Linda M. Fonner, CPACFO-South-East Asia & India and Board of Directors
AVANI+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel
"The infrastructure development plan in the Eastern Economic Corridor through Public Private Partnership projects has attracted up to Bt650 billion in total investment, with 32% coming from the private sector and 68% from the public sector."
- Phacharaphot Nuntramas, SVP of Global Business Development & Strategy Group, Krungthai Bank, (January, 2019)
About the 5th CFO Innovation Thailand Forum 2019
The Thai economy is projected to grow at 3.8% in 2019 and 3.9% in 2020, down from 4.3% in 2018, according to the World Bank's Thailand Economic Monitor.
Export and tourism, the growth drivers in 2018, have slowed down under the weight of uncertainties - an upcoming general election, elevated trade tensions, the slowing regional economic outlooks.
But opportunities abound amidst uncertainties.
While the short-term seemingly poses many challenges, Thailand’s long-term economic prospects have proved to be resilient with strengthening domestic demand, stemming from low inflation and accommodative monetary policy. The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) has also attracted over US$9.3 billion in promised FDI, which will drive the country closer to its realization of the Thailand 4.0 national strategy.
Join us at the 5th CFO Innovation Thailand Forum 2019 as we discuss what it takes to become an agile CFO that excel in navigating changing business landscapes, spotting new opportunities and driving competitiveness.
Who Should Attend
CFOs, MDs, VPs, Directors, GMs, and Senior Managers, involved in:
The pace at which business is accelerating is increasing exponentially, and this trend is sure to continue. The new challenges for CFOs igniting this accelerating pace of business can be broken down into 2 key areas: Business Trends and Technology Trends. This session takes CFOs on a journey to better understanding the implications of these trends for the CFO and the business, and offers a strategy on how to get started on unlocking an organization’s digitization journey.
Up to 50% of manual financial processes are likely to be automated in the next few years. Leveraging on the ‘Digital Workforce’ will eliminate manual tasks, streamline operations, and improve access to business data. RPA works alongside human labor to help finance organizations improve the efficiency and effectiveness of core financial processes. How will the future of Work look like? What are the benefits to the Enterprise, and more importantly, what does it mean for Humans working together with the concept of Digital workers?
Today’s technology, cloud, and IoT-driven world is continually generating a wealth of data, creating both opportunity and challenge for those tasked with deciphering and analyzing it. CFOs in particular are facing increased pressure to connect the dots between multiple data streams to identify patterns that will optimize a company’s growth and align its costs with its strategy.
Sustainability, which encompasses environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues, is increasingly positioned at the top of board agendas. By fostering more proactive identification, measurement, and disclosure of ESG risks, CFOs can provide critical insight into how the company is protecting value, and in turn, drive stakeholders' confidence.
Leadway Heavy Machinery
SVI Public Company Limited
Thai Union Group
BTS Group Holdings
Diageo Moet Hennessy (Thailand)
SR Plastic2559 Co.
Indorama Ventures PCL
Nissan Motor Thailand (NMT)
Do Day Dream
Star Universal Network
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Linda Fonner’s career has spanned the Fortune 500, FTSE 100 and Private Equity company ranks in numerous industries including pharmaceutical, medical devices, banking, energy, molten metals and chemicals. Her early career years were with Bank of New York Mellon and Westinghouse Electric, solidifying controls and fostering efficiencies in key finance & operational areas as a member of their audit functions. Later, as Vesuvius PLC’s Financial Controller at their Australia site, she implemented operational improvements. And, as Chief Audit Executive with West Pharmaceutical Services, a medical device manufacturer, she undertook a complete overhaul of the audit function. In addition to six years with West Pharmaceutical Services, Linda’s experience includes five years in Pharmaceuticals with her most recent role as Business Controller for Bristol Myers-Squibb’s Middle East Africa and India business, where her efforts were focused on streamlining processes and procedures. Currently, Linda holds the position of CFO & member of the Board of Directors for the Southeast Asia Region and India, as well as Managing Director for Singapore, Philippines, and Indonesia for Atotech, a Private Equity held, Europe-headquartered chemical company where she is successfully implementing multiple turnaround projects for the Southeast Asia Region and Indian business. Linda is a sought-after speaker having given presentations at global conferences in such places as the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom on topics such as managing third-party distributor risks, finance operations, fraud, auditing, and internal controls. Linda holds an accounting degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is an active member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants as a licensed CPA. She is also a member of the Thai Institute of Directors Association, and holds numerous other certifications in specialty areas such as internal audit, information systems, risk management, fraud, compliance and ethics, and project management.
