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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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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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John Arthur, Goldcorp

John is the Manager, Sustainability Applications at Goldcorp and has worked at Goldcorp for more than 6 years implementing various IT solutions including S/4HANA Treasury, BPC and Concur. He started his career as an accountant and has more than 24 years of experience in project implementation – primarily finance related systems. John has worked in the health care, utilities, and mining sectors with substantial experience in financial planning and analysis, accounting, project management, and change management. He has an Honors Bachelor of Commerce degree, an MBA, and is a CPA. He is also Prosci certified in Change Management.

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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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Eric Barlow, Serio Consulting

Eric Barlow is a Managing Partner with Serio Consulting LLC who has been consulting on SAP applications since 1995. As a former Platinum Consultant with SAP America Inc., Eric has worked in various consulting roles across a variety of implementations and upgrades in North and South America, EMEA, and Asia. Eric possesses extensive knowledge of the FI/CO modules with a strong emphasis in the capital management area inclusive of Project Systems, Investment Management, and Asset Accounting. Eric is a recurring speaker and is active in the development and testing of new SAP solutions.

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Anurag Barua, TruQua Enterprises

Anurag Barua is a Principal at TruQua Enterprises. He has 23 years of experience in conceiving, designing, managing, and implementing complex software solutions, including nearly 18 years of SAP experience. His core SAP competencies include FI and Controlling FI/CO, logistics, SAP HANA, SAP BW, SAP BusinessObjects, Enterprise Performance Management, SAP Solution Manager, Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC), and project management. He is a frequent speaker at SAPinsider conferences and contributes to several of our publications. He holds a BS in computer science and an MBA in finance. He is a PMI-certified PMP, a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and is ITIL V3F certified.

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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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Roberto Bayon, Jabil

Roberto Bayon is a Senior Director of Finance at Jabil and is responsible for their Global SAP Security Redesign and Governance initiative. He has over 25 years of combined financial experience at Fortune 500 companies including Eastman Kodak, Thomas & Betts, and Jabil. In his prior positions, he held the roles of Assistant Treasurer, Regional Controller, Group Controller, and Division Controller. He has 10 years of experience working with SAP and his current Security Redesign project impacts more than 15,000 users.

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Akos Beres, itelligence

Akos has more than eight years of SAP experience, with exposure to BPC, BW, FI/CO, as well as other financial planning, consolidation, and reporting solutions, such as Hyperion Essbase, HFM, Cognos, and MicroStrategy. Akos' industry experience includes retail, distribution, warehousing, manufacturing, and R&D. He has acted in many different roles, ranging from business subject matter expert to lead solution architect. Prior to joining itelligence, Akos worked at several Fortune 500 companies in various finance roles, including financial analyst and treasury manager. He has an undergraduate degree in Economics and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management.

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Stefan Blumer, Thomson Reuters

Stefan Blumer is the Senior Director of Technology in Indirect Tax responsible for the vision, strategy, and delivery for all aspects of transaction system integrations and the ONESOURCE Indirect Tax Suite of products. In his role he oversees the SAP, Oracle, NetSuite, Microsoft Dynamics Integration practices for Indirect Tax. He also leads the Developer Partner Program an open API platform. In his role he is responsible for building the mission critical integrations that run tax for many of the fortune 1,000 companies world wide. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters in 2003, Stefan worked as an independent SAP consultant for ten years at several fortune 500 companies in many industries. He started his career in Order Fulfillment and as a Sales Engineer, after having worked as a Mechanical Engineer building ship diesel engines. Stefan holds a Bachelor in Business Administration and a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering degrees, both from Switzerland.

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Molly Boyle, BlackLine

Molly (Welton) Boyle is the Senior Manager, Solutions Marketing at BlackLine, Inc. She is based in Baltimore, MD. She has 13 years of experience in public and corporate accounting and obtained her CPA license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Prior to joining BlackLine, Molly led the Corporate Accounting group at Under Armour where she oversaw the global accounting close process and was heavily involved in the design and monitoring of internal controls and accounting processes. She also worked closely with the Under Armour management team to provide accounting insight on critical contracts and strategies. Before joining Under Armour, Molly was a manager in the Assurance practice at Ernst & Young where she coordinated and oversaw the financial statement audits of publically held clients, primarily in the technology and manufacturing industries. During her time at EY Molly was also a leader on the implementation of a new firm-wide auditing tool and taught several audit methodology courses to associate and senior-level colleagues.

