22-23 September | Digital Event

SAP Central Finance Live

Part of the SAP Finance and Risk Live Series

Meet Our Presenters

Mallikarjun Akumalla Venkata, Central Finance Global Lead, Intelligent Delivery Group, SAP

Mallikarjun Akumalla Venkata, Central Finance Global Lead, Intelligent Delivery Group, SAP

Mallikarjun is passionate about SAP S/4 HANA for Central Finance. Mallik runs SAP Global Strategic Customer Success Program to building content, accelerators and Innovations to deliver successful Central Finance Implementations. Influencer, Trainer, Innovator and Trusted advisor for Customers, Partners and SAP Employees for End to end SAP Services Delivery.

Melissa Ahrendt, Director Finance, CFIN Implementation, Perrigo

Melissa Ahrendt, Director Finance, CFIN Implementation, Perrigo

Melissa Ahrendt is a Finance Director at Perrigo Company helping to lead the global implementation of Central Finance. Melissa has over 15 years of accounting experience and was previously a member of
the Corporate Accounting team at Perrigo focusing on internal reporting, consolidation, integration of acquisitions, SOX controls, and other global initiatives.

Christine Bell, Project Manager, IBM Global Business Services, SAP Practice, IBM

Christine Bell, Project Manager, IBM Global Business Services, SAP Practice, IBM

Chris is a Project Manager with IBM, with a specialty in leading CFIN implementations.   Prior to her role at IBM she was employed as an IT Director at The Coca-Cola Company.   In this position, she was accountable for driving implementation of  IT solutions to meet the needs of the Finance Division.  Chris used her deep knowledge of the Finance business processes to lead the discovery efforts which eventually built out the business case.  Subsequently, she created the project plan for Coca-Cola to launch their S/4 and CFIN implementation and played a leadership role during delivery. Chris has 20 years of experience with various SAP solutions including GRC, Financial Consolidations, and Business Warehouse.  Currently, Chris leads the CFIN implementation for the world’s largest gold producer.  Chris has a Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Tech.

Molly Boyle, Director, SAP Solutions, BlackLine

Molly Boyle, Director, SAP Solutions, BlackLine

Molly Boyle is a finance transformation expert and thought leader with more than 16 years of experience in public accounting, corporate accounting, and financial close transformation. In her role at BlackLine, she helps companies realize the benefits of accounting and finance automation by sharing leading practices and guiding them as they replace their traditional manual processes with modern cloud solutions. Prior to joining BlackLine, Molly spent 7 years as a corporate accounting leader at a large retailer where she coordinated the global financial close processes and spearheaded the accounting transformation efforts. Earlier in her career, Molly also spent 6 years in the assurance practice at EY executing and overseeing the financial statement audits of a variety of public and privately held companies. Molly holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana and a Master’s of Accounting and Professional Consultancy from Villanova University. She was certified as a CPA in Massachusetts and is currently based in Baltimore, Maryland.

Simon Constant-Glemas, VP Finance Transformation, Royal Dutch Shell

Simon Constant-Glemas, VP Finance Transformation, Royal Dutch Shell

Simon is Vice President Finance responsible for Shells next generation ERP transformation, he is passionate about the digitalisation of Finance which is a critical enabler of Shells world class ambitions, using emerging digital technologies to drive further efficiencies and greater business value far greater than is possible today. He joined Shell in 2006 and has held a number of senior finance roles across the organisation. Prior to Shell, Simon worked in hi-tech manufacturing and Container Shipping/logistics.

Josh Cook, Central Finance Architect, IBM Global Business Services, SAP Practice, IBM

Josh Cook, Central Finance Architect, IBM Global Business Services, SAP Practice, IBM

Josh is a Central Finance Solution Architect at IBM with over 13 years of SAP implementation experience.  He is a leading expert in the S/4HANA Central Finance practice area, with multiple CFIN implementations to his credit across a variety of industries.  Previously, Josh worked in the SAP Delivery practices for SAP America, Accenture, and Deloitte.  While at SAP America, he helped build the CFIN delivery practice and developed enhanced skill areas within his team. He also helped create the latest 2020 SAP CFIN Activate Roadmap.  Most recently, Josh served as a team leader for a Central Finance project at the world’s largest beverage company where he provided critical thought leadership and technical skills, while supporting the newest functionality in SAP’s latest S/4HANA software release.  Josh has a bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering and an MBA from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Julien Delvat, Senior Program Manager and Solution Architect for Enterprise Transformation of Finance Systems, Google