With well-rounded knowledge and over 15 years’ of experience in automotive, construction material, consumer goods and retail, Pitak Jaturaputpaibul currently leads the Finance Team to enhance financial strategies at GET. He joined GET in late 2018 to help build the start-up company, which was officially launched in February 2019. Prior to GET, he was Finance Director of Dole Packaged Food Company in Thailand. He initiated the development and implementation of business strategies across Asia Pacific and improved the financial performance and built the organization capability. He was also appointed as Board of directors of 4 legal entities and elected to be Chairman of Dole Thailand Provident Fund.
Dr. Yanyong Thammatucharee leads the organizational changes within Leadway Heavy Machinery (LHM) for future growth and sustainability in the heavy machinery industry. Yanyong gained vast experiences from various businesses and roles ranging from professional work to senior management in manufacturing, trading and marketing companies, namely PwC, BTS, Emerson Electric, Panasonic, and Central Marketing Group. His interest is in research and developing new concepts in the field of organizational development. He was a guest writer for the Nation and is a business book author, in both Thai and English.
As the Chief Finance Officer of Microsoft Thailand, Supanee Anuwongworavet is responsible for overall finance leadership of Microsoft Thailand. She works in close partnership with the Thailand Senior Leadership Team to drive business growth with digital transformation which built upon the foundation of trust and compliance and serve as functional lead for finance people through execution of Microsoft’s Accelerator of Transformation. Supanee has over 19 years of working experience and has been in the IT industry for over 15 years. Prior to Microsoft, She had worked with SAP Thailand, Pacific Internet (now part of Telstra) and RTC. Supanee holds Master Degree of International Business from Lincoln University, CA, USA and Bachelor degree of Accounting from Rangsit University, Thailand.
Thomas is Chief Financial Officer for SAP South East Asia, based in Singapore. Together with his team he is responsible for all finance related activities across South East Asia. He functions as a business partner to the South East Asia Management Team and provides them with relevant information on the state of the business as well as decision support using SAP’s latest analytics tools.
Thomas has over 13 years of professional experience in Finance and Operations and holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim/Germany. He started his career at the SAP’s Headquarter in Germany as part of the Global Controlling Team. He spent over 3 years in China where he was responsible for all controlling activities for the local development and support teams. Thomas moved to Singapore in 2009 where he first took over the role as the Head of Regional Controlling for Asia Pacific and Japan before he moved into current role in 2013.
Tjendra Halima is the Regional Finance Director of Energy business in East Asia & Japan region covering multiple countries in North East Asia and Central East Asia. At the same time, he is also the CFO of Schneider Electric in Japan. During his 21-years (1997 – current) career in Schneider Electric, he has been posted as country CFO and several regional finance roles in Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand and Japan. He has a well-rounded finance experience in business operation spanning from R&D center, manufacturing site, distribution center, commercial operation to business unit. He is an Executive MBA graduate and hold BSc in Computer Science and BA in Accounting from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, USA.
Naresh Lahoti is currently working as VP Finance in SVI Public Company Ltd. SVI is one of the leading turnkey Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider headquarters in Thailand while having operations around the world. Before SVI, Naresh works as the CFO and Head IT of Tata Motors (Thailand) Limited, Thailand subsidiary of Tata Motors Ltd, India’s largest automobile company. Naresh is a Chartered Accountant from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Before working in Thailand, he was working in the business planning function of Tata Motors Limited, India Operation, as well as in audit and assurance function of Deloitte India.
