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Frictionless financial operations – why creating a superfluid enterprise is the new frontier

24th September 2019, Detroit

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Venue: The Foundation Hotel


Steward, operator, strategist, catalyst: today’s finance leaders must wear many hats, concerned with everything from maximising shareholder value to creating corporate agility to adjust to rapidly changing regulatory environment. To be successful they must enable their department and the larger organization to run agile, frictionless operations, so they can adapt and scale while ensuring compliance across an ever-changing competitive landscape.

But the buzzword of the day, “digital transformation”, isn’t the savior the media or consultant agencies would have you believe. 45% of executives believe transformation initiatives were a complete waste of time, with over a third of businesses spending $500k+ on transformation strategies alone in the last 12 months. Obviously, this approach isn’t going to work.

So how do you approach this critical challenge? How do you create operational fluidity to drive improvements in your finance operations? Where do you start? And how can you ensure your efforts will actually deliver specific measurable improvements, such as increased working capital, faster financial operations cycle times, or lower DSO?

Join Meet The Boss, in partnership with Celonis, to find out how you can not only identify the friction points in your financial operations, but also how to take action to eliminate these friction points and deliver quantified value for the business. Hear how leading organizations have established finance as a trusted partner to the business by developing a high-performance superfluid operations.


6:00 – 6:30 pm – Welcome Reception & Cocktails
6:30 – 6:40 pm – Introduction from Master of Ceremonies
6:40 – 7:00 pm – Keynote speaker Celonis
7:00 – 7:10 pm – Keynote speaker, Customer Case Study
7:10 – 9:10 pm – Three-course dinner complemented with table discussion points
9:10 – 9:40 pm – Wrap up from table champions and closing remarks from host

Discussion Points

  • Friction: What are the critical friction points in your finance organization in terms of improving working capital and cash generation? Does manual work and associated errors create friction in your support of business operations? Are there examples of where friction in the finance process impacts customer and vendor relationships?
  • Delivery: Do you use a shared services model for any of your finance and accounting operations, and has it generated the expected savings? Is the shared services model universally adopted, or are you looking for ways to align processes to bring the entire organization under the shared services model?
  • Agility: How does building a world-class efficiency finance function support the wider business need to run agile operations and meet rising customer demands? How can finance become an equal partner in building corporate agility?

Keynote Speaker


Dean Sutherland, RVP Midwest Region at Celonis


Keynote Speaker


Markus Kapaun, CFO North America at MAHLE Industries Incorporated

Markus Kapaun is Vice President of Finance, Accounting, IT and Legal Affairs and in that function responsible for the North American group entities. A position he has held since April 2016. He joined MAHLE in 2003.

Mr. Kapaun has been part of MAHLE for the last 16 years serving in various roles in the areas of Finance, Accounting, and Controlling as well as in different M&A activities. During his responsibilities he spent three years in Brazil. Prior to his position in North America he was heading the global controlling activities of our Business Unit Filtration & Engine Peripherals.

Markus is a member in the German American Chamber of Commerce as well as the Original Equipment Suppliers Associa-tion (OESA) being active in the CFO Council.

Mr. Kapaun has a Master’s degree in Business Administration (with a technical orientation) form University of Stuttgart, Germany. His degree has been complemented with studies at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.


About Celonis

Celonis is the New York- and Munich-based leader in business transformation software, turning process insights into action with the process mining technology it pioneered. Its Intelligent Business Cloud allows organizations to rapidly understand and improve the operational backbone of their business. Companies around the world including Siemens, GM, 3M, Airbus and Vodafone rely on Celonis technology to guide action and drive change to business processes, resulting in millions of dollars saved and an improved experience for their customers.

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