2016 European Best Practices Conference

Conference Speakers

Shak Akhtar

Shak Akhtar

Global Senior Vice President Robotic Solutions
Redwood Software

Shak Akhtar's global responsibilities at Redwood Software include spearheading the adoption of robotic process solutions by enterprises across their back-office operations, along with chairing client-led financial transformation workshops. His background includes financial and IT experience, having cut his teeth as an accountant at IBM before working for leading IT companies. His roles at IBM included inventory, profit reporting and planning, sales and marketing, and sales management. Some of his senior roles include director of services sector at SAP, vice president of retail and consumer products goods for EMEA at iT and vice president for business process management for EMEA at BEA. His mission is to build robotic solutions for global organisations and dramatically improve process efficiencies across the enterprise.

Redwood Software
 
Péter Csucska

Péter Csucska

Managing Director and General Manager
Lexmark International, Inc.

Mr Csucska has been managing director of the Lexmark International Technology Center in Budapest since 2014. He brings to this position his strong business acumen, a passion for people development and a devotion to environmental sustainability. His previous experience at Lexmark includes positions in supply chain management and operations. He was head of the EMEA customer management center and the operational excellence and environmental compliance manager. Previously Mr Csucska held management positions at Diebold, Sanyo and GE Healthcare.

Lexmark International, Inc.
 
Franc A. Ensink

Franc A. Ensink

Group Working Capital Director
Royal BAM Group nv

Franc A. Ensink is Group Working Capital Director at Royal BAM Group nv. In this function, he is responsible for developing and implementing groupwide strategies impacting the underlying drivers of operational working capital. Franc has developed extensive expertise in credit and risk management in various international leadership positions at Fortune 500 companies in a range of industries. Franc's no-nonsense approach and direct communication style reveal his Dutch nationality. Adapting his leadership style to different country and cultural settings enabled him to realize significant operational results, making him one of the few global working capital experts with an operations background.

Royal BAM Group
 
Pat Geary

Pat Geary

Chief Marketing Officer
Blue Prism

Pat Geary has over 20 years of international marketing experience across a range of large multinational and start up software and hardware businesses. Most recently Pat has worked as CMO at Skinkers, a UK based enterprise SW company and CMO for Livestation; the world's first global news platform on the Internet. Pat's previous experience included international corporate marketing roles at Searchspace, Sequent Computer Corp and DEC. He holds an honours degree in Computer Science.

Blue Prism
 
Brian Halpin

Brian Halpin

Head of Robotic Process Automation
Bank of Ireland

Brian heads up the Robotic Process Automation service at Bank of Ireland. Starting out just over 18 months ago as an Operations Innovation initiative, RPA is now firmly established as a strategic 'virtual workforce' option for the Bank. Brian led the journey from initial Proof of Concept through to a Centre of Excellence, providing automation solutions to business units across the bank. Prior to Bank of Ireland, Brian held a number of senior technology management positions including General Manager, SageCRM at Sage Group and CTO for AOL UK.

Bank of Ireland
 
Daniel Helmig

Daniel Helmig

Head of Business Function Supply Chain Management and Chief Procurement Officer
ABB

Daniel Helmig joined ABB Asea Brown Boveri in 2009, where he is in charge of supply chain management. His experience spans the power industry and the automation electronic and semiconductor sector as well as the automotive industry. Prior to joining ABB, Daniel spent more than 20 years at Ford Motor Company in the U.S., Britain and Germany, including management roles, such as purchasing director for exterior, interior and multimedia segments. He was also the chief procurement officer for semiconductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies AG and Qimonda. Daniel holds an MBA degree from Michigan State University.

ABB
 
Adam Herasemiuk

Adam Herasemiuk

Head of Talent Acquisition, APAC
Verizon

Based in Sydney, Australia, Mr. Herasemiuk is currently the head of APAC talent acquisition at Verizon, where he is responsible for establishing the overall talent acquisition strategy and continuously optimizing the APAC operational model to support Verizon's global talent needs. His scope includes continuously driving performance through metrics and team engagement strategies, long-term budget and resource planning and ROI assurance. He is not only focused on providing a best-in-class talent acquisition solution but is also a firm believer in ensuring an appropriate environment for his teams to prosper.