Joerg Ayrle serves as Group CFO of Thai Union Group PCL since 2014, where his broad financial acumen and experience with key strategic functions has made positive impact on performance culture, cash focus, governance and operational transparency. Taking up the role of a seasoned strategic business partner, Joerg's leadership has resulted in 10 successful acquisitions, joint ventures and buy-outs since he joined Thai Union. Joerg has received the Marquee Award as Asia’s Best CFO from Corporate Treasurer for 2016. He sits on various Boards of Directors on behalf of Thai Union.
With more than 20 years of experience in finance and system implementation, Steven Siew currently serves as the advisor to BTS Group Holdings’ Group CEO in all new projects development and expansion on all back office functions aspect, i.e. financing, merger & acquisition, system application implementation, project finance and treasury. Prior to this, he was the CFO at Amata Corporation, in charge of accounting, corporate finance, information technology, and investor relations. He was also the Regional Controller of Critical Power Business Unit for South Asia Pacific Zone, as well as the Country CFO for various South East Asia countries within Schneider Electric. Steven graduated from Griffith University, Australia with a bachelor’s degree majoring in Accounting and Finance.
Alex Konnaris is an international Information Technology specialist with over 20 years of experience. Based in Thailand for over 16 years, Alex currently holds the position of Group CIO for RMA Group, a multinational company with its headquarters in Bangkok, specializing in Automotive (Retail/Wholesale/Modifications), Infrastructure (Power & Heavy Equipment, Retail/Wholesale), Engineering Solutions and Hospitality (Food & Beverage), with over 6,000 employees and offices in 13 countries. He manages teams of IT professionals, supports IT Operations and Business Systems across the Group, and solves any system challenges of diverse business streams in both mature and emerging markets.
Ratiporn Ratcharoen is a professional finance leader with almost 30 years’ experience in FMCG where she has led businesses through various stages from start-up, survival, turnaround and growth modes. In the last 15 years, she deal with numerous changes both internally with finance transformation agenda, the new role of finance as real business partner and externally where macro has been challenging and required organizations to change/shift. She has solid experience in implementation of new systems, processes and breakthroughs to unlock greater performance. A big believer in growth mindset and possibilities, Ratiporn holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) degree from Ramkhamhaeng University, Master of Science (Accounting) from Thammasat University and Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from Sasin.
Phacharaphot Nuntramas is highly regarded among academics and the media circles as an economist with extensive experience in the Thai banking industry. His and his team’s research on the economy have been featured regularly in many news outlets. Phacharaphot graduated from the University of Michigan, USA with a Ph.D. in economics. Prior to banking, Phacharaphot was assistant professor of economics at San Diego State University, USA.
Kritin Yaroojjanont is the MD and partner in a plastic recycle company, a food restaurant and a food-seasoning manufacturer. Prior to running his own businesses, he was a seasoned financial professional with latest role as the CFO of Mediterranean Shipping (Thailand) Co., where he oversaw the overall financial and risk management activities. Kritin has broad experience working with different industries across various countries. He worked with AP Moller Maersk group, covering various roles and business units in Thailand and the Netherlands before becoming CFO with a pharmaceutical company in Indonesia. He led the organization through corporate restructuring and strategic paradigm shift. After a master degree in the UK, he joined Tesco Lotus Thailand as an Internal Audit Manager before joining Thai Asia Pacific group as a Financial Controller/ Director. In addition to his corporate role, Kritin is also a committee member of The Institute of Directors (IOD) and a Rights Protection Volunteer for Thai Investors Association (TIA). He holds a bachelor degree in Accountancy from Chulalongkorn University and a master degree in Finance from University of Cambridge, the UK.
