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Melissa Ahrendt, Director, CFIN Implementation, Perigo

Melissa Ahrendt, Director, CFIN Implementation, Perigo

Melissa is an accounting professional with over 15 years of experience. The last 7 years have been at Perrigo in the Corporate Accounting department with a focus on month-end close and the consolidation process before transitioning to a full-time role on the CFIN implementation project team. Melissa is helping to lead the global implementation of S/4HANA Central Finance, Group Reporting, BPC and SAC in partnership with the IT team.

Mallik V Akumalla, Central Finance Practice Lead – North America Intelligent Delivery Group, SAP

Mallik V Akumalla, Central Finance Practice Lead – North America Intelligent Delivery Group, SAP

Mallikarjun (goes by Mallik) leads Central Finance North America Practice for SAP, has successfully delivered multiple end to end Central Finance Projects, trusted advisor, Influencer, Innovator, Thought Leader, responsible for designing and delivering new Trainings and Certification to Customers, Partners and multiple SAP Teams, passionate to ensure every Central Finance Project worldwide is successful.     

Javaid Awan, Global Solution Owner | S/4HANA / Central Finance, SAP

Javaid Awan, Global Solution Owner | S/4HANA / Central Finance, SAP

Javaid has 25 years of IT experience designing & implementing solutions. He has led business and I.T. transformation projects in finance, procurement, corporate, supply chain and shared services.  He is very hands on individual who can cover processes, architecture, dev ops and delivery. He has held several senior IT positions including, Financial Controller,  Group CIO, head of transformation, head of shared services and led several large transformation projects. He likes to read, cook, gardening and spend time with family and friends.

Molly Boyle, Director, SAP Solutions, Blackline

Molly Boyle, Director, SAP Solutions, Blackline

Molly Boyle is a finance transformation expert with nearly 15 years of experience in public and corporate accounting. As the director of solutions marketing at BlackLine, she is responsible for helping companies see the value of accounting automation and for delivering positioning and messaging to help them achieve their modern accounting goals.  

Prior to joining BlackLine, Molly spent 7 years as a Corporate Accounting leader where she coordinated the global close process and led the close optimization efforts at a larger retailer. Molly also spent 6 years in the assurance practice at EY executing and overseeing the financial statement audits of a variety of clients in the technology and manufacturing industries.  

Juliana Cavotti, CFIN Tech Lead Solutions, ABInBev

Juliana Cavotti, CFIN Tech Lead Solutions, ABInBev

Almost 10 years experience at Ab-InBev. I started as SAP specialist in Global CoE team, migrating to G-ERP Latam implementation and later to Global delivery team, being at first responsible for compliance and HR analytics projects and now part of CFIN/MDM/SAC implementation

Kristi Choate, Associate Partner, EA Change and Learning, Cross Sector, IBM

Kristi Choate, Associate Partner, EA Change and Learning, Cross Sector, IBM

Kristi Choate is an Associate Partner with IBM’s SAP Practice. In this role, she develops end-to-end change strategies with her clients and provides leadership and guidance for successful implementation. Kristi frequently helps clients create employee- centric change and learning journeys that take advantage of innovative and personalized techniques.

In her over 20 years in Global Business Services, she has demonstrated consulting leadership in organizational change strategy spanning the Financial Service, Industrial, and Communications Sectors. Her specialty is leading organizational change teams in support of large SAP transformations. She excels in people leadership, learning strategy creation, change strategy development, executive alignment, stakeholder engagement, and maximizing team performance.

Most recently, Kristi to leading the change integration of a communications client as they integrate multiple acquisitions enabled by SAP S/4HANA.

Doug Corpuel, Senior Director, Magnitude

Doug Corpuel, Senior Director, Magnitude

Doug Corpuel is a Senior Director leading the SourceConnect practice at Magnitude Software. As a seasoned sales leader and successful entrepreneur, Doug’s passion for new technologies is contagious

Tim Curtin, Solution Specialist, Z Option by Magnitude

Tim Curtin, Solution Specialist, Z Option by Magnitude

Tim Curtin has been in his role of Solution Specialist with Z Option by Magnitude for over eight years.  Prior to joining Z Option, Tim worked in many different roles within the natural gas and retail propane industries. He has served as Project Manager, Budget Analyst, Regional Accounting Manager, and Manager of Operational Partnership Accounting. Tim’s extensive hands-on SAP experience allows him to work with various SAP customers to assist their overall business needs.  

