The CFO Playbook on Accounting: The Latest Financial Reporting Developments

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Webcast Summary

Pressing for more transparency, various stakeholders are pushing CFOs to broaden the scope of their companies' financial reporting. Responding to such external pressures, CFOs are turning around and making increasing demands on their staffs to streamline the process of closing the books.

Although many CFOs have been skeptical about the value of sustainability reporting or integrated accounting, interest in getting more information about the nonfinancial drivers of corporate valuations is on the rise among investors. Today's finance chiefs are shifting their attitudes from “Why should I care about this?” to “How can I make it work for my company?”

After years of foot-dragging, the Financial Accounting Standards Board is taking action and, as a result, change is on the horizon. But new standards of financial reporting will mean little if company systems are too clunky to crunch the data and make it palatable for investors. For decades, financial departments have struggled to revise one of the most significant of those processes: the close-to-report cycle. That has now moved to the top of CFOs' agendas, with many companies targeting the close process as a priority item for improvement.

This Webcast will explore:

  • The latest developments in financial reporting and what they could mean for you and your organization;

  • CFOs' roles in ensuring their companies' financial-reporting practices keep up with the times; and

  • New strategies and technologies to improve your financial-close process.

About the Panelists

Ryan Will, Director, The Hackett Group

Mr. Will is responsible for the design, development and implementation of enterprise performance management (EPM) solutions. He has more than 13 years of major consulting experience with specific expertise in the areas of finance organization integration and transformation of processes and systems; corporate financial planning; financial and management reporting and analysis; functional and technical requirements assessment and prioritization; project and program management; and business readiness and change management.

Cecil NazarethCecil Nazareth, Managing Partner, IFRS Partners 

Cecil Nazareth is a managing partner with IFRS Partners. Based in Connecticut, IFRS Partners specializes in IFRS education, training, consulting and conversion. IFRS Partners’ clients include CPA firms, as well as small and medium-sized businesses, including subsidiaries of foreign companies.

Cecil previously served as the director of AICPA's internal audit and strategy. In this role, he developed and implemented an executive performance measurement system and balanced scorecard. He pioneered the ISO 9001:2000 quality program with AICPA, which became the first professional organization with this certification in the United States. Before he joined AICPA, Cecil was as an audit supervisor with Ernst & Young, specializing in the financial services industry. Cecil is currently a professor at Fordham University in New York City, where he teaches global accounting at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

About the Moderator

Mary Beth Findlay, Director, Editorial Project Management, CFO Publishing 
Mary Beth Findlay

Mary Beth Findlay is director of editorial project management for CFO Publishing's custom-content division and oversees the development of editorial and custom content products, including eBooks and CFO Playbook Webcasts. Prior to joining the custom-content group, Mary Beth was associate director of research at CFO Research Services. She conducted research studies on a variety of finance topics, including banking and capital markets, business performance management, the use of financial and operating data, and professional development.

Before she joined CFO Publishing, Mary Beth served as a research associate at Harvard Business School, writing case studies and background notes for second-year MBA courses. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Law, and she earned a bachelor's degree in communication from Boston College.

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