Verizon
 
Markus Hornburg

Markus Hornburg

Vice President, Global Product Compliance
Coupa Deutschland GmbH

Markus has over 17 years' experience in electronic document compliance. He actively participated in the creation of the very first legislation regarding e-invoicing and e-archiving in Switzerland and helped shape the legislative processes in countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, India and the EU. He maintains working relationships with more than 25 tax administrations around the globe, and his in-depth understanding of the legal environment spans more than 80 countries. Over the past 15 years he worked for many multinational companies in various roles, guiding them through their projects for process optimisation and redesign, process compliance and governance as well as working capital optimisation.

Coupa
 
Gerard Hussey

Gerard Hussey

Vice President, Human Resources Transformation
GlaxoSmithKline

Gerard Hussey is vice president, HR Transformation with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a science-led global healthcare company with more than 100,000 employees in more than 150 markets. Since 2009, he has led the transformation of GSK's HR environment, operating model and systems. He recently completed the successful global rollout of Workday, related enabling technologies and new standard global HR processes across all GSK operating units. Gerard has extensive experience across multiple industries, including electronics and medical devices, operating at a global, regional and country level in HR and also in IT and manufacturing.

GlaxoSmithKline
 
Jesper Kalenberg

Jesper Kalenberg

Vice President, Corporate Procurement
Coloplast

As part of his role as head of corporate procurement for Coloplast, a medical devices manufacturer headquartered in Denmark, Jesper Kalenberg for the past eight years has been focused on establishing a global strategic procurement department. In previous roles with Coloplast, he served in the finance function, where he was director of corporate finance and established a greenfield finance function in Hungary. Jesper holds a business administration degree and a master of science in management accounting from Copenhagen Business School and is a member of several professional boards.

Coloplast
 
Xavier Lancksweirt

Xavier Lancksweirt

General Manager, Solvay Business Services
Solvay

Xavier Lancksweirt is the general manager of Solvay Business Services, the global business services organization of Solvay, an international chemical and advanced materials leader. He is responsible for the information services, record-to-report, procure-to-pay, hire-to-retire and order-to-cash processes for the group. Prior to its acquisition by Solvay, he joined Rhodia in 1998 as finance director for the polyamide business unit and created Rhodia Business Services in 2010. Then, through the set-up of Solvay Business Services, he managed the business services worldwide merge, its enlargement to information services and its accelerated transformation, which continues in 2016. He previously held various leadership responsibilities at Colgate-Palmolive, Unisys, McDonnell Douglas and Otis Elevator.

Solvay
 
Roberto Masiero

Roberto Masiero

Senior Vice President ADP Innovation Labs
Automatic Data Processing, LLC

Roberto Masiero is the Senior Vice President of ADP Innovation Labs. Roberto joined ADP in 2000 as Director, Information Technology for ADP Brazil, when his company in Brazil was acquired by ADP. Over the last 12 years, he has led several research and development teams on core ADP solutions. Today, Roberto is responsible for ADP's Innovation Lab, where new technologies are researched and new products are developed and incubated. Recent projects include mobile applications, semantic search, big data, behavioral intelligence, and marketplace.

Automatic Data Processing, LLC
 
Dr Clive Rees

Dr Clive Rees

Chief Procurement Officer EMEIA and Americas
Fujitsu Services

Dr Rees joined Fujitsu as the chief procurement officer for the U.K. and Ireland in 2014 and was appointed acting CPO for EMEIA the following year. In that role he has negotiated large outsourcing and offshoring deals in addition to setting procurement strategy. Prior to joining Fujitsu, Clive held various procurement positions for Ladbrokes PLC, Lloyds Banking Group, National Australia Bank and the National Health Service. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.

Fujitsu Services
 
Erkka Repo

Erkka Repo

Senior Vice President Finance
UPM

Erkka Repo has been leading the UPM finance organisation, which includes business control, financial services and group finance, since August 2012. He is a senior finance professional with more than 20 years' experience and a strong skill set acquired through solid experiences in all finance core functions. He is an experienced finance leader who has held multiple global, European and American leadership roles. He has been successful in heading major global finance transformations that have been recognized as a global benchmark by other international companies. As a senior people leader, he has led a global, multicultural organization of finance professionals with 600 employees.

