As a treasury business partner working in Group Treasury for Travelopia, Shankar Ramaswamy, MBA, CTP, covers a lot of ground. The experiential travel company he works for operates in over 130 source markets and 150 destinations across all continents.
Corporate treasury and finance professionals are often tasked with solving big problems using existing resources. Dr. Simone Ahuja makes the case that a growth mindset and a simple toolkit of strategies are all you need to generate high-value solutions.
He got his start in treasury over dinner. That’s how Lionel Lee, CTP, tells it. Lee started his career in investment banking, then, after working in the field for four years, dinner with a client changed his life. “During the dinner they asked me if I wanted to move to Hong Kong to join their corporate treasury team,” said Lee. “I thought it was, holistically, a good move, so I said yes.”
Both inside and outside of finance, FP&A — or financial planning & analysis — is often poorly understood. You might even know it by a different name, depending on your company or location. Regardless, the goal of FP&A is always the same: to optimize the use of capital and resources by supporting business decisions.
For organizations thinking of using their treasury as a profit center, there are many factors to consider. In a recent webinar, “Treasury as a Profit Center: A Government’s Perspective,” Tony Vu, CTP, treasurer and chief investment officer of the University of Colorado System, shared his experience operating treasury as a profit center for three government or government-like organizations.
Overall payments fraud was down in 2021, according to the 2022 AFP Payments Fraud and Control Survey, underwritten by J.P. Morgan. Even so, the survey finds that the underlying fraud by payment type is changing, as companies shift from paper to digital methods.
Data insights provided by AI can allow finance professionals to move faster and nimbler, make more data-driven decisions and transform business operations. The main applications of AI in finance are financial modeling and forecasting.
Using your company’s own resources for financing, an in-house bank (IHB) is a cost-effective way of consolidating your treasury functions into one central entity rather than having each subsidiary work through a different local bank. It is transparent and efficient, and allows you to centrally handle your banking relationships, currency risk, payments and collections.
The 2022 AFP® Liquidity Survey, underwritten by Invesco, aims to understand current and emerging trends in organizations’ cash and short-term investment holdings, investment policies and strategies in the current economic environment. The key findings are formed by the nearly 300 treasury practitioners who responded to the survey.
Supply chain issues are affecting every single business in the world in some way, shape or form. For an international tire manufacturer and hospital supply chain group, this is a mission-critical issue. So how are they dealing with it? How have things changed over the past two years, and have prices increased as a result? To find out, AFP’s Bryan Lapidus, director of FP&A Practice sat down with Tom Russell, CPA & FPAC, director of Global FP&A for Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, and Pete Geiler, director of supply chain finance for a large hospital system.
AFP is proud to announce that Wells Fargo has joined the AFP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Initiative for Treasury and Finance, which introduces treasury and finance careers to underrepresented communities.
It is clear that automation and digitization permitted companies to continue to operate in a remote working environment in a way that simply would not have been possible just a few years ago. The requirement to work remotely simply accelerated changes that were already in transit. So what happens next?
In our roles as FP&A professionals, we carry out our craft under the guise of a multitude of archetypes. In a fun — and telling — exercise, we recently presented the FP&A Advisory Committee with the following slate of images and asked: Which one best describes you as you’re engaged in the FP&A function at your organization? Below is what they had to say.
The struggle to find - and secure - finance and accounting talent is real and palatable. AFP’s North American FP&A Advisory Council (FPAAC) recently met to discuss the recruiting and hiring landscape.
Anxiety over job security is real. The World Economic Forum reports that 42% of core skills required for most jobs are going to change by 2022, and many sources estimate the half-life of most professional skills to be five years or less.
AFP recently met with a group of treasury professionals from the Asia-Pacific Region (APAC) to find out which methods their companies are using to get the best rates on FX (foreign exchange) contracts and derivatives.
The AFP FP&A Series is a half day, virtual mini conference designed to take a deep dive into one cutting-edge topic per event. The first event was titled, “Get Your Data Right” and was held in June and exclusively sponsored by AARP.
Companies are under constant pressure to operate as efficiently as possible, and the treasury department is no exception. Automation of mundane activities offers a clear way to improve efficiency. The difficulty for most treasury practitioners is determining how best to automate the range of activities within the department.
AFP recently caught up with Kamlesh Bhojwani, FPAC, senior director and head of Finance, Facilities & Finance Shared Services at AMH’s Global Capability Center (GCC) in India, to discuss his decision to earn the FPAC, and how it has affected his life and career journey.