Jan Rosemeyer is the Country CFO of Allianz in Thailand, in charge of life insurance at Allianz Ayudhya Assurance as well property and casualty insurance at Allianz Ayudhya General Insurance. Jan came to Thailand in 2016 and has previously held CFO positions for Allianz in Singapore, Taiwan and Japan. He manages a team of 150, covering Accounting, Planning/Controlling, Treasury, Risk Management and Actuarial. Jan is a qualified actuary in Germany (DAV), an alumnus from the University of Ulm and also studied Japanese at Waseda University. When not at work, he spends time with his family, likes to run in the parks of Bangkok and serves on the board of different charitable organizations.
Ravi Gosala is finance professional with 25 years’ experience in M&A, Finance, restructuring and General Management , he currently based out of Bangkok working for Indorama ventures PCL and has been in ASEAN region for over 20 years having exposure to Equity & Debt capital markets , Debt & Project financing , couple of M&A deals and handled financial restructuring post Asian financial crisis in Indonesia. He holds a Bachelors of Commerce & Chartered Accountant and is a vivid reader of History, Philosophy, Spiritual quest and a sports enthusiast.
Sanpetch Tangsawapark is currently responsible for corporate planning and strategic development, as well as marketing and sales strategy development at Nissan Motor Thailand. Prior to this, he overlooked Nissan Motor Company as the Vice President Finance and Accounting and has over 15 years experience as the Head of Finance with the automotive and FMCG sector. He worked as the Global Management Vontroller at Saint Gobain Group, in the worldwide division business headquarter in France, and was the Regional Head of Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia at Lear Group. His other experiences includes accounting, treasury, tax, M&A studies, several Green Fields implementations as well as supporting business turnaround.
Nitin Bapna is the Group Director of Finance at the Minor Hotels based out of Bangkok. He has been a corporate hotelier for over 15 years and held various senior corporate positions including with Six Senses Resorts and Spas and Soneva Resorts. At Minor Hotels, he is responsible for enterprise risk management, group insurances, financial management of construction project, supports various commercial projects. He is also responsible for overall financial management of SEA properties. Nitin has a robust understanding of international corporate, legal and tax structures and support new business development function from time to time. Nitin holds an MBA from Webster University and is a Chartered Accountant from Institute of Chartered Accounts of India. He has various certifications including Financial Management from Cornell University and IFRS certification from CIMA.
Ken Lee was appointed Commercial Director, Corporate Sales of SWIFT in October 2016. He is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ken is part of APAC Corporate Sales team and is responsible for managing existing and recruiting new corporate customers in ASEAN Region. Ken has over 19 years of sales experience in selling software and solution to financial institutions and corporates in ASEAN region. Before joining SWIFT, Ken worked with a number of software houses in Malaysia, including Microsoft, IBM and Dell with responsibilities for account management, business development and regional sales activities. He is multilingual and capable in speaking English, Mandarin, Bahasa, Cantonese and Hokkien.
Piyawat (Pete) Ratchapolsitte is the CFO of Thailand's leading skincare group, Do Day Dream Plc (NAMULIFE SNAILWHITE). Piyawat successfully took the company public and listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. He has extensive investment banking experience in Thailand and Southeast Asia. Previously, he has led a team of analysts to successfully complete a variety of capital markets transactions such as IPOs, private placements, secondary offering, and REITs. He is also an SEC-certified financial advisor, with track records in consumer goods, healthcare, property, power, and retail sectors.
David Le Ny was in the Human Resources fields for the last 20 years, at both operational or corporate level. He worked in France and throughout Asia with EDF Group subsidiaries, a French electric utility group that operates worldwide. There, he established and managed a talent community for EDF Group. When he moved to Laos in 2014, he developed a Learning and Development process to grow local talents and handle key positions. In 2018, he joined Dextra Global and currently in charge of the HR capabilities across the group’s affiliates worldwide in APAC, India, Middle East, Europe and Americas. David holds a master degree in Human Resources and a PhD in Management.