UPM
 
Markus Steigner

Markus Steigner

Head of Global Finance Transformation
BASF

Markus Steigner joined BASF, the Germany-based chemical group, in 1995. After gaining international experience in various projects such as BASF's listing on the New York Stock Exchange, acquisitions and divestments, and implementation of international financial reporting standards, as of 2003 he was leading corporate accounting in BASF. From 2011 until 2015, he served as CFO of BASF Antwerp, the biggest production site aside from the headquarters, and as finance head for France, the Netherlands and Belgium. In October 2015 he took over his current position as head of Global Finance Transformation of BASF. He focuses in this role on large finance transformation programs and on achieving best practice processes and KPIs.

BASF
 
Benoit Stevens

Benoit Stevens

Head of EMEA Global Business Services
UCB

Benoit Stevens started his career in consulting and auditing and has 15 years' experience in advising and auditing large multinational companies, especially in the financial services, chemical, energy and pharmaceutical industries. He has developed significant expertise in setting up shared services centres and accounting processes. He joined UCB in 2012 and now leads the company's European finance operations, where he has been involved in the design and transformation of the finance department.

UCB
 
Suren Thadani

Suren Thadani

Chief Operational Officer
Inchcape Shipping Services

Suren Thadani is the chief operating officer at ShipNet, a business unit of Inchcape Shipping Services. He has over 18 years of experience in supply chain management, mergers and acquisitions and business transformation across multiple sectors and geographies. Prior to joining Inchcape Shipping Services and operating at a management board position, Mr Thadani held various board and leadership positions at Oliver Wyman, IBM Business Consulting Services and DHL Supply Chain.

Inchcape Shipping Services
 
Robert Weltevreden

Robert Weltevreden

Head of Syngenta Business Services
Syngenta AG

Mr Weltevreden has more than 20 years of finance and shared services experience across multiple industries and geographies. Having spent his early career in various CFO jobs, he has now been with Syngenta for almost 14 years, mainly in finance roles including head of finance for global supply chain, CFO Asia Pacific, head of finance services, and head of business process and project management. Part of the 2009 founding team of the Syngenta Business Services organization, Mr Weltevreden led the finance organization through a significant transformation and is now taking Syngenta firmly on the journey towards becoming a more digital enterprise.

Syngenta AG
 
 

The Hackett Group – Conference Speakers

Ted Fernandez

Ted Fernandez

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
The Hackett Group

Publicly held since May 28, 1998 (NASDAQ: HCKT), the company, under Mr Fernandez's leadership, has expanded its world leading benchmarking capabilities to provide comprehensive business transformation services that leverage its unique insight and metrics from worldclass performance. During his 18 years at KPMG, Mr Fernandez served as the national managing partner of KPMG's Business Transformation and Information Technology Consulting Division and served as a member of the firm's Management Committee. Working with many multinational clients, Mr Fernandez has developed extensive experience in business transformation, change management, international operations, acquisition due diligence and post-merger integration.

The Hackett Group
 
Jason Fitzgerald

Jason Fitzgerald

Managing Director, European Practice, Enterprise Performance Management and Business Intelligence
The Hackett Group

Jason Fitzgerald is global lead for The Hackett Group's enterprise performance management (EPM) strategy team and currently leads the European EPM and business intelligence (BI) practice in helping complex global organisations bridge the gap between diverse business requirements and IT imperatives. In his 18 years of experience, he has led application reengineering efforts to build successful alignment of EPM and BI strategies across functions such as finance, sales, marketing and IT. Mr Fitzgerald has organised centralised and federated centres of excellence for business analytic imperatives with a balance of shared services and optimised shoring models. He studied international business at Wroxton College, England, and holds an MBA from Columbia University.

The Hackett Group
 
Mélani Flores

Mélani Flores

Practice Leader, Procurement Advisory EMEA
The Hackett Group

Ms. Flores is a Senior Business Advisor responsible for the Hackett Procurement Advisory Practice in Europe, including the Procurement Executive Advisory and the Purchase-to-Pay (P2P) Process Programs. She works together with Procurement and P2P executives giving advice on proven and emerging organizational and process best practices. She also supports the European Benchmarking services in the development of recommendations for achieving World-Class Performance. Ms. Flores is a diversified professional with more than 17 years of experience in business consulting and benchmarking. She has worked in several industries supporting companies across Europe and the Americas in their Procurement transformation efforts in the areas of Procurement operating model and organizational design, process optimization, strategic sourcing, operational strategies implementation, and eCommerce strategy.