Julien Delvat, Senior Program Manager and Solution Architect for Enterprise Transformation of Finance Systems, Google

Julien's mission is to be the architect of this transformation to unlock the potential of SAP ERP (ECC, S/4HANA, Central Finance, and S/4HANA Public Cloud).His 20 years of experience started with the development of cost management applications at SAP Labs France before focusing on SAP ERP architecture, design and implementation for Alta Via Consulting, then Bluefin Solutions and TruQua Enterprises. I have had the chance to deliver innovative solutions for organizations across the globe and in various industries ranging from High Tech to Automotive. He joined Google / Alphabet to contribute to one of the largest and most complex Finance Transformation projects through S/4HANA, S/4HANA Cloud, and Central Finance, from proof of concepts to delivery.

Septimiu Gherghel, Business Processes Consultant, SDC EMEA Intelligent Delivery Group, SAP

Septimiu Gherghel, Business Processes Consultant, SDC EMEA Intelligent Delivery Group, SAP

Over the past years Septimiu successfully contributed to customer success delivering multiple, Proofs of Concept, Pilot Projects and Full Cycle Implementation across different industries with focus on theimplementation of Central Finance on S4HANA.During his projects, he was involved in all the execution phases, from solution design,business blueprinting, system landscape and customizing to Key-user support during testing, go-liveand post go-live support, documentation management and knowledge transfer.He has onsite customer facing experience, acquired during the multiple Scoping and ResourceGathering Workshops but also during the implementation phase of the project, offering direct support to the Customers.During the past 2 years he also focused strengthening his experience by also being directly involvedin Treasury area, mainly as an Advanced Cash Management consultant.

Michael Gilmartin, Vice President, Value Architecture, BlackLine

Michael Gilmartin, Vice President, Value Architecture, BlackLine

Michael Gilmartin has more than 15 years of experience in the Accounting and Accounting technology space. Currently, he is the global Vice President of Value Architecture at BlackLine. In his role, Michael oversees a team that is responsible for helping organizations evaluate BlackLine’s solutions, identify use cases, and demonstrate value in the form of business cases, among other deliverables. Michael has worked with hundreds of customers implementing BlackLine and was also a solutions consultant prior to expanding his role. He also extensive SAP experience. Before joining BlackLine Michael implemented BlackLine solutions and was an SAP project manager at IMSHealth.

Robi Gone, IT Manager Finance Digital Core, Royal Dutch Shell

Robi Gone, IT Manager Finance Digital Core, Royal Dutch Shell

Robi is the IT Manager responsible for Shells S/4 Central Finance program, he is passionate about ERP enabled transformation, using emerging digital technologies to drive further efficiencies and greater business value far greater than is possible today. He has worked is SAP delivery for over 20 years and worked for Deloitte and Accenture before joining Shell.

Vikas Gopal, Global Managing Partner, Finance & Global Shared Services Transformation, TCS

Vikas Gopal, Global Managing Partner, Finance & Global Shared Services Transformation, TCS

Vikas Gopal is the Global Managing Partner, Finance & Shared Services Transformation at Tata Consultancy Services. Vikas has extensive experience advising senior executives on industry trends and strategies for shared services, finance, and digital transformation. Vikas has held leadership roles in consulting and has led the strategy, design, and implementation of several transformative programs.

Daniel J Gwynn, Managing Partner and Global Head of Next Generation Enterprise Transformation Services, TC

Daniel J Gwynn, Managing Partner and Global Head of Next Generation Enterprise Transformation Services, TC

Dan Gwynn has over 25 years of experience assisting global organizations with their most challenging business transformation programs. Dan has advised Fortune 500 companies to drive operational and financial improvements. These efforts have been driven through the implementation of ERP systems, the outsourcing of non-core capabilities, the migration of back office functions to a shared services business model, and the enablement of new technology innovations such as cloud, mobility, and big data.

Thomas Heepe, Senior Manager Ecosystems Strategy, Open Text

Thomas Heepe, Senior Manager Ecosystems Strategy, Open Text

As a Senior Manager Ecosystems Strategy at OpenText, Thomas is responsible for the strategic success of our Capture and OCR portfolio for the SAP market. Thomas has more than 15 years of experience in the Procure-to-Pay space. Automation of business processes has been his core focus for organizations of all sizes and industries. Thomas has deep knowledge of ECM in combination with SAP, especially in the field of image and data capture, process automation and image archiving. Prior to joining OpenText Thomas has held positions with Serrala and SER Group GmbH. In his last role he was the Manager of Solution Architects and a member of the Solution Architects Management team leading and growing an international team of P2P, ECM and Data Management experts. With his extensive knowledge in the areas of thought leadership, process design, project management, and SAP consulting, Thomas is a true expert when it comes to the topics of business process optimization and digital transformation.