Poomsanti Wairith is an analytical and entrepreneurial CFO and business leader with exposures in renewable energy, advisory services, travel, and hospitality industries. He has accumulated experiences from multinational companies, start-ups, private equity, tech-company and international development agency. His expertize includes budgeting and forecasting, financial management, advanced financial statement analysis, banking industry's operations and regulations, business process improvement, auditing, cost accounting, Sarbanes-Oxley and U.S., IFRS, and Thai GAAPs.
SK has been leading presales engineering and consulting teams in Asia Pacific for more than 10 years. As the regional technical and consulting authority in the companies he worked in, he and his team worked very closely with customers, sales team, channel partners, corporate marketing, product groups and their presales communities to deliver the best possible customer experience, solutions and outcomes. Prior to joining Automation Anywhere, SK has gained valuable enterprise IT experience in presales engineering, product marketing and project management. He led the presales engineering and solutions architect teams in Amazon Web Services, NetApp and Quantum Corporation, managed the enterprise storage marketing team in Fujitsu Asia, and started his IT career as a presales consultant and project manager in Computer Sciences Corporation.
Mr.Jigar Vikamsey is a seasoned professional in the field of Finance and Technology; having 15+ years of experience in diverse fields including Consulting, investments and digital services. He operates at the intersection of Analytics & Finance and works with clients in the areas of Planning, Budgeting, Consolidation, Profitability Analysis & Reporting
Automation Anywhere is the leader in Robotic Process Automation (RPA), the platform on which more organizations build world-class Intelligent Digital Workforces. Automation Anywhere’s enterprise-grade platform uses software bots that work side by side with people to do much of the repetitive work in many industries. It combines sophisticated RPA, cognitive and embedded analytic technologies. Over 1,600 organizations use this AI-enabled solution to manage and scale business processes faster, with near-zero error rates, while dramatically reducing operational costs. Automation Anywhere provides automation technology to leading financial services, insurance, healthcare, technology, manufacturing, telecom and logistics companies globally.
For more information, please visit www.automationanywhere.com.
As the Experience Company powered by the Intelligent Enterprise, SAP is the market leader in enterprise application software, helping companies of all sizes and in all industries run at their best: 77% of the world’s transaction revenue touches an SAP® system. Our machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics technologies help turn customers’ businesses into intelligent enterprises. SAP helps give people and organizations deep business insight and fosters collaboration that helps them stay ahead of their competition. We simplify technology for companies so they can consume our software the way they want – without disruption. Our end-to-end suite of applications and services enables more than 437,000 business and public customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and make a difference. With a global network of customers, partners, employees, and thought leaders, SAP helps the world run better and improve people’s lives. For more information, visit www.sap.com.
Syniti, formerly BackOffice Associates, is a worldwide leader in information governance and data modernization solutions, focusing on helping customers manage one of their most critical assets – data. Our products and services enable organizations to accelerate growth, gain actionable visibility and reduce risks.
Founded in 1996, we have an unparalleled record of success in the most complex data environments and Syniti has been working closely with SAP & its customers.
We complement the SAP Platform & Technologies product portfolio with excellent data transformation and data quality software solution extensions for SAP to meet enterprise application requirement.
SWIFT is a global member owned cooperative and the world’s leading provider of secure financial messaging services. We provide our community with a platform for messaging and standards for communicating, and we offer products and services to facilitate access and integration, identification, analysis and regulatory compliance.
Our messaging platform, products and services connect more than 11,000 banking and securities organisations, market infrastructures and corporate customers in more than 200 countries and territories. While SWIFT does not hold funds or manage accounts on behalf of customers, we enable our global community of users to communicate securely, exchanging standardised financial messages in a reliable way, thereby supporting global and local financial flows, as well as trade and commerce all around the world.
