Sanjay PatelGroup Head of Global Business Services
BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Questex Asia's leading publication for Asia's finance community, CFO Innovation, which runs the region’s longest and largest running series of events for CFOs, has now reached Malaysia to discuss and debate these opportunities through a networking forum with the best of financial experts.
CFO Innovation Malaysia Forum will be the only event that gathers the best in the finance community and brings together 120+ CFOs from manufacturing, travel and hospitality, energy, natural resources, logistics, retails, BFSI , telecommunications and many other cross-industries, discussing the ever evolving role of CFOs with the current policies, regulation, automation, cyber security and blockchain.
Who will attend?
Finance leaders today operate in a constantly evolving environment marked by volatile markets, growing complexity, and increased global competition. CFOs are under constant pressure to grow, be innovative, and make a profit all at the same time.
As manpower cost will get higher with the country's 50% minimum wage increase, how can employers absorb the significant increase and how can finance professionals still justify their relevance at a higher cost? In this session, we will discuss the core skills that are required to tackle next-generation finance needs and challenges.
Is Finance owned by a department or has it evolved into a responsibility that percolates down the hierarchy to everyone in the business including the middle, junior management and all the executive personnel?
While a typical commoditized financial & accounting solution can at best remain a transactional reporting system, the future is all about building an API-economy where applications integrate and interact with each other seamlessly. The world is moving towards a leaner, efficient and contextual information delivery model. Spruce this with an element of chatbots and voice and you encounter a whole new world of finance. In this session, we will traverse through the innumerable possibilities of leveraging NextGen technologies in Finance.
The finance function is changing faster than ever due to technological advances. Finance leaders now have to use real-time data to generate accurate insights, enable the FP&A process to become more proactive and add value to business decision-making.
Digital is not just about the technologies, but new ways of creating experiences, accelerating business performance and changes the whole operational approach.
BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO
EURASIA GLOBAL BUSINESS SERVICES CENTRE
ICON OFFSHORE BERHAD
KOLLECT SYSTEMS SDN BHD
SAP SOUTH EAST ASIA
SAPURA GE OIL & GAS SERVICES SDN BHD
SIME DARBY GLOBAL SERVICE CENTRE
TA WIN HOLDINGS BERHAD
VELESTO ENERGY BERHAD
* Top 7 reasons why you should Sponsor *
1. Interact with Key Buyers, influencers and decisions makers from across the Asia Pacific Region
2. Generate quality leads at you network directly with your targeted audience through this curated event
3. Increase your business opportunities with ease in the Asia Pacific Region
4. Achieve business growth through the multitude of opportunities made available to you
5. Amplify your brand positioning to create Top-of-Mind-awareness among senior industry executives
6. Enjoy a wide reach as your company brand and solutions are amplified at this strategic platform
7. Succeed in engaging your targeted audience through an array of customizable sponsorship packages
Sanjay joined BAT on April 2nd, 2017 as its Group Head of Global Business Services (GBS).
Sanjay’s career spans over 25 years across the globe, having worked in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Ireland and the U.S., where he held various leadership positions.
Most recently, Sanjay was with Rio Tinto, a leading mining and exploration company, as their Managing Director for GBS Finance, HR, Data & Analytics, Service Management, Global Process Ownership, Quality Assurance and GBS Strategy.
Prior to joining Rio Tin to in November 2013, Sanjay spent 22 years with a global U.S. pharmaceutical company, Merck & Co. Inc., in various leadership roles in GBS, finance, audit, logistics, marketing, compliance, IT and operations.
Sanjay brings to BAT a wealth of experience in both Finance and in leading multi-function shared services environments including a track record for developing and leading high performing organisations and teams.
Sanjay’s role in BAT is to provide strategic leadership and accelerate the evolution of the GBS model in line with the BAT 2020 strategy and strengthen and consolidate the GBS organization to provide quality, productivity, agility and innovation to employee and business services.
Sanjay is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants and a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Victor has over 25 years of SSC, Finance and IT working experience and prior to joining Sime Darby Global Services Centre in Sept 2011, he was the Director of Application Management at Lafarge Asia Sdn Bhd. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA).
