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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.

Francina Bata, SAP Program Director, Zurich North America

Francina Bata, SAP Program Director, Zurich North America

Francina Bata manages the Zurich North America SAP Platform. Francina was part of S/4HANA Implementation team as IT Project Manager for S/4HANA Finance. Fran has over 20 years of Insurance IT experience in variety of roles.

Katherine Becraft, Senior Manager, BlackLine

Katherine Becraft, Senior Manager, BlackLine

Katherine Becraft, CPA is an accounting leader with nearly 10 years of experience in public accounting, corporate accounting, and financial reporting. As the senior manager of solutions marketing at BlackLine, she is responsible for helping guide companies on their path to modern accounting and for delivering messaging on how companies can optimize the financial close. Prior to joining BlackLine, Katherine spent 6 years as a Corporate Accounting and Financial Reporting leader at a large retailer and 3 years in the assurance practice at PwC. 

Yoann Busigny, Director | Finance and Performance, Deloitte Consulting

Yoann Busigny, Director | Finance and Performance, Deloitte Consulting

Yoann is a Director for Deloitte Consulting LLP. He has deep expertise on consolidation and financial reporting and the associated solutions and system architecture. He has gained hands on functional and technical experience on multiple CPM transformations. He helps clients design smart, practical processes and applications that add value to the end-user and in that capacity he is currently acting as a Subject Matter Expert for DSM’s implementation of SAP Group Reporting for consolidation. Among other initiatives, Yoann also leads Deloitte’s Global taskforce and alliance for SAP Group Reporting.

Jürgen Butsmann, Solution Management SAP S/4HANA, SAP

Jürgen Butsmann, Solution Management SAP S/4HANA, SAP

Jürgen has been an SAP Employee since 1997 and he currently works as a Head EMEA, Business Development for SAP S/4HANA. He is also Head of Analytics in the Global Business Development for SAP S/4HANA.

Before his current role, Jürgen has held the following positions inside SAP: 2007-2011 Business Development Enterprise Performance Management 1997-2007 Consulting for EC EIS, SAP NetWeaver BW, SEM and EPM.

Christoph Bürgmayr-Posseth, Senior Business Analyst Finance, Continous Improvements Finance, Magna Automotive Europe

Christoph Bürgmayr-Posseth, Senior Business Analyst Finance, Continous Improvements Finance, Magna Automotive Europe

Christoph Bürgmayr-Posseth works for MAGNA for more than 12 years in various positions in the Finance Area. After working for some years in the MAGNA SAP Innovations Team supporting to create an SAP ECC on premise template Christoph took over the technical project lead for the first implementation of SAP S/4HANA Public cloud within MAGNA. Since then, Christoph is responsible for the cloud system and the continuous improvement of finance processes within the Global IT and Corporate entities.

Gina Carson, Advanced Application Analyst, General Mills

Gina Carson, Advanced Application Analyst, General Mills

Gina Carson is an Advanced Application Analyst on the Digital & Technology FP&A Capabilities team at General Mills. During her time there she has been closely involved in the implementation, hypercare, support, and enhancement of the Corporate FP&A tool in SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC). She supports several business groups that operate in SAC as well as other applications.

Tim Curtin, Solution Specialist, Magnitude Software

Tim Curtin, Solution Specialist, Magnitude Software

Tim Curtin is a Solution Specialist with Magnitude, providing innovative, Excel-based process automation tools for the SAP finance user.  Tim brings over 15 years of extensive hands-on SAP experience – first as a Magnitude customer himself – and now assisting companies with their various overall business needs and solving business user challenges.

Dr. Gero Decker, General Manager for Business Process Intelligence, SAP

Dr. Gero Decker, General Manager for Business Process Intelligence, SAP

Dr. Gero Decker is General Manager for Business Process Intelligence at SAP. He was previously co-founder and CEO of Signavio, a leading provider of process management software with over 2,000 customers and more than 500 employees worldwide, which was acquired by SAP in early 2021.

Gero holds a PhD in Business Process Management from the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Germany, and is a globally-recognized thought leader in process management and business transformation.

David Dixon, Partner, TruQua, an IBM Company

David Dixon, Partner, TruQua, an IBM Company

David Dixon is a partner at TruQua, an IBM Company and a featured speaker worldwide SAP conferences. He co-authored the book Mastering the SAP Business Information Warehouse with Bill Inmon, and has written white papers on business intelligence and enterprise performance management. David started his career in 1995 as a FI-CO consultant with SAP specializing in financial consolidations, product costing, and profitability analysis with particular expertise in ERP information systems and tools. David is not only an executive and practicing consultant, but also a hands-on developer with skills that span functional and technical domains. He has worked with SAP's development team in Walldorf and Palo Alto in support of applications and initiatives in the SAP S/4HANA, EPM, and BI spaces.