Collette Davies, Central Finance Process Manager, Chevron

Collette Davies, Central Finance Process Manager, Chevron

Collette Davies is an accountant who has worked at Chevron for 12 years, 10 in their Australian operations and 2 in the USA on the Central Finance project in Chevron HQ. On the Central Finance project, Collette represents the finance function and is responsible for reporting, solution build and security. Prior to joining Chevron in Australia, Collette had a 15 year successful career in consulting, based out of London, specializing in ERP implementations and business process optimization across the globe for various clients.  

Julien Delvat, Program Manager – Finance Works , Google

Julien Delvat, Program Manager – Finance Works , Google

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Bastian Distler, Product Manager, SAP

Bastian Distler, Product Manager, SAP

Bastian Distler is Chief Product Owner for the product “Central Finance”. He started his career at SAP in 2003 and has always been involved in integration topics between Finance and several components of Enterprise Resource Planning. From the first days of Central Finance in 2014, he was driving this product as a product manager.

Angela Drautz, Head of Group Treasury, Altana

Angela Drautz, Head of Group Treasury, Altana

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Robert Ersoni, Vice President, Global Business Services, Excelitas Technologies Corp

Robert Ersoni, Vice President, Global Business Services, Excelitas Technologies Corp

Rob has over 20 years’ experience in IT supporting infrastructure and security. Recently, Rob has been challenged with leading Excelitas’ business transformation. He is establishing a roadmap and strategy to build out a Global Business Services (Shared Services) organization as well as lead the overall Finance transformation, including the implementation of SAP Central Finance. Rob is passionate for cycling, building furniture as well as making wine, none of which he has any free time to enjoy today given all going on.

John Froelich, VP Strategy and Marketing, Bramasol

John Froelich, VP Strategy and Marketing, Bramasol

As VP of Strategy and Marketing, John is responsible for working with the CEO to develop a broad long and near term strategy for the company and developing and leading marketing and demand generation programs. He brings over 30 years of global marketing and sales experience to this role.

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

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

Septimiu is a certified FI/CO Consultant with the main focus on Central Finance, based in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He was involved in multiple Central Finance projects, from Proof of Concepts to full cycle Central Finance Implementations. Septimiu’s passion for technology and Central Finance drives him to help customers achieve successful implementation projects and become a trusted advisor along the path of their Finance Transformation Journey.

Marcos Henriques, VP Global Projects and Operations Solutions, ABInBev

Marcos Henriques, VP Global Projects and Operations Solutions, ABInBev

Over 17 years with AB-InBev with experience in finance, logistics, marketing and solutions, with several years on senior roles in finance including Vice President Finance for one of ABI’s regions and Global Vice President Marketing – Finance and Strategy. Currently Global Vice President leading the Central Finance implementation

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

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

Carsten is the global solution owner for Central Finance at SAP. He has been working in the field of financial and management accounting for 20+ years in various roles including development, consulting, and product management. 

John Hume, Solution Consulting Leader, Magnitude

John Hume, Solution Consulting Leader, Magnitude

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

Robert Jenkins, Business Architect, SAP

Robert Jenkins, Business Architect, SAP

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Priyank Joshi, Business Process Senior Consultant - Intelligent Delivery Group – LoB Finance, SAP

Priyank Joshi, Business Process Senior Consultant - Intelligent Delivery Group – LoB Finance, SAP

Priyank is an 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 the 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 and has delivered presentations on several Central Finance topics within SAP.

Lindsay Klocko, Business Process Consultant, SAP

Lindsay Klocko, Business Process Consultant, SAP

Lindsay is a PMP and S/4HANA Finance certified consultant. She has experience working as a project manager for Central Finance projects and now focuses on S/4HANA implementations. Lindsay worked closely with the team to create the new Central Finance Roadmap and is passionate about helping customers realize their finance transformations. 

Scott Koren, Associate Partner, IBM

Scott Koren, Associate Partner, IBM

Scott Koren is an Associate Partner in IBM Enterprise Applications Integration and leads the IBM EA Value Engineering practice.  In this role, Mr. Koren helps IBM clients define their unique value proposition and create the financial case for change for their EA-enabled business transformations.  Mr. Koren also plays a leadership role in EA offering development and helps IBM clients define integrated solutions.  Prior to joining the EAI team, Mr. Koren was a strategy and operations consultant for over 15 years.  He has helped clients across diverse industries identify and capitalize on market opportunities while addressing their top strategic and operational challenges.  Mr. Koren has consulted to senior executive clients across numerous industries including electronics, financial services, aerospace and defense, consumer packaged goods, natural resources, retail, and utilities.  As a strategy consultant with extensive experience, Mr. Koren brings a rigorous, structured approach to addressing issues and achieving outcomes while remaining flexible to clients’ cultures.