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Kermit Bravo, TruQua Enterprises

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Andy Büch, SOPLEX

As Managing Director of SOPLEX, Mr. Buech is responsible for the Group's credit and receivables solutions. Previously, he was responsible for establishing and expanding partnerships with numerous companies in the credit agency, credit insurance and consulting area. He has been working in the risk and receivables sector for 11 years and started working with SAP in 1995. In his career he has supported more than 100 projects as project manager, solution architect, developer, and consultant; across different industries. He holds a degree in mathematics from the University of Applied Sciences, Berlin.

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James Bushnell, KPMG

James leads KMPG’s SAP EPM Pillar and has extensive experience leading finance and technology enabled programs. He has a broad accounting and finance background with experience in Strategy, Planning & Forecasting, Consolidations, Reporting & Analytics, and Tax.

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Scott Cairncross, TruQua Enterprises

Scott Cairncross is a recognized thought leader in the area of Enterprise Software, focused on SAP Analytics and SAP ERP solutions. He has 16+ years of SAP implementation experience. Scott is passionate about helping customers achieve their return on investment from their enterprise software solutions. During the past ten years, Scott has focused on Financial Planning and Analysis, Financial Consolidation, Analytics, Usability Design, and Cloud Development. Scott’s focus during the past 4 years has been primarily in SAP S/4HANA (Simple Finance), Financial Planning and Analysis, and Financial Consolidation. Scott frequently speaks at national and local events on Cloud and Analytics topics from strategy to implementation know how. Scott has also spoken at ASUG/Sapphire; SAPinsider’s Financials, Reporting & Analytics, and HANA events; and various ASUG Chapter meetings from Northern California to Chicago, Illinois. Scott has been published in SAP Professional Journal and SAPinsider. Prior, Scott was the Senior Director of the SAP Enterprise Performance Management Regional Implementation Group in the Americas. Scott worked with countless large enterprise and SME customers to assist with their EPM and Analytics Solutions Strategies and Implementation. As a part of his management role at SAP Scott led various Ramp Ups, as well as other strategic initiatives.

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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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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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Metin Colak, KPMG

Metin has 20+ years of SAP consulting and hands-on experience in SAP Financials. He is specialized in SAP Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) and SAP Business Planning and Consolidation solutions in both SAP S/4HANA and SAP BW. He is experienced in financials architecture, and developing strategy and road map for clients to deploy the solutions.

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Jonathan Crawford, LeaseAccelerator

Jonathan Crawford is the chief technology officer of LeaseAccelerator. He has been with the company since its inception in 2003 and was the original architect and developer of LeaseAccelerator’s industry-leading accounting engine. As CTO, he is responsible for technology services and engineering. His global team of developers ensures the software meets the requirements of our Fortune 500 clients and complies with the new lease accounting standards. Jonathan has over 30 years of experience in the software industry. His notable career is marked by many achievements. While working at Lockheed, he worked on the storage component of NASA’s Earth Observing System, improving performance sevenfold. He did this by introducing the concept of database management work queue which fixed a hardware failure that was causing the loss of satellite data. At BancTec, Jonathan served as the architect of a check imaging product that was implemented by the Bank of New York, Bank of America, multiple international banks, and the Federal Reserve. The Fed used the technology to investigate social security fraud, cutting the investigation time from weeks to minutes. At McCabe and Associates, Jonathan developed a software product that automated cyclomatic complexity used by numerous companies around the US as well as other major programs such as the Trident nuclear submarine. As manager of development, he not only supervised coding efforts, but also quality assurance programs that yielded savings of millions of dollars per year. At one point, he even discovered a coding error that saved the world (but you’ll have to ask him about that). Jonathan began his career at McCabe & Associates. He received his Bachelor of Science in math and Bachelor of Arts in economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

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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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Julie Egan, Veolia

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Karen Gabriel, Vishay Intertechnology

Karen Gabriel has been employed by Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. for 36 years with experience in purchasing, controlling, and general ledger. Karen has been the Manager of Financial Systems and Reporting for 7½ years and has been an SAP key user for 17 years with experience in FI modules; including Asset Management, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Controlling, and General Ledger.

