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Ira Apfel interviews corporate treasury and finance executives about their latest challenges and insights. Topics include blockchain, fintech, cybersecurity, payments, risk, FP&A, career development, and more.
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Dec 28, 2017

The last time Kendall Frederick was on the podcast he was the senior manager for finance integration with Hanesbrands. Now he’s the senior manager of enterprise risk management. Frederick spoke to AFP Conversations about the surprising link between FP&A and ERM as well as matters more treasury-related.

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Dec 25, 2017

If there is one area of corporate treasury that has completely exploded in complexity, new vendors and technologies, it’s payments. You’ve got mobile payments. But which platform? You’ve got faster payments. But when will it come? You’ve got blockchain. But is it really viable for corporate treasury? 

Today's AFP Conversations guest, Michelle Ziolkowski, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Payables, Treasury Management with Wells Fargo Bank, offers her insights.

Dec 21, 2017

Today's guest on AFP Conversations is Jim Perry, the Director of EPM Practice Strategy with Infor. Jim spoke at AFP 2017 about aligning strategy and execution with enterprise performance management. It sounds like a big, scary topic but he thinks it’s a critical one for all chief financial officers must tackle.

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Dec 21, 2017

How do we grow as communicators, leaders and FP&A professionals? Today's AFP Conversations guest, Philip Fernbach, thinks the first thing we need to do is stop assuming we know more than we do.

A University of Colorado professor of marketing and co-author of "The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone," Fernbach points out that humans have built hugely complex societies and technologies, but most of us don’t even know how a pen or a toilet works. Similarly, FP&A professionals are tasked with making accurate forecasts, yet many don’t even understand their organization’s products or customers.

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Dec 18, 2017

The payments landscape is evolving so rapidly that it’s even a challenge for the big vendors to keep up. Nobody knows this more than today's AFP Conversations guest, Kevin O’Neil. Kevin works for SWIFT, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication that is such an integral part of the global payments landscape. Kevin discussed how SWIFT is adapting, including fintech and blockchain.

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Dec 14, 2017

These are uncertain times, but FP&A professionals must still prepare useful forecasts. Today's AFP Conversations guest, Antonio Morales, Director of FP&A Latin America with Baker Hughes, believes ensuring the accuracy of forecasts is not only achievable, but critical to building credibility with investors.

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Dec 11, 2017

Foreign currencies are more prone to uncertainty and radical swings than ever before. And now there are new hedge accounting standards, a new code of conduct, even virtual currencies like bitcoin and Ethereum. Here to make sense of it all is today's AFP Conversations guest, Tony Capozzoli, a director with Deutsche Bank.

Capozzoli provides quantitative risk analysis and hedge optimization for Deutsche Bank’s corporate clients. He holds a PhD in mathematics from the University of Chicago, where he also teaches a course in FX.

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Dec 7, 2017

The People’s Bank of China recently awarded the Bank of China clearing-bank status for its new U.S. Renminbi (RMB) Trading and Clearing Hub. What does that mean for corporate treasury and finance?

Plenty, says today's AFP Conversations guest, Frank Sansone. Sansone is treasurer of the New York branch of China Construction Bank -- the second-largest bank in the world. The well-traveled Sansone also discussed his time working as a treasury executive for Belgian-French bank Dexia and the National Bank of Kuwait.

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Dec 4, 2017

Metrics are all the rage, and every finance professional and organization preaches the importance of KPIs. But what is a KPI, really? And how can you design them to ensure future success for your organization? 

That’s the task that today's guest on AFP Conversations faces. Matt Stirrup is Vice President Finance, Global Customer Support Services and Corporate FP&A, Oracle Corporation. 

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