Finance & CFO

Key Themes

We have recently released the results of our annual CFO survey, which highlighted key themes on finance leader’s agendas:

  • Process & Technology Change: Pre Covid-19, polled CFO’s said the single item they were spending the most time on was process and technology change above time with their internal clients, managing teams, dealing with regulators or any specific technical item. While in a pre-coronavirus world many CFOs may have bemoaned systems changes taking them away from their day job, many will now be grateful as they navigate closing the books with a fully remote team.
  • Analytics Focus: Analytics has overtaken data as the primary focus area for hiring, suggesting legacy investments in cleansing data were successful enough to enable functions to take the next step. 60% of respondents were using at least an intermediate level of analytics in their FP&A functions and over 65% were either using or planning some sort of AI or machine learning within the function in the next couple of years.
  • Cost Management: Pre-coronavirus, CFOs had already identified that cost management was the biggest factor to impact their functions in 2020. Nearly 45% expected budgets to be cut and c.50% of respondents were predicting headcount reductions in their finance functions in 2020.
  • Remote Working: Perhaps the biggest challenge facing finance leaders is the new work environment, with only 7% of respondents telling us there were interested in flexible working for the year ahead.

In Q2 2020 we have found that Treasury functions are in the spotlight with many businesses needing to upskill given the crisis and impact on managing liquidity and capital.

There has also been significant movement within the group corporate control functions among global banking groups in the last six months as organizations look to upgrade and develop successors in what is a narrow market. Given the breadth of the Group CFO role (and the added pressure due to Covid-19), CFOs are more stretched than ever and need a strong Corporate Controller to delegate to.

Key CFO Moves: Q2 2020

EMEA: 

  • Andrea Montague joins Aviva as Chief Financial Controller from Royal London where she was Deputy Group Finance Director.
  • Roland Moquet moves internally at AXA to become CFO AXA UK & Ireland. He was previously CFO AXA Italy.
  • Murray Auchincloss is promoted to Group CFO at BP from his previous role as CFO of BP’s upstream segment.
  • Jonathan Bingham joins HSBC as Chief Accounting Officer from KPMG where he was a Partner in the Financial Services Practice.
  • Charlie Rozes joins IG Group as CFO. He was the Group Finance Director at Jardine Lloyd Thompson until early 2019 when it was acquired by Marsh & McLennan Companies.
  • Patrick Jany joins Maersk as CFO from Clariant where he was CFO.
  • Eoin Tonge joins Marks & Spencer Group as CFO from Greencore where he was also CFO.
  • Ian Smith joins Nordea as Group CFO and Head of Group Finance from Virgin Money UK where he was Group CFO.
  • Sally Johnson is promoted internally to become CFO at Pearson. She was previously Deputy CFO.
  • Daniel Cazeaux joins Royal London as Group CFO from KPMG where he was an Audit Partner focused on UK and global insurance companies.
  • Paul Chambers moved internally to become Group Controller, Darren Ellis replaces him as CFO US & Europe.
  • Matt Ashley joins William Hill as CFO from National Express where he was Group Business Development Director.
  • David Benson joins Workspace as CFO from Whitbread where he was Corporate Finance Director at Whitbread.

US:

  • Suren Rana is promoted to CEO and President of BrightSphere Investment Group, where she was previously CFO.
  • Maggie Serravalli is promoted to Group CFO at Fidelity. She was previously Executive Vice President, Healthcare.
  • Allison Dukes joins Invesco as Deputy CFO from SunTrust Banks, where she was CFO.
  • Raja Akram joins Morgan Stanley as Deputy CFO from Citigroup, where he was Controller and Chief Accounting Officer.
  • Mike Eastwood is promoted to CFO of Thomson Reuters, where he was previously Head of Corporate Finance.
  • Muneera Carr is promoted to Chief Accounting Officer of Wells Fargo & Company, where she was previously Controller.

Asia:

  • Tracy Kwok joins Amber Hill Holdings as Group CFO. She was previously Group CFO at CITIC International Asset Management.
  • Ivy Li joins Atome as VP Finance, based in Singapore. She was previously Senior Financial Controller at Panasonic Europe in the Netherlands.
  • Edward Tang joins Citi as Director, Head of Tax, Hong Kong. He was previously VP, Tax Asia at Neuberger Berman.
  • See Kai Chan joins Coty as Tax Director, APAC. He was previously Senior Manager, International Tax & Special Projects at Borouge.
  • Peter Oey joins Grab as CFO, relocating from the US. He was previously CFO at LegalZoom in Los Angeles.
  • Simon Soo joins JOS as Regional Financial Controller. He was previously Associate Director, Advisory at PwC.
  • Fen Fen Zhou joins LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group, as Head of Tax, North Asia. He was previously China and North Asia Tax Manager at Louis Dreyfus Company.
  • Eugene Lim joins Marsh as Head of Tax, Asia (Private Equity & M&A Services). He was previously Senior Manager, Corporate Tax Advisory at PwC.
  • Neha Nad joins Morgan Stanley as Director of Finance, India. She was previously Finance Specialist at Accenture.
  • Maggie Li joins NISI as Deputy Head of Group Finance. She was previously their Group Financial Controller.
  • Yao Loong Ng joins SGX as Deputy CFO. He was previously Assistant Managing Director at Monetary Authority of Singapore.
  • Winnie Law joins Standard Chartered as CFO, Commercial and Transformation Banking, she was previously CFO, APAC at Experian.
  • Hicham Jaidi joins Standard Chartered as Managing Director, Finance Division. He was previously CFO, APAC at Société Générale.
  • Terence Chui joins Toll Global Logistics as VP, Finance. He was previously Finance Director at Ryder Ascent Logistics.
  • Anthony Wong joins Varmeego as Director of Finance. He was previously COO at Diginex Asset Management.

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