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Romesh Adury, EY

Romesh Adury is a Senior Manager in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP. Romesh has over a 19 years of experience as a Process Improvement and SAP transformation professional with an emphasis in SAP Financials, Controlling, Procurement and Solution Architecting. Throughout his career, Romesh has worked with several global companies across various sectors, turning process improvements through optimizing SAP Financials and enabling technologies. Romesh holds degrees in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management and in Electrical Engineering from IIT (India).

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David Amiot, Deloitte

David is a Managing Director of Deloitte LLP and is currently involved with Deloitte’s green field implementation of SAP S/4HANA in four countries. David joined Deloitte (then Touche Ross) from the U.S. Army as a Management Consultant. He led the Office Operations for the Mid-Atlantic region, pioneering the integration of personal computers into what had been a mainframe environment for financial reporting. David moved to the national technology center in Nashville and led the implementation of SAP R/3 in 1995. He led the design and development of a global finance / engagement management / HR system for Deloitte Consulting that operated in 30 countries at its peak. Most recently, David led a group responsible for our business-technology account management. David has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Stetson University and both a Master’s of Science Degree in Administration and a Juris Doctor from George Washington University. David is a CPA in Virginia and Tennessee and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association.

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Kirk Anderson, SAP

Kirk Anderson is a Vice President of EPM Go to Market responsible for SAP's Enterprise Performance Management solutions and in particular SAP's Business Planning and Consolidation solutions. Most recently his focus has been on BPC optimized for S/4 HANA. Kirk is a Chartered Accountant working for a number of years in public accounting.

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Tom Anderson, SAP

Thomas Anderson is the Director of Real Estate within Lob Finance and is responsible for SAP‘s Real Estate Management solution used by commercial, corporate and residential real estate organizations around the world. He is responsible for identifying trends in the increasingly complex real estate industry, working with customers to understand how they are impacted by these trends and coordinating with SAP product owners to develop new solutions. This role has taken him too many countries around the world where he has seen the explosive growth in real estate development and has spoken with customers extensively about the impact of digitalization on real estate management.

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Shreepad Ankalgi, JBS USA

Shreepad Ankalgi is a member of the SAP IT Finance Team with JBS USA. He supports the Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Treasury & FSCM modules of SAP. A CPA holder, Shreepad has been with working with SAP both as an end user and as a Functional Analyst for 9 years. Prior to that he has worked in the areas of Accounting & Finance in various other roles in the countries of Africa, South Africa, Australia and India. He has extensive experience working within the areas of financial reporting, management reporting, budgeting, forecasting , and audit. He has led and been a part of various acquisition, SAP upgrade and introduction of new functionality projects in his current role. Shreepad has a keen interest in identifying business process improvement opportunities and make those business processes more productive as well as more efficient utilizing SAP technology.

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Thiagu Bala, Deloitte

Thiagu Bala is a Senior Manager with Deloitte. He has more than 18 years of SAP experience, working primarily in analytics and performance management. He has architected and delivered many end-to-end global solutions across a broad spectrum of industry verticals. Thiagu has spoken about many advance SAP topics in ASUG, SAP Financials, Sapphire, and other SAP conferences.

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David Bath, Protiviti

David Bath is an Associate Director of Protiviti. He has over 20 years of experience working with a number of organizations to enhance their business performance by using analytics and business intelligence software. He has extensive experience in implementing Business Intelligence and Corporate Performance Management solutions using SAP tools, including SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, SAP Web Intelligence, SAP BusinessObjects, and SAP Data Services to name a few.

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Michelle Bennett, Allianz Asset Management

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Dr. Bjarne Berg, PwC

Dr. Berg is an internationally recognized expert in Business Intelligence. He is a Principal and the Tax Data Analytics and Business Intelligence Leader in Tax Technology & Compliance (TT&C) at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. He has managed global projects and upgrades for many fortune 500 companies in Europe and the USA for almost 20 years. He has also been a Professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Additionally, Dr. Berg is frequently published in international BI journals and is the co-author of SAP HANA: An Introduction from SAP PRESS. He holds a Bachelors from Appalachian State University, an MBA from East Carolina University, a Doctorate in IS from the University of Sarasota, and a Ph.D in IT from University of North Carolina. He attended the Norwegian Army Military Academy, and served as an officer.

