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10/29/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/29/2020 07:23

Sage reveals its first generation of Finance Futurist leaders

ATLANTA, Oct. 29, 2020-Sage(LON: SGE), the market leader in cloud business management solutions, has revealed its first-ever list of the most visionary finance professionals across the globe.

The Finance Futurists, presented by Sage, are a diverse group of finance leaders selected from a variety of sectors and backgrounds.They have been recognised for driving innovation and showing leadership across businesses of all sizes.

The candidates - chosen from the U.S., Canada, U.K., France, and Australia - have been carefully chosen in a rigorous selection process validated by Sage leaders. Receivers of the Finance Futuristaccolade have been recognized for their contribution to their business and industry, demonstrated by a commitment to technological evolution and outstanding leadership qualities.

Common among this year's Finance Futurists is a drive to bring the finance function to the core of business success, and a unique combination of analytical and soft skills. The Finance Futurists also displayed the ability to thrive in uncertain times, and an openness to looking for tech solutions in new places.

The inaugural list of Finance Futurists is as follows:

  • Michel Balsan, Société d'Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (France)
  • Tom Coward, Cytora (U.K.)
  • Lewis Dangerfield, Osprey Group (U.K.)
  • Jeffery Giavotella, Ballard Brands (U.S.)
  • Nunzio Giunta, Giuntabell Pty Ltd (Australia)
  • Magdalena Kosior-Molloy, Holman Webb Lawyers (Australia)
  • Hemant Kumar, SOL-MILLENNIUM Medical Group (U.S.)
  • Tiffini Masessa, Forward Merch (U.S.)
  • Francois Rey, Diam Bouchage (France)
  • Aqsa Zubair, Bermuda Monetary Authority (Canada)

Read more about each candidate.

'More now than ever, finance is positioned to drive organizations forward with the insights and intelligence it provides. In the current COVID-19 global environment, economic uncertainty has impacted businesses of all sizes, and using key insights to predict the financial future is more important than ever,' said Nancy Harris, Managing Director & EVP, Sage North America. 'This puts the role of the CFO and finance leaders who leverage and maximize the latest technologies at the cutting edge of business. The group of leaders deemed Finance Futurists are doing just that. They are change-makers in their field, leading the way in knowledge sharing and peer-to-peer support at a crucial time.'

U.S. Finance Futurists

Following his win, Jeffery Giavotella, CFO at Ballard Brands, said: 'In order to build a vision, you have to have an infrastructure in place that can support it. Your team has to buy into your vision, good and bad, so that the results are measurable, as designed.'

Tiffini Masessa, CFO at Forward Merch, said: 'Since COVID, my role has changed completely. It's no longer just number-crunching. I'm working with a smaller team and taking on different responsibilities - I'm working on getting funding, seeing what grants and programmes are out there, and keeping vital connections with the industry.'

Hemant Kumar, CFO at SOL-MILLENNIUM Medical Group, said: 'In my view, the technological advancements have transformed finance from a transactional to a strategic business partner. Today's finance teams have become smaller, are more focused on decision support and driving growth as the transactional activity is outsourced / automated - that all has happened because of technology. As a CFO, you have to set that foundation in place as well to mitigate the upstream risk to enable growth.'

Finance Futurists follows Sage's recent CFO 3.0: Digital transformation beyond financial managementreport, which examined the evolving roles of CFOs across the world. It found that leading finance professionals are taking on a broader strategic role and personally driving digital transformation across their organisations.

For more information on Finance Futurists and the digital transformation of the CFO role, visit https://www.sage.com/en-us/finance-futurists/.

To interview or speak with any of the Finance Futurists, please contact: Ally Edge, U.S. PR Manager, at [email protected], +1 (678) 641-8213.

About Finance Futurists

In its inaugural year, the Finance Futurists, Presented by Sage, highlights visionary finance leaders who are a driving force for financial leadership and transformation. Sage independently assessed hundreds of finance professionals across the globe against set criteria including innovation, leadership and technology-driven transformation to find the honourees and showcase their pioneering work.

About Sage

Sage is the global market leader for technology that provides small and medium businesses with the visibility, flexibility and efficiency to manage finances, operations and people. With our partners, Sage is trusted by millions of customers worldwide to deliver the best cloud technology and support. Our years of experience mean that our colleagues and partners understand how to serve our customers and communities through the good, and more challenging times. We are here to help, with practical advice, solutions, expertise and insight.

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