Newsletter: CFO Howden becoming a net exporter of talent | AB InBev to buy SABMiller for R1.4 trillion | African FinTech businesses conquer the world


CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 15 October Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles Becoming a net exporter of talent - Kevin Johnson, CFO Howden Africa Kevin Johnson has rolled out ERP projects globally and previously held management positions in Australia and the UK within the Howden Group (Part of NYSE listed Colfax). In South Africa he recently had the opportunity to relocate, but decided to extend his stay because “my family likes the country and I felt my job wasn’t finished”. Nkonki hosts lively CFO dinner with audit standards expert Dan Mont... The new audit report changes issues by the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) are a “win-win situation”, because users have access to more information and there is scope for more intensive dialogue with management. That was the core message of former IAASB Deputy Chair Dan Montgomery during a successful CFO dinner on 12 October organised by CFO South Africa and hosted by Nkonki, a leading firm of registered auditors, accountants and advisers. South African CFO goes global - an interview with Ray Leclercq (Unit4) Ray Leclercq, a South African living in the UK and working from the Netherlands, has been with Unit4 as CFO for more than a year now and is working on probably the biggest transformation the company has ever seen. He is loving every minute of it, he says. “My job is to keep the business growing and performing, while simultaneously redesigning the company.” In this interview with CFO South Africa, Leclercq talks about business transformation, the ideal role of finance and how new technology can help finance to be a better business partner. Read more exclusive articles on - African FinTech businesses can conquer the world, says IDM's Benay ... - Breaking news: AB InBev to buy SABMiller for R1.4 trillion - SAICA top35under35 announced - Cash in, cash out – the amazing Fundamo journey - Sibanya acquires Aquarius Platinum; companies' share prices soar - New accelerator for high-growth startups launched in SA - From the MD: Perspective - an elusive but important career guide Join CFO Event "Finance Transformation" 22 October 15.00 - 19.00 - The Forum Campus - Bryanston Finance transformation isn’t easy. There are no silver bullets to successful transformation, and no one-size-fits-all road maps to follow. Each journey is unique and every organization’s ultimate destination is different. We hope this CFO South Africa Event Finance Transformation provides a helpful guide to you as a CFO, embarking on their own transformation journey, and acts as a catalyst to those who may be more wary of change. Program 15.00 Opening & Reception 16.00 Master Class - From the age of efficiency to the age of insight Have you managed to automate and align your finance function? The advances in technological solutions have certainly given finance chiefs that potential but what are the next steps? Forward-looking CFOs are using insights gleaned from Big Data and predictive-analytics technologies to accelerate business performance. By embracing a data-driven approach, CFOs can influence and guide major, strategic corporate decisions. What are the challenges and who is leading the way on this 21st century business necessity? 16.00 CFO Round Table - How big data is changing the role of the CFO In order to get the most out of analytics, it is important for CFOs to recognize and leverage three key benefits analytics offer: real-time data access, visualization, and the ability to analyze huge amounts of data. 17.45 CFO Café Interact, learn, connect and discuss the challenges that you are facing with, with your peers over a drink at the CFO Café. Build your network and meet other top CFOs and financials. Register here now. Sponsor CFO South Africa Event: Continuous Professional Development Points Did you know all events of CFO South Africa are eligible for SAICA CPD points? By attending CFO South Africa's events and training courses you will stay compliant. Sign up for the next Fintech Event in Bellville - Cape Town ?With over 500 million US dollars in private equity available for African FinTech companies and over 50 African companies seeking funding - we will be exploring what the blueprint for investing is in this exciting market. What is the true investment opportunity and who are tomorrow's winners? Can we make Africa more attractive to FinTech startups? How can we accelerate FinTech in Africa? These are the questions that will be discussed and answered during the Fintech Africa Investment Event hosted by the University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development (USB-ED) at the Bellville campus in Cape Town. 100 insiders, experts, startups and investors will discuss the developments and challenges for FinTech in Africa. Several FinTech companies will present themselves. This event is organised by FinTech Africa. The ecosystem that connects FinTech startups, investors, corporates and advisors. Demonstrate thought leadership, extend your network and develop business. Program: 15.30 Welcome and introduction to the African FinTech initiative By Graham Fehrsen, Country Manager CFO South Africa and FinTech Africa 16.05 - 16.45 Big organizations are doomed Keynote by Martijn Aslander, international speaker. Why small companies are better, smarter and faster and more fun. Why big corporates fear for their future. Why the age of abundance will change everything. 