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Michael Gilmartin, BlackLine

Michael Gilmartin, Director Solutions Consulting, has been with BlackLine since 2011. As a former BlackLine administrator, accountant, and SAP project manager, Michael had responsibility for globally performing multiple general ledger migrations and projects, managing close processes, implementing BlackLine solutions, and conducting training.

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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

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Michel Haesendonckx, SAP SE

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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Scott Hollands, Vivint

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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Kurt Hollis, Deloitte

Kurt Hollis is a manager at Deloitte Consulting, LLP in the SAP Solutions Network located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kurt has 16 years of experience with SAP products along with an SAP NetWeaver 7.0 Associate Certification and has performed expert consulting for SAP clients for over 12 of those years, 4 years as employee of Deloitte, and 10 years as employee of SAP Americas, and 2 years in a Big Pharma organization. A primary focus of Kurt’s specialty is with SAP HANA Systems performing administration, operations, and monitoring of several HANA systems. This includes SAP HANA environments based on HP, IBM, Dell, and Hitachi appliance platforms. These systems have been integrated with Business Objects platforms, Business Objects data services, SLTC servers, and many other tools and interfaces. An upgrade/migration of BW 7.30 to BW on HANA has also been performed successfully.

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Andrew Hwang, PwC

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Shelly Jain, TekLink International

Shelly Jain is a BPC Certified Senior Consultant at TekLink– a leading global services firm focused on SAP products such as Business Warehouse, HANA, Business Planning and Consolidations, and BusinessObjects. Shelly specializes in implementation of Planning and Reporting Solutions using EPM BPC. She has a strong finance background and over 3 years of hands on experience in developing and managing planning solutions in BPC. She also has extensive knowledge of SAP BPC (7.5 NW; 10.0 NW; 10.1 NW), SAP BW, ABAP, and Business Objects

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Ashish Katyayan, Deloitte

Ashish has eleven plus years of work experience in business transformation and consumer goods distribution. Ashish is experienced in leading FI/CO, Cutover teams in global SAP rollouts in a validated environment. He specializes in SAP FI/CO with a focus in designing integrated processes across FI/CO/SCM/OTC/BW and solutions for internal/external reporting. He has led Product Costing/CO-PA/Controlling design and implementation for multiple clients. He has solved complex business/IT problems with cross-system teams, business users, and subject matter experts. He is also an author and speaker at SAPinsider conferences on multiple topics. He is leading SAP Suite on HANA team and Life Sciences Preconfigured solution enhancement at Deloitte. Ashish has an MBA in Finance with a PMP® and SAP certification in FI/CO Solution Consulting.

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Marko Kling, Hanse Orga Group

Marko Kling is global head of Solutions Architects at Hanse Orga Group. In this role he is responsible for the presales processes across all group entities and supporting business development, solution strategy, and integration activities. Marko started as a consultant for cash application and payments solution in the beginning of 2008 and gained extensive experience in SAP and particularly O2C solutions by managing and conducting more than 100 global projects and assessments with multiple global customers across all regions.

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Ravi Krovidi, PwC

Ravi is a Director in Advisory Services and leads SAP transformation service offerings related to revenue automation in the context of new revenue recognition standard. He has 21 years of experience in managing operations, business transformation initiatives, and SAP implementations in the Technology Sector. He has in-depth understanding of key operational issues related to cloud business models, revenue recognition, product or service bundling, customer experience, entitlement management and volume licensing. MBA from UC, Berkeley.

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Abhishek Kumar, PwC

Abhishek Kumar is a Manager in PwC’s Finance Transformation practice in Advisory. He has over 14+ years of experience in large scale SAP Finance Transformation Projects including 5+years as a manager in Assurance specializing in Statutory Audits and Financial Consultancy. He has successfully planned, managed and delivered complex multi-GAAP Finance Transformation projects across various industry verticals using industry leading best practices. Being a Chartered Accountant (CA) having strong knowledge of business processes and controls and a Subject Matter Expert in SAP Finance and Controlling, Abhishek Kumar brings to the table a unique amalgamation of domain/ functional understanding & technical knowledge needed for providing appropriate business solutions for Clients.

