The world of tomorrow is approaching faster than anyone can predict—and in some cases, it’s already here. During Modern Finance Experience, finance professionals learn how their teams can outpace change by optimizing business operations, outperforming with intelligence, and exceeding customer expectations.
Are you a change agent in your finance organization? Have your business results and human productivity soared? Have you reduced operating costs and shortened close cycles? Have you enabled faster decision-making with better insight and control? Have you reaped the benefits of revolutionizing your business processes by moving to Oracle Cloud and embracing the power of innovative technologies? If so, we want you to tell your story during Modern Finance Experience at MBX.
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Global Head of Finance Operations, Uber
Delphine Bernard is the Global Head of Finance Operations at Uber, reporting to the CFO. She leads the procurement and supply chain functions, accounts receivable, travel and expenses, payroll and shared services.
Starting with a decentralized team of approximately 40 people, she now oversees a department of 200 employees across the world and more than 400 external contractors with global processes and optimized efficiency.
Under her procurement hat, she oversees $3b in spending.Her department serves more than 40K suppliers, 20K employees in 70+ countries, bringing complexity in operations while remaining efficient and compliant. Delphine also launched first finance outsourced function in early 2017 and now oversees the Global Business Service for the Finance & Administrative. In 2018, Delphine continued to push the digitalization world and created the Center Of Excellence for Intelligent Automation. She has showcased to executives the benefits of Robotic Process Automation and in less than 6 months, has launched more than 13 bots, saving thousands of human hours and has increased controls. Prior to her move to San Francisco, Delphine was Uber Financial Controller in Amsterdam in charge of revenue and financials outside the US. Delphine is today a director on the board of Uber Freight Inc, and in the past has held multiple seats on boards of directors for Uber international subsidiaries. She is also co-chair of the General Data Protection Regulation member review committee ensures compliance within Uber Delphine founded LadyFinance, Uber's employee resource group focused on creating a strong community of women in finance. She is a passionate advocate for supporting diversity and leadership in the workplace. She leads and works to inspire others through mentorship, panel discussions and connections.
Delphine is an alumni of Microsoft and Skype where she served as Group Controller. She elevated and groomed the finance function from startup phase to maturity in a fast growing environment.
Delphine has Master of Business Engineering from Louvain School of Management. She is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School Executive Education, where she continues to take courses and learn about leadership and strategy. Outside the office, Delphine enjoys spending time with her two children and husband, and traveling to discover new cultures.
Senior Vice President, Product Development, Oracle
Matt Bradley is currently the Senior Vice President, Product Development for Enterprise Performance Management at Oracle. Matt is an experienced executive with global hands on experience running large and small teams in product strategy and engineering. His current role covers Oracle's EPM footprint—Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting, Financial Consolidation, and Management Reporting, delivering both SaaS-based solutions as well as the more traditional on premise-based deployments.
He joined Oracle in 2007 as part of Oracle's Hyperion acquisition. As a VP, Product Development at Hyperion Matt helped lead the charge in establishing Hyperion as the market leader within EPM. Prior to joining Hyperion in 2000, Matt held several development lead positions at various medical information companies supporting EMR, casemix analysis, decision support, and related subjects.
Matt and his family moved from Ireland to the Bay Area in 1993. He holds a degree in Computer Science from Queens University, Belfast. After graduating in 1989 he started his career in Information Technology at Oracle.
Vice President, Cloud Center of Excellence, CH Robinson
Jon Champion is currently leading the Finance Cloud Transformation for CH Robinson, a Fortune 200 Third Party Logistics (3PL) global leader. CH Robinson has gone live on Oracle Financial Cloud utilizing GL, Fixed Assets, and Indirect A/P as well as Cloud EPM applications for financial consolidations (FCCS), management reporting (EPBCS) and metadata management (EDMCS). This year they will be implementing additional EPM solutions for tax provisioning (TRCS), account reconciliation (ARCS), budgeting, forecasting, and strategic modeling (EPBCS) and business intelligence (OAC). Prior to joining CH Robinson Jon had worked for over a decade in finance transformation practices of KPMG and Deloitte where he specialized in Oracle's Hyperion product set.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, TrueBlue
Mr. Gafford brings over 25 years of business experience and serves as Executive Vice President and CFO of TrueBlue, a NYSE listed company providing an assortment of human capital services to over 100,000 customers that connect over 700,000 people to work each year. Mr. Gafford is responsible for the strategy, investor relations, M&A, accounting, FP&A, risk management, order-to-cash, and internal audit functions. He has been a key leader in transforming the company from a provider of general labor staffing to a specialized provider of workforce solutions. Under his tenure, the company has tripled in size from both organic growth and over 20 acquisitions.