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Stefan Blumer, Thomson Reuters

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Susanto Bordoloi, Bramasol

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Thack Brown, SAP

Thack Brown is General Manager and Global Head for SAP’s Line of Business Finance. In this capacity, he is responsible for the full suite of SAPs solutions for the Office of the CFO. Thack has held several roles at SAP, most recently as the Head of Consulting Services for the US. In this role, he was responsible for the Sales and Delivery teams managing the implementation, adoption and value realization of SAP's products. Prior to his time in consulting, he was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for SAP Americas. In this role, he was responsible for industry and solutions, value engineering, sales operations, and the GCO University program (formerly SAP® Sales University), as well as audit and private equity business development, ensuring operational excellence through service efficiency and effectiveness. Previously, Thack was COO for SAP Latin America and the Caribbean. Thack started with SAP in 2008. He was Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Latin America and the Caribbean, successfully managing control and compliance policies with the transparency needed to achieve top business results.

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Andrew Chapman, Stepan Company

Andrew Chapman leads the Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis department at Stepan Company. Andrew is a sponsor for Stepan’s global finance transformation project to enhance insightfulness of reporting to Senior Leadership and streamline the budgeting and forecasting processes. Andrew also supports the CFO on Investor Relations responsibilities and the VP of Strategy & Corporate Development on certain strategic initiatives. Prior to joining Stepan, Andrew worked for nine years at Ernst & Young within both the Transaction Advisory Services and Assurance & Advisory Business Services practices. Andrew is a Certified Public Accountant with a Master degree in Accounting and Management Information Systems and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Stepan is a $2 billion global chemical manufacturer listed on the NYSE, with production facilities located in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

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Pras Chatterjee, SAP

Pras Chatterjee is a Director of Product Marketing for Enterprise Performance Management specializing in Planning solutions. Prior to joining Product Marketing, Pras was a Practice Manager for SAP Business Analytics Services in North America as a leader in the EPM practice. He has also served as a Solution Architect for SAP Business Planning and Consolidation version for the Microsoft platform and SAP NetWeaver focusing on Planning and Consolidations around the globe. Pras is a Certified Management Accountant and has worked with various software firms in the EPM space as well has had a career in Finance with various Fortune 500 organizations.

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Amber Christian, Ace

Amber Christian is the founder of Ace LLC. She has implemented SAP solutions since 2000. Amber’s functional expertise includes Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Treasury and Cash management. She has implemented solutions for companies with locations in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. She has implemented payments solutions in over 30 countries. She is a frequent blogger and conference presenter on a variety of SAP finance and treasury topics. She has an MBA in Finance from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management.

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Frank Ciannella, SAP

Frank Ciannella, CPA, is a Director in the Chief Customer Office at SAP and is responsible for driving customer success and adoption of SAP innovations, most notably SAP HANA, across SAP’s strategic customer base. Frank has over 19 years of SAP experience and has worked closely with over 50 organizations on their HANA journeys, including S/4HANA. Frank also has extensive experience working across industries driving large scale financial transformation initiatives.

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Paul Davis, VantagePoint Solutions

Paul is a Vice President and Partner with VantagePoint Solutions. For more than 20 years, Paul has been architecting and delivering EPM solutions around Budgeting, Forecasting, Consolidations, Reporting, Analytics, and Profitability. During that time, he has been involved with the design and implementation of more than 300 EPM solutions across a variety of functionalities and industry verticals. During the last 9 years, Paul has been focused on the SAP EPM and Analytics space and integration with the broader SAP platform. It is from this background that Paul draws upon in his many presentations internationally at conferences and users groups on the subject of EPM road mapping and best practices. In addition to speaking, Paul is an active thought leader on EPM topics, producing whitepapers, articles, blogs, and social media content.

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Romeo DeLeon, Nakisa

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David Dixon, TruQua Enterprises

Since 2008, David has been a featured speaker worldwide at SAPinsider conferences annually (starting with “Reporting & Business Intelligence with SAP and Business Objects” conference and more recently including "S/4HANA Finance Bootcamp"). His expertise is also often called upon by SAP such as moderating "askSAP EPM Innovation Community Calls" and participating in talk shows such as "Financial Excellence with Game Changers". He was also the only third-party expert featured at SAP's "BPC MEGA Elite" training other consultancies on SAP BPC Financial Consolidation in 2011. He co-authored the book "Mastering the SAP Business Information Warehouse" written with Bill Inmon, the "father of data warehousing," as well as white papers sponsored by Business Objects and SAP on Business Intelligence (BI) and Enterprise Performance Management (EPM). David started his career in 1995 as a Financials and Controlling (FI/CO) consultant with SAP specializing in financial consolidations, product costing and profitability analysis with particular expertise in the ERP information systems and tools. David was an FI/CO Platinum Consultant before he left SAP in 1999 to help form an SAP BW consultancy startup that was acquired in 2004 which in turn, was acquired in 2007 for the SAP practice and high-performance culture that David led. Thereafter, David built overnight SAP practices at his subsequent companies. David is not only an executive and practicing consultant but also a hands-on developer since his earliest days with SAP. His skills span functional and technical domains. He has worked with SAP's development team in Walldorf and Palo Alto on numerous occasions in support of applications and initiatives in the S/4HANA, EPM and BI space. He continues to have active and personal ties with SAP's product and solution organizations. He has extensive project experience in implementing high-value global solutions for Fortune 100 companies.

