February 2014 Articles (10)

Etienne Prowse, CFO Cashbuild: Being accountable for IT innovation

Does a firm hire a Chief Information Officer or should IT and ERP-systems fall directly under line management? Building materials retailer Cashbuild has elected to put the responsibility squarely with each line executive and CFO Etienne Prowse says the company is reaping the benefits. “Even though IT implementation can get in the way of other tasks, we believe there is a huge advantage when the finance management is accountable for the automation.

Prowse knows what he is…

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Added by CFO South Africa on February 25, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

Tanuja Naidoo, CFO Transnet Pipelines: Invest time in people

“My best contribution as a CFO is that I aim to develop leaders,” says Tanuja Naidoo, who has been in charge of finance at Transnet Pipelines since 2009. After turning around the finance department, she was recently tasked to do the same in procurement and risk management at their Durban headquarters. The key to every successful manager is investing time in people, she says. “That is something I live by. I lead by example.

Where most CFOs list IT-implementation, efficiency…

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Added by CFO South Africa on February 19, 2014 at 12:30 — No Comments

Dario Drago, Country CFO Novartis South Africa: appreciating curiosity and communication skills

 In finance, as in all games, respecting rules and having good players are the key to winning. That is Dario Drago’s take on his role as CFO at Novartis South Africa. The Italian moved to the Johannesburg offices of the pharmaceutical firm in March 2013 and has identified compliance and building capabilities as his main tasks.

“There are many challenges, but it is important to be focused and these are the biggest two,” Drago says. First of all is process controls and…

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Added by CFO South Africa on February 18, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

Liesl Tweedie, Acting CFO Gijima: Courage crucial for success

Liesl Tweedie knows all about courage, having stepped into the acting CFO position at Gijima, the listed South African IT-company that has been struggling lately. “Either you look like a star or you fail,” she says. “But I have always enjoyed a challenge and have often volunteered for difficult projects when I was working at ABB.” So it is no surprise that Tweedie believes that today’s young finance talents should possess “confidence and courage.”

“I feel there is often a…

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Added by CFO South Africa on February 17, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

CFO South Africa Newsletter | CFOs need more recognition | Nominee CFO Awards: Andre du Plessis CFO Capitec | Get Smart in 2014





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Added by CFO South Africa on February 12, 2014 at 16:19 — No Comments

Pierre Heistein, business analyst: dealing with a changing work force

CFOs are dealing with “unprecedented uncertainty”, says Pierre Heistein, business analyst, economics instructor and regular columnist for Business Report. Heistein will be one of the speakers at CFO South Africa’s 13 March event ‘Get Smart in 2014’ and he is keen to address ways to tackle that uncertainty. “I especially want to look at what type of people you need to deal with this. There needs to be a rethink about how labour is used.”

Using examples from his own life, the…

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Added by CFO South Africa on February 11, 2014 at 11:35 — No Comments

Delphine Maidou, CEO of Allianz AGCS: CFOs should plan for succession

Introducing the CFO Awards Jury

Delphine Maidou is CEO of Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Africa, one of the largest and most renowned insurance and financial services providers in the world. Delphine is one of the 12 jury members who have committed to be on the jury for the CFO Awards 2014. Together with the other members of the jury she…

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Added by CFO South Africa on February 5, 2014 at 17:00 — No Comments

Daryl Edwards, CFO Universal Coal: Soaking it up

Which CFO would not like to build their financial team, IT systems and processes up from scratch, not worrying about existing culture, equipment and other legacy issues? Daryl Edwards got the chance to do just that at Universal Coal and he is pretty excited about the result.

“It has been very interesting to say the least,” says Edwards, who previously worked in the automotive industry and most recently for Asenjo Energy, a Botswana based coal exploration and development…

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Added by CFO South Africa on February 4, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments

Rob Otty, Managing Director of Norton Rose Fulbright: CFOs need more recognition

Introducing the CFO Awards Jury

Rob Otty is Managing Director of Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (Africa Law Firm of the Year 2012) and one of the first who committed to be on the jury for the CFO Awards 2014. Together with the other members of the jury he will decide on who will win one of the 7 prestigious CFO awards. The event will be held May 15 at the beautiful Summer Place…

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Added by CFO South Africa on February 3, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

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