Editorial: the bright side of headless chickens & impressive speakers

As we’re getting closer to our February events in Johannesburg (17 February) and Cape Town (19 February), I have the privilege of chatting to some of the people that will be sharing their insights during those afternoons and evenings. This week I spoke to KPMG’s Frank Rizzo about technology and to Cipla Medpro’s Nishant Saxena about the transition from bookkeeper to business partner that many of our CFOs are going through. These are two experienced business people that know exactly what they are talking about!

(In the photo: 'lifehacker' Martijn Aslander)

The interviews with Frank and Nishant will appear on CFO.co.za during this and next week, but if you want to hear it from these premium horses' mouths, you will have to register for our events - if you haven't yet done so. Other amazing speakers include Dutch 'lifehacker' Martijn Aslander and JSE boss Nicky Newton-King, who will be answering questions from the CFO audience.

The recent publications on this website have drawn a lot of attention, which is great to see. If you haven't yet done so, I urge you to read Prof. Alex Watson's notes on the inclusion of financial statements in integrated reports. This week's CFO of the Week, Fanus le Roux of Aurecon, also has an interesting story to tell about working in a dynamic business. For example, did you know that running around like "headless chickens" is not necessarily a bad thing?

The brains at our premium sponsor KPMG have been blogging up a storm last week. If any of the below topics tickle you fancy, please head over to their website:

A few interesting international CFO appointments: Vikram Bhatia starts immediately as the finance boss of the UK-based Aston Martin Holdings. Just imagine the perks! J.P. Morgan investment banker Ben Monaghan, who was focusing on the oil and gas industry in Africa, Europe and Middle East, is joining young oil company Genel Energy as their new CFO, replacing one of its founders, Julian Metherell.