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Natasha Doerksen, Cameco

Natasha Doerksen is a Treasury Supervisor with Cameco Corporation. She is an accredited Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant with a Bachelor’s Degree of Commerce and has 10 years of experience in a corporate treasury environment. She is responsible for daily treasury activities including foreign exchange hedging, cash and risk management, derivatives regulation compliance and a variety of intercompany transactions. In addition, she is the business lead on the implementation of the Cameco SAP Treasury project.

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Leslie Eaton, Vertex

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Jonathan Feinstein, New York Life Insurance Company

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Amanda Flemmer, CF Industries

Amanda Flemmer is a SAP Business Systems Analyst for CF Industries; a Fortune 500 global manufacturer and distributor. Amanda supports the order-to-cash (OTC) and inventory-to-fulfillment (ITF) areas of the business. Before joining the IT department Amanda worked on the business side in Supply Chain, Customer Support and Credit. As the subject matter expert for OTC, she was responsible for documentation, testing, internal and external training for CF’s enterprise wide SAP implementation. Amanda has also worked on various SAP enhancements and special projects; including SAP receivables management where she was the project manager. Leveraging her business and technology expertise she has been able to develop new processes, ensure successful implementations and encourage collaboration between departments.

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Jim Frick, Bentley Systems

Jim Frick is the Finance IT Manager for Bentley Systems. Prior to this he was the SAP ERP Manager. He has worked with SAP for 20 years. He has an undergraduate degree in Math and Economics and an MBA in Finance.

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Saugata Ghosh, PwC

Saugata is a director with PwC’s consulting practice, specializing in finance transformation, implementation of SAP's financial applications and program leadership. He has deep business process knowledge in the areas of Financial Accounting, Management Reporting, FP&A, integration with OTC, P2P and Project Systems. Saugata has helped companies in range of business transformation programs, across diverse industries including Technology, Consumer Products and Power & Utilities. Currently, helping clients in transition to SAP's new finance solution (S/4 HANA Finance) and also adoption of new revenue recognition standards (ASC 606) with SAP RAR. Playing thought leadership role in the realm of defining business case and roadmap for the office of CFO’s and CIO’s towards adoption of new technology solutions like S/4 HANA Finance, SAP Fiori, oCFO dashboard, Digital Boardroom - with an approach driven by finance benchmarking and capability driven strategies around real-time business insights, productivity, efficiency and user experience.

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Howard Goldstein, BlackLine

Goldstein joined BlackLine in 2008 to lead and build out a marketing department for the growing software startup. As the Director of Marketing, he was responsible for creating a brand that included the “No More Bullsheet®” campaign which resonates to this day. Goldstein was also instrumental in developing a partnership with SAP® which resulted in the BlackLine Financial Close Suite for SAP Solutions, becoming the only SAP-endorsed business solution for the financial close. During his tenure, BlackLine has experienced steadfast growth with an investment by Silver Lake Sumeru in 2013 and an initial public offering in 2016. Currently, he oversees global marketing programs.

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Pete Graham, SAP

Pete Graham is currently the Director, Finance Solutions and Mobility at SAP. He currently leads multiple finance and accounting topics including revenue recognition (IFRS 15, ASC 606) and lease accounting (IFRS 16, ASC 842). He is actively working with customers around the world as they tackle the revenue accounting standards with SAP Revenue Accounting and Reporting (RAR) and the lease accounting standards with SAP Lease Administration by Nakisa. Pete frequently helps customers and partners understand the latest information about next-generation in-memory solutions like SAP S/4HANA Finance and how S/4HANA Finance allows any business to Run Better. Pete also works with SAP customers, colleagues, and partners to bring new financial solutions to the market. He has almost 20 years of experience in the enterprise software industry in a variety of Product Strategy, Finance, and operational roles.

