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South African Wayne Berson among top 100 people making a difference in accounting
Wayne joins the list with Barry Melancon, Tom Hood, Allan Koltin and President Donald Trump.
Why finance teams must harness technology disruption for their advantage
Speaking at the Finance Indaba, Thomson Reuters' Hari Ganesh Kumar made the case for tech transformation.
Thomson Reuters' Hari Kumar astounded that many organisations still rely on Excel
Enterprise proposition lead Hari Kumar talks about the good and bad when it comes to technology.
Get your finance tech to deliver foresight, not hindsight says Thomson Reuters
Hari Ganesh Kumar says automated systems should tell you there's a problem before you know about it.
Thomson Reuters shares intelligence and expertise at Finance Indaba
Thomson Reuters is the world's leading source of news and information for professional markets.
IBM Southern Africa: Sandra Atkins-Sadler
Sandra Atkins-Sadler has been the regional chief financial officer at IBM Southern Africa since January 2019.
2018 highlight: AngloGold Ashanti's Christine Ramon named CFO of the Year
At a glittering ceremony in May, Christine came away with a record four CFO Awards.
CFO Awards season kicks off with the exclusive Judges' Dinner
Marble Restaurant hosted the prestigious CFO Awards judges, in preparation for the 2019 ceremony.
Adapt and thrive under stress: CFO dinner guests learn from sports
Pressure is a privilege. Champions adapt. That's what CFOs took home from world-renowned coach Richard Sutton.
CFO South Africa finalist in 2018 Thomson Reuters Excellence Awards
Judges say that the work CFO SA does with Thomson Reuters is empowering Africa's success.
Unparalleled learning and networking at first ever CFO Day
South Africa's first ever CFO Day was an incredible success, with a top cast of 130 finance leaders learning and networking together during a thought-provoking programme that touched head, heart and soul.
Join SA's top finance execs at CFO Day on 17 July 2018
An unprecedented number of top CFOs will gather to discuss what it means to do the right thing.
CFO Awards 2018: high praise from CFOs and sponsors
CFOs and business leaders from partner firms like Deloitte, PwC, EY, Thomson Reuters and Ansarada showered the 2018 CFO Awards in compliments and rave reviews after the successful gala event on 10 May at Constitution Hill.
CFO Awards 2018: A wake-up call for corporate South Africa to play its part
The CFO Awards 2018 panel discussion at Constitutional Hill challenged business leaders to change their mindsets around social regeneration.
Calls for ethical leadership at breathtaking 2018 CFO Awards
Calls for ethical leadership as the first woman CFO takes home the tile of CFO of the Year during the spectacular fifth annual CFO Awards at Johannesburg's Constitution Hill.
AngloGold Ashanti CFO Christine Ramon named CFO of the Year 2018
Christine Ramon, chief financial officer of gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti, has been named South Africa's CFO of the Year at the 2018 CFO Awards.
Partners flock to sponsor CFO Awards 2018
This year's finance Oscars are backed by new partners PwC, Workday, Nike and Drayton Glendower.
Thomson Reuters joins CFO Awards and CFO Day as sponsor
The two most important events in the calendar of every South African CFOs have received a massive boost, with the announcement of the sponsorship by Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.
CFO Day registration now open to all CFOs and FDs
CFO Day on 17th July 2018, is an event that should be in every serious finance leader's diary. Register today to avoid disappointment!
VIP registration for CFO Day open
A pre-selected group of South Africa's leading finance executives have received their VIP invite for CFO Day, the essential learning and networking event for top CFOs and FDs. Only 140 registrations will be accepted for the event on 17 July 2018 at Marble, Johannesburg.
Ansys: Elvin Collin de Kock
Elvin de Kock has been Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director for Ansys since 8 January 2018. He is also the Non-Executive Director of Bryte Insurance Company.
A celebration of the power of finance: CFO Awards interviews in full swing
The esteemed panel of judges of the CFO Awards chatted to the majority of the 2018 nominees during a jam-packed interview week, hosted at the Sandton offices of law firm Webber Wentzel.
Raising the bar: interviews nominees CFO Awards 2018 kick off
The rigorous interview process for the CFO Awards 2018 kicked off in impressive fashion, with seven two-hour long interviews with SA's best finance leaders.