Carsten Hilker, Global Solution Owner, SAP S/4HANA / Central Finance, SAP

Carsten Hilker, Global Solution Owner, SAP S/4HANA / Central Finance, SAP

Carsten is a market-driven solution evangelist with global GTM responsibility for SAP / Finance technology capabilities. In his daily activities, he builds and provides solutions that benefit finance organizations, cross-industry. He connects product capabilities with market and customer requirements and demand. Carsten also works with sales execution support through collaboration with business partners, industry and thought leaders.

Fiona Hoeppner, Director, IT, Enterprise Applications, Finance

Fiona Hoeppner, Director, IT, Enterprise Applications, Finance

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John Hume, Sales Consulting Manager, Magnitude

John Hume, Sales Consulting Manager, Magnitude

John Hume leads the Solution Consulting efforts for the SourceConnect products at Magnitude Software, working with SAP over the last 4 years to bring innovative data integration solutions to the Central Finance market.  John brings over 20 years of experience helping companies access and interpret their valuable ERP data using BI, data warehousing and integration applications.

Mike Hyland, SAP NA S/4HANA & Finance Center of Excellence, SAP

Mike Hyland, SAP NA S/4HANA & Finance Center of Excellence, SAP

Mike is a 26 years SAP Veteran focusing on Solutions: S/4HANA ERP Finance, Treasury, GRC, BW, Planning & Consolidations, HANA Db, and Central Finance He has had the opportunity to work with over 550 SAP North American customers over the past 20+ years. In the past 5 years his focus has been on helping build Digital Transformation roadmaps with SAP’s innovative East MU customers. Over 160 of his active customers are now live with the S/4HANA Solution. His philosophy; “Two ears and one mouth; listening twice as much as you talk enables more valuable messaging and collaboration.”

Matthew Jackiewicz, Sr. Director of Product Management, Johnson & Johnson

Matthew Jackiewicz, Sr. Director of Product Management, Johnson & Johnson

Matthew is a value, outcome oriented Senior Director with a wide range of experience spanning digital, analytics, finance / M&A, customer experience / economics, and commercial transformation in partnership with senior stakeholders. He has a proven track record of innovation, trusted partnership, and ability to link strategy with tactics. Matthew has experience in product management for Anaplan, AWS Cloud, SAP Central Finance, ERP, AI / Machine Learning, Advanced Analytics, Robotic Process Automation, ensuring products incorporate Human Centered Design / UX.

Craig Jessep, Head of Reporting Systems, Fonterra

Craig Jessep, Head of Reporting Systems, Fonterra

Craig is a qualified accountant and has over 20 years’ experience in SAP finance across both Europe and New Zealand. Craig has worked in a number of Finance and IT roles with Fonterra and has been leading Fonterra's Central Finance journey over the past few years.

Priyank Joshi, Central Finance Practice Lead for North America. SAP America

Priyank Joshi, Central Finance Practice Lead for North America. SAP America

Priyank is a Central Finance NA Lead & SAP Certified Senior Consultant specializing in implementing Central Finance and S/4HANA projects across Oil & Gas, Retail, Manufacturing, and Healthcare Industries. Priyank's enthusiasm for Central Finance topic drives him to help customers adopt innovations and succeed in their Financial Transformation journey. Priyank was a speaker for the TA Cook 2019 pre-conference session & hosted an interactive coffee corner during TA Cook 2020 conference, and has delivered presentations on several Central Finance topics within SAP.

Anand Kangala, Executive Director for One Finance Program, The Home Depot

Anand Kangala, Executive Director for One Finance Program, The Home Depot

Anand is a performance-driven business and technology leader specializing in developing and orchestrating digital transformation strategies to achieve enterprise growth objectives. As the Senior Director, he currently leads The Home Depot's (THD) finance transformation program called 'One Finance,' which leverages SAP technologies to build the foundation for delivering the enterprise vision to deliver the interconnected retail customer experience.

Fredy Karssemakers, Global IT Business Partner DSM Finance & Procurement, DSM

Fredy Karssemakers, Global IT Business Partner DSM Finance & Procurement, DSM

Fredy Karssemakers, a Dutch national working since 2008 for DSM in various roles connecting the business and IT function. Before that, he worked 10 years for Philips Healthcare as program manager for larger transformation projects in various domains with a strong link to IT. As digital partner for finance, he’s shaping and co-creating the digital future for finance. The current Impulse program will be a key enabler for DSM to accelerate digital initiative in automation and advanced analytics. Living together with his current wife Nina and 2 kittens (Luna & Smokey) in the southern part of the Netherlands.