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Monty Guevara, SimpleFi Solutions

Monty Guevara is a Senior Manager with SimpleFi Solutions, Monty began his career with seven years of custom application development experience working with Java, C#, and .NET. He has subsequent established expertise in database technologies, primarily MS SQL Server and SAP BW, but extending to Oracle and Teradata. Monty focuses on system architecture and development as it relates to integration of core data to the SAP BPC module.

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Rohana Gunawardena, Exium

Rohana Gunawardena heads the SAP practice division at Exium Inc., and has been working with SAP since 1992. During his career, Rohana has assisted multiple clients on detailed system correction projects, such as correcting inventory balances, controlling area reorganizations, retrospectively activating group currency, and optimizing intercompany accounting transactions. Rohana has spoken at many SAP conferences and has published more than 20 magazine articles in SAP Financials Expert, SAP SCM Expert, and SAPtips on various aspects of SAP. His presentations have focused on financial module selection, the order-to-cash process, global rollouts, business segment reporting, cross-module integration, and the financial impact of SCM transactions. He is widely acknowledged as a leading SAP expert. Rohana is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. Previously, Rohana has worked with the consulting practices of Accenture, Deloitte, and PwC. You may reach him via e-mail at Rohana@Exium.com.

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Michel Haesendonckx, SAP

Michel Haesendonckx is Global Solution Owner at SAP SE for SAP’s solutions in the area of Finance & Performance Management, Management Accounting & Reporting. In this role he is responsible for the solution strategy and drives the go-to-market in this area, being highly involved in key innovation topics. He has 20 years of experience in the area of financial processes as well as analytics, of which 17 years in relation to SAP solutions. Apart from having been responsible for Presales and Business Development for the Finance line of business at SAP Belgium-Luxembourg for 8 years, he built his functional experience as external auditor, controller in the oil sector and CFO in the port logistics industry. He further extended his view in this field through his leadership position in FP&A in a globally operating consulting organization.

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Jim Halepaska, Z Option

Jim Halepaska is a director at Z Option. After graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington with a BBA/Accounting degree, Jim worked in the banking and software industries while earning his CPA certification. After being introduced to SAP in 1993, he began a career in SAP consulting. Specializing in FI/CO, Jim worked on several SAP implementations before forming Z Option with three colleagues. Having one foot in both the accounting and technical worlds gives Jim a useful perspective on user interface and integration issues.

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Carsten Hilker, SAP

Carsten has been working in the field of financial and management accounting for 20+ years in various roles including development, consulting and product management. He is an advocate of financial excellence, enterprise optimization and profitable growth and has presented and published on the topic of Finance and Management Accounting in numerous occasions. His past and current professional affiliations include ASUG, IMA, CAM-I, the Resource Consumption Accounting Institute (RCA-I), Society of Cost Management (SCM) and the International Controller Association (ICV).

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J. Scott Hollands, Vivint

J. Scott Hollands is currently the Senior Director – Internal Audit at Vivint a leading consumer Smart Home company based in Provo, Utah. Vivint was recently ranked the No. 1 Smart Home Service Provider in the U.S. In his role at Vivint he oversees all company Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Governance, Compliance activities including the company’s Sarbanes-Oxley program. Previous roles have included serving as the Vice President of Internal Audit for EnergySolutions and Vice President of Internal Audit for the American Skiing Company. Scott has over 25 years industry and public accounting experience providing value added governance and control solutions.

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JS Irick, TruQua Enterprises

JS Irick is a Consultant and Lead Developer at TruQua Enterprises, a Software Development and SAP Services company. A respected developer of innovative data analysis solutions, JS has developed tools for the scientific and financial industries. JS possesses a unique portfolio of skills focused on performance tuning the SAP and non-SAP stack. JS demonstrates both technical savvy and impeccable communications skills. A featured speaker and leader, JS has consulted and provided training to multinational corporations and spoken at major SAP events. A recognized performance testing and tuning expert, JS ensures the performance and stability of TruQua’s implementations. Through his experience with automated load testing and reconciliation tools, JS helps the team identify areas for improvement well before they become issues. JS’s expertise is in SAP NetWeaver Performance Optimization, SAP BusinessObjects EPM, SAP HANA, Cloud Computing, SAP BPC-ERP Integration, SAP BPC-ERP Reconciliation, HP LoadRunner, SAP Mobile Applications (SUP & Gateway Frameworks), Linux Server Administration, Python, Scrum Development Methodology, and Enterprise Security.