Fraud continues to dominate and indiscriminately impact companies of all sizes and across all industries with ever more sophisticated methods. For the 14th year in a row, J.P. Morgan has underwritten AFP’s Payments Fraud and Control Survey to support the education, insights and knowledge it provides in the hope of protecting our companies and our flows.
Having served Jardine Matheson of Hong Kong for 9 years, Max Sunarcia, Group Treasurer, is a relative newcomer to the nearly 200-year-old company. An Asian-based conglomerate mainly operating in, you guessed it, Asia, the company is focused on China and South-East Asia.
In attaining an analytics culture, the mindset an organization embraces must be aligned with its attitude toward decision-making.
The Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) has partnered with Bain & Company to meld the Company’s performance improvement expertise with AFP’s finance industry acumen in order to invest in industry-leading finance training for Bain’s clients. This partnership will also deliver the most cutting-edge industry insights on financial planning and analysis (FP&A) and treasury.
Kelvin Chu, CA, CFA, FPAC located in New Zealand, started his career in audit. It provided him with first-hand insights into how different finance disciplines would collaborate and drive financial values.
AFP Service Codes are used in bank billing to allow corporate treasurers to perform analytics on their cash management spend. The new AFP 2020 version of the codes is a major facelift to the old 2013 version, with only 32% of the codes left unchanged.
Creating good visuals to communicate quantitative information is part art and part science. With the increased focus on business partnership and communication, “now” is always a great time to ask if your reports are effectively delivering your message in a clear, succinct manner.
AFP’s director of Treasury Services, Tom Hunt, CTP, recently sat down with a group of treasury professionals in the APAC region to talk about the impacts of the war in Ukraine.
When he started in treasury, Deepak Patil had only a theoretical idea of how a treasury department functions. “And I had absolutely no idea how the financial operations, middle office and back office are separated by the systems and extensive responsibilities each department caters to,” he said. But he knew one thing for sure: that he wanted to get in to treasury.
When it comes to cash forecasting, the primary goal of treasury is to ensure the organization has enough cash to meet its obligations over a certain time period. Thanks to most organizations partaking in the trend of having a forensic-level focus on cash, treasury has a much clearer view of the dynamics of and correlations between the various cash flows that make up the forecasts.
After graduating from Business School, Sovanna Tang, CTP, took a job as a senior associate, where he largely worked in audit. He then worked as an accounting specialist. “The work in financial reporting is complicated at first, but eventually it is quite mundane and becomes routine,” said Tang. That’s when he decided to make the transition to capital liquidity control.
From the beginning of his time with Moody’s Analytics, Shakalya Nag, CTP, wanted to venture into the treasury domain. Understanding the systems and processes was of great interest to him. Then he started working on RFPs for major MNC banks in their treasury domain, and he’s has been working on the sales side of treasury operations and fund compliance ever since.
AFP recently met with a group of treasury professionals in the APAC region to see how things are progressing for the treasury profession there, if there is a skills gap, and if so, how it’s being addressed. The following is a compilation of their thoughts and insights.
What goes into an effective presentation? How is it different when you’re in the finance profession? At our second “Report Renovations” webinar, we asked the attendees what storytelling means to them.
AFP recently sat down with Carmen Turner, member of the North American FP&A Advisory Council and has held finance positions at SwipeSense, McGraw Hill and the CME Group, to get her opinion on daily life in FP&A.
Treasury and FP&A both develop forecasts to inform decision-making. Forecasts are developed for: the short-term, to help treasury ensure the company has sufficient cash to meet upcoming obligations; the medium-term, to ensure access to sufficient credit lines; and the long-term, to help ensure the capital structure can support the delivery of the business strategy.
Tharanga Gunasekara, FPAC, FP&A and financial performance analyst for AMP Capital Australia used his time during the pandemic to think clearly about how to best shape his career post-pandemic. And it paid off. He landed his dream job.
AFP recently met with a group of treasury professionals from the U.S. to discuss the war in Ukraine and how their organizations are responding to and dealing with the challenges stemming from the conflict.
Seeking to better connect with and serve treasury professionals in the Middle East and Africa region, the Association for Finance Professionals (AFP) recently launched the Middle East and Africa (MEA) Treasury Advisory Council.
In the recent webinar, “Getting Your Data Right: How Architecture Facilitates Data Culture,” two members of Chick-fil-A’s (CFA) Financial Solutions Lab — Camille Felton, CTP, FPAC, Principal Team Leader and Matt Burton, Director within Financial Operations & Technology — shared valuable insights from their journey.
In the past two years, the pandemic changed a lot in terms of how we live, travel and, in many cases, the way we work. Globally, organizations mandated that employees work remotely, which required companies to alter many of their processes and procedures. One of the processes impacted was payments.