CFOs wax lyrical about their experience of the CFO Awards 2018

CFO SA MD Graham Fehrsen paid a visit to 2018 CFO Award nominees Ajith Haripaul and Pushpender Singla.

“It was one of the best events I’ve attended and the master class (Social justice and corporate responsibility) was hugely provoking,” says 2018 CFO Awards nominee Ajith Haripaul, of EY, of his experience being nominated for this year’s awards. “In many ways it was responsible for influencing my decision to give someone a hand up personally.”

When pressed to share the details of his initiative, Ajith was his usual discreet self and asked not to publicise the details but MD Graham Fehrsen noted, “Ajith made a generous contribution to someone’s situation. That he credits CFO South Africa and the learning experience we created for this act is humbling to say the least.”

More generous praise was received from Pushpender Singla, the energetic and hugely passionate Vedanta Resources CFO. He said: “I’m grateful to CFO South Africa for the chance to reflect on my work and in this early stage of my career it was very impactful. My only wish is that I’d got involved a year earlier because there are fantastic learning opportunities in this community.”

The winner of the 2018 CFO of the Year Award was Christine Ramon, CFO of gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti. Christine was also the first female winner of this prestigious award. She took home a total of four awards, including the High Performance Team Award, Compliance & Governance Award, and the Moving into Africa Award.

The Public Sector CFO of the Year Award went home with the extremely experienced Dr Krish Kumar, CFO of eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality. Other winners included Rui Morais, CFO of Dis-Chem Pharmacies, who received the Young CFO of the Year, Strategy Execution, and Finance & Technology Awards; Peter Walsh, then CFO of Servest, who received the Transformation & Empowerment Award, and Sean Capazorio of Aspen Pharmacare, who won the Finance Transformation Award.