An overseas returnee with over 20 years of experience in the finance and finance related profession, with multi-national organisations in various industries covering conglomerates, telecommunications, minerals, and manufacturing. Countries and companies worked for include Hutchison Group (Hong Kong listed conglomerate), Amcol International (US listed company, based in Beijing), and Apple Inc. (Beijing), with more than 10 years of experience as regional and corporate financial controller. Currently work as a group financial controller with USG Boral, based in Kuala Lumpur.
Kesh has been involved in the field of Advanced Software, Help Desk, Call Center, Diagnostic & Machine Learning Systems and Artificial Intelligence since 1987. Since 1996, Kesh has been actively involved in the areas of advanced software for Revenue & Collections, Debt Recovery, Accounts Receivable and Credit & Risk Management Technologies.
Kesh has previously worked in the Silicon Valley USA, IBM, Fujitsu-ICL, and IT Partners in Malaysia, before starting up Kollect Systems. Currently Kesh overlooks the strategic direction and international expansion of Kollect Systems. His professional interests are in leveraging Intelligent Software technologies in the areas of Customer Behavior Profiling, Analytics, Intelligent Rules based systems and Predictive Systems where these technologies are applied in the applications developed by Kollect Systems.
Mr. Stan is a finance professional with diverse global experience in management, finance, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), accounting, and other complementary fields. After graduating from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, he began his career at Siemens and was quickly promoted as financial controller in charge of the Canadian energy distribution business, which he turned into a high-performing award-winning business unit. While working at Siemens, he has also attained his accounting designation. He then left Siemens to pursue his Master of Business Administration for 2 years, during which he interned on Wall Street as an M&A associate. He subsequently joined the investment banking industry in Toronto, specializing in initial public offering, debt raises, and M&A specifically for financial institutions. After a couple of years, he moved to Malaysia to join a start-up in e-commerce as a Vice President of Finance and Business Intelligence, prior to joining Ta Win Holdings Berhad as Chief Financial Officer. He is also director of Twin Industrial (HK) Company Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ta Win Holdings Berhad.
A chartered accountant with an extensive international experience in financial planning and analysis, business partnering and consultancy in retail-, logistics industries and internal- and external audit gained in the past 20 years.
Szilard graduated from Budapest Business School in Hungary, holds ACA HUN and ACCA qualifications, a BSc in Economics, and a Fellow Member of CIMA. He was an external auditor at Deloitte, Group Financial Controller at Eurogate logistics and worked in various roles at Tesco in the UK, South Korea, Malaysia and Thailand, then was CFO of Central Group in Vietnam. He currently is the CFO of Valiram Group, established in Kuala Lumpur in 1935, has grown from a textile merchant into a conglomerate of luxury and lifestyle brands, one of the most prestigious specialist retailers in Asia Pacific.
Szilard serves as a Non-Executive of the CIMA’s South East Asia Regional Board from 2014.
An accomplished accounting and finance professional with broad systems experience and proven track record in the setting up of Shared Services Organisation (SSO) for a property organisation. Brandon Lee is experienced in drafting the Standard Operating Procedures, training manuals, conducting training for various countries, ensuring SSO members’competency and ensuring smooth operations for SSO post-live. Brandon has a strong Shared Services Centre and Centres of Excellence in APAC set-up experience. He worked closely with various business CFOs, finance advisory team and other stakeholders from more than 11 APAC countries. He has successfully built a team with strong emphasis on process improvement and simplification. The scope of Finance operations team includes AP, Expenses, AR/collections, FA, payroll processing, GL, Management reporting, tax reporting and regulatory reporting.
Idham is a Chartered Accountant who has over 20 years of experience in the Oil & Gas Industry. His career spans across the Asia, Africa and the Middle-East, having worked in Malaysia, Qatar, Sudan and Vietnam. He is experienced in ERP systems, Customer Relationship Management systems, accounting, financial modelling, taxation, planning and Value Based Management Systems.
He is currently the CFO of Icon Offshore Berhad, a company listed in Bursa Malaysia. Idham held various finance and corporate planning positions for 13 years in PETRONAS. His last posting was as Chief Accountant in PETRONAS (Vietnam) Co., Ltd. He left PETRONAS in 2010 to take up the challenge in Qatar Petroleum in the Planning Directorate. After about 4 years in Qatar, he returned to Malaysia to take up CFO roles in several Oil & Gas group of companies.
Idham is currently and Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (“ICAA”) and the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (“MIA”). He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) Degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia.
