London | April 17, 2018

The Modern CFO:
Leader, Strategist and Innovator

Leader, Strategist and Innovator

Financial decisions are being driven by data, most lines of business have moved to the cloud, and CFOs are being forced to embrace the IT agenda, as more operations become automated. How does The Modern CFO collaborate through this technological disruption and how is it impacted by a changing society? Bloomberg convenes CFOs, across industries, to hear and share insights during this exclusive dinner and networking program.

April 17 - Tuesday

6:00 pm

Registration and Networking Reception

7:00 pm

Opening Remarks


7:05 pm

Fireside Chat: 5 Questions With...

7:20 pm

Mastering your Brexit Contingency Plan

The Brexit vote has unleashed uncertainty on the market and - so far - EU negotiations have yet to bring clarity for UK businesses or the volatile pound. Anxiety regarding future revenues, supply chains and customs infrastructure is mounting among business leaders as a transitional deal – which is far from being finalized - is fraught with economic repercussions. How should a business prepare if the UK leaves the single market? What will it take to Brexit-proof your business? What are the pre-Brexit action items necessary for UK companies to ensure they survive the unpredictable climate of today, while maximizing the opportunity for growth tomorrow?



  • Simon Fraser

    Deputy Chairman, Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) & Managing Partner, Flint Global

7:40 pm

Driving Growth in an Age of Competitive Disruption and Shifting Client Expectations

Technological disruption, increased competition, and the changing consumer expectations -- these are all issues the C-suite must contend with, while striving to boost business performance. The pressure is on CFOs, who have a comprehensive view of all business lines, to lead the transformation, sometimes disrupting their own business models. How can businesses embrace the latest technological advancements such as AI, IoT and Big Data, and reap the benefits? How can an established company make itself more nimble and more innovative to better face competition from new market entrants? The CFO drives decision-making on whether to enterprise, acquire or partner with potential disrupters; this panel will focus on how to know which choice is the right one.


  • John Fraher

    Senior Executive Editor for Business, Finance and Energy, Bloomberg News


8:20 pm

Navigating the Challenges of Digitization

Digitization can bring huge operational and financial advantages, often maximizing competitiveness and increasing business agility, but the process is not always without hurdles. This discussion will offer the expertise of established cloud-first companies, with a focus on mitigating the risks posed by digitization--from increased vulnerability to data breaches, to compliance with new GDPR provisions that go into effect this May. Communication and preparation are the keys to defining and implementing new procedures and policies as companies prepare to embrace transformative new technologies.



  • Neil Jarvis

    Director of IT and Information Security, Aston Martin

  • Tom Mackay

    Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President, Virgin Atlantic


Giles Turner

European Technology Editor Bloomberg News

John Fraher

Senior Executive Editor for Business, Finance and Energy Bloomberg News

Caroline Hyde

European Business Correspondent Bloomberg Television

Sally Matthews

CFO Gousto

Simon Fraser

Deputy Chairman, Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) & Managing Partner Flint Global

Tom Mackay

Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President Virgin Atlantic

Neil Jarvis

Director of IT and Information Security Aston Martin

Nimesh Patel

Chief Financial Officer De Beers Group

Mark Jones

Chief Financial Officer Man Group

Cristina Alba-Ochoa

CFO OakNorth