The CFO as Technology Evangelist: How Effectively Are You Using Technology to Drive Strategy and Set the Growth Agenda?
Sponsored by Oracle
The scale and rapid pace of technological change has spawned entirely new business models and value creation strategies. As value creation strategies change, so too have the demands on the finance organization: classic functions such as historical reporting, annual planning, and compliance are giving way to modern finance activities such as data-driven analysis, continuous planning and budgeting, and strategic business support.
Where does your finance organization stand in the shift from classic to modern finance? Join Oracle Chairman Jeff Henley and Accenture Strategy Managing Director Scott Brennan as they explore the findings of new global research on the role of the CFO as technology evangelist. You'll learn what 975 senior finance executives and 300 line-of-business executives around the world really think about the ability of finance to drive value creation.
Special guest Stuart Brown, senior vice president and CFO with Red Robin, will share how he and his finance team are using advanced analytics, social collaboration tools, the cloud and other modern technologies to become more effective, influential business partners driving Red Robin's impressive growth.
This live, 60-minute Webcast is a must-attend event for any CFO or finance executive looking to play an expanded role in driving strategy and supporting the business, and using technology to make a profound impact on the enterprise.
About the Panelists
Jeffrey O. Henley, Chairman, Oracle Corporation
Jeffrey O. Henley is Chairman of Oracle Corporation. He has held this position since January 2004. He was Oracle's Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Vice President from March 1991 to July 2004, and he has been a member of Oracle's Board of Directors since June 1995. He also serves on Oracle's Executive Management Committee.
Prior to joining Oracle in 1991, Henley served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Pacific Holding Company, a privately held company with diversified interests in manufacturing and real estate, and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Saga Corporation, a multibillion-dollar food service company. He also served as Director of Finance at Memorex Corporation in its large storage division, and as Controller of International Operations at Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation.
Henley is a member of the Board of Governors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and serves on both the Chancellor's Advisory Council and the International Advisory Council of the Engineering College for the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Digital Consumer Solutions Inc., which operates a digital-out-of home signage network for retail advertisers, and serves on the Advisory Board of InTouch Technologies, a provider of remote presence solutions for healthcare providers.
Henley has a BA in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MBA in finance from UCLA. In 2004, he received the UCLA Anderson School's Outstanding Alumnus award.
Scott Brennan, Managing Director, Enterprise Performance Management, Accenture
Scott Brennan is a Managing Director with Accenture and leads Accenture's Enterprise Performance Management practice. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Scott specializes in large-scale finance transformation programs, end-to-end process improvements, enterprise performance management programs and associated information systems implementations. With more than 25 years of extensive experience, Scott has worked with clients across many industries on their journeys to high performance.
Stuart Brown, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Red Robin
Stuart Brown is responsible for leading a wide range of financial disciplines at Red Robin, including accounting, financial planning and external reporting, as well as overseeing the company's supply chain organization. Stuart brings to Red Robin more than 20 years of leadership in corporate finance, a decade of which he spent in the food retailing industry. He has extensive experience in public company finance, including capital markets, treasury, financial planning and analysis, financial reporting and investor relations, as well as managing operations teams to improve performance.
Before joining Red Robin, Stuart served for five years as chief financial officer for DCT Industrial Trust Inc., real estate investment trust, and was chief accounting officer at Federal Realty Investment Trust, an owner of shopping centers, where he was responsible for all areas of accounting and overseeing business improvement projects.
Prior to joining Federal Realty Investment Trust, Stuart worked for Royal Ahold, a global food retailer, for ten years with roles that included vice president and controller with Giant Food, Inc., vice president of corporate accounting for Ahold USA, Inc., and vice president of investor relations based with Royal Ahold in the Netherlands. Stuart began his professional finance career at Deloitte & Touche as an auditor in the firm's Atlanta office, and then as a supervising auditor in the firm's Amsterdam office. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in accountancy from the University of Georgia.
Karen dela Torre, Vice President, Applications Product Group, Oracle Corporation
Karen dela Torre leads a team of global product marketers and solution specialists for Oracle's ERP applications. In this role, she is responsible for developing go-to-market strategies for Oracle's ERP Cloud, E-Business Suite, and PeopleSoft applications. For the past 15 years, Karen has designed and marketed solutions to help organizations improve their finance operations. Karen holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Santa Clara University.
Jeffrey O. Henley
Senior Vice President
Karen dela Torre
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