Workday will celebrate the feats of leading CFOs at the 2023 CFO Awards


As the sponsor of the Strategy Execution Award, Workday believes in recognising the CFOs who have been able to adapt quickly to see their organisations through tough times.

Workday is once again showing its dedication to celebrating excellence as a partner for the 2023 CFO Awards. “We prefer to partner with exceptional organisations and people,” says Workday financials lead Leslie Marie. “Being recognised by your peers, led by a panel of meticulous judges, as being the most successful in making your strategy a reality makes one an exceptional CFO. So we want our name next to yours!”

The CFO Awards have a proud history of recognising and celebrating excellence. The 10th Annual CFO Awards will be an exceptional celebration of the finest in finance of 2023, but will also shine a spotlight on 10 years of winners, recognising the enormous contribution made by finance leaders to the economy and direction of South Africa for the last decade.

Reflecting on the years that Workday has been a sponsor of the “Oscars of Finance”, Leslie says it’s “mind-blowing seeing it grow from relatively humble beginnings 10 years ago to being the premier finance event of the year today”.

Strategy execution

As the sponsor of the Strategy Execution Award, Workday sees exceptional risk and opportunity management as essential parts of a successful CFO.

“A strategic CFO has to be a ‘big ideas’ thinker,” Leslie says.

The Strategy Execution Award winner is recognised for successfully adapting their business to changing demands and challenges through timely and agile responses. They have implemented new strategies with the help of their finance team. Together, they have provided valuable insights and analyses, reallocated assets, and aligned finance functions with the strategy. The CFO demonstrated great leadership in creating the right financial conditions to execute the strategy while keeping the business financially healthy and competitive.

“The person must be ever-cognisant of emerging technology trends, and how they could impact the competitiveness of their organisation. They must be ever-agile with their strategy and able to shift quickly,” Leslie concludes.

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