Agile Finance: Reimagining Finance for the New Normal

Online Event

16 July, 2020

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm UTC

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm UTC

Agile Finance: Reimagining Finance for the New Normal

Speakers: Michele Tam; Ivgen Guner; Christina Kite; Ash Noah, CPA, FCMA, CGMA

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This free, one-hour webcast shares insights from leaders at AICPA & CIMA, Oracle, and McKinsey & Company on the strategies leaders can adopt to reimagine the finance function for the new normal.

Learning outcomes

  • Recognize how end-to-end, zero-touch transactions are redefining the close and reporting processes
  • Identify how continuous forecasting and a data-driven approach improves decision making and business partnering
  • Recall insights into how design thinking, the user experience, cross-functional collaboration, and digital offshoring are reshaping the future finance work

Product information


In partnership with Oracle

Reimagine your finance function for success

The COVID-19 pandemic comes at a time when many CFOs and their finance teams had already begun the process of designing more agile, resilient organizations with high levels of automation.

In part three of this five-part series hosted by AICPA & CIMA, experts from McKinsey & Company and Oracle will look at the human and organizational elements of finance transformation, including:

  • The impact of continuous process digitization on roles and responsibilities;
  • The role of design thinking and the user experience in supporting new ways of working; and
  • How finance can lead in a flatter, more tightly networked management organization.

Key Topics:

  • Finance operating model transformation
  • Change management best practices
  • Finance skills for digital success

Register for other webcasts in the Agile Finance series:

  • Jump-starting Resilient and Reimagined Operations [webcast 4]
  • Reimagining the Customer Experience [webcast 5]

Professional development

This Webcast offers 1 hours of CPE credit.
Note on CPE Requirements and Credits
All learning resources available in the CGMA Store qualify for CPD for CIMA members.

Programme level:Basic
Access:This is a live event. You will have access to webcast on the date/time of broadcast and the archive for 3 months after the broadcast date.

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  • Michele Tam

    Michele Tam is a Senior Expert/Associate Partner in McKinsey & Company’s Chicago Office, and a leader in the Corporate and Business Functions practice. Her expertise is in Finance function and FP&A process transformations, including operating model and Shared Service center design and FP&A capability building. Past projects include:

    • Led FP&A capability assessment, financial reporting overhaul, and organization redesign at an energy provider
    • Led core FP&A process redesign at a major North American bank driving efficiency and effectiveness in strategic planning, internal reporting, annual budgeting, capex planning
    • Led Finance process redesign for a pharmaceutical client, improving month-end close, management reporting, and annual budgeting
    • Led detailed process redesign for hospitality client centralizing General Accounting, Accounts Payable, and FP&A activities in a new Shared Services Center
  • Ivgen Guner

    Ivgen Guner joined Oracle in 1996 and is currently executive vice president of Global Business Finance. In her role, Ivgen is responsible for providing decision support to all business units, strategic planning, financial analysis, business intelligence system management and management reporting. She is the executive sponsor for the internal deployment of Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Cloud, which Oracle has been live on since December 2016.

    Ms. Guner has more than 25 years of finance, accounting and executive management experience in the technology industry. Prior to joining Oracle in 1996, Ms. Guner was with Unisys Corporation for 13 years. At Unisys, she was instrumental and an integral part of the Burroughs/Sperry merger, which formed Unisys, while also holding various financial management roles.

    Ms. Guner holds a Master of Science in Accounting from Walsh College in Troy, Michigan and graduated from the Ankara University, Turkey, with a Master of Science in Agricultural Engineering and Food & Fermentation Technology.

  • Christina Kite

    Christina Kite is a senior technology, finance and operations executive with more than 20 years of experience with Fortune 50 and Government organizations leading large, global cross-functional teams and programs.

    Christina is currently Vice President, Global Business Strategy and Analytics at Oracle, helping to set and drive key ERP business and customer strategies and initiatives across the cloud development organization by bringing a data driven approach to decision making and rapidly changing priorities.

    Prior to this role, Christina was the global finance business partner for the $4.5B Oracle North America Technology Division.

    While at Cisco, Christina was responsible for leading the Global Finance and Corporate Systems when Cisco achieved the virtual close which is still considered as one of the most radical efforts to accelerate the financial accounting and reporting process.

    Christina has also worked in a variety of senior executive positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of NY, Goldman Sachs, and Northrop Grumman. Christina graduated cum laude with a BS in Management Science and has a MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.

  • Ash Noah, CPA, FCMA, CGMA

    Ash Noah - CPA, FCMA, CGMA, is Managing Director, CGMA Learning, Education and Development, at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. In this position, Ash leads the Research, Examinations and Product Development for the Management Accounting Unit. His primary responsibility is to ensure that the Association’s Finance Competency Framework, Syllabus, Examinations and Learning solutions are effective and remain relevant to the practice of Management Accounting. Ash works closely with Finance Leaders globally, identifying the trends impacting the finance profession.
    Ash was the CFO for the International Unit of TNT global express logistics provider and has led finance transformation in teams across 45 countries. He is a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), licensed US CPA and member of the American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA). He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Ash has a passion for flying and is an avid aviator