Fabian Erbach, Vice President, BPI Center of Excellence APJ and Gr. China Business Process Intelligence, SAP

Fabian Erbach, Vice President, BPI Center of Excellence APJ and Gr. China Business Process Intelligence, SAP

Fabian is a global business process expert and member of the SAP BPI Center of Excellence, focusing on the adoption and roll-out of Business Process Intelligence in Asia. Fabian has over 20 years of experience in business process management and transformation and has helped numerous large clients to develop and improve their transformation projects, working with SAP Activate, Enterprise Architecture frameworks and SAP’s innovation portfolio. His range of work covers the design and roll-out of global standard operating models, management of major transformation projects and delivering innovation around Machine Learning and Blockchain.

 Prior to joining the BPI team, Fabian was working in SAP as a VP Finance for GRC and as Chief Consultant in the Business Transformation Team. Before SAP, he worked at IDS Scheer/Software AG as Head of Centre of Excellence for Process Driven SAP in Germany and as Senior Consulting Manager in Australia. In Singapore, he was leading the South-East Asia business for the Litmus Group (now PWC) as Managing Partner.

Thibaut GAUTRET, ERP Solutions Project Manager, VINCI Energies Information Systems

Thibaut GAUTRET, ERP Solutions Project Manager, VINCI Energies Information Systems

Thibaut has worked for the last 7 years within VINCI Energies. His responsibilities include having run
ERP roll-outs on Analytics & Controlling, Mobility & UX Project for 3 years and he is now in charge of
various innovation initiatives around ERP and technologies.

Dr. Gerhard Gilarowski, Product Owner, Finance, ConVista Consulting AG

Dr. Gerhard Gilarowski, Product Owner, Finance, ConVista Consulting AG

Gerhard Gilarowski is an SAP senior consultant with more than 22 years of experience in national and international SAP implementation, support and roll-out projects. He is an expert in SAP Finance and Treasury components and supports customers with his expertise in all project phases. As SAP Project Manager, he has been part of ConVista since 2010.

Samuel Gonzalez, Managing Partner, Finance, ConVista Consulting AG

Samuel Gonzalez, Managing Partner, Finance, ConVista Consulting AG

Samuel Gonzalez has more than 20 years of project experience in SAP implementation with focus on financial accounting and treasury. He is an expert in designing SAP Financials components and also deals with system integration and landscape transformation. He has been a Managing Partner at ConVista for 8 years.

Dr. Tobias Groß, Accounting Expert, Corporate Financial Reporting, SAP

Dr. Tobias Groß, Accounting Expert, Corporate Financial Reporting, SAP

Tobias joined SAP in 2016 as part of Corporate Financial Reporting. He is responsible for the preparation of SAP's management report and is a member of the project team for SAP's integrated report. Before SAP, Tobias worked for a chartered accounting firm.

Fredy Karssemakers, Digital Partner Finance–Risk–COA-Legal, DSM Group Business Services

Fredy Karssemakers, Digital Partner Finance–Risk–COA-Legal, DSM Group Business Services

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

Maximilian Köbler, Global Solution Owner Advanced Financial Closing, Solution Management Finance, SAP SE

Maximilian Köbler, Global Solution Owner Advanced Financial Closing, Solution Management Finance, SAP SE

Maximilian is working at SAP SE as the Global Solution Owner for Advanced Financial Closing. He has many years of experience in various finance consulting roles across different industries and regions and author of a professional book about SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

Ram Krishna Singh (RK), Technology Lead, SAP Finance Transformation Program, Standard Chartered Bank

Ram Krishna Singh (RK), Technology Lead, SAP Finance Transformation Program, Standard Chartered Bank

RK is the Aspire SAP Infra/Basis Lead at Standard Chartered Bank. He has over 15 years of IT experience in banking industry. Prior to SCB he led the Murex practice for Citibank.

Anshuman Kumar, North Americas SAP Financial Services Insights & Data Lead, Capgemini

Anshuman Kumar, North Americas SAP Financial Services Insights & Data Lead, Capgemini

Anshuman Kumar Leads Capgemini Americas SAP Financial Services Insights & Data. Over last 23 years Anshu has delivered 29 SAP projects, which includes seven Digital-Cloud transformations of Corporate Finance Systems, including three S/4HANA Projects.

