Opportunities and Threats in an Evolving Digital World: A CFO’s Perspective

Jeffrey C. Thomson, President and CEO, IMA

Venue : AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, Shaw Centre #23-03 S(228208) - Stamford American Auditorium

Date : May 07, 2018

Time : 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Price : $10.00

2018-05-07 11:45:00 2018-05-07 13:30:00 Asia/Singapore Opportunities and Threats in an Evolving Digital World: A CFO’s Perspective The CFO Team: Extinct, or Distinct, in a Digital World? In this provocative and engaging talk, a former CFO of an $18B US MNC operation and current CEO of a global accounting body discusses the implications for the F&A (finance and accounting) team in industry from “disruptive” technologies such as Block-chain, Robotics Process Automation, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Gamification and more. Is our profession at a tipping point, and what could drive us toward extinction (lost or reduced influence and relevance within the corporate value chain) or distinction (increased influence and relevance) in the face of “hyper-fast” advances in technology and automation? Does the company, and the F&A function, need to be first movers on these technologies? How do we keep up, or even get ahead of the accelerating pace of technology and automation? Do we need to rapidly upskill ourselves in the areas of strategy management and data science? How do we differentiate ourselves in a competitive and consolidating business environment, both at the individual and at the corporate levels? And, among many other questions on your mind, how should each partner in the accounting ecosystem step up to retain and gain relevance and influence for the F&A function – academia, corporations, training companies, accounting associations and individuals? AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, Shaw Centre #23-03 S(228208) - Stamford American Auditorium AmCham Singapore

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The CFO Team:  Extinct, or Distinct, in a Digital World?


In this provocative and engaging talk, a former CFO of an $18B US MNC operation and current CEO of a global accounting body discusses the implications for the F&A (finance and accounting) team in industry from
  “disruptive” technologies such as Block-chain, Robotics Process Automation, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Gamification and more.  Is our profession at a tipping point, and what could drive us toward extinction (lost or reduced influence and relevance within the corporate value chain) or distinction (increased influence and relevance) in the face of “hyper-fast” advances in technology and automation?  Does the company, and the F&A function, need to be first movers on these technologies?  How do we keep up, or even get ahead of the accelerating pace of technology and automation?  Do we need to rapidly upskill ourselves in the areas of strategy management and data science?  How do we differentiate ourselves in a competitive and consolidating business environment, both at the individual and at the corporate levels?  And, among many other questions on your mind, how should each partner in the accounting ecosystem step up to retain and gain relevance and influence for the F&A function – academia, corporations, training companies, accounting associations and individuals?

About the Speaker:

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Jeffrey C. Thomson
President and CEO
IMA


Jeffrey C. Thomson, CMA, CSCA, CAE, is president and CEO of IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants). Since assuming this position in 2008, Mr. Thomson led the development of a strategy resulting in IMA becoming one of the fastest growing accounting associations in the world, with double digit growth in its CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) program over the past five years. In January 2018, IMA crossed the 100,000-member mark for the first time in the organization’s history.

During his previous position as IMA’s vice president of research, Thomson conducted research studies, authored numerous articles and a book, delivered dozens of presentations, and provided testimony to the U.S. Congress in the areas of risk management, internal controls, and corporate governance. He served as COSO board member from 2006 to December, 2011, during a period when COSO experienced growth in influential thought leader pieces and launched the internal controls refresh initiative. Thomson returned to the COSO board in 2018 for a four-year term.

Prior to joining IMA, Mr. Thomson worked at AT&T for more than two decades where he served in various financial, strategic, and operational roles. One of these roles included serving as the strategic CFO for an $18 billion dollar business unit.

Mr. Thomson was honored by Accounting Today by being included in the publication’s annual “Top 100 Most Influential People List” for the last five years. He was also named by Trust Across America as one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” for seven straight years, and was honored with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The Accountant/International Accounting Bulletin recognized Mr. Thomson in its Global Accountancy Power 50 list of leading influencers, and named IMA 2017 “Professional Body of the Year”.
 

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