Kyle Lawrence, Director, SAP America

Kyle Lawrence, Director, SAP America

Kyle is passionate about working with customers to plan and realize their finance transformations and has worked across multiple industries. He has previously spoken at SAP TechEd, SAP Insider, and ASUG and delivered multiple Central Finance bootcamps and training on the SAP Activate roadmap for S/4HANA for central finance.

Ulf Liljensten, Global Strategy, Industries and SAP Partner Development, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Ulf Liljensten, Global Strategy, Industries and SAP Partner Development, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Ulf is responsible for SAP Strategic Transformation and strategy within the AWS Beyond Infrastructure team. This team focuses on using AWS innovation to bring customers and partners more value from their SAP investments.  Ulf is a seasoned technology executive with more than 20 years of experience from technology consulting, enterprise analytics and large scale product development.

Prior to joining AWS, Ulf co-founded and served as CTO for Biswise, an SAP and Celonis consulting partner. Ulf has also held leading positions with SAP, Intuit, First Data, Sun Microsystems, Quark and Oracle.

Ulf thrives on building agile, high performing teams that consistently exceeds expectations. He has received awards at Fortune 500 companies for high performance, innovation and strong services delivery.

Ulf holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Physics from Chalmers University as well as an MBA from the University of Gothenburg. Ulf resides from Gothenburg, Sweden but has worked extensively in Silicon Valley and Boulder, CO.

Michael Marcelo, Senior Consultant, Global Consulting Delivery, SAP America

Michael Marcelo, Senior Consultant, Global Consulting Delivery, SAP America

Michael Marcelo is a Certified Senior Consultant with the NA Planning and Analysis services team. He has been a Planning and Analysis practitioner for the last 10 years and has been with SAP for the past 20 years.

Mary Martens, Sr Manager SAP Applications, Perrigo

Mary Martens, Sr Manager SAP Applications, Perrigo

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Brett McGee, Platinum Principal Consultant, Data and Technology Services, SAP America

Brett McGee, Platinum Principal Consultant, Data and Technology Services, SAP America

Brett is an SAP Certified Platinum Principal Consultant specializing in Central Finance delivery and enablement since 2015. With a unique understanding of the Central Finance framework, deep knowledge of the underlying technologies and passion for learning and innovation, Brett not only supports Customers in the successful implementation of Central Finance in SAP S/4HANA, but also plays key roles internally at SAP through leading and supporting internal Central Finance initiatives, supporting development of cutting edge Central Finance solutions and delivering training content for SAP Education.

Denise McGuigan, Principal and US SAP Finance Market Offering Leader, Deloitte

Denise McGuigan, Principal and US SAP Finance Market Offering Leader, Deloitte

Denise has more than 17 years of experience supporting US-based and global clients with technology-enabled business transformation programs. As a Senior Digital Finance transformation leader, she helps design, develop, and deliver world-class capabilities. Her focus is largely on the SAP platform (both on-prem and Cloud) as an enabler of change in regional, national, and global corporations. Her most recent experience includes managing large, complex Digital Enterprise Finance transformation programs using enabling technologies such as cognitive, machine learning, process automation, and predictive analytics. Denise leads the Deloitte US Finance Market Offering focused on delivering innovative solutions and simplifying the CFO organization.

Pranit Mehta, SAP Business Process Consultant, SAP India

Pranit Mehta, SAP Business Process Consultant, SAP India

Pranit is a Central Finance Consultant, part of SAP CFIN Delivery Factory, has a passion to deliver Customer Projects leveraging latest innovations with SAP Intelligent Technologies. Leads SAP iRPA initiative for Central Finance Community.

Matthias Nießen, Senior Manager Ecosystems Strategy, Open Text

Matthias Nießen, Senior Manager Ecosystems Strategy, Open Text

As a Senior Manager Ecosystems strategy, Matthias focuses on finance and procurement excellence. Matthias is passionate about helping organizations use digital technologies to optimize critical business processes eliminating risk and maximizing outcome. He has worked in numerous engineering, consulting, and marketing leadership roles during his 23 years at OpenText.