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Marc Jackson, Turnkey Consulting

Marc is a Senior Manager at Turnkey Consulting and the solution lead for SAP Process Controls. He has over 15 years of SAP experience out of which 4 years in the Process Controls domain. Marc's varied background and project experience whilst at Turnkey (and previously with PwC) has seen him develop skills in SAP Security & Authorizations, SAP Audit & Controls, Security Governance and SAP Process Control. Marc is also one of the SAP Process Controls training course instructors for SAP UK. Marc has lead several SAP Process Controls implementations across a variety of industries including: utilities, consumer products, information services, and fashion.

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Ram Kantamaneni, Bentley Systems

Ram Kantamaneni is a Sr. SAP Finance Business Solutions Analyst at Bentley Systems with over 12 years of experience in implementing and supporting various SAP solutions. He specializes in SAP Finance and Controlling (FI-CO), Concur Travel & Expense Management, SuccessFactors and has experience in other solutions like Basis & Security, BPC, CRM and S/4 HANA.

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Joerg Kaschytza, SNP

For 26 years Joerg has been supporting worldwide leading corporations on their path to internationalization, standardization, and harmonization of processes, organization, and SAP system landscapes. Benefit from his experience includes how to define road maps for Business and IT Transformation. Joerg is acting as Global Executive Advisor for SAP S/4HANA at SNP.

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Berker Kilinc, EY

Berker Kilinc is a Senior Manager in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP. He has 21 years of professional consulting services experience in large and complex SAP implementations across diverse geographies and industries. He specializes in SAP Program Management, SAP Finance and Controlling (FI-CO), and SAP Business Intelligence applications. In recent years he has been focusing on SAP S4 Finance.

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Don Kirby, DGKirby Consulting

Don is the founder of DGKirby Consulting, Inc. He is an independent senior SAP S/4HANA Finance consultant with over 22 years of experience implementing and supporting SAP solutions including full-cycle implementations, post-production support, training, and upgrades. He has worked for multi-national clients based in the US, Canada, and Europe. Don has business process and configuration skills in the areas of general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, asset accounting, cost center accounting, product costing, profitability analysis, profit center accounting, and sales/use tax. He also possesses deep knowledge of standard and custom developed reporting in SAP and the tools to implement them. Don has an MBA in Finance from the Gatton School of Business at the University of Kentucky.

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Mitresh Kundalia, Quality Systems & Software

One of the leading Industry experts, Mitresh is an acknowledged SAP Financials Expert with specialization in SAP New General Ledger Migration. SAP PRESS has published his book on the SAP New G/L Segment Reporting. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and white papers and he has given presentations at various SAP conferences and events. He serves on the advisory board of "SAP Financials Expert" publication. Mitresh is the chief solutions architect in designing, developing, and building General Ledger Migration Optimizer (GLMO), a leading product to accelerate and jump-start the SAP New G/L initiatives; SAP Data Re-organization Optimizer (SDRO), a leading SLO-type product for managing complex system landscape re-organizations and Group Currency Activation & Conversion (GCAC), product-suite to manage introduction of parallel currencies, and conversion of data in the live SAP system. He can be reached at Mitresh@QSandS.com

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Prem Kurumoju, IDEXX Laboratories

Prem is a SAP Application Analyst at IDEXX Laboratories, he holds a Masters in Engineering Management with SAP specialization from University of Southern California. Prem has functional expertise in Flexible Real Estate Management (RE-FX), SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) and SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP).

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Jim Link, itelligence

Jim Link is an EPM Engagement Manager with itelligence, Inc., an NTT Data company. Jim has been working with SAP solutions since 2005, getting his start in FI/CO, SEM-BCS, and SEM-BPS, but primarily focused on BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation (BPC) since 2009. Jim’s industry experience includes real estate, banking, power and utilities, food products and media, and he has acted in many different project roles ranging from business subject matter expert to lead solution architect. A Certified Public Accountant by trade, Jim’s background also includes 6 years as an auditor with PwC and in financial reporting departments. Jim is active in the SAP community as an ASUG Volunteer, specifically the ASUG Enterprise Performance Management SIG Chair, BPC Influence Council Chair, and former Business Process Architecture SIG Program Chair, and has spoken at several ASUG Annual Conferences since 2008.

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Sandesh Mahagaokar, KPMG

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Tarak Majmudar, PwC

Tarak has been deploying and delivering Enterprise solution for 20+ business transformation and ERP implementation programs for over 16+ years. He works with PwC’s Finance Transformation Advisory practice specializing in technology driven transformation. Tarak with his unique approach of blending business knowledge with strong hands-on SAP implementation skill helps to drive resulted oriented solutions. Tarak‘s area of expertise includes, finance process improvement, large scale ERP/SAP transformation. He has successfully lead, driven & delivered large scale / complex SAP Implementation programs across various vertical with heavy focus on Retail and Consumer, High-tech.

