a Path to Advantage with Digital Supply Chains

Roundtable #3 How Advanced Workplace Strategies Can Drive Real Estate Cost Efficiencies

12:30 – 13:30

Networking lunch

13:30 – 14:15

Bridging the Gap between Strategy and Execution with DOMO, CFO, Bruce Felt

14:15 – 14:45

Beyond Managing the Probable: The Proactive Organisation

14:45 – 15:15

It’s time to re-create the Core Systems: The CFO is the Catalyst

15:15 – 15:30

Networking Tea & Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:20

“PODs” [‘Practical Open Discussions’] = 3 simultaneous 50 minute CFO Group Sessions

POD #1 The CFO/CIO Dynamic

POD #2 M&A: Strategy in the Digital Age

POD #3 Innovating from the Top

16:20 – 16:30

Networking Tea & Coffee Break

16:30 – 17:10

The Potential of Blockchain with BCG Digital Ventures, MD and Global Chairman of the Blockchain Technologies Lab, Mike Schwartz

17:15 – 18:15

CFO Strategy presents “The Shark Tank” – with leading CFOs judging – Leading Australian Tech Fin Tech Start-ups

18:30 – 19:30

Drinks Reception & Networking

19:30 – 21:45

Gala Dinner with “Ahead of the curve: The future of performance management” by Fiona De Jong, Chief Executive Officer at Australian Olympic Committee

08:15 – 09:00

The World in 2017 – by Michael Blythe, Group Chief Economist – The Commonwealth Bank of Australia

09:00 – 09:30

Board Panel: What do Board members Look for in choosing the next CEO with Dan Herd, Advisory Leader, CEB

09:30 – 10:00

M&A Panel: Diversify or Specialise to future-proof your business? with Ramesh Karnani, Port Jackson Partners

10:00 – 10:15

Networking Tea & Coffee Break

10:15 – 10:45

Organising for the future: Putting humans back in human-capital management

10:45 – 11:45


Roundtable #4  SP – Organising for the future: Putting humans back in human-capital management

Roundtable #5 Getting Smart About Smart Contracts

Roundtable #6 How to reinvent the external-affairs function

11:45 – 12:20

Robots Are Coming – Artificial Intelligence and Digital driven Intelligent Business

12:20 – 12:50

Risk: The Enterprise Immune System – The rising strategic risks of cyberattacks with Northrop Grumman, Military Grade Cyber Security

12:50 – 13:00

Closing Comments & Prize Draw

13:00 – 13:50

Farewell Buffet Lunch


9-10 November | Grand Hyatt, Melbourne

Spend time with your peers, improve your leadership skills and be prepared for the future.


15-16 November 2017 | Sydney