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Process, Technology and Skills: The Experience of a CFO in Africa

Processes, Technology and Skills:

by Nelly Akoth, Chief Financial Officer, IBM Sub-Saharan Africa

Every day, we balance risk and opportunity, making calculated risks where appropriate whilst leveraging the full extent of the IBM community and group-wide skills base.

In March 2010, we undertook a survey of 1,900 CFOs in 81 countries. The survey revealed how the CFO’s role is changing, with an increasing focus on efficient processes, such as global integration, and a greater ability to provide insights into the business. For example, if you have effective processes and transparency of data, the business can be analysed in more detail, contributing to better business decisions. This has been an important factor for success based on my experience as IBM’s CFO in sub-Saharan Africa.