Dinesh Parapperi, Senior Director - Global Functions IT, HP-E

Dinesh Parapperi, Senior Director - Global Functions IT, HP-E

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Mike Polaha, Sr. Vice President, Finance, Johnson & Johnson

Mike Polaha, Sr. Vice President, Finance, Johnson & Johnson

Woven into my career history are achievements in facilitating financial transparency, preserving effectiveness of the finance function while increasing efficiencies, lowering costs and generating savings, and functioning as a strategic partner to help steer overall business strategy/direction and improve bottom-line results. I have in-depth finance process knowledge, experience in implementing enabling technologies, and strengths in mobilizing and sustaining governance models to facilitate global design and sustain process alignment. I am skilled at executing finance transformation initiatives in complex organizational structures and in collecting, disseminating, and translating worldwide data into accurate, actionable information to guide business decision making. I take a practical, pragmatic approach in determining interim state projects to add to the bottom-line while building strategic road map to improve long-term financial position. Mike is recognized leader, speaker, expert in the area of Finance Transformation and Enabling Finance Technologies.

Sjef Quaedvlieg, Solution Architect Finance & Control, Information Management/Center of Expertise IT Capabilities, AkzoNobel

Sjef Quaedvlieg, Solution Architect Finance & Control, Information Management/Center of Expertise IT Capabilities, AkzoNobel

Sjef has 25+ years of experience implementing SAP applications across the world for companies ranging from 250mm to 30bn in the role of principal consultant, leading teams of different sizes, in the role of project manager and in the role of solution architect. For a 5 year period Sjef managed an IT department responsible for both infrastructure and applications in the Americas, which included directing several large SAP ERP projects as well as the implementation of SAP Hybris, requiring regular updates to executive leadership. Sjef is currently appointed as the lead architect for the Central Finance project for AkzoNobel.

Jessica Raymond, Principal Architect, Global Consulting Delivery, SAP America

Jessica Raymond, Principal Architect, Global Consulting Delivery, SAP America

Jessica is a Certified Principal Architect who focuses on customer success through the delivery of planning and consolidation solutions at SAP. She is passionate about partnering with clients to solve business challenges, accelerate innovation, and plan for future growth. With over a decade of SAP implementation experience, she has helped bridge the gap between business challenges and technological innovations for clients both in the public and private sectors.

Suzy Ricklefs, Director, Integration & Finance Systems, Newmont Mining

Suzy Ricklefs, Director, Integration & Finance Systems, Newmont Mining

Suzy has worked for Newmont the past 17-years in a wide variety of Finance functions, including Financial Reporting, Investor Relations, Business Planning, and Operations and Projects Accounting.  Suzy is currently leading the Global Business Process function that governs Finance systems and processes; and has spent the last two years managing system and process integration work including the deployment of Central Finance in 2020 and moving the month-end close process to S/4 HANA with a scheduled go-live in January 2022.  Suzy has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Iowa and earned her CPA while working as an auditor at Ernst & Young.

Ryan Scott, Associate Partner in IBM’s SAP Practice, IBM

Ryan Scott, Associate Partner in IBM’s SAP Practice, IBM

Ryan has over with over 15 years of SAP consulting experience, spanning sales, solutioning, and delivery. His area of expertise is working with multi-national clients to co-create the roadmap and business case for their journey to S/4HANA. Another key focus is IBM's Enhanced Program Launch (EPL), in which he leads IBM and client teams as they shift to hybrid agile delivery of complex SAP programs. Ryan also spearheads IBM's SAP-as-a-Service offering, which brings together IBM Services' capabilities for SAP design, build, and run with the flexibility offered by IBM's Global Financing unit. Prior to this role, Ryan worked in IBM's Global SAP Center of Competency (COC).

Brad Slocumb, Finance Director for One Finance Program, The Home Depot

Brad Slocumb, Finance Director for One Finance Program, The Home Depot

Brad is a business leader within the finance and accounting organization at The Home Depot. As Finance Director, he currently leads the record-to-report and master data workstreams within the finance transformation program called 'One Finance' which leverages SAP technologies to build the foundation for delivering the enterprise vision to deliver the interconnected retail customer experience.

Jorrit van der Steen, Program Manager - SAP Central Finance, Information Management/CIO Office, AkzoNobel

Jorrit van der Steen, Program Manager - SAP Central Finance, Information Management/CIO Office, AkzoNobel

Jorrit is an experienced Change-, Project- and Program Manager in the field of process- and system implementations, rationalizations and change management. With his background in Finance & Control and almost 20 years of experience in Business and IT, Jorrit can bring business and IT (solutions) together and make organizations ready for change. Jorrit joined AkzoNobel 2.5 years ago as program manager for the AkzoNobel SAP Central Finance implementation/roll-out.

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