Mark Lambert, Finance Functional Lead Department: _VOIS Intelligent Operations, Vodafone

Mark Lambert, Finance Functional Lead Department: _VOIS Intelligent Operations, Vodafone

Having spent his entire career in Finance, Mark has worked for Vodafone for the past 17 years. Initially, Mark led the Finance Operations Shared Services team in Vodafone UK before working on the EVO Programme (the introduction of a single SAP instance to Vodafone). After that, Mark performed the Global Process Lead Role for R2R for 3 years before taking up his role as Finance Functional Lead where he has been responsible for the functional elements of the S15 Programme and the S4 HANA Programme in recent years.

Stuart Lee, Head of Technology, SAP Finance Transformation, Standard Chartered Bank

Stuart Lee, Head of Technology, SAP Finance Transformation, Standard Chartered Bank

Stuart Lee is the Aspire SAP Finance Transformation Head of Technology. He worked previously in consulting with Accenture and IBM.  Stuart also has experience in the banking industry with Barclays and Deutsche Bank. 

Vincent Leinenbach, Group Vice President Accounting & Reporting, MBCC Group

Vincent Leinenbach, Group Vice President Accounting & Reporting, MBCC Group

Vincent Leinenbach joined MBCC Group as Group Vice President in January 2020. MBCC Group was carved out from BASF and sold to a private equity company in September 2020. In his current role, he built up the Group Accounting & Reporting department ground up, implemented SAP S/4 HANA for Group Reporting and standardized the group reporting processes. Prior to this role, he worked more than 10 years at BASF where he held various global and regional leadership positions in Germany and Hong Kong in the areas of Finance, Controlling and M&A.

Kornelia Maier,  Title VP, Co-Head Solution Management Accounting and Central Finance, SAP

Kornelia Maier, Title VP, Co-Head Solution Management Accounting and Central Finance, SAP

Kornelia Maier is co-leading the Solution Management for Accounting and Central Finance at SAP. She is driving the solution portfolio strategy as well as the go-to-market in this solution area. She has 18 years experience in the area of SAP Finance, owning divers roles in consulting, presales and software engineering. Kornelia lead various finance implementation projects in the past. She was a Project Lead in the SAP-internal adoption of SAP S/4HANA Finance and part of the Strategic Program Office of Finance Engineering.

Jack Moloney, Technology Architect, Intelligent Technologies, SAP

Jack Moloney, Technology Architect, Intelligent Technologies, SAP

Jack Moloney is a Platform and Technology Architect for SAP with a strong focus in automation and Intelligent Technology architecture, Jack's extensive SAP platform background and experience throughout Asia and Europe allows him to leverage his knowledge to help customers optimize existing business process and move to the Intelligent enterprise.

Vicente Monsanto, North America SAP Financial Services Practice Leader Insights & Data | Financial Services, Capgemini

Vicente Monsanto, North America SAP Financial Services Practice Leader Insights & Data | Financial Services, Capgemini

Vicente Monsanto leads Capgemini’s SAP FS Practice in NA. He has over 24 years in consulting in the areas of solution design, implementation, configuration, training, and project management. Vicente has been working in the SAP arena for over 20 years with over 10 years of project management and operations experience. He is experienced in cross industry and global business operations solving a
variety of business needs.

Kashmira Patel, Vice President, Global Head of Alliances, Capgemini UK Plc

Kashmira Patel, Vice President, Global Head of Alliances, Capgemini UK Plc

Kashmira Patel is the Vice President, Global Head of Alliances at Capgemini Financial Services. She is responsible for Capgemini’s global portfolio of financial services alliances, of which she doubled the headcount to 16+ alliances across 5 portfolios, with the same budget, leveraging a mix of on/offshore resources. She grew strategic alliances alone from 230M to 1.3Bn, drove 3x pipelines, delivered 30-55% YoY growth, incremental +200M Euro bookings with new partners and received 40+ partner awards. She created a diverse team of highly experienced and developing ‘leaders of tomorrow’ talent, whilst vastly improving diversity in the team, leading to her being awarded ambassador for diversity on International Women’s Day, March 2021.Before joining Capgemini, Kashmira spent 11+ years at Microsoft leading the Microsoft and SAP joint venture solution.