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Sydnie McConnell, Woodward

Sydnie McConnell is the lead SAP business systems analyst for Finance at Woodward, which integrates leading-edge technologies into fuel, combustion, fluid, actuation, and electronic control systems for the aerospace and energy markets. Sydnie has over 15 years of experience with SAP Financials, both as a business user and a systems analyst. Her primary focus is on SAP Controlling, particularly product cost controlling and profitability analysis. Sydnie has worked on a variety of complex projects, including several global SAP ERP and BPC implementations and integrating multiple ERP systems into a single SAP general ledger. She is the co-author of First Steps in SAP (2nd edition).

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Ryan McWhorter, Deloitte

Ryan is a Senior Manager with over 13 years of SAP experience with a focus on profitability and cost strategy, financial analysis, and regulatory matters. He is focused on business-driven technology transformations with experience leading large multi-disciplinary and globally distributed transformation initiatives. Ryan has worked with several companies to transform their accounting & finance capabilities with S/4HANA.

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Rakesh Mehta, PwC

Rakesh is a Senior Director with PwC and has over 16 years’ experience in implementing SAP and Financial Transformation solutions in large-scale client organizations specifically in the area of Retail, Consumer Products, and Wholesale Distribution. Besides that, he brings deep experience in planning, managing, and delivering complex SAP-enabled business transformations, using industry-leading project management methodologies and disciplines. Rakesh has worked on multiple SAP global template engagements in Europe, Asia Pac, and in the US and has successfully led large multi-cultural teams through highly challenging assignments. Rakesh is skilled at business hierarchy discussions, global statutory requirements, process redesign efforts, finance efficiency, vision sessions, solving complex business requirements, upgrade assessment, and implementation. Internally within PwC, Rakesh leads the effort to build the Simple Finance Transformation Accelerator solution (SFTA) and other SAP FT initiatives.

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Elizabeth Milne, SAP

Elizabeth Milne has over 20 years of experience improving the software solutions for multi-national, multi-billion dollar organizations. Her finance career began working at Walt Disney then Warner Bros in the areas of consolidation, budgeting, and financial reporting. She subsequently moved to the software industry and has held positions including implementation consultant and manager, account executive, pre-sales consultant and working as part of the solution management team at SAP, Business Objects, and Cartesis. In 2008, she graduated with an Executive MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She currently manages the accounting and financial close portfolio for SAP Solution Marketing.

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Christian Mnich, SAP SE

Christian Mnich is working in Finance Solution Management as a Solution Owner for Treasury Solutions at SAP SE, based out of Walldorf, Germany. In this role he is responsible for the Global Solution Management and Go-To Market for the Treasury Applications from SAP including SAP Treasury and Risk Management, SAP Cash and Liquidity Management, SAP In-House Cash, SAP Bank Communication Management, and SAP Integration Package for SWIFT. In his previous role, Christian was Product Manager for EPR Financials, and in that role he was responsible for the topics Payments, Cash Management, and Bank connectivity. Furthermore, he was in charge of developments around global payment formats such as ISO20022 and Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA). Christian is a regular speaker at international treasury conferences and author of articles in specialist publications on a variety of treasury-related topics. Christian joined SAP in 2005. Prior to joining SAP, he had worked for Bosch and for IDS Scheer AG as a consultant in several areas. Christian holds a B.Sc. in Business Computing from the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, Germany.

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Rob Montanez, Thomson Reuters

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Martin Naraschewski, SAP SE

Martin Naraschewski is responsible for the global go-to-market of SAP’s dedicated software solutions for Finance, including the areas of Accounting, Treasury, and Finance Shared Services. In his previous role, he was responsible for SAP’s global licensing strategy and pricing. Before joining SAP in 2005, he was advising various clients in the High Tech and Telecommunications industries on Corporate Finance and Strategy topics as a top management consultant.