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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

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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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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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Todd McElhatton, SAP North America

As the chief financial officer (CFO) for SAP North America, Todd oversees the financial activities of the United States and Canada, including forecasting and planning, driving efficiencies, and leadership of the Commercial Finance team, to ensure the overall financial health of the region. Todd brings a 25-year career in finance management, leadership, and business growth with a number of high profile names in the technology space to his role on the SAP North America executive team. As vice president and CFO of VMware’s Hybrid Cloud business, he led a global team overseeing all finance functions including long-range strategic planning, capital investments, business development and pricing. During his tenure at Oracle as vice president of business, sales and finance operations for Cloud Services, Todd was a key member of the team instrumental in improving the business unit’s profitability, and personally managed a broad array of finance functions that included forecasting and pricing strategy, while leading a global team. After serving in a series of regional and global operations and finance-based roles at Hewlett Packard, Todd assumed overall financial responsibilities as vice president of finance and CFO of Managed Services. He was also previously vice president of finance at WebMD, and started his career as a bank consultant. Todd holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and an MBA from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Imran Mia, Nakisa

Imran Mia is the Head of the Center of Excellence at Nakisa. With over 15 years of experience in corporate accounting, Imran has become a leader in his field with particular expertise in IFRS and US GAAP. Imran has helped develop best practices to enable organizations to plan, transition, and comply with financial regulations. He is a subject matter expert on the new lease accounting standards, and works extensively with world leading organizations to help ensure compliance with minimum disruption to existing business processes. Imran has been closely involved in the development of SAP Lease Administration by Nakisa by advising and ensuring compliance with IFRS 16 and ASC 842.

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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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Haroon Mohammad, KPMG

Haroon is a Director in KPMG’s SAP Advisory Services practice with focus in Finance and SAP RAR Implementation. With more than 26 years of business and consulting experience he has led and managed several SAP Financial Transformation Projects. Haroon has been advising the clients on SAP leading practices.

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Dr. Martin Naraschewski, SAP SE

Dr. 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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David Nickson, PwC

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Ronan O'Shea, Protiviti

Ronan is a Managing Director at Protiviti where he is the Global ERP Solutions Practice Leader. He has 25+ years' experience in IT risk management, program management and systems strategy, design, build and implementation with Protiviti, PwC, Accretive Solutions and VISION Consulting serving clients in the Americas, Europe and APAC. Within Protiviti, he specializes in supporting clients in managing enterprise application implementations, with a particular focus on program governance and risk management. He has spoken at national conferences and regional seminars on Risk Management and Systems Strategy.

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Paul Ovigele, ERPfixers

Paul Ovigele is the founder of the online micro-consulting platform, ERPfixers ( 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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Vijan Patel, Protiviti

Vijan Patel is an Associate Director at Protiviti with responsibility for leading the Houston market SAP Consulting practice. He has over 9 years of experience with assisting diverse organizations to address their most significant application and information technology risks. His experience includes GRC implementations, automated control reviews, implementation and PMO reviews, security design and remediation, and SAP-specific IT audits. A frequent speaker on these topics, this is Vijan’s fourth year presenting at the SAPinsider GRC conference. Vijan currently holds his CIA, CISA, and CRMA certifications.

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Simon Persin, Turnkey Consulting

Simon is an experienced SAP Security and SAP GRC consultant, having designed, reviewed, and implemented SAP Security and compliance solutions for a number of major blue chip clients. Simon has over 10 years’ experience with SAP and currently specializes in SAP Enterprise GRC solutions. As well as working with SAP Access Controls, Process Controls, and Risk Management, Simon also has a specialization in the wider GRC & Security products of Fraud & Audit Management, Enterprise Threat & Detection and SSO. Simon is a certified SAP NetWeaver Consultant for SAP Security, GRC Access Controls, and a certified instructor for the SAP GRC Training courses in the UK. Simon is also a certified SAP Strategic Expert Partner for the GRC solution area and supports pre-sales activities on behalf of SAP. He has written articles for several industry publications and he is also a regular speaker at international GRC conferences. He is in demand for technical troubleshooting and supporting customers to unlocking the value from their investment in GRC technology. Simon has also co-authored a book on the SAP GRC Access Controls certification.

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Carrie Peterson, Bramasol

Carrie Peterson is a recognized expert in SAP Finance and Supply Chain Solutions with over 20 years of experience consulting and training hundreds of customers worldwide. She is a leading expert on SAP’s leasing solutions and has met with dozens of customers and prospects to discuss how SAP and SAP Lease Solution can help them comply with the new ASC 842 and IFRS 16 standards.