The Hackett Group
 
Martijn Geerling

Martijn Geerling

Associate Principal, Practice Leader, GBS Programme
The Hackett Group

Martijn Geerling has nearly fifteen years of professional services experience focused on back-office performance improvement through transformation strategy development and implementation of shared services and outsourcing in back-office functions. With a background in management consulting, his core areas of expertise are in organisational redesign, supporting clients in realigning finance and other back-office function operations to more efficiently support a company's objectives. Mr Geerling has successfully consulted with global clients in sustainable strategic transformation engagements in Europe, the United States and Asia.

The Hackett Group
 
Thomas Kellaway

Thomas Kellaway

Senior Director, European Benchmark
The Hackett Group

Thomas Kellaway is director responsible for the European benchmarking practice at The Hackett Group, managing and executing highly complex multifunctional benchmarking projects with high-profile multinational organisations. Mr Kellaway's involvement covers the end-to-end process of benchmarking execution, including planning, data collection, executive interviews, analysis, presenting and transformation projects resulting from benchmark engagements. He is responsible for providing in-depth analysis of benchmark results and providing transformational recommendations and next steps based on empirical data. Mr Kellaway has worked throughout North America, Europe, Africa and Japan and is recognised as one of the company's leading benchmark subject matter experts.

The Hackett Group
 
David Ketchin

David Ketchin

Managing Director, Europe Practice
The Hackett Group

David Ketchin leads The Hackett Group's European practice. He was trained at KPMG and then KPMG Consulting and has previously held leadership positions with Parson Consulting and Capgemini Consulting. Mr Ketchin has more than 20 years' experience working with companies to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the finance function. For the past 15 years, his client delivery has focused on enterprise performance management (EPM), including board and management reporting, budgeting and forecasting, profitability analysis, data management and new operating models including finance business partnering and centres of reporting expertise. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

The Hackett Group
 
Harry C. Osle

Harry C. Osle

Principal, Global Human Resources Practice Leader
The Hackett Group

Mr Osle has more than 15 years of experience in human resources and transformation consulting with specialization in HR strategy, world-class service delivery, HR benchmarking, HR management systems and use of automated solutions to streamline business processes. He is highly proficient in strategic framing, leveraging HR best practices, application implementation, workflow automation, project management, needs analysis, process control, benefits and placement technology and total quality management. Mr Osle has strong leadership skills and technical expertise that help clients realize strategic corporate goals and reduce costs.

The Hackett Group
 
Christopher Sawchuk

Christopher Sawchuk

Principal, Global Procurement Advisory Practice Leader
The Hackett Group

Mr Sawchuk has more than 13 years of experience in supply management, working directly with Fortune 500 and midsized firms around the globe. He has worked in a variety of industries to improve all aspects of procurement, including process redesign, technology enablement, operations strategy planning, organizational change and strategic sourcing. Mr Sawchuk is a regular contributor to business publications, a frequent presenter at industry events and co-author of ePurchasingPlus. He has been recognized by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine as one of its "Pros to Know." Mr Sawchuk's background includes engineering and operation roles with both United Technologies and IBM.

The Hackett Group
 
Anthony Snowball

Anthony Snowball

Principal, Global Benchmarking Practice Leader
The Hackett Group

Anthony Snowball leads The Hackett Group's Global Benchmarking Practice. He is accountable for The Hackett Group's comprehensive measurement portfolio as well as supervising benchmark execution worldwide. In addition, Mr Snowball also oversees The Hackett Group's strategic alliance network to establish partnerships and managing partner objectives to align with the company's corporate and market strategy. Prior to joining The Hackett Group, Mr Snowball led projects focused on benchmarking and process optimization engagements as an employee with Andersen's business consulting practice.

The Hackett Group
 
Martin Wolleswinkel

Martin Wolleswinkel

Managing Director, Advisory Services Europe
The Hackett Group

Martin Wolleswinkel is responsible for The Hackett Group's Advisory Services in Europe. Leveraging The Hackett Group's unique fact-based intellectual property, Mr Wolleswinkel and his team support companies in strategic issues such as G&A strategy, organisational design and governance along with pragmatic, hands-on process and systems issues. With 18 years of consulting experience, Mr Wolleswinkel covers all phases of transformation, from strategic assessments to hands-on implementations in a broad range of industries. Before joining The Hackett Group in 2002, he was a manager in the CFO solutions service line at Arthur Andersen Management Consulting, where he delivered finance transformation projects such as SAP implementations and shared services strategy.

The Hackett Group