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The likelihood of a US recession is raising the stakes for finance executives whose responsibilities include planning, forecasting and budgeting. And a critical first step to prepare for the future is to learn from the past. That’s among the takeaways from this podcast interview with Eric Davis, a vice president of finance at WM, the company formerly known as Waste Management.
- Mr. Davis has been at WM for nearly 25 years, including six as director of financial planning and analysis (FP&A). In his current role, he oversees FP&A, capital management, internal reporting and investor relations. In the interview with NeuGroup’s Nilly Essaides, he shares valuable insights about the finance function’s strategic role.
- For example, Mr. Davis describes how FP&A incorporates insights and analysis from past recessions to help the company decide “where we need to focus our attention within our business structure and cost structure” to prepare for the economic downturn that lies ahead.
- You’ll also hear how the finance team at WM has evolved in recent years, upgrading its use of technology as it becomes more integrated into strategic decision-making by business leaders.