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Kumar T. Piraviperumal, Deloitte

Mr. Kumar is an experienced leader, and manager with expertise in combining business, finance, and technology to shape and deliver positive changes across an organization, while ensuring alignment with executive goals. He is a recognized thought leader in the field of Activity Based Costing (COPA), Profitability Analysis, Revenue Recognition, Contract Accounting (FICA), Performance Management (EPM), and Enterprise Analytics and Reporting. Kumar is deeply involved with SAP, in the ongoing design and evolution of SAP S/4HANA and Central Finance. He has delivered innovative SAP business solutions across a wide variety of industries and competencies over the last 25 years. He is an empowered executive with strong international program management experience across a variety of Fortune 500 enterprises.

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Natalie Reuss, EY

Natalie Reuss is a senior manager in the Risk Transformation Advisory Services practice at EY. As a member of this group, Natalie has focused on controls and process work on the SAP ERP system. She provides leading practice recommendations regarding GRC solutions and has had hands-on experience in over 10 upgrades and implementations across a number of different industries.

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Chris Ritterhern, Bramasol

Chris Ritterhern, Sr. Director Solution Architects at Bramasol, Inc. has 25+ years experience and has been helping businesses understand the impact and best utilization of application software. Most recently, Chris has been heavily focused on the impact of the new accounting regulations (IFRS15/16 & ASC606/842, leasing and deferred revenue), with their creation and deployment of new solutions to meet these regulations. Chris is an accomplished and frequent speaker in these areas and has amassed a strong expertise in their utilization and implementation considerations. Chris provides strong business solution process architecture together with easy and enjoyable communications; he utilizes these attributes to quickly communicate from C-level to Technical Accountant.

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James Roeske, Customer Advisory Group

James Roeske is CEO and co-founder of the Customer Advisory Group LLC. James has over 22 years of SAP Security, Audit, GRC, and Executive Management experience. Over those years, James has had a professional focus on technical configuration of SAP R/3 Security, segregation of duty design, user provisioning solutions, GRC software solution design, and corporate compliance implementations for companies around the world. Previous to founding the Customer Advisory Group, Mr. Roeske held strategic positions at Virsa Systems, SAP America, and SAP Canada. This has allowed him to lead, plan, and participate in over 220 SAP GRC and Security projects for some of the largest and most complex compliance environments across the globe.

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Jay Scanlan, Genpact

Jay Scanlan serves as the Head of Global Growth Ecosystems. Based in London, Jay is leading efforts to help the company further build a new age Partnership and Alliances function, establish multiple advisory boards, and help strengthen Genpact’s position as a leading digital enterprise of the future. Jay was most recently a Partner at McKinsey & Company where he worked for 17 years. He co-founded and co-led McKinsey’s global Digital Strategy and Organization Service Line. He moved to the UK in 2002 when he joined their Operations Practice. He re-joined their London Office in 2007 and then focused his attention on clients in the high-tech, media and telecoms space across five continents – as well as leading McKinsey’s relationship with several large European private equity players. Beyond digital transformation, Jay spent his time driving growth strategy, due diligence, post-merger integration, and sales effectiveness efforts. He also has expertise in economic productivity, skills, and capability development. Jay attended academic institutions including Davidson College, Johns’ Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College for degrees in political science, economics and business management.

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Adam Schaffner, Thomson Reuters

Adam is a Senior Product Manager for ONESOURCE Indirect Tax and has been with Thomson Reuters, and formerly Sabrix, for over 14 years. Leveraging his extensive market experience and deep technical background, he supports strategic product initiatives spanning the entire product suite. Prior to his current role, Adam spent over 6 years architecting Global Indirect Tax automation solutions for prospective customers. Prior to that, Adam held multiple roles in IT from Database Administrator to IT Manager. Adam has a BS in Business Management from Marylhurst University and is an Eagle Scout.

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Henner Schliebs, SAP

Henner Schliebs is heading SAP’s Global Finance Audience Marketing as a Vice President. In this capacity, he is responsible for the full suite of SAP solutions for the Office of the CFO. With over 16 years of experience, he is responsible for driving the adoption of Finance Solutions across Finance Organizations globally, bringing automation, integration, and flexibility through “live” Finance possibilities into the departments of the CFO. Henner held various roles in the finance ecosystem with several software vendors including consulting and presales across all industries, as well as roles in management consulting, both, globally but also locally.