As their trusted provider, we relentlessly pursue operational excellence; we support our community in addressing cyber threats; and we continually seek ways to lower costs, reduce risks and eliminate operational inefficiencies. Our products and services support our community's access and integration, business intelligence, reference data and financial crime compliance needs. SWIFT also brings the financial community together – at global, regional and local levels – to shape market practice, define standards and debate issues of mutual interest or concern. SWIFT’s strategic five year plan, SWIFT2020, challenges SWIFT to continue investing in the security, reliability and growth of its core messaging platform, while making additional investments in existing services and delivering new and innovative solutions.
Headquartered in Belgium, SWIFT’s international governance and oversight reinforces the neutral, global character of its cooperative structure. SWIFT’s global office network ensures an active presence in all the major financial centres.
Decision Critical is a dynamic, cloud-based business modeling tool that is unique in its comprehensiveness. It is scalable, customizable and fast to implement.
Decision Critical's modeling and budgeting algorithms empower teams with no previous modeling training to leverage their combined knowledge base to produce clear, realistic operational and financial models for use in decision support, strategic planning, budgeting and business optimization.
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Infor is a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry. With 17,300 employees and over 68,000 customers in more than 170 countries, Infor software is designed for progress. To learn more, please visit www.infor.com.
Infor customers include:
PMsquare is a business consulting company specialising in Financial and Operational Performance Management (FOPM) and Business Analytics solutions. PMsquare was established in Sydney in 2008 and expanded to Singapore in 2011, US and Philippines in 2014, Germany in 2015, Thailand in 2016 and Sri Lanka in 2018. PMsquare is a IBM Platinum Business Partner, Solution and Support Provider. In 2016 PMsquare merged with Cornerstone Performance Management, an Australian Information Management and FOPM consultancy.
Teibto is a private limited software and professional services provider helping businesses transform and modernize by implementing Oracle NetSuite, the worlds leading cloud ERP/ business suite.
With over 10 years’ successful sales to implementation experience in the cloud software business, we are currently regarded as Thailand’s #1 Oracle NetSuite Solution Provider. In 2015 Teibto was awarded with the APAC explosive growth Asia award. In 2016, the APAC implementation partner of the year award. And mostly recently in 2019, Five star Award from Oracle NetSuite.
"We help companies simplify their business systems, take Control of their business intelligence and Grow their revenue and market opportunities."
ABeam Consulting (Thailand) Ltd. is a subsidiary of ABeam Consulting Ltd. –headquartered in Tokyo having 6,000 people serve more than 700 clients throughout Asia, the Americas and Europe providing consulting services in Thailand since 2005, ABeam Consulting (Thailand) has 350 professionals serving more than 150 clients in Thailand with expertise in digital transformation services that create strategic advantage, improve business processes, leverage technology innovation and enhance organizational performance with ERP and all other solutions including Management Consulting, Digital BPI, Data Analytics, IT project management and outsourcing for leading companies in Thailand. Moreover, ABeam has been in a strong partnership with SAP and provided services by SAP-certified consultants to achieve clients’ transformation. ABeam partners with clients to diagnose and solve their real challenges with solutions that combine industry and operational best practices with technical expertise.
Euler Hermes is the global leader in trade credit insurance and a recognized specialist in the areas of bonding, guarantees and collections. With more than 100 years of experience, the company offers business-to-business (B2B) clients financial services to support cash and trade receivables management. Its proprietary intelligence network tracks and analyzes daily changes in corporate solvency among small, medium and multinational companies active in markets representing 92% of global GDP. Headquartered in Paris, the company is present in over 50 countries with 5,800+ employees. Euler Hermes is a subsidiary of Allianz and rated AA by Standard & Poor’s and Dagong Europe. The company posted a consolidated turnover of €2.6 billion in 2016 and insured global business transactions for €883 billion in exposure at the end of 2016. Further information: th.eulerhermes.com
CFO INNOVATION (www.cfoinnovation.com) is an online publication, research provider, and conference organizer that focuses on issues specific to top level finance managers in the corporate sector in Asia and China. Our targeted events across Asia attract hundreds of CFOs from multinationals and other major enterprises every year.