Nik Aisyah Amirah Mansor is the Chief Financial Officer of a joint venture (JV) between Sapura Energy Berhad and Baker Hughes, a GE Company. She joined the JV right after its establishment in 2014 as a Controller and Chief Accountant, and further grown into a full-spectrum business Management expert through steep experiences in building, developing, leading and growing the JV. Prior to that, she was with GE as a Finance Consultant covering various roles across functions (Stat & Tax, Reporting, Controllership, Finance Operations), and across businesses (Oil & Gas, Corporate, Power Services). Nik started her career at PwC, with portfolios in Plantation, Logistics, Automative, Shipping & Manufacturing industries. She's holding a Bachelor of Commerce double majoring in Accounting & Corporate Finance from University of Adelaide, Australia.
Currently the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a private equity funded healthcare startup, Viva Health, in Indonesia. Previously, for a period of 8 years, CFO of various subsidiaries within the Jardine Matheson Group in Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. Prior to that senior FP&A positions in PepsiCo International and Mars Inc in Malaysia. Member of CPA Australia. Undergraduate degree from University of Melbourne and Postgraduate from University of New South Wales.
Manoj Kumar is Finance Director for the Consumer Healthcare business of GlaxoSmithKline in Malaysia. Prior to joining as Finance Director Malaysia, Manoj Spent 2 years as Finance controller for $ 4 Bn region (Asia, Middle east and Africa) of GSK consumer healthcare in Singapore. He spent more than a decade working for GSK, Unilever and ITC Limited in India, Singapore and Malaysia. He is a Cost and management accountant by profession.
Thomas Zipperle 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 18 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 SAP’s Headquarter in Germany as part of the Global Controlling Organization. He spent over 3 years in China where he was responsible for all FP&A activities for the local development and support teams.
In 2009 Thomas relocated to Singapore 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.
Thomas is a distinguished speaker at customer conferences, CFO roundtables and events where he shares his view on latest innovations and showcases how SAP runs SAP. In 2016 Thomas has been awarded the “CFO of the Year Award for Excellence in Technology by CFO Innovation.
Balaji R, Global Head – ERP Pre Sales, Ramco Systems, comes with a wide & rich experience of 25+ years in the areas of Go-to-market, Business planning, Account management, IT consulting & Product Delivery. Balaji has led several customer engagements in India and overseas, including consulting and multiple full scale ERP implementation with significant experience in Industry verticals such as Manufacturing, Logistics & Infrastructure. He has been instrumental in shaping the Ramco Financial Suite among other product offerings at Ramco. He spearheaded the efforts in getting the Ramco financial suite listed in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Core Financial Management Suites.
Rafiza is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Velesto Energy Berhad (formerly known as UMW Oil & Gas Corporation Berhad) (“Velesto”).
With over 20 years of professional experience in Malaysia and Australia within the financial industry including as the CFO of Cagamas Berhad, Finance Director of the Bank Negara Malaysia and CFO of an investment bank, Rafiza has had extensive experience throughout her career in strategy, innovation, financial advisory, financial and corporate restructuring, investment banking and investor relations. Rafiza has also held directorship positions within a banking group.
Rafiza, a chartered accountant, holds a Bsc Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia. Apart from being a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, she is also a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountancy of Australia and Financial Services Institute of Australasia. She is currently undertaking a Post Graduate Diploma in Strategy & Innovation with Said Business School, University of Oxford.
Joe Dische has been Chief Financial Officer at PropertyGuru Group since June 2018 leading the Finance function across SE Asia. Joe was previously CFO at ASX-listed iCar Asia since 2014. He has over 20 years of Financial experience across listed and private companies in the Media and Telco sectors. He spent 6 years at Vodafone Hutchison Australia where he was Financial Controller and began his career at KPMG in London.
Jean-Paul is an Associate Partner with EY, based in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). He focuses on EY’s TFO ( Tax & Finance Operate) initiative in Asia-Pacific, helping clients to seek better ways in which to operate, transform and drive improved profitability for Finance and Tax.
Jean-Paul has a dual background in Advisory and Business Management acquired in Europe and Asia. He is experienced in serving organizations in the Automotive, Life Sciences, Consumer and Financial sectors. He lived and worked in Belgium, the UK, France, Singapore, Thailand and now Malaysia.