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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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Kendall Smith, Vertex

Kendall has 26 years of experience designing, developing and implementing tax technology data management solutions. As a Senior Global Client Service Leader, Vertex Enterprise, she is responsible for overall client satisfaction in the data management arena. Prior to joining Vertex in 2017, she spent 20 years with a Big 4 Accounting Firm and five as a Director of Development for another tax software company.

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Matthew Smith, 3C Software

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Susan Stapleton, Greenlight Technologies

Susan Stapleton, Vice President of the Customer Advisory office, joined Greenlight in 2010 with over 15 years of related industry experience. Susan has published numerous best practices for implementations and has been personally involved in over 160 customer implementations of Governance Risk and Compliance Solutions. She was also instrumental in driving the successful launching of the Virsa Systems portfolio of products which were acquired by SAP in 2006.

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Aneesh Aboo Sulaikha, Deloitte

Aneesh Aboo Sulaikha is a SAP Specialist at Deloitte Consulting, LLP in the SAP Solutions Network (SNET) located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Aneesh has 8 years of experience with SAP products along with an SAP NetWeaver 7.0 Associate Certification and is a Certified Specialist in SAP HANA, upgrade, Unicode Conversion and Migration project. Aneesh has extensive experience in installing and managing complex SAP implementation, maintenance and production support, Big Data Analytics in Hadoop and S4 Hana. Aneesh's key expertise is in the design and architecture of SAP solutions including SAP analytics, reporting tools and SAP cloud products. He has good hands on experience in implementation/installation projects, SAP system conversion, operating system / database migrations, setup and configuration of various SAP products including SAP HANA, SAP S4 HANA, SAP Fiori, ERP, BW, Solution Manager, SCM and GRC.

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Kathie Topel, Protiviti

Kathie Topel leads Protiviti’s Business Transformation practice. She is a visionary leader with 20+ years in business transformation, innovative strategy, organizational change management, process design and efficiency, and technology solutions. She is known for advising and supporting organizations to fundamentally change the way they operate and dramatically improve their performance and results. Kathie is an expert at working with and developing cross functional teams that can perform at exceptional levels. Consistent track record for meeting aggressive timelines and budget constraints, while achieving all functionality goals in complex initiatives requiring extensive cross organizational collaboration and the resourceful application of multiple talents. Continuously noted for delivering bottom line results and a high level of customer satisfaction. Breaking down complex challenges into executable steps that create individual ownership and accountability is her passion and drives her unprecedented success.

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Vishal Verma, SAP

Vishal Verma is Global Solution Owner for SAP solutions for global tax management. His main responsibilities are to formulate solution strategy and drive go-to-market. He ensures that the solution matches the evolving customer needs spanning across various industries. For the last 12 years, he has been working at SAP on various solutions related to global trade compliance, customs and duty management, tax processes, third party risk, fraud, and anti-corruption. He has 17 years of experience across multiple areas of the software industry. During this time, he worked on managing products from cradle to grave (identifying growth opportunities, justifying investments, developing product, formulating pricing strategy, and communicating value through integrated marketing programs and campaigns).

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Marie-Luise Wagener, SAP SE

Marie-Luise has 18 years of SAP experience in the areas Audit, Consulting, Training, and Architecture in various Releases and SAP solutions. She worked seven years in the consulting area as Senior SAP Auditor and Senior SAP Consultant with clients from multiple industries, five years as Global SAP Security and Compliance Architect for a world-wide leading manufacturing company, headed the EMEA GRC Practice for 3 years, and joined SAP SE in 2015 as Vice President for Global GRC. Areas of her expertise are GRC, SAP Security and Controls Architecture, Program Management, and international Roll-Out Projects.

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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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Tom Walker, OpenText

Tom is the OpenText Senior Program Manager in the SAP Finance Center of Excellence with primary responsibility for SAP Invoice Management and Digital Content Processing. He has assisted numerous Fortune 500 companies in the digital optimization and automation of their world-wide SAP processes. Prior to OpenText, Tom worked for a multi-national chemical company in financial areas and IT. His primary focus is SAP Accounts Payable including imaging, OCR, process transformation, and e-invoicing. He is a frequent speaker at SAP Sapphire and Americas SAP User Group meetings. Tom has worked with SAP software for over 20 years. His financial experience includes cost accounting, accounts payable, general accounting, financial analysis, auditing, and management.

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