CEO & Executive Incentives – Success or Failure?
CFO Magazine Australia
by Tom Smith
4d ago
The theory is that by tying a significant portion of executives’ compensation to a company’s performance, the executives will be more motivated to improve the company’s financial and operational outcomes. Why is the base pay not considered sufficient reward for doing one’s job?  Many executives’ base compensation, before short-term or long-term incentives, is extraordinarily high when compared to the average earnings in that business and indeed Australia as a whole. Is there any truth to the statement – “executives expect to be paid to come to work and if they work, they expect extra?” Ho ..read more
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Land of Opportunity > Laeek Afzal, CFO ENTEK International
CFO Magazine Australia
by Emma Foster
4d ago
Since relocating to the United States from Australia five years ago, CFO Laeek Afzal has acclimatised to the local market dynamics, but admits some differences were harder to get used to than others. “The experience has really stretched me, across all areas of being an effective CFO, from the personal side, the technical side and the strategic side,” says the Nevada-based CFO of manufacturer ENTEK, a private-equity backed global producer of battery separators, extruders and parts. Like many Aussie expats, Afzal’s initial move was “strategically opportunistic” rather than planned. As he’s settl ..read more
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A Pipeline to Fuel the Future of Finance > Stephan Anderson, CFO, PepsiCo A/NZ
CFO Magazine Australia
by Richard McBride, Editor | CFO Magazine A/NZ
1w ago
If we fail to build a pipeline of finance talent that includes more than just accountants, we risk going back to the old days of finance as a function rather than a strategic partner to the business, says PepsiCo A/NZ CFO Stephan Anderson. CFO Magazine A/NZ Editor, Richard McBride, had the opportunity to sit down with Stephan and discuss smarter ways to attract and retain the right people as the traditional talent pipeline scales back due to offshoring and automation. RM – Stephan, thank you for speaking with CFO Magazine A/NZ. Your thoughts about the future of the finance planning talent pipe ..read more
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Low-Cost Digital Transformation > A CFO Perspective
CFO Magazine Australia
by Tariq Munir
2w ago
I recently wrote a piece for CFO Magazine A/NZ in which I talked about how SMEs can Digitally Transform their business and functions without a Fortune 500 budget. Continuing that thought, I had the privilege to sit with the CFO of an Agri-Tech business based out of Indonesia, Ashish Agarwal CFO, Jiva Agriculture. Founded in 2020, Jiva is an Agri-tech business. Ashish Agarwal, CFO | Jiva Jiva is in a scale-up phase, and just like any Finance Function of a start-up in a growing phase, it faces issues like disparate systems, manual processes, and multiple sources of data, to name a few.  Ash ..read more
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Revolving Doors – July 2024
CFO Magazine Australia
by Greg O'Shea, Greg Madden & Kunal Gupta
2w ago
We’re halfway there! Already? Six months down, six to go. Wow, that’s gone quick! Is it just me, or was June an exceptionally cold month? Walking the dog in the mornings was a “chilly” affair, giving an unwanted feel for what Melbournians must experience most of the time! The CFO merry go round continues. June saw the juggernaut of changes continue to flow, with CFO movements recording a 10% uplift to prior month. ASX CFO Moves IN >   Bapcor, leaders in the “unseen parts of every Australian journey”, have appointed interim CFO George Saoud into the permanent role, effective 1 July 2024 ..read more
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Ten Minutes Talking Tech with a CFO!
CFO Magazine Australia
by James Solomons
3w ago
Talking Tech with Kim Jeanneret, CFO > BioPak For this week’s edition of ‘Ten Minutes Talking Tech with a CFO‘, I had the pleasure of connecting with Kim Jeanneret, the CFO of BioPak Pty Ltd, a pioneering, market leading Australian business, in the compostable food packaging industry. Kim shared her insights on capitalising on the latest finance innovations and the role of technology in driving strategic growth. A Trailblazer in Leveraging Technology Kim has long been an avid believer in the power of technology to drive better business outcomes. As highlighted in a 2021 interview with CFO ..read more
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Top Tips > Building & Retaining a Winning Finance Team!
CFO Magazine Australia
by Nina Hendy
1M ago
Award-winning CFO Andrew Mooney attributes his success to having an insatiable curiosity, moving with the times, losing the ego and failing fast. By Nina Hendy. In his own words, CFO Andrew Mooney (CPA) describes himself as being balanced in his judgements and being able to identify an organisation’s true potential. In his LinkedIn profile, he also describes himself as a trouble shooter and agent of change: “I freaking love being an accountant. You get into the guts of a business and find out what works, and what doesn’t. And you get to meet all the parts of the organisation to fix the broken ..read more
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Boardroom Diversity
CFO Magazine Australia
by Jon Brett | Non-Executive Director of Corporate Travel (CTM) & Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee
1M ago
In a previous article published in CFO Magazine A/NZ, titled ‘Transitioning to a Board Role’ I discussed my work in helping women transition from their corporate careers to board roles. I am very passionate about this program and the success it has achieved in bringing more women onto boards. According to the AICD, board diversity is the mix of skills, experiences, backgrounds and characteristics present at the board table. Diversity, in its broadest sense, includes gender, age, ethnicity, cultural background, disability, sexuality, education, and professional experience Proxy advisors take gr ..read more
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Holding the Keys to Growth > Janelle Hopkins, CFO, REA Group
CFO Magazine Australia
by Emma Foster
1M ago
Since Janelle Hopkins joined REA Group as CFO five years ago, the growth of the online real estate advertising company has been nothing short of stellar. CFO Magazine A/NZ’s Emma Foster discusses with Janelle her journey from ‘Post to Property’ and becoming an ASX20 CFO. The ‘levers’ finance chiefs could be pulling in FY25 and how the CFO role continues to evolve and broaden. “It’s a business with a growth mindset, that wants to continue to be the best, and that’s exciting,” says the Melbourne-based executive, previously CFO of Australia Post. On one hand, the audience of its flagship Australi ..read more
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Ten Minutes Talking Tech with a CFO!
CFO Magazine Australia
by James Solomons, Global CFO | Xref
1M ago
Maximising Tech’s Potential: Insights from Andrew Yee Group CFO, Walkinshaw Group As finance leaders look to accelerate their digital transformation, overhauling the technology ecosystem is often a critical first step. I recently spoke with Andrew Yee, Group CFO at Walkinshaw Group, to gain valuable insights into the company’s journey revamping its finance tech stack and the strategic approach they’ve taken to capitalise on the latest innovations transforming the finance function. Recent Impactful Tech Advances & Adopting New Finance Tools Yee highlighted several key trends upending tradi ..read more
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