CFO of the Future


CFO of the Future

The role of CFOs has continuously evolved. Against the background of high market dynamics and uncertainty as well as rapidly changing customer demands, they must make increasingly complex decisions in an ever shorter period of time. In addition to the accounting part of their function, they play an active role in the strategic direction of the company as architects of value creation. Thereby, their objective has expanded from classic financial indicators, to including environmental, governance and social aspects (ESG). CFOs today often have three key roles in the organization:

  • Economic guardians that lead an efficient and effective finance function, focused on predictive insights in a volatile world
  • Architects of business value that collaborate with the C-suite to drive strategic change across the enterprise
  • Catalysts of digital strategy that create insights for new business models and realize value in a digital world

In this session, we will discuss what is required for CFOs to use data and digital technologies for better and faster decision-making, in order to lead their companies into the future.


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Mathias Metzger

Senior Managing Director, Accenture DACH

Mathias Metzger is a Senior Managing Director at Accenture, leading the Strategy & Consulting Service in Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Russia. He has over 25 years’ experience in Strategy & Management Consulting and works with the C-suite to reimagine and prepare their businesses to compete in an uncertain future to drive top line and bottom line optimization. Together with his family he lives in Zurich.

Coram Williams

CFO, Adecco Group

British born, Coram Williams joined the Adecco Group as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and member of the Executive Committee in May 2020.
Before joining the Adecco Group he served as CFO of Pearson Plc from 2015. Prior to that Coram was CFO of Penguin Random House from 2013 to 2015, based in New York. He also held several other senior leadership positions in both finance and operations within the Pearson Group. Coram’s experience spans Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. He holds an MBA from London Business School and a BA (Hons) from the University of Oxford. Mr. Williams is an experienced public company CFO with a strong track record in both operational and financial leadership roles within a complex, multi-national company environment.


Jakob Eich

Editor FINANCE & DerTreasurer

Jakob Eich is an editor of the FINANCE and DerTreasurer trade magazines published by F.A.Z. Business Media, where he also completed his traineeship. Eich specializes in the topics of human resources and digitalization in finance and treasury. Born in 1988, Eich is also well-versed in municipal finance thanks to his stint at sister publication Der Neue Kämmerer. Born in Schleswig-Holstein, he gained his first journalistic experience in the Hamburg media landscape.