Amber Krummes, Central Finance IT Manager, Chevron

Amber Krummes, Central Finance IT Manager, Chevron

Amber Krummes is an ERP Product Manager who has worked at Chevron for 19 years.  Amber is on Chevron’s Central Finance program leadership team, representing the IT function, primarily responsible for architecture standards and oversight and transition from project to operations. Amber began her career as an SAP Accounts Payable functional analyst working her way thru various ERP implementations and Corporate IT manager roles.

Niels Kuehnemann, SAP

Niels Kuehnemann, SAP

Niels Kuehnemann is a Business Process Consultant at SAP, based in Berlin. Niels loves Central Finance solution, actively contributed with his Team to build the new SAP Central Finance Activate Roadmap and eager to share this with Central Finance community to ensure Customer success. 

Kyle Lawrence, SAP

Kyle Lawrence, SAP

Kyle is a Consulting Director at SAP for the SAP S/4HANA Finance and Central Finance practice.  Kyle is passionate about working with customers 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 boot camps and training on the SAP Activate roadmap for S/4HANA for central finance.

Rodrigo Mantovani, Services Architecture Expert | Customer Success LAC Services LA Central Finance Practice Lead, SAP

Rodrigo Mantovani, Services Architecture Expert | Customer Success LAC Services LA Central Finance Practice Lead, SAP

Rodrigo Mantovani has a degree in Computer Engineering and Graduate in Finance and Project Management. He is a Services Architecture Expert in Finance for more than 08 years at SAP Brazil, responsible for designing and delivering integrated solutions, from strategy to execution. SAP certified consultant Professional & Associate in many solutions SAP ERP, S/4HANA and SAP Enterprise Architect. Currently works as an Business Architect specializes in implementing Finance solutions SAP S/4HANA Central Finance leading the SAP Latin America Central Finance practice.

Elizabeth Milne, Sr. Director, Product Marketing, SAP

Elizabeth Milne, Sr. Director, Product Marketing, SAP

Elizabeth Milne has over 20 years of experience improving the software solutions for multi-national, multi-billion dollar organizations. Her finance career began working at Walt Disney then Warner Bros in the areas of financial consolidation, budgeting, and financial reporting. She subsequently moved to the software industry and has held positions including implementation consultant & manager, account executive, pre-sales consultant and solution management at SAP, Business Objects and Cartesis. She currently manages the accounting and financial close portfolio for Global SAP Product Marketing. 

Krzysztof Noste, EMEA RTR Delivery Manager, Stanley Black & Decker

Krzysztof Noste, EMEA RTR Delivery Manager, Stanley Black & Decker

Krzysztof is an RTR Delivery Manager with hands-on experience in BlackLine Account Reconciliation and Task modules, currently beginning to work on implementation of Journal Entry module. During last two years he supported S/4HANA Central Finance implementation for Stanley Black and Decker in EMEA focusing on Reporting and integration with Analysis for Office. He’s passionate about new capabilities of S/4HANA Central Finance and the benefits it has brought in terms of providing common reporting framework and driving master data and process harmonization. In previous roles Krzysztof worked as Financial Controller and RTR Accounting Manager.

Laura Petrie, SAP Finance Project Manager - Accounting Dept, Newell Brands

Laura Petrie, SAP Finance Project Manager - Accounting Dept, Newell Brands

Laura Petrie is SAP Finance Project Manager at Newell Brands, an American worldwide marketer of consumer and commercial products headquartered in Atlanta, GA. She is a CPA and spent 10 years in Accounting before transitioning to IT. Laura joined Newell in 2010 as a member of the SAP global implementation project, working in the areas of fixed assets, GL and internal orders. She led the global SAP implementation project at Newell and was part of the initial rollout of Z Option’s GLSU solution for EMEA, utilizing it as a tool for the Fixed Asset and Internal Order data conversion process and for users posting journal entries on a daily basis. Z Option GLSU was subsequently incorporated into the GL conversion process as part of the LATAM and APAC implementations. Laura provides the training for GLSU for all of Newell’s implementations worldwide.