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Nitya Narayana, Deloitte

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Paul Ovigele, ERPfixers

Paul Ovigele is the founder of the online micro-consulting platform, ERPfixers (http://www.erpfixers.com). He has worked as an ERP financials consultant since 1997 in both North America and Europe, specializing in implementing the Financial Accounting and Controlling modules along with their integrated areas for companies in industries such as consumer goods, chemicals, logistics, pharmaceuticals, apparel and entertainment. Paul has delivered numerous training sessions to finance professionals at both the functional and managerial levels, is published in FinancialsExpert where he also serves as a technical adviser, and has presented at various SAP financials conferences around the world. Paul is also the author of the books “100 Things You Should Know About Financial Accounting with SAP (2011)” and “Reconciling COPA to the General Ledger (2013)”.

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Sonam Pawar, TruQua Enterprises

Sonam Pawar is a Functional Analyst, Data Designer, and FICO Specialist at TruQua Enterprises. She has 7 years of SAP FICO experience, including SAP S/4HANA Finance and central finance in different stages of secure SDLC. Sonam has industry exposure spanning across professional services such as banking, insurance, oil and gas, and energy. She maintains an expertise in the areas of solution design and configuration of FICO modules, including SAP New G/L Financial Planning, A/R, A/P, fixed assets, bank accounting, and controlling. Sonam has worked extensively with executive management and business users from accounting to report, order to cash, procurement to pay, manufacturing, and operation to maintain. She has proven skills in the proactive analysis of SAP solutions, including SAP S/4HANA Finance to propose improvements and optimization of business processes and SAP design. Sonam holds an MBA in Finance with domain experience in financial analysis, credit analysis, and project financing in the large credit department of a federal bank in India.

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Bill Perry, Perdue Farms

Bill Perry is the Director of Business Application Services for Perdue Farms Inc. in Salisbury, Maryland. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, Certified Financial Manager, Chartered Global Management Accountant, and Certified Accounts Payable Professional with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Bill has over 25 years of experience in corporate accounting operations, completing several process improvement projects before becoming a project manager leading a team of SAP analysts supporting the finance & accounting organization at Perdue Farms.

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Laura Petrie, Newell Rubbermaid

Laura Petrie is the SAP Finance Project Manager at Newell Brands, an American worldwide marketer of consumer and commercial products headquartered in Atlanta, GA. She is a CPA and spent 10 years in accounting before transitioning to IT. Laura joined Newell in 2010 as a member of the SAP global implementation project, working in the areas of fixed assets, GL, and internal orders. Laura is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a Masters in Accounting. She lives in the metro Atlanta area with her three dogs and enjoys baking and eating what she bakes.

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Katharina Reichert, SAP SE

Katharina Reichert is part of the solution management team for Finance Solutions at SAP SE in Walldorf. Her areas of expertise include credit managements, electronic bill presentment and payment, dispute resolutions, and collections management. She has ongoing responsibility for the SAP cloud and on-premise portfolio of solutions that help customers automate and streamline their invoice-to-cash processes for business-to-business transactions.

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Venkata Sateesh Bhargav, Deloitte

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Kathrin Schmalzing, EY

Kathrin Schmalzing is a Senior Manager in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP. Before she transitioned to consulting, she first worked in the automotive industry in the controlling department, giving her a clear view at the challenges faced by both consultants and end users. Kathrin has been working with SAP solutions since 2002 and has been involved in multiple end-to-end implementations of its financial solutions. Her current focus is on the Financial Accounting and Controlling modules, as well as on their integration with other SAP ERP modules. Kathrin published two books with Rheinwerk Publishing: 100 Things You Should Know About Controlling with SAP and Configuring Controlling in SAP ERP. Her third book, CO-PA in S/4HANA, will be published in spring 2017.

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Prakash Sethia, IDEXX Laboratories

Prakash Sethia is a Principal Application Analyst in the SAP Center of Expertise at IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. which is a worldwide leader of diagnostic products for animals. He is responsible for the HR and BPC systems. He has over 13 years of SAP experience working for product (SAP), consulting and end user companies. He has worked as a Solution Architect on multiple ECC upgrades as well as the BPC upgrade and is currently working on implementing Balance Sheet and Cash Flow statements on the BPC system.

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Brian Shannon, Dolphin

As Dolphin’s Chief Strategy Officer, Mr. Shannon is focused on business processes and financial solutions to maximize return on investment. He has more than 20 years of SAP experience and his background includes thought leadership, knowledge management, project management, training, and SAP consulting with extensive experience in the automotive and manufacturing sectors, as well as oil and gas, retail, and utility verticals. Mr. Shannon’s industry and finance experience includes positions as a National Credit Manager, International Finance Manager, Corporate Banking Credit Analyst, and Financial Strategist. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Manitoba, and an MBA in International Finance from the University of South Florida.