Similar to TrueBlue, his prior experience is largely in multi-location businesses, including Albertsons and Metropolitan markets and currently serves as a director for Heritage Distilling, the most awarded craft distillery in North America. His initial career experience started with Deloitte.
Mr. Gafford has been recognized by the Staffing Industry Analysts as One of Most Influential People in Staffing and helped TrueBlue earn recognition from Forbes as One of Americas Most Trustworthy Companies based on its accounting and governance practices. He has also been recognized by Treasury and Risk Magazine as a Corporate America Outstanding Executive and by the Puget Sound Business Journal as Public Company CFO of the Year.
Principal Analyst, Altimeter, a Prophet Company
Charlene Li is a principal analyst at Altimeter, a Prophet company. As one of the foremost experts on social media and technologies, Li’s deep knowledge of leadership, strategy, interactive media, and marketing makes her an indispensable ally in today’s rapidly evolving marketplace.
Li was the founder and CEO of Altimeter Group prior to its joining Prophet, and she is the author of the New York Times best seller, Open Leadership. She is also the coauthor of the critically acclaimed, bestselling book Groundswell, which was named one of the best business books in 2008. Her most recent book, The Engaged Leader, is a call to business leaders to adapt to the digital landscape, and revolutionize their relationships by connecting directly with their followers.
Li is frequently quoted by leading media channels such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Reuters and The Associated Press. She has shared her insights on 60 Minutes, The McNeil NewsHour, ABC News, CNN and CNBC. A highly sought-after public speaker, Li has inspired a wide audience as the keynote at conferences such as the World Business Forum, World Economic Forum, American Society of Association Executives, South by Southwest and Web 2.0.
Li is a graduate of Harvard Business School and received a magna cum laude degree from Harvard College.
Author, Dealing with Darwin, and Business Strategy Expert
Geoffrey Moore is an author, speaker, and advisor who splits his consulting time between start-up companies in the Mohr Davidow and Wildcat Venture Partners portfolio and established high-tech enterprises, most recently including Salesforce, Microsoft, Autodesk, F5Networks, Gainsight, Google, and Splunk.
Moore's life's work has focused on the market dynamics surrounding disruptive innovations. His first book, Crossing the Chasm, focuses on the challenges start-up companies face transitioning from early adopting to mainstream customers. It has sold more than a million copies, and its third edition has been revised such that the majority of its examples and case studies reference companies come to prominence from the past decade. Moore's most recent work, Zone to Win, addresses the challenge large enterprises face when embracing disruptive innovations, even when it is in their best interests to do so. It's time to stop explaining why they don't and start explaining how they can. This has been the basis of much of his recent consulting.
Irish by heritage, Moore has yet to meet a microphone he didn't like and gives between 50 and 80 speeches a year. One theme that has received a lot of attention recently is the transition in enterprise IT investment focus from Systems of Record to Systems of Engagement. This is driving the deployment of a new cloud infrastructure to complement the legacy client-server stack, creating massive markets for a next generation of tech industry leaders.
Moore has a bachelors in American literature from Stanford University and a PhD in English literature from the University of Washington. After teaching English for four years at Olivet College, he came back to the Bay Area with his wife and family and began a career in high tech as a training specialist. Over time he transitioned first into sales and then into marketing, finally finding his niche in marketing consulting, working first at Regis McKenna Inc, then with the three firms he helped found: The Chasm Group, Chasm Institute, and TCG Advisors. Today he is chairman emeritus of all three.
Senior Vice President, ERP Applications Development, Oracle
Rondy Ng is Senior Vice President of ERP Applications Development at Oracle with responsibility for leading all aspects of product strategy, product development, and product delivery for Oracle's ERP applications and cloud services.
Under Mr. Ng's leadership, Oracle has developed and delivered the new generation market leading enterprise proven Oracle ERP Cloud, with rapid adoption from thousands of mid-sized and multinational enterprises worldwide since 2013.
Mr. Ng joined Oracle in 1990 and has held a variety of product development leadership positions within Oracle. He holds a Master of Science degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.
Director, Global Macro, Eurasia Group
Willis Sparks is Eurasia Group's Director of Global Macro, and a thought leader on risks, opportunities, and trends created by current geopolitical conflicts and political developments in major emerging market countries, as well as on US politics and foreign policy. He works directly with Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer on a variety of macro political risk projects.
Prior to joining Eurasia Group in 2005, Willis worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he wrote on transnational terrorism and US national security. He regularly gives speeches on market-moving trends in international politics for investor and corporate audiences in the US and abroad. Willis holds master’s degrees in international affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, where he specialized in international security policy and the former Soviet Union, and from Sciences Po in Paris. He holds two bachelor's degrees from Brown University and is a graduate of the Juilliard School.