Prior to joining EY, Jean-Paul had been in charge of Finance Transformation with Deloitte Consulting SEAsia, focusing on promoting the CFO Agenda. He then headed the ASEAN region at TMF Group (a global leader in Corporate Services) through major organic expansion and strategic acquisitions. Before coming to Asia in 2011, Jean-Paul had held leadership roles in Europe with PwC and with the consulting arms of IBM, Wipro and Atos, with a focus on Functional Transformation, Shared Services and BPO Advisory.
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 378,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com
With focus on moving towards a frictionless era of computing, Ramco Systems has designed cloud-based enterprise applications to manage end-to-end needs of HR & Finance professionals. Ramco Finance & Accounting (F&A) Suite provides comprehensive financials capabilities covering payables, receivables, fixed assets, general accounting and costing integrated with core functions. Ramco F&A is capable of catering to the requirement of multi-national global enterprises as well as small organizations with local operations. Advanced capabilities such as multi-dimension reporting, pivots and bots help drive organizations move towards an era of self-running financials. On the other end, Ramco HCM with Global Payroll is a refreshingly simple cloud HR software covering hire to retire needs including core HR, workforce management, global payroll, talent management, recruitment, and more! Trusted by 450+ global customers, Ramco’s solution has statutory compliance across 40+ countries and has partnerships to cover payroll for 70+ countries, globally. Both of Ramco products have been positioned in Gartner Magic Quadrant for its comprehensive functionality and thrust on innovation and user experience.
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.
As experts in A/R Collections Management, KollectValley helps to reduce Average Debtor Days, Arrears, Delinquency, Bad Debt and improves Tracking of Overdue Invoices & Profitability. KollectValley enables organisations who are generating thousands of invoices a month with A/R challenges to better manage Collections & Recovery whilst enhancing their Clients’ Relations. Please visit www.kollectvalley.my for more information.
Adept Enterprise Solutions is a highly regarded performance management solutions consulting firm with offices in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. As a Platinum IBM Business Partner and an authorized IBM Business Analytics Solution Provider (a prestigious partner accreditation with less than 200 such partners worldwide), we specialize in reselling IBM Business Analytics software which we use to implement financial consolidation, budgeting, planning, forecasting, reporting and analytics solutions.
Our consultants are unique in the industry - more than half are accountants with CA/CPA/ACCA/BACC qualifications, while the rest are technical experts. This allows Adept to serve our customers well in both functional and technical aspects. All our consultants hold at least one IBM Cognos certification and possess between 5 to 25 years of solid consulting experience. Adept does not outsource any development or support activities to other parties as we take great pride in providing quality service to our customers with our own local resources.
Most importantly, we have had a proven track record of a 100% successful project delivery and strong post-implementation support since our inception in 2010, which gives customers and prospects complete peace of mind when they choose Adept as their preferred implementation services partner.
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.
Find out more at: https://decisioncritical.pro
Esker helps organizations eliminate paper and improve business processes by integrating on-premise and on-demand document automation with applications — for higher efficiency in sales order processing, invoicing, accounts payable and purchasing to shorten order-to-cash and procure-to-pay cycles. Built on patented technology, Esker solutions address the challenges of manual document processing that limit an organization’s ability to increase speed and accuracy, raise productivity, reduce complexity, control costs and improve customer satisfaction. Over the past two decades Esker has become a worldwide leader in document process automation with offices in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, and partners in more than 80 countries.
Intralinks is a leading financial technology provider for the global banking, deal making and capital markets communities. As pioneers of the virtual data room, our technology enables and secures the flow of information, empowering our customers to work more productively and with complete confidence. Intralinks facilitates strategic initiatives such as mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and investor reporting. Our solutions enhance these activities by streamlining operations, reducing risk, improving client experiences and increasing visibility. We’ve earned the trust and business of more than 99 percent of the Fortune 1000 and have executed over $34.7 trillion worth of financial transactions on our platform. Follow us on Twitter. Read our blog.
Sigma Conso specialises in Corporate Performance Management solution that automate financial processes including Financial Consolidation, Reporting, Budgeting, Forecasting and Analysis. Regional headquartered in Singapore, SigmaConso Asia is serving the niche market in the region, especially in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.
Sigma Conso today provides over 500 international groups with tailored and flexible solutions that facilitate their financial management. Our product line includes full web software that is high in expert content, user-friendly, flexible, high performance, and easy to maintain by users.
For more information, please log on to www.sigmaconso.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.