Panel: Transformation of the Finance Function

  • How is the role of the Finance leader and the Finance team changing within organizations today, and what is driving that change?
  • Discussing the Finance executive as a major contributor to value creation. How do we generate competitive advantage and support all facets of the business to succeed?
  • Comparing and contrasting different ways we can bring value partnering to our companies. What should we keep in mind as we choose the methodology that will work best for us?
  • Talking about the ongoing struggle to identify, attract, develop, and retain talent

Tom Hood, CPA, CGMA
EVP – Business Engagement and Growth

Tom Hood, CPA, CITP, CGMA is currently the EVP Business Growth & Engagement for AICPA & CIMA and the Business Learning Institute. Tom just stepped onto the global stage after 23 years as the CEO of the Maryland Association of CPAs. He was named the second most influential person in accounting by Accounting Today Magazine for the ninth year! LinkedIn recruited Tom as one of their Top 100 Influencers with a following of over 750,000. He is a member of Forbes Finance Council and was inducted into the Accounting Hall of Fame.

Chris Kite
Director, WW Strategy and Operations
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Christina S. Kite is a senior strategy, technology, finance and operations executive with more than 20 years of experience with Fortune 50 and Government organizations leading large, global cross-functional teams and programs. Christina is currently Director, WW Strategy and Operations, Amazon Web Services (AWS) helping to set and drive customer, partner and employee strategies and initiatives across the WW Technical Organization.

Prior to this role, Christina was a Vice President Business Strategy and Analytics within Oracle’s Application Cloud Development and a Vice President and global Finance Business Partner for the Oracle’s $4.5B North America Technology Division. Christina has also worked in a variety of senior executive positions, including her role as SVP of Strategy and Operations at the Federal Reserve Bank of NY, where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the Bank’s Financial Strategies and Financial Crisis Recovery Program. She was also a member of the Bank’s Operational Risk Committee, Credit Risk Committee and System Procurement Council. Christina also held the title of CFO for the Corporate Real Estate Division at Goldman Sachs and was a VP of Finance in Cisco’s Treasury and Tax organization. Christina started her career as an aerospace engineer with the Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Christina graduated cum laude with a BS in Management Science and has a MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. She has also completed graduate work at Stanford University and the University of Southern California. She is an executive sponsor at the Women@AWS and is a supervisor with the American Red Cross.

Claire Bramley

Claire Bramley is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Teradata. A member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team, she is responsible for leading the functions of finance, information technology, analytics and security, enterprise risk, business process and program management and operations. Claire brings a proven track record of leading large-scale fiscal and operational disciplines, driving financial and strategic planning, and proactive risk management. With extensive senior leadership experience and deep acumen in corporate finance and accounting, as well as excellent knowledge of the technology industry. Claire holds a BSc. in Accounting and Financial Management from the University of Loughborough. She is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Management Accountant.