Senior ExecutiveThe NeuGroup Insights Interview
November 16, 2023

Dealing with ‘Derailers’ in Board Presentations: Tips from a Pro

A former CFO of Merck offers tips for treasurers to stay on track if board directors lob off-topic questions. When Peter Kellogg was CFO of Merck during the 2008 financial crisis, the greatest challenge he faced during board presentations came when directors peppered him with questions based on what they had read, seen or heard in the media or elsewhere. This is one example of what he calls “derailers”—questions about subjects that don’t affect the company directly, are not relevant to the…
TechnologyThe NeuGroup Insights Interview
November 2, 2023

A Chatham Financial Star Says Clients Are the Stars of the Show

Chatham managing partner Amol Dhargalkar describes his personal journey and his vision of the future of finance. This episode of NeuGroup’s Strategic Finance Lab podcast stars Amol Dhargalkar, the managing partner, board chairman and global head of the corporates sector at Chatham Financial—the risk advisory firm where he has spent more than two decades, his entire working career. You can hear his interview with NeuGroup founder and CEO Joseph Neu now on Apple and Spotify. Chatham helps corporations develop strategies to hedge their exposures to foreign exchange, interest rates…
TechnologyThe NeuGroup Insights Interview
October 25, 2023

Making Strategic Finance Decisions Built on Data and Integration

Chatham Financial’s Amol Dhargalkar sees forward-looking treasury teams driving a future of data analysis woven into strategic decisions. In a NeuGroup Insights video you can watch by hitting the play button below, Chatham Financial managing partner and board chairman Amol Dhargalkar shares with NeuGroup founder and CEO Joseph Neu a vision of the future for treasury and financial risk management built on data and integration. He gives two real-life examples that make his points concrete, clear and compelling. Mr. Dhargalkar foresees advanced technology allowing finance teams…
FXTechnologyThe NeuGroup Insights Interview
September 12, 2023

One Man’s Goal: Leveling the Playing Field for FX Trades

Just Technologies CEO Anders Bakke wants to give corporates pricing data that lets them negotiate better with banks. In the newest episode of NeuGroup’s Strategic Finance Lab podcast, NeuGroup founder and CEO Joseph Neu talks with a man on a mission to bring more pricing transparency to corporate treasury teams that trade in the foreign exchange market. His name is Anders Nicolai Bakke, a serial entrepreneur who is the CEO and founder of Just Technologies, or Just for short. The…
CryptoTechnologyThe NeuGroup Insights Interview
July 19, 2023

Airbnb Treasurer Brian Moore’s Healthy Skepticism About Crypto

A Strategic Finance Lab podcast on hedging, crypto risk, using revolving credit facilities and keeping duration short. Healthy skepticism and sharp critical thinking are governing principles for Airbnb treasurer Brian Moore. In this episode of NeuGroup’s Strategic Finance Lab Podcast, available on Apple or Spotify, he explains how a critical—but not negative—approach provided the framework for deciding whether Airbnb should start accepting cryptocurrency from guests who use its booking platform. The decision, for now, not to accept crypto like bitcoin…
Accounting & DisclosureFP&AThe NeuGroup Insights Interview
July 13, 2023

FP&A Drives Finance to a Future of Data and Analytics

Steve Rosvold of CFO.University explores FP&A’s evolving roles and opportunities. At a growing number of NeuGroup member companies, FP&A teams are taking on added importance by becoming a strategic partner of the business, leveraging data analysis skills to provide insights to cross-functional teams across the finance organization. In our newest video, CFO.University founder and chief learning officer Steve Rosvold shares his excitement about FP&A’s expanding role, highlighting how analytical skills can provide finance organizations with a tremendous advantage. Mr. Rosvold foresees FP&A teams playing…
Cash & Working CapitalCryptoThe NeuGroup Insights Interview
June 28, 2023

Accept Crypto as Currency? What Airbnb Asked Before Answering

Airbnb treasurer Brian Moore explains, in a video clip, the travel company’s cost-benefit analysis of cryptocurrency. In January 2022, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky received 4,000 responses from Twitter followers after asking for suggestions on what the travel company could launch that year. No. 1 on the list: crypto payments. Flash forward a year and a half, and Airbnb does not accept cryptocurrency from customers or use crypto to pay hosts. At least not yet. In a video clip from a forthcoming Strategic Finance Lab podcast interview,…
Risk ManagementThe NeuGroup Insights Interview
June 1, 2023

Wanted: Strategic CFOs Who Drive Revenue, See Risk Holistically

The founder of CFO.University envisions finance teams that use analysis skills to drive sales while taking a wide view of risk. In the newest episode of NeuGroup’s Strategic Finance Lab podcast, Steve Rosvold, the founder and chief learning officer of CFO.University, shares a vision of the future for chief financial officers and the teams they manage, including FP&A. It’s a future where finance organizations use their expertise at analysis to mine insights from data and add more strategic value to corporates, in part by focusing…
Diversity & InclusionThe NeuGroup Insights Interview
April 27, 2023

Finding Career Success: Embrace Change, Understand Yourself

PwC principal Kristen Michaud discusses her career path from biology to finance, and what she’s learned along the way.In the latest episode of NeuGroup’s Strategic Finance Lab podcast, Kristen Michaud, a principal in PwC’s Finance Transformation group, joins NeuGroup’s Julie Zawacki-Lucci to discuss what they’ve learned from decades in finance—and advice they wish they’d received earlier in their journeys. In the podcast, which you can listen to now on Apple and Spotify, Ms. Michaud discusses her career path, beginning with a biology degree and possible plans for medical…
D&ISenior ExecutiveThe NeuGroup Insights Interview
March 30, 2023

She Told the CFO She Wanted To Be Treasurer One Day. Now She Is.

Advice on advocating for yourself from Sandra Ramos-Alves, treasurer of Bristol Myers Squibb.Sandra Ramos-Alves was an assistant treasurer at Celgene when Bristol Myers Squibb bought it in 2019. By June of 2021, she was acting treasurer of BMS. And in October of that year she was named senior vice president and treasurer of the pharmaceutical giant that had acquired the company where she had worked for more than 14 years. In a Strategic Finance Lab podcast episode you can hear by…