ZAR X data now available through Thomson Reuters
Thomson Reuters has announced that it will provide ZAR X Equity Level 1 market data on their platforms to all customers globally.
Build a better future - join us at Finance Indaba Africa 2017!
Finance Indaba Africa is the only annual event on the continent where 5,000 finance professionals gather under one roof for two days to advance their knowledge, networks and careers. Come and see world-renowned speakers and visit the stands of over 60 exhibitors, and build yourself a better future.
Leverage digital technologies to mitigate challenges and drive growth
“With the gap between technology and business all but disappearing, decision-makers are faced with a choice of either embracing a new, disruptive environment or become irrelevant to those companies that do,” says Sneha Shah, MD for Africa at Thomson Reuters. “Unfortunately, many still perceive digitalisation to only be about technology. And yet, the collaborative environment it enables is an integral component of it.”
New app provides economic data for Kenya, Angola, Liberia, and Mali
Thomson Reuters has launched a dedicated Decision Africa app that provides financial professionals with comprehensive market and data leading up to and after the elections in Kenya (8th August), Angola (23rd August), Liberia (10th October), and Mali (29th October).
`Valuable insights and networking opportunities` at CFO Summit Series
The CFO Summit Series is an initiative from CFO South Africa to encourage networking and knowledge-sharing among finance professionals. Having only having been launched this year, with four instalments thus far, the series has taken off, with amazing feedback from guests.
Harness technology to navigate regulatory flood - Executives urge forward thinking at CFO Summit 4
Seven minutes. 300 million. $321 billion. Every seven minutes a new piece of regulation is introduced globally, the number of pages of regulation in existence and the number of dollars paid since the financial crisis of 2008. In an intriguing presentation at CFO Summit 4 at Summer Place in Sandton on Thursday, Thomson Reuters Africa MD Sneha Shah examined how the flood of regulation was impacting companies around the world and provided solutions for those that were struggling to cope with compliance.
Operate at the coalface to be a catalyst for change - CFOs at CFO Summit 4
Agility is a word that is bandied about in boardrooms across South Africa, but how does one actually achieve it? How do you step away from your desk as a CFO and really get to grips with the business? Can you find out how the business ticks without abandoning your finance duties?
Value of M&A transactions in SSA reached US $18.1 billion in H1 2017
According to Thomson Reuters, the value of announced M&A transactions involving Sub-Saharan African targets reached $18.1 billion in the first half of this year – the highest since 2013. Inbound M&A reached a four-year high of $10 billion, with the US, the UK and China leading investments, while outbound M&A declined 39% to $1.8 billion for the first half of 2017.
In tough times, is it better to cut costs or to optimise? CFOs discuss
During the first roundtable session of the June CFO Summit, South Africa's leading financial executives learnt operational strategies to cut costs and optimise their businesses, so as to retain their levels of productivity and maintain their organisations’ competitiveness.
Leading executives sign up for CFO Summit 3
CFO Summit #3 on 14 June 2017 at the Summer Place in Johannesburg’s Hyde Park continues our efforts to bring the very best CFOs and experts together for exceptional learning and networking.
Glorious 2017 CFO Awards: the sky is the limit for financial excellence
Vodacom's CFO Till Streichert was the big winner at the 2017 CFO Awards, taking home the title of CFO of the Year and adding the coveted Strategy Execution and Finance Transformation awards to his collection for good measure. The annual glamorous celebration of excellence in the finance profession was the biggest, best and brightest edition of the event to date, as the crème de la crème of the country's finance leaders gathered at the stunning Summer Place in Hyde Park, Johannesburg.
Vodacom CFO Till Streichert named CFO of the Year 2017
Till Streichert, chief financial officer of mobile communications company Vodacom Group, has been named South Africa's CFO of the Year at the 2017 CFO Awards.
Knowledge is power: WATCH Thomson Reuters' Kamal Patel at #findaba16
Founded in Toronto in 2008, multinational mass media and information firm Thomson Reuters aims to provide professionals with the intelligence, technology and human expertise they need to find trusted answers. Thomson Reuters operates in more than 100 countries, and has more than 60 000 employees around the world. The firm is a trusted partner of the Finance Indaba and CFO SA and showcased its services at last year's event.
