With nine streams covering topics from treasury transformation to payments, FX and open banking, EuroFinance's International Treasury Management conference in Geneva this week (26-28 September 2018) has covered all bases and the programme's layout also makes it straightforward to pick a stream that aligns with your area of interest. There are, of course, top-rate speakers across all the streams and it would be a mistake not to look closely at the event's schedule to make sure you're not missing out on insights from the likes of Tesla, Deliveroo, Maersk, Uber and Multichoice – and that's just on day 1. Day 2 lists more high-profile corporate names, whose treasurers have an unique story to tell, including Amazon, Alibaba, Spotify and L’Occitane.
Here is CTMfile's selection of some of the treasury speakers that really stand out on this year's programme:
1. Saumya Mohan, Tesla
(Day 1 Plenary; 10am)
Tesla's regional treasurer for the Americas, Saumya Mohan, talks about the technology of change – driving both the innovations of Tesla cars and the financial systems underpinning the company cash flows. Mohan is joined by treasurers from Mattel and IATA, who will compare notes on how their corporate treasury functions are keeping up with disruptions across supply chains, trade, tariffs and technology innovations.
2. André Olivier, Multichoice
(Day 1 Stream 5; 2pm)
André Olivier, treasurer at South Africa's leading video entertainment company, explains how the company embraced a range of digital innovations, from adoption of cloud services, to using machine learning for FX hedging. Olivier will discuss how these innovations gave the businesses a competitive edge.
3. Christopher Donohoe, Ingersoll Rand
(Day 1 Stream 4; 2:40pm)
Christopher Donohoe, the Dublin-based industrial conglomerate's assistant group treasurer & global head of FX, outlines some of the FX issues large multinationals have to navigate, from geopolitical risks to natural hedges, as well as regulatory change. Donohoe joins the international treasury director, Caroline McCarthy, at WTW Global Treasury Company for this session.
4. Christian Schmahl, Delivery Hero
(Day 1 Stream 6; 4pm)
Delivery Hero (not to be confused with Deliveroo, whose group treasurer Imane Aztout is speaking over in Stream 1, also at 4pm) is an online food-delivery service based in Berlin and its director of treasury, Christian Schmahl, discusses the company's criteria for investing in new technology. Even to define what exactly is the cutting edge of treasury technology is not easy but for this tech-driven startup, founded in 2011 but already publicly listed, at least the weight of legacy systems was not an issue. Schmahl is joined by his colleague Gerald Taylor.
5. Razvan Coarca, Liberty Global
(Day 1 Stream 7; 4:40pm)
Liberty Global, the largest broadband internet service provider outside the US, has grown in recent years through acquisitions of Virgin Media, Cable & Wireless Communications and a joint venture with Vodafone Netherlands, extending its business to the Caribbean, South America and Europe. Razvan Coarca, director of vendor finance at the company, talks about managing this complex financial supply chain.
6. Kurt Zumwalt, Amazon and Randy Ou, Alibaba
(Day 2 Plenary; 9:10am)
These two heavyweights of e-commerce and tech innovation are changing the way we live and shop. They have treasury teams that have a lot to deal with: not just huge cash flows and large risks, but also the incredible speed of development and change, which needs treasury to move in step. This panel featuring Kurt Zumwalt, Amazon's US treasurer, and Alibaba's China vice president of group treasury, Randy Ou, is one not to miss.
7. Samuel Antunes, L’Occitane
(Day 2 Stream 3; 1:30pm)
The body creams and toiletries company, based in France but listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2010, is fast-growing and has retail outlets in around 90 countries worldwide. The company's director of group cash management & financing, Samuel Antunes, discusses the conundrum of managing increasing cash flows in multiple currencies.
8. Christof Nelischer, Willis Towers Watson
(Day 2 Stream 9; 2:20pm)
Willis Towers Watson – the third largest insurance broker in the world – has roots going back to 1828 but now employs 40,000 people in more than 140 countries. The firm's global group treasurer, Christof Nelischer, explains how the firm has embraced open banking and managed the new perceived cybersecurity threats.
9. Sara Andersson, Spotify
(Day 2 Stream 8; 2:20pm)
Spotify's treasury operations analyst, Sara Andersson, looks at how robotics and AI have been used to support the treasury management of this disruptor tech firm based in Sweden. Andersson will explain how the firm used machine learning to solve key treasury issues.
10. Bernhard Groetsch, Rohde & Schwarz
(Day 2 Stream 2; 4.20pm)
Rohde & Schwarz, the global electronics group based in Germany, has assets in the US, Europe and Asia, and invests around 16 per cent of its annual net revenue into research and development. The firm's head of group treasury, Bernhard Groetsch, has this transformation tale about how changing markets, new technology and innovation have shifted treasury's strategy on investing cash.
11. Timothy Smallow, Amazon
(Day 3 Plenary; 9:10am)
Amazon's second speaker at the event, US treasurer Timothy Smallow, takes to the stage to discuss how the financial industry is likely to progress in future. He's joined by former Deliveroo CFO Philip Green to talk about the impact of blockchain, AI and algorithms on how corporates and their banks manage cash.
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