CFO Summit: Your World in 2013. Policy. Economy. Growth?

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The Economist’s CFO Summit: “Your World in 2013. Policy. Economy. Growth?”, brought together more than 100 leading CFOs to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing their businesses. Despite the cautious optimism expressed by many of those in attendance, slow economic growth, instability within the Eurozone and price risk, remain major concerns. Despite the economic green shoots highlighted in many of the …

The Economist CFO Summit: The present and future of the connected CFO

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The Present and Future of the Connected CFO A tumultuous economic backdrop and a need for innovative cost management strategies have combined to raise the profile of the CFO. Today’s heads of finance must not only ensure that financial records are beyond reproach, but also use their unique insight to drive growth within the business. This increased responsibility has drastically …

Financial services supplier risk management

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Financial services industry regulators are serious about delivering the post-crisis stemmed legislation changes. Last year alone fines worth millions of dollars were imposed on financial intermediaries for their failures to adequately shield customers from predatory lending practices by their third party vendors. Accordingly, a recentglobal financial institutions survey, conducted by Ernst & Young, found that tougher scrutiny of regulatory compliance …

Managing growing pains and gains – PayPal

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PayPal, a global e-commerce business which enables payments to be made online, is part of a select group of organisations currently experiencing tremendous growth. Speaking at The Economist’s CFO Summit 2013, Patrick Dupuis, Chief Financial Officer at PayPal, explained the steps being taken by the company to ensure it remained a growing, innovative business. Evolving Within the High Growth Mobile …

4C’s roundup of The CFO Summit 2014: ‘The Connected CFO’

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This year, the Economist’s CFO Summit brought together some of the globe’s foremost finance leaders to discuss the ever-evolving challenges facing CFOs. During the summit, finance leaders from organisations such as Goldman Sachs, GE Healthcare and Saatchi & Saatchi, shared their unique insights into the changing role of the CFO. Throughout the summit a number of presentations and panels explored …

Managing complexity for growth

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Speaking at The Economist’s CFO Summit 2013, Cathy Smith, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Chief Financial Officer at Walmart International, discussed how global companies can juggle multiple challenges and steer their business towards sustainable growth. Walmart opened its first shop outside of the U.S.A. in Mexico in 1992. Since then the company has grown significantly and now operates shops …

CFO Survey 2013 – “Policy. Economy. Growth?”

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The Economist’s CFO Summit: “Your World in 2013. Policy. Economy. Growth?”, brought together more than 100 leading CFOs to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing their businesses. Despite the cautious optimism expressed by many of those in attendance, slow economic growth, instability within the Eurozone and price risk, remain major concerns.   Despite the economic green shoots highlighted in many of …

The CFO`s great balancing act

The CFO`s great balancing act

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In an economic landscape characterised by stagnant development, the ability to balance cost transformation with growth is pivotal for any leading business. This situation is particularly true in fast moving sectors, where companies need to integrate long term planning strategies with reactive initiatives. Speaking at The Economist’s CFO Summit 2013, Timotheus Höttges, CFO at Deutsche Telekom, discussed how these challenges were …

4C’s Roundup of The Economist’s CFO Summit 2013: “Your World in 2013. Policy. Economy. Growth?”

4C’s Roundup of The Economist’s CFO Summit 2013: “Your World in 2013. Policy. Economy. Growth?”

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This year’s The Economist CFO Summit brought together a number of finance leaders, looking to drive growth in a challenging climate. The World in 2013 Alaisdair Ross, Global Product Director at Economist Intelligence Unit, opened the conference by describing the cautious optimism with which many businesses were approaching 2013. “This year I hope to be more cheerful than on previous …

Cost transformation and shareholder value in 2012

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As 2012 comes to an end, 4C Associates looks back at some of the predictions made earlier this year. Edward Ainsworth considers predictions four and five: “There will be more of a focus on the link between cost reduction and shareholder value,” and “Significant savings will come from broader company-wide cost reduction programmes.” These predictions have come partially true. As most western …

How to access funding

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It is no secret that the economic landscape has made it difficult for businesses to secure investment. Banks are reluctant to loan money and as a result many companies are struggling to find the funds necessary for growth. There are, however, certain guidelines which will help businesses obtain capital from financial institutions.Realism Trumps OptimismTo secure funding from a bank it …

The Eurozone crisis and the pound

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The growing uncertainty surrounding the Eurozone is causing drastic fluctuations in currency markets. How can businesses guard against this instability? Greece’s increasingly likely exit from the Eurozone has resulted in a drastic devaluation of the euro in relation to the pound. Now being viewed as a safe haven for investors, the pound is currently up at 1.25 against the euro, …

CFO Roundtable February 2012

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Between the first and second day of the Economist CFO Summit 2012, 4C assembled a group of senior finance leaders from different industries at The Savoy Hotel, City of Westminster. Attendees included Teuta Bakalli, FD, Vanguard Asset Management, David Fry, CFO, North and South East Asia, Pepsico, Richard Jones, FD, Anglia Regional Co-op, Kazimierz Przelomski, Vice-president and CFO, Selena Group, …

Cutting costs to drive growth – CFO Survey 2012

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High value cost transformation strategies such as procurement and supply chain are pivotal for businesses to continue to thrive in the current economic climate.Whilst cutting costs and driving growth were unsurprisingly listed as the main priorities for 2012, supply risk has also moved up the agenda. This is due to an increasingly globalised supply chain and a series of high …

The changing role of the CEO

The changing role of the CEO

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This year’s CFO Summit, organised by Economist Conferences, saw expert speakers discuss strategies to help finance leaders tackle their increasingly complex roles. Turbulent economic times require finance leaders to deal with issues ranging from developing talent and engaging with the media to the more traditional aspects of supply chain. This article examines the main themes discussed at the summit including …

High but falling inflation with high volatility drives need for additional savings

High but falling inflation with high volatility drives need for additional savings

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All of our clients are wrestling with this issue. Overall inflation in the UK is now falling (down from 4.4% in February to 4.0% in March, see chart) however this overall decline masks large swings in specific prices. Oil, energy and logistics costs are increasing Labour and people based costs are remaining stable Technology costs continue to decrease Costs of …