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Data curators Data curators
SAP CEO Bill McDermott sat down with James Dartnell to discuss the company’s plans to build a data centre in Dubai, and the opportunities for digital transformation in the...
Knowledge is power Knowledge is power
With thousands of global clients dependent on its market data, Thomson Reuters needs to blend first-class journalism with smart technology platforms. Gop Menon, chief financial officer for the firm’s...
Dredge deeper Dredge deeper
When the Egyptian Government decided to make vast extensions to the Suez Canal, competition for contracts was fierce. Entering into a consortium that at one point deployed 70 percent...
Pushing performance Pushing performance
In partnership with SAP Gold Partner MDS ap, The CFO Middle East hosted a roundtable discussion on the benefits of enterprise performance management solutions for the finance department.
Eagle eye Eagle eye
Joe Thomas’ keen eye for detail is in demand. Until recently, he was Mohamed Hareb Al Otaiba Group CFO, but a risk-conscious chairman has now made a special request...
Less is more Less is more
With an economic slowdown taking place in some parts of the globe, cost reduction efforts are becoming more crucial for companies seeking to maintain profitability. However, even for enterprises...
The Midas touch The Midas touch
Dubai Multi Commodities Centre has come a long way in its 10 years. Sitting at the finance helm for an authority that boasts 11,700 companies and 44,000 employees under...
New heights New heights
Following the announcement of the airline’s $7.6 billion restructured purchase of Boeing and Airbus aircraft, Gulf Air CFO Sahar Kamran Ataei discusses her part in the deal and the...
The ex factor The ex factor
UAE Exhange CFO Pradeep Kumar discusses how he opted for fresh budgeting and accounting solutions to keep track of the $25 billion in salaries that is transferred annually through...
Food for thought Food for thought
Following a period of vast economic transition in its primary market, Angola, Dubai-based food distributor Webcor Group needed better visibility over its cash flow and liquidity. CFO Frederic Marret...
Audit automation Audit automation
While many C-level figures will baulk at associated CAPEX, the promise of artificial intelligence in audit is clear. James Dartnell looks at the issues that CFOs need to be...
Iran: Open for business Iran: Open for business
The news of the end of sanctions against Iran in mid-January has sent the stock markets in the Middle East into a tailspin. As the GCC braces itself for...
Clean slate Clean slate
Following a drive to focus solely on its core businesses, internationally-renowned RAK Ceramics is on the right track. CFO Pramod Kumar Chand has played a key role in devising...
Ready for take-off Ready for take-off
Fuelled by a vast transition in its finance and IT departments, Saudi Arabian Airlines is reaching for the skies. Company CFO and CIO Muhammad Ali Albakri tells James Dartnell...
Time is money Time is money
Rajesh Pareek has a lot on his hands. As the CFO of Dubai International Financial Centre Authority, he demands accurate, real-time reporting information. He opted for a fresh solution...
Ease of exchange Ease of exchange
Saxo Bank’s Group CFO Steen Blaafalk discusses the opportunities for foreign exchange trading in the Middle East and the power of technology platforms in the space.
The third power The third power
Outsourcing continues to be a key component for most businesses’ management and operational strategies. However, while it brings various advantages such as convenience and flexibility, dealing with third party...
Strength in diversity Strength in diversity
A veteran CFO, Jairaj Jaisinghani is steering Jumbo Group’s transition from a retailer and distributor to a diversified business group with a strong focus on its services business.
Digital dilemma Digital dilemma
The Middle East’s CFOs are at an important crossroads in their organisation’s evolution. The rise of digital is impacting almost every industry, but when, and to what extent should...
VAT out the bag VAT out the bag
The vast drop in the oil price has convinced the GCC’s leaders of the need for value-added tax. The UAE, one of the Middle East’s main hubs, looks certain...
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