Manuel Pol, IT Financial Systems Director, Cyxtera Technologies

Manuel Pol, IT Financial Systems Director, Cyxtera Technologies

Manny is the IT Financial Systems Director at Cyxtera Technologies, where he brings to the business by delivering enterprise solutions to complex business challenges. Prior to Cyxtera, Manny led the SAP support team at Spirit Airlines where he oversaw the delivery of SAP integrated solutions and overall SAP maintenance. Manny holds 16 years of experience in IT with a focus on SAP for the last 10 years. His holistic view of SAP delivers strategic approaches when evaluating and delivering solutions that need to integrate with SAP. Manny has built a rapport with key business lead as resources that bring value and deliver solutions while keeping the end-goals in mind.

Daniel Pulgaron, VP - Corporate Controller, Cyxtera Technologies

Daniel Pulgaron, VP - Corporate Controller, Cyxtera Technologies

Danny is the VP Corporate Controller at Cyxtera, providing data center colocation and interconnectivity services from a footprint of 60 data centers around the world. He leads all corporate accounting functions and external financial reporting. Danny played a major role in the hiring and building of Cyxtera’s Accounting department and the implementation of all financial systems. Previously at Spirit Airlines as the Assistant Corporate Controller, he completed an SAP FICO implementation and successfully navigated the large accelerated filer through an IPO.

Seth Rachlin, Ph.D. Executive Vice President Global Insurance Industry Leader, Capgemini

Seth Rachlin, Ph.D. Executive Vice President Global Insurance Industry Leader, Capgemini

Dr. Rachlin is currently Executive Vice President and Global Insurance Industry Leader at Capgemini as well as Lecturer in Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

At Capgemini, Dr. Rachlin is responsible for setting the firm’s Insurance industry strategy, managing its relationships within the Insurance technology ecosystem, and for shaping and articulating the company’s perspective on the industry.

Dr. Rachlin is an acknowledged and widely quoted thought leader on topics concerning the intersection of risk and technology. This Spring, he is teaching an original graduate-level course, “Addressing Technology’s Wake: Emerging Risks and the Public Policy Imperative” at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.

Katharina Reichert, Co-Head Solution Management Accounting and Central Finance, SAP

Katharina Reichert, Co-Head Solution Management Accounting and Central Finance, SAP

Katharina is responsible for driving customer success through finance transformation at SAP. 

Katharina will be participating as a keynote presenter and moderator. During her presentation she will be  introducing the new capabilities of S/4HANA for Finance focusing on how to successfully transform into an intelligent finance organization and improve period end-closing activities

Ruediger Rivkin Haag, PRINCIPAL SAP | Insights & Data (I&D), Capgemini

Ruediger Rivkin Haag, PRINCIPAL SAP | Insights & Data (I&D), Capgemini

Ruediger Rivkin Haag is a leader in Capgemini’s Insight & Data Practice. He has over 20 years of experience in in strategic development and execution of value-add Business Analytics, Data and Digitalization scenarios across various industries. Ruediger supports companies to advance their business capabilities and maturity with digital transformation programs, utilizing innovations in the SAP space.

Sandra Roberts, Director, Financial Controllership, OpenText

Sandra Roberts, Director, Financial Controllership, OpenText

Sandra Roberts, CPA, CA is a finance professional with over 25 years of experience in controllership, planning and analysis, public accounting, and finance systems. As the Director, Financial Controller at OpenText, she has been leading the Blackline implementation for the finance team. During her tenure at OpenText, she also spent 8 years as a leader in controllership and 4 years in business planning and analysis. Prior to joining OpenText, Sandra worked in the finance department at a large telecommunications company for 11 years and in the audit practice at Deloitte for 2 years.

Vicky Schillig, Business Consultant, ConVista Consulting

Vicky Schillig, Business Consultant, ConVista Consulting

Vicky Schillig is Business Consultant of ConVista Consulting AG. As a professional expert in finance, she supports customers with their accounting processes and the related software implementation.

Beate Seitz, Expert for SAP & Controlling, Detecon International GmbH

Beate Seitz, Expert for SAP & Controlling, Detecon International GmbH

Beate works in organization and process consulting in the areas of sales, finance and controlling. She has specific experience in the areas of S/4HANA cloud implementation, pricing & IT benchmarking, change management and distribution partnerships.

Suvir Shahani, Cloud Applications Practice Lead, TruQua, an IBM Company

Suvir Shahani, Cloud Applications Practice Lead, TruQua, an IBM Company

Suvir Shahani is the Cloud Applications Practice Lead at TruQua, an IBM Company. Suvir has over 20 years of international experience working with companies to design and architect solution and improve operational efficiencies in the areas of Planning, Consolidations, Accounting & Controlling. He is a Client Partner and Architect with hands-on SAP Analytics Cloud and BPC experience. with deep knowledge of Finance processes.

