2016 CFO of the Future Summit: Creating Value in a Digital Age

May 18 – 20, 2016


CFOs are facing an era of disruption: a time when forces and factors such as macro-economic shifts, global regulatory flux, digital tools and e-currencies, data and analytics, behavioral economics, and an information-savvy customer base will drive a surge of new service demands and upend outdated corporate financial models.

To help current and next generation CFOs meet the demands of this new era, Accenture Strategy collaborated with the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard and Leadership for a Networked World to convene the 2016 CFO of the Future Summit: Creating Value in a Digital Age.

This exclusive, invitation-only event, hosted on Harvard’s campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, brought select private sector financial executives, industry experts and leading academics together to understand the changing environment in finance, learn about and share ideas on emerging business models, and prepare the next generation of CFOs.

“When it comes to the challenge of CFOs acting as Chief Growth Officer, it does require a CFO to be wired in a different way. When I imagine the CFO of the future, responsible risk-taking, being innovative and being creative are going to be very important attributes for our successors.”
CFO, Accenture

The CFO of the Future

Four critical themes emerged from the discussions at the 2016 Summit. Watch the videos below for a peek at the highlights.

Watch Accenture Strategy's Christian Campagna and Harvard's Antonio Oftelie discuss the CFO of the future.



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Christian Campagna

Dr. Christian Campagna
Senior Managing Director – Accenture Strategy, CFO & Enterprise Value

Dr. Campagna is senior managing director for CFO & Enterprise Value within Accenture Strategy. In this role, he helps CFOs address their most pressing challenges and develop strategies to transform the finance function and positively influence their broader organizations.

Dr. Campagna has more than 22 years of experience developing strategies for finance and other general and administrative functions. In addition to overseeing numerous, large-scale transformation projects, he has worked with clients around the world to improve their efficiencies and effectiveness, create competitive strategies, and refine their business models and processes.

Prior to assuming his current role, Dr. Campagna served as lead for the Accenture Finance & Enterprise Performance group for Europe, Africa and Latin America. In addition, he managed the global Integrated Enterprise Solution practice, developing solutions to help businesses and governments gain greater value from their shared services organizations.

Dr. Campagna began his career with a nine-year stint at KPMG Consulting, where he specialized in the finance function and the CFO agenda. He also served for five years as managing director at The Hackett Group, helping to build that company’s European practice.

Dr. Campagna has a Master of Engineering and a Ph.D. in economics and management from the Technical University Berlin.

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Christian Campagna

David P. Rowland
Chief Financial Officer – Accenture

As Accenture's chief financial officer, Mr. Rowland is responsible for the company’s corporate controllership, treasury, tax, investor relations, financial reporting and analysis, strategic planning and analysis, and corporate development functions. He was recently recognized as Best CFO on Institutional Investor’s “2016 All-America Executive Team,” ranking No. 1 for the Computer Services & IT Consulting sector.

Prior to being named CFO in July 2013, Mr. Rowland served for more than six years as Accenture’s senior vice president—Finance. In that role, he oversaw the company's Finance Operations organization, which included financial reporting and analysis, strategic planning and analysis, and the global finance directors supporting the company’s operating groups and businesses.

Mr. Rowland began his career with Accenture in 1983 in the Consulting group. Since that time, he has served clients across a variety of industries and held a number of finance leadership positions, including finance directorships for Accenture's two largest operating groups: Communications & High Tech and Products. Throughout his tenure at Accenture, Mr. Rowland has served on a number of management committees and assumed leadership roles in a number of company-wide initiatives.

Mr. Rowland holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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