Welcome to the latest edition of smartCFO magazine, where as always we aim to provide insights on the latest trends, opinions, backgrounds and regional insights from finance leaders across the EMEA region.

It’s no secret that we’re all witnesses to a profound technological shift taking place at an incredible pace and on multiple levels. AI and machine learning (ML) are more than technological innovations – they are catalysts for change in businesses and society.

In this edition, we’ll explore what AI and ML mean for finance leaders. Through the insights we’ve gathered, we hope to answer questions like: How can AI and ML help the CFO and CHRO to work smarter together? How are CFOs already using AI to gain a competitive advantage? And what barriers stand in the way of AI adoption?

We know how valuable it is to hear the perspectives of other CFOs and business leaders as they tackle the issues facing business today. So with that in mind, this edition features insights from Stuart Collins, CFO at BDO UK, Javier Delgado, COO at Business Network Builders, Sam Allen, Finance Transformation Director at Checkout.com, Richard Coombes, Partner at Deloitte, Ed Downing, Head of FP&A at Equiniti, Nigel Bryan, Head of Financial Control at NFU Mutual, and Camillo Werdich, CEO at Sinpex.

We’re also delighted to feature insights from award-winning journalist Oliver Pickup, as well as thought leadership from Workday partner Collaborative Solutions on their recently published report, ‘The future CFO: Leveraging technology to adapt to change’.

We hope this issue of smartCFO gives forward-thinking CFOs the confidence to meet this moment and that it inspires all of you to become the changemaker your organisation needs.


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