Vijay Shanbhag, EVP and Global Head – ERP Practice, FS SBU, Capgemini

Vijay Shanbhag, EVP and Global Head – ERP Practice, FS SBU, Capgemini

Vijay Shanbhag is Executive Vice President and Global Head- ERP Practice, Financial Services SBU. He joined Capgemini in 1997 and has been a key leader in growing Capgemini’s presence in India. He has been instrumental in building or growing several business lines during his career at Capgemini. From 2008-13, as part of Local Business Services (LBS), Vijay was responsible for building a top-notch team with end-to-end capabilities focused on the Indian domestic and Middle East markets. Vijay is currently helping to scale the ERP business within FS SBU.

Marc Six, Associate Partner, TruQua, an IBM Company

Marc Six, Associate Partner, TruQua, an IBM Company

Marc Six is an Associate Partner and the SAP S/4HANA and Central Finance practice lead at TruQua, an IBM Company. Marc started his SAP career in the SAP MaxAttention Center of Excellence on the financials team where, among other things, he worked alongside SAP's top clients and SAP Development teams in some of the earliest adoption projects of SAP Simple Finance, Central Finance, and ultimately SAP S/4HANA. Marc also has experience as a senior consultant in the enterprise solutions SAP practice at KPMG. His experience spans from process optimization and design to implementation strategy and delivery.

Trent Smithson, Value Architect, BlackLine

Trent Smithson, Value Architect, BlackLine

Trent is helps BlackLine prospects start their finance transformation journey, recognize the value that BlackLine delivers, and leverage BlackLine’s relationship with SAP. Prior to joining BlackLine, Trent was the Director of SAP Finance at Vivint Smart Home where he managed the relationship between Finance and IT including the SAP S/4HANA Finance greenfield implementation and resulting operations and controls. This included implementation of the BlackLine platform. He has extensive background with finance policies, practices, systems, controls and compliance. Previously, Trent served in finance and information system leadership roles at AGC Flat Glass North America, Brambles, and IBM Corporation.

Andrea Tamasova, Consultant, Detecon International GmbH

Andrea Tamasova, Consultant, Detecon International GmbH

Andrea has 7+ years of experience as an industry SAP professional (electronics / automotive manufacturing). Her primary expertise is in Controlling (CO), Asset Accounting (FI-AA) and Investment Management (IM).

Andrea is a certified S/4HANA Consultant for Management Accounting and Finance with a unique Cloud implementation experience.

Martin Ulrich, Senior Specialist Consolidation, MBCC Group

Martin Ulrich, Senior Specialist Consolidation, MBCC Group

Martin Ulrich joined MBCC Group as Senior Specialist Consolidation in January 2021. MBCC Group was carved out from BASF and sold to a private equity company in September 2020. In his current role, he is responsible for the consolidation process for MBCC Group and the further development of SAP S/4 HANA for Group Reporting. Prior to this role, he worked more than 20 years in group accounting and controlling in the automotive industry where he was responsible for group reporting and consolidation processes and for several implementation projects of reporting tools.

Nilesh Vaidya, Global Industry Leader – Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Capgemini

Nilesh Vaidya, Global Industry Leader – Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Capgemini

Nilesh Vaidya is the global industry leader - retail banking and wealth management. His responsibilities include industry strategy and solutions.  Nilesh led the Banking and Capital market practices comprising retail banking, commercial banking, cards and payments, investment banking, and wealth management. In this role, Nilesh was responsible for developing global Capgemini banking and capital markets domain capabilities. He has delivered large transformation programs for international banks. Nilesh works actively in developing Capgemini’s world report for retail banking.

Kristen Witkowski, Associate Finance Manager, Corporate P&A, General Mills

Kristen Witkowski, Associate Finance Manager, Corporate P&A, General Mills

Kristen Witkowski is a Corporate FP&A Finance Manager and a 26-year employee of General Mills.  She has a breadth of Corporate and Commercial experiences that include decision support and governance roles in Treasury, Supply Chain, Marketing and Sales.  In her current role Kristen has led several transformational projects to advance finance reporting tools and analytic capabilities. Most recently she was accountable for the design, deployment, operation, and sustainment of a new financial consolidation tool for Corporate FP&A in SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC).

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