A year of evolution: CFOs on 2021

A year of evolution: CFOs on 2021

COVID-19 has dominated this year’s headlines and affected lives and livelihoods around the world. It is changing the work of accounting and finance professionals and the organisations they serve in ways that will only be fully understood years from now.

As organisations head to the end of this year, how can they rebuild revenue streams in 2021? Should budgeting and forecasting approaches change? What are lessons from this year that can help organisations begin next year on steady footing? These are questions we sought to answer as we spoke to finance leaders from London to Melbourne.

We have put together these insights in a Q&A format featuring finance thought leaders in consumer goods and retail, banking, oil and gas, manufacturing, logistics, nonprofit, and professional services sectors. These interviews will be published each week until the end of December.

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Logistics finance leader: COVID-19 expedited our digital transformation
16 November 2020
Amy Lam, FCMA, CGMA, finance director at Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited, shares customers’ surprisingly positive response of finance’s move to e-invoicing and her 2021 outlook for the cargo terminal operator’s business.

Leading through COVID-19 upheaval in Nigeria
18 November 2020
Oluseyi Olanrewaju, FCMA, CGMA, the country CFO of Mixta Africa, a real estate development company headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, explains how the pandemic is forcing the profession to be more flexible and to develop evergreen accounting strategies.

Petroleum CFO: The pandemic is an impetus for change
23 November 2020
Haifa al-Khaifi, FCMA, CGMA, the CFO at Oman’s largest oil and gas producer, speaks on cost reduction strategies and how she is using this crisis to build a finance team of the future.

Movember CFO: Adapting planning, budgeting cycles to keep the mission alive
25 November 2020
Virginie Lafougere, ACMA, CGMA, CPA (Australia), CFO at Movember, shares how her team adjusted its budgeting approach and tightened spending to sustain its cause to improve men’s health globally.

Technology finance leader: COVID-19 makes the case for upskilling
30 November 2020
Richard Knight, FCMA, CGMA, is the CFO of Argility Technology Group, a software provider based in Johannesburg, South Africa, focuses on communication and on keeping pace with technology.