Delighted with growth of CFO Awards - CFO SA MD Graham Fehrsen
With CFO Awards 2017 just eight days away, CFO SA MD Graham Fehrsen has expressed his excitement at the development of the event. The annual 'Oscars for South African CFOs', to be held on 11 May, recognise CFOs of listed companies, large corporations, state-owned entities and government institutions, and awards them for outstanding performance and leadership.
M&A in sub-Saharan Africa soars
According to analysis by Thomson Reuters, the value of announced M&A transactions with any sub-Saharan African involvement reached $10.1 billion during the first quarter of 2017 – the highest opening quarter total in six years.
Deloitte celebrates Reporting Accountants award at DealMakers Gala 2017
Professional services firm Deloitte went home with the Reporting Accountants awards by Deal Flow during the 16th annual DealMakers Gala Awards Banquet on 15 February 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre. A jovial CFO South Africa MD Graham Fehrsen handed the prize to Deloitte's senior manager Aubrey Sebothoma, together with DealMakers director Marylou Greig. KPMG won the Reporting Accounts award by Deal Value, just like last year.
How to turn finance turnaround - Coca Cola Beverages FD Walter Leonhardt
In July 2016, ABI merged with Coca-Cola and local bottler SABCO into the new entity Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa – and Walter Leonhardt, ABI financial director, had his transformative work cut out for him once again. In this interview, we speak to Walter about what it takes to establish a culture of continuous improvement, the innovative ways his ABI finance team overcame its challenges and the secret ingredients of a prize-winning leader.
Predictions 2017: What will shake up the world this year?
“As we approach the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the financial crisis, the banking sector remains out of kilter,” writes Peter Thal Larsen (pictured), Global Economics Editor, Reuters Breakingviews, in the introduction of this year’s Predictions 2017 e-book. Every year, Reuters publishes a series of predictions through its Breakingviews team. This year’s book is out, and boy is it a captivating read. What follows is an excerpt from Peter’s Introduction to the book.
Thomson Reuters joins CFO Awards as sponsor
Multinational mass media and information firm Thomson Reuters is sponsoring the award for Finance Transformation at the CFO Awards 2017. In 2016, the accolade was scooped by ABI Finance Director Walter Leonhardt. The annual 'Oscars for South African CFOs', to be held on 11 May, recognises CFOs of listed companies, large corporations, state-owned entities and government institutions, and awards them for outstanding performance and leadership.
Fintech Circle Innovate partners with Cape tech hub
Fintech Circle Innovate, a London-based fintech accelerator, has joined forces with the well-established Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative to stimulate growth in the local sector as well as fintech development in the rest of Africa.
Policeman and enabler: CFOs discuss risk, tech and culture
With cybercrime, Brexit and the surprising result of the US elections affecting economic sentiment, these are unpredictable times. The modern CFO has to contend with the risks of this environment, acting as both policeman and enabler, but relinquishing the natural tendency to forgo all risk.
Newest Thomson Reuters Data and Innovation Lab Launches in CT
Thomson Reuters has launched its newest Data and Innovation Lab, located in Cape Town. The lab will see Thomson Reuters engage with the region’s vibrant innovation ecosystem and dynamic start-up community. The Labs have two primary objectives: innovation and partnership. Innovation will come through driving creative conversations with customers and partners through open events and rapid prototyping, while partnership involves collaboration and co-creation with startups and other partners to put new technology and business models into practice. Mona Vernon (pictured), vice president of Thomson Reuters Labs, said:
Grandeur and great conversations during CFO Awards judges dinner
Conversation flowed and sumptuous food was enjoyed during a inspirational get-together of the panel of judges for the 2017 CFO Awards. One of the highlights of the evening was the judging panel welcoming Prof Wiseman Nkuhlu, Chancellor of the University of Pretoria, in their midst. Wiseman is South Africa's first black Chartered Accountant and an incredibly experienced boardroom expert. CFO SA Graham Fehrsen thanked him for adding even more gravitas and quality to the - already impressive - judging panel.
