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Salesman Of The Year Goes To …. Your Accountant!

Sr. Finance Professional, Unilever

Arun Sriram, Sr. Finance Professional, Unilever

One can quite easily spot an accountant in an organization during a floor walk. You need no directions to find them. He is that one person whose office is situated close to the seat of management. Yet, with a sense of detachment, goes about his business with minimal influence of the action that dictates the business leadership’s excitement.

The one whose mother tongue is excel. The one who thinks smiling a bit extra would leak dollars from his teeth.

Come to think of it at a slightly deeper level, the accountant’s profile has two components. By an accountant, I am including the CFO and the Controllership org in entirety.
One is more straight forward – as a custodian of the investor’s wealth. So there is a natural tendency to be guarded about information sharing. Continue reading

The Payables Transformation by Hyacinth Ferrao

Hyacinth Ferrao, Financial Controller & Senior Vice President, India

Hyacinth Ferrao, Financial Controller & Senior Vice President, India

While every CFO needs to undoubtedly spend time on strategic & tactical matters, it is also very important to pay attention to timely & accurate processing of vendor payables. Every CFO can, I am sure, recollect one or two or even more payment escalations that have come to either them or at times even the CEO of their company. What follows then is a frenzy of activity to find out which are the invoices pending, where are they lying currently, why were they not paid? More often than not there is a mad scramble to unearth the facts and respond promptly. Now, let’s imagine – what if we could at the click of a button see if invoices have been received for a vendor, view the actual invoice online (if received), Continue reading