16.45 - 17.05 Trends in Fintech Investments world-wide Keynote by Nicole Anderson, CEO and founder of Fintech Circle Innovate 17.05 - 17.25 Why Barclays Africa has launched the Seeker Fund and their ambitions Keynote by Warren Squires, Chief Investment Officer of Barclays Africa 17.25 - 17.35 The importance of local knowledge and appropriate solutions Keynote by Oluyinka Sorungbe, Co-Founder and CIO of 17.35 - 18.05 Panel discussion "What corporate investors believe the future holds for FinTech" With Dominique Collette-Antolik, Senior Investment Executive RMI Holdings, Kobus Ehlers, co-founder SnapScan and Benay Sager, COO Intelligent Debt Management Group. 18.05 - 18.15 Lessons from Medtech Keynote by Dr William Mapham, Founder Vula Mobile 18.15 - 18.45 Panel discussion "What entrepreneurs and advisors believe the future holds for FinTech" With Perry Blacher, Global FinTech Advisor & Investor, Dave van Niekerk, CEO GetBucks and African Micro Finance Entrepreneur, Brett Magrath, Co founder Zoona and Patrick Schofield, Founder of crowd funding platform Thundafund. 18.45 - 19.30 Closing thoughts, drinks & networking Wrap up and closing comments by Dr Morne Mostert, Director at Institute of Futures Research and Faculty, Stellenbosch Executive Education followed by a reception where 100 insiders, experts, startups and investors and discuss the latest insights on current issues and topics. Don’t miss this opportunity to join us! Join the next Fintech event at the University of Stellenbosch Business School Bellville Campus and register now for Tuesday 20 October - 15.30 - 19.00. A Fintech Africa Event in cooperation with: Join the ultimate peer to peer advisory network Various CFOs and finance directors from Eskom, Nedbank, Transnet, Alexander Forbes Standard Charered Bank, Hollard, Absa, Business Connexion and Super Group are members of CFO South Africa. Your peers understand best the issues you face and the challenges that impact your business. Together you will share your experiences at CFO South Africa’s events and help you advance in your career, company and knowledge. Get introduced to experienced colleagues that are happy to share their knowledge with you. Peer-to-peer consulting is by far the best and most cost effective way to help you solve problems. Are you interested? Please see our membership page for more information here. Visit Finance Indaba Africa 2016 Finance Indaba Africa is the biggest annual exhibition and conference for financial managers and specialists in Africa. Over 1000 visitors are coming to Finance Indaba Africa to improve financial performance. Visitors are looking for growth, better and faster insights, more control and higher efficiency. Visitors are looking for ideas, inspiration, vendors and advisers and are planning to invest. Visitors are eager to boost their companies, networks and careers. Where & when? Sandton Convention Centre 13 & 14 October 2016. For more information please visit Would you like to become an exhibitor or you want to visit the indaba? Please contact Graham Fehrsen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Read the first CFO Magazine South Africa Who are South Africa's leading CFOs? How do successful CFOs move into Africa? Why should you transform your finance function and how can you do it? How do you attract and retain talent? Who are the preferred advisors to South African CFOs? Read the latest insights from the CFO Award winning CFOs: Simon Ridley, Standard Bank, Anoj Singh, Transnet, Colin Brown, Super Group and Aarti Takoordeen, JSE and also featured interviews with Sizwe Nxasana, CEO Firstrand, Mike Brown, CEO Nedbank, Brett Goschen, CFO MTN, Brooks Mparutsa, CFO Hollard and Irene Singo, CFO Dep. Mineral Resources. As our online member we would like to give you the opportunity to read the first ever CFO Magazine South Africa online and free of charge HERE. Would you like to advertise in the next issue out November? Please contact Jurrien Morsch at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. CFO Awards 2016 - Reserve your table now Buy a table for the CFO Awards and meet 300 of South Africa's leading CFOs. Demonstrate thought leadership, extend your network and develop business. You are seated with CFOs and finance directors from the top companies of South Africa. You are also more than welcome to join the CFO Conference preceding the CFO Awards dinner with your colleagues. Join us Thursday 12 May 2016 at the beautiful Summer Place. Don't wait too long, first come, first served. Become a partner or attend with your finance team and buy a table here. For more information check out Upcoming CFO South Africa Events Join the CFO Events with inspiring hosts and experts who will share their insights and experiences with you. Register now for these events and boost your company, network, career and knowledge. CFO South Africa & Fintech Events in 2015 Oct 20 Stellenbosch| Fintech Investment Event Oct 22 Johannesburg | Finance Transformation Nov 19 Johannesburg | House of the future Nov 24 Johannesburg | CFO South Africa Track - Oracle Cloud Day 2015 Register now for one of the upcoming CFO South Africa Events. Please note that all our CFO South Africa events are for senior financial executives. CFO South Africa offers Platinum memberships to CFOs and finance directors. For more information please have a look here and contact Jurrien Morsch at [email protected]. Stay connected with CFO South Africa Follow CFO South Africa on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook Stay up to date on what is happening in the world of finance by following us on Twitter @CFOSouthAfrica, LinkedIn and Facebook. Next to that you can keep track of newly published interviews with CFOs and CEOs. Feel free to contact us Any suggestions or comments are welcome. Kind Regards, Graham Fehrsen Managing Director CFO South Africa | [email protected] To control which emails you receive from CFO South Africa, please change your email preferences at by selecting under settings "I do not want to receive emails from CFO South Africa | Finance Professionals South Africa"

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