Leveraging new technologies for growth has become all prevailing across the C-suite today, including the office of the CFO. The ability to mitigate risk, identify fraud, recording and controlling financial performance have become manageable with high CFO performers. The Chief of Finance of enterprises today, needs to balance the act between financial management, budgeting and expense control while influencing board room decisions to drive the development of future company vision, lead business model innovation and even influence technological transformation.Volkan will be sharing a peer to peer perspective of how CFOs can assist the board room to accelerate technological transformation and funding innovations with alternative funding approaches rather than capital.
CFO IBM Global Financing Asia-Pacific
Volkan Akin was appointed as the CFO for the Global Financing (IGF) division of IBM in Asia-Pacific at the onset of 2016, and has since been based in Singapore. In his current day to day role as a CFO for IBM’s financing arm, he is responsible to provide financial stewardship to the division of IBM that facilitates the acquisition of Information Technology by end-users and business partners. Volkan also spends a significant amount of time working closely with the IGF sales team to assist IBM clients to conserve cash while continuing to innovate their businesses. Prior to his assignment in Singapore, Volkan was the regional Chief Accountant for IGF. He supported multiple territories such as Latin America, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Japan in the past 2 years. Having gained a deep understanding of the diverse footprint of the financing arm of IBM and translated these into external financial reporting compliance with GAAP, Volkan was well suited to transit to a CFO role.