Are you future ready? Great insights at CFO breakfast in Cape Town
To be ready for the future, CFOs need to embrace imagination, make bold choices and be intimately connected to customers and employees. Those were some of the main takeaways at a lively CFO breakfast debate in Cape Town's Westin Hotel on Tuesday 12 July 2016. Preceded by a thought-provoking and often humorous presentation by futurist Morne Mostert, the high-level intimate gathering of about 35 people was treated to insights by Woolworths CFO Reeza Isaacs (3rd photo) and retired Remgro CFO Leon Crouse (bottom photo), who played a pivotal role in the success story of Vodacom.
MD Sneha Shah reveals Thomson Reuters plans for Africa
No matter what the question is, in Sneha Shah’s world, the answer always starts with the same two words: the customer. In an exclusive interview with CFO South Africa, the charismatic Africa MD of Thomson Reuters speaks about her time in New York, the challenges facing modern CFOs and about her drive to help transform Africa’s aid-based economies into knowledge-based economies. Most of the successful projects Sneha has run, delivered because of a firm focus on customers. “For me, the customer is a passion,” Kenyan-born Sneha Sanghrajka Shah reflects. “Too many companies start with their products and ideas, risking irrelevance when the customer needs change. You cannot afford to lose sight of the customer, so my team starts with the customer every day. Even HR, which many organisations would see as a back-office role, has customer-facing targets to meet.” The same rules apply for CFOs, says Sneha, as “they have had to become more customer focused in order to be able to manage the increasing burden of regulation and risk. But overall, there is a trend globally where CFOs are becoming much more market-aware and client-facing. CEOs are becoming less of the singular face to the market and more like coaches to a strong business focused leadership team, and this has led to CFOs and other C-Level roles evolving accordingly.” Reuters has had news reporters in South Africa since the 1860s, and the finance business here started in the 1980s. The name has become synonymous with FX trading across the continent, but Thomson Reuters actually does much more, across a variety of industries and customer segments. “For a global information company with strong roots on the continent, we definitely need to do a better job of sharing who we are and what we do,” says Sneha, as she lists the range of Thomson Reuters services that can benefit businesses and their CFOs. The firm brands itself as ‘the answer company’ and combines news, broad and deep content and industry expertise with innovative technology to provide information to decision-makers in the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting, intellectual property and science and media markets.
Meet Walter Leonhardt (ABI), winner of two awards at the CFO Awards 2016
“Yeehaw!” said a clearly elated Walter Leonhardt, financial director of ABI, when accepting the Compliance & Governance Award from SizweNtsalubaGobodo CEO, Victor Sekese. Becoming serious again, Walter continued: “Thank you very much for the recognition. The words Prof Nkuhlu said earlier about how seriously we all need to take governance and compliance got me thinking. I work for an organisation where fast and furious is sometimes quite sexy. There’s lots of things happening all the time and we take compliance and governance seriously. I thank you very much for this recognition.”
CFO Awards 2016: glitz, glam & winners at Oscars of SA's finance profession
Woolworths Group FD Reeza Isaacs was named CFO of the Year 2016 during a spectacular CFO Awards Conference and Gala Dinner at the Summer Place in Hyde Park, Johannesburg. Our senior editor Toni Muir jotted down quotes throughout the evening and we have used the best ones to recap the amazing event, dubbed the Oscars of South Africa's finance profession by many CFOs.
Woolworths CFO Reeza Isaacs named CFO of the Year 2016
Reeza Isaacs, group finance director of retailer Woolworths Holdings, has been named South Africa’s CFO of the Year at the 2016 CFO Awards. The award was announced on Thursday 12 May 2016 at the end of an inspirational conference and gala event at Summer Place in Hyde Park, Johannesburg. Dumisani Dlamini (National Arts Council) was named Young CFO of the Year and Public CFO of the Year, while Osman Arbee (Imperial) and Walter Leonhardt (ABI) also took home two awards each.
Celebrating SA's finance leaders - countdown to 3rd CFO Awards
It is time for tuxedos. It is time for cocktail dresses. It is time to celebrate South Africa's finance leaders during the 3rd annual CFO Awards at the marvelous Summer Place in Hyde Park, Johannesburg. On Thursday 12 May 2016 CFO South Africa will host a spectacular gala dinner, preceded by a high-level conference for the country's best finance directors and chief financial officers. At the end of the evening one of 25 nominees will be crowned CFO of the Year.