Thomas Rust, Partner - SAP Service Line, IBM

Thomas Rust, Partner - SAP Service Line, IBM

Tom Rust is a Partner in IBM's Global SAP practice. He has over 25 years of business experience focusing in finance business process and technology consulting in ERP packages. He leads overall ERP engagements in both SAP and Oracle solutions, implementing solutions on a global scale, in countries including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, and Spain. Experience in SAP/ERP includes implementation of S/4 HANA, Business Planning & Consolidation, full suite of SAP modules, and Tax solutions. Within IBM he serves as the RTR Service Area Lead for the SAP Service Line across North America. Practice management responsibilities included utilization target setting and achievement, firm relationship develop with client executives, recruiting, staffing, year-end rating calibration, salary/bonus and spot bonus allocation, promotions, knowledge capital development, and community communication. 

Michele Salvador, Finance Project Manager Solutions, ABInBev

Michele Salvador, Finance Project Manager Solutions, ABInBev

11-year experience at AB-InBev. I started in Canada accounting operations, migrating later to Ambev Internal Controls team, being responsible for SOX controls. Currently, I´m managing the implementation of Global Finance Projects

Anastasia Siniborova, Business Process Consultant, SAP

Anastasia Siniborova, Business Process Consultant, SAP

Anastasia is FI and CO certified consultant with the main focus in the Central Finance area. She likes to help customers on their journey not only in a big transformational projects but also in ones where Central Finance implementation is the end goal itself as it brings different perspective on the benefit and return on investment.  Anastasia has delivered several trainings on the Central Finance before for clients, partners and SAP.

Ava Snaidauf, Senior Consultant, IBM

Ava Snaidauf, Senior Consultant, IBM

Ava Snaidauf is a SAP Finance and Group Reporting expert in IBM's SAP practice. She has been responsible for selling and delivering multiple S/4HANA 6 month to go-live implementations. She is Agile certified and has delivered S/4HANA using the Hybrid Agile approach. Ava has worked closely with her clients to adopt standard wherever possible throughout the entire project lifecycle.

Christian Straub, SAP

Christian Straub, SAP

Christian Straub heads Finance Transformation at SAP in Middle and Eastern Europe. He has extensive experience advising companies on the future of the finance function. Christian is an expert in applying intelligent technologies for process optimization. 

Andrew Stutzman, SAP Value Architect, BlackLine

Andrew Stutzman, SAP Value Architect, BlackLine

Andrew Stutzman has nearly 10 years of experience in the SAP Financial Systems space.  Currently, he is an SAP Value Architect at BlackLine.  In his role, Andrew is responsible for helping organizations evaluate BlackLine’s solutions, identify use cases, and demonstrate value via business cases.  Prior to BlackLine, Andrew has been an SAP Finance and Accounting end-user, an SAP FI-CO Technical Analyst, and a Product Manager in the SAP Partner ecosystem.  Andrew has worked with over 200 SAP customers on financial process improvement initiatives and holds a Certified Product Manager credential from the Association of International Product Marketing & Management.

Richard van der Sanden, ERP Transformation Solution Architect, Corporate Systems Group,, Verizon

Richard van der Sanden, ERP Transformation Solution Architect, Corporate Systems Group,, Verizon

Richard van der Sanden is the lead Solution Architect overseeing Verizon's Finance transformation to SAP S/4HANA. The SAP suite of solutions implemented in support of Account to Report and External Financial Reporting includes S/4HANA, Central Finance, MDG, Profitability and Performance Management (PaPM), Group Reporting, E/HANA, BOBJ and SAP Analytics Cloud. Richard has over 20 years of Communications & Media Order to Cash and Finance business and technology experience in which he successfully completed a number of multi-year, large-scale ERP Finance transformation programs.

Jeff Will, Global IT BRM Finance, Goodyear

Jeff Will, Global IT BRM Finance, Goodyear

Jeff Will, Global Business Relationship Manager for Finance, is responsible for managing the journey of standardizing financial processes while implementing Global systems. Jeff has spent his entire career in IT through successful positions of increasing responsibility, including roles with SAP CoE, Enterprise Data Warehouse, Applications Development, and Financial Transformation. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the John Carroll University and a Masters of Business Administration from University of Akron.

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