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John E. Steele, Deloitte

John is a Principal in Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Technology Practice and co-leads the U.S. SAP Finance Transformation Practice and Deloitte’s S/4HANA Team. He has more than 20 years of experience in consulting and corporate environments, and has spent the past 15 years focused on technology enabled business transformation. John has deep experience leading complex global programs with a focus on process redesign, shared services, analytics, and external reporting. In recent years, John has focused his attention on the application of cutting-edge technologies such as SAP HANA to solve his clients’ most pressing business issues. He co-led Deloitte’s first HANA proof of concept in North America and led the first S/4 HANA implementation. He has been educating clients on the benefits of implementing in-memory technology within the enterprise application space. Before joining Deloitte Consulting LLP nearly ten years ago, John held leadership positions in consumer products and investment banking. During his tenure in consulting, he has served clients in a variety of industries, including consumer products, financial services, wholesale distribution, manufacturing, aerospace and defense, and media. His clients have included AIG, New York Life, Goodrich, Cargill, Coca-Cola, Sysco, Cardinal Health, and IMG Worldwide. John’s areas of specialty include program leadership, business process transformation, finance transformation, analytics, forecasting and planning, SAP HANA, and ERP-enabled shared services. John received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. He lives in Atlanta, GA, where he enjoys the ability to play year-round tennis with his wife and twin sons. In their spare time, John’s family has a passion for swimming and scuba diving.

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Shauna Sumner, JBS USA

Shauna Sumner is an IT Functional Analyst with JBS USA. She has been with the Company for over 18 years and has served in various finance business positions in accounts payable, treasury, billing and cash applications and currently supports the order-to-cash business processes for sales and distribution. Shauna has managed and implemented numerous projects with the most recent being Dispute Management in SAP.

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Ashok Sunkavalli, Tennant Company

Ashok Sunkavalli is a Sr. IT Business Analyst at Tennant Company where he provides IT solutions in SAP Finance area and manages large, complex IT SAP end-to-end projects. He has more than 20 years of experience working for a number of clients providing IT solutions in SAP Finance and other integrated areas. He has implemented solutions for G/L, A/R, A/P, fixed assets, rental, taxes, reporting, and invoicing for companies located in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Ashok also successfully led the SAP New General Ledger migration project at Tennant Company as the IT Project Manager and Technical Lead.

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Susan Topping, Great-West Financial

Susan Topping is a Technical Specialist, SAP Implementation Support, at Great-West Financial. She has been associated with Great-West’s SAP team from their initial installation project that went live on version 4.6C, through the upgrades to 4.7, ECC5, ECC6, and multiple enhancement packs, to data archiving. She was the project, functional, and technical lead for the Dolphin PTS-AP software implementation. Her team is responsible for end-user support, training, functional testing, and regression testing the core SAP Financial modules, Dolphin PTS-AP add-on, GTS, TV, and UWL.

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Hendrik Vordenbaeumen, SAP SE

Hendrik Vordenbaeumen is Vice President of Product Management for Travel Solutions, responsible for the SAP ERP Travel Management solution and the SAP Cloud for Travel and Expense solution. He joined SAP in 2001, first responsible for the area of Travel Management in ERP, in 2006 he took over responsibility for the complete ERP FIN / HCM area incl. Travel Management. In June 2010, Hendrik was given the responsibility for all actual and future SAP Travel Management solutions incl. SAP Cloud for Travel and Expense. In his role he is also active member of the large Business Travel organizations ACTE and GBTA, he holds many presentations as guest speaker at travel events around the world. Before joining SAP, Hendrik worked for Deutsche Bank in New York with responsibility for Deutsche Bank's USA SAP Financials and Expense Management deployment. Before moving to the USA, Hendrik worked in several positions with Deutsche Bank in Germany and other customer. Overall Hendrik has worked with SAP products and processes for 27 years and is working in the Business Travel Management area over 15 years.

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Rahul Wagh, KPMG

Rahul is a Managing Director in KPMG’s Management Consulting group. He has more than 21 years of Industry and Management Consulting experience in the areas of Life Sciences, Retail, Consumer Products, and Diversified Industrial. Rahul been involved in / led several large global Business Transformation programs for leading clients in these industries. His experience includes international assignments in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. He has extensive experience in advising clients on integrating their business processes and technologies, driving growth and sustaining value within their organizations. His background includes account management, program management, solution architecting, package selections, design of business processes and implementing full lifecycle SAP transformation programs.

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Thack Brown

Senior Vice President, General Manager and Global Head Line of Business Finance

SAP


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