KPMG named All-Star Company on IAOP's 2016 World's Best Outsourcing Advisors List
KPMG International has received all-star ratings for its shared services and outsourcing advisory capabilities on the International Association of Outsourcing Professional’s (IAOP) 2016 World’s Best Outsourcing Advisors list. Trevor Hoole (pictured), CEO of KPMG in Southern Africa, said of the achievement:
New Thomson Reuters website for Africa launched
Thomson Reuters, a world leader in providing industry insight and intelligence for businesses and professionals, has launched a brand new website for Africa.
Local talent in the spotlight at smashing CFO event 'Moving into Africa'
Innovative ways to identify and develop top local talent in African countries were the hottest topic of conversation during an extremely insightful CFO South Africa event about Moving into (the rest of) Africa, hosted by Standard Bank at its impressive Rosebank premises on 16 March 2016. Vibrant CFO panel discussions alternated with insights from experts from Thomson Reuters and Spencer Stuart, while attending CFOs also had the chance to get involved.
Give African executives opportunity to develop: Pratik Chandaria (Africa Advisory Group)
Contrary to perceptions, there is a strong potential pool of great local business leaders in Africa," says Pratik Chandaria of Africa Advisory Group, a company specialising in recruiting executives and developing the next generation of leadership for Africa. "The strength of the leadership pool is defined by the potential you see in it. This means you have to be willing to give leadership talent the opportunity to develop; particularly in Africa where leadership skill sets are still developing. I rank the pool highly in terms of potential."
How to succeed in Africa: 5 questions for Kamal Patel (Thomson Reuters)
Local talent, knowledge and understanding of the local context is crucial for businesses to be successful in African countries north of South Africa, says Kamal Patel, Head of Corporates & Partnerships at Thomson Reuters. Kamal is one of the exciting speakers lined up for our CFO event Moving into Africa on Wednesday 16 March 2016. To get to know him we contacted him - during a business trip in Ethiopia! - and asked him five questions.
Join our Moving into Africa event about knowledge & talent on 16 March
People and knowledge are at the centre of attention during this year’s CFO event Moving into Africa, on Wednesday 16 March at the Standard Bank office in Rosebank on 35 Baker Street. CFOs who will their experiences on the continent will include Alexander Visser (Philips Africa), Mohammed Abdool-Samad (Illovo) and Greg Davis (Standard Bank Africa). Experts from knowledge company Thomson Reuters and executive recruiter Spencer Stuart are also at hand to provide insight.
CFO Awards: recognising CFOs as leaders, strategists and drivers of change
Professors Wiseman Nkuhlu and Mervyn King will be among the most eminent of guests at this year’s CFO Awards – an annual event that has quickly established its status as South Africa’s finance Oscars. This year's edition on 12 May at the elegant Summer Place in Hyde Park promises to be bigger, bolder and better than ever.
KPMG scoops Reporting Accountants awards at DealMakers Gala
Professional services firm KPMG won both Reporting Accountants awards during the 15th annual DealMakers Gala Awards Banquet on 16 February at the Sandton Convention Centre. A broadly smiling CFO South Africa MD Graham Fehrsen handed the two prizes (Deal Flow & Deal Value) to KPMG's Corporate Finance MD John Geel, in the presence of DealMakers director Marylou Greig.
Judges 2016 CFO Awards swap notes during exclusive dinner
The mood was warm and jovial during an exclusive dinner for the panel of judges of the 2016 CFO Awardsand winners of last year's awards, hosted by CFO South Africa at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rosebank on 27 January 2016. The gathering allowed the judges to prepare for the judging process for this year's prestigious awards, but - most of all - gave them an opportunity to catch up and network. The dinner brought together the CFOs of the Year from 2014 and 2015, Simon Ridley (Standard Bank) and Deon Viljoen (Alexander Forbes), and a host of other business leaders.
CFO South Africa partners with Thomson Reuters
CFO South Africa announced that Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, will be among the key sponsors of the CFO South Africa events and CFO Awards in 2016.
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