GTB announces the telecoms industry's first CFO summit
Global Telecoms Business, the magazine of the telecoms industry's senior management, is gathering together carrier CFOs to discuss ways for the business to fund the growth that the telecoms industry needs - and how to make a return on its investments.
GTB is giving CFOs the opportunity to discuss the future of the industry as they see it. For months GTB has been discussing topics with CFOs and four key themes have come to the fore.
The conference takes place at the five-star Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel in Mayfair in central London on 22 May 2013.
Address: Grosvenor Square, London W1K 6JP
Telephone: +44 20 7493 1232 (For worldwide toll-free reservation numbers, go here)
How to get there: the hotel is on the corner of Grosvenor Square and Duke Street, which runs south from Oxford Street close to Bond Street tube station (Central line and Jubilee line). The tube station is about 10 minutes' walk from the hotel.
To plan your journey by public transport from anywhere in London, go to Transport for London's journey planner and enter W1K 6JP in the "to" box and your location in the "from" box.
The hotel offers travel information from London's airports here. Note that parking is limited in central London and we don't recommend driving. Public transport is excellent.
The location is close to a number of other first-class hotels. Because May is a busy time in London there are no preferential booking rates.
See the location of the hotel on Google Streetview.
The Global Telecoms Business CFO Summit, 2013
Chief financial operators are key to the future of the industry, especially in challenging financial times. The importance of the role of the CFO has increased over the past few years. Their role is now more than pure finance; it is much more operational and strategic. It is essential that they are aware of the business benefits and possible applications of products and services in the industry.
09.00 Chair's welcome and introduction
The changing role of the CFO in the high-capital-investment world of telecoms
How has the role of the CFO increased in importance as the telecoms industry has to continue high levels of capital investment in new technology? What are the major challenges facing a CFO in helping operators formulate their strategies?
Tony Chanmugam, finance director of BT group
New models for the industry to meet the challenges of the next 10 years
Panel following up the opening speaker, examining the challenge for different sectors of the industry. Include revenue to be earned from services such as banking
Tony Lavender, CEO of Plum Consulting (chair)
Alexey Kornya, CFO of MTS
Sam Ndungu, CFO of WIOCC
Ossama Matta, CFO of Zain
Mike Murphy, finance director, consumer and small business of Eircom
Klaus Werner, CFO of T-Systems
The evolving role of the CFO in delivering superior end-user experience to drive bottom line growth
Along with the traditional financial duties, the CFO must now take an active role in customer experience management, striking the proper balance of cost control and value added service.
- What investments should be made in new technology to meet the increased demands?
- What about Big Data? What can the CFO do to make that data actionable and profitable?
- How can the CFO best influence and utilize new revenue streams?
- What's the real impact of targeted offers and promotions on CEM and operator profits?
David Hitchcock, chief financial and administrative officer, Syniverse
How to cut costs and become more competitive
Is there a limit to cost cutting? What strategies can operators undertake to reduce costs still further? Which customers do not pay and how do you remove them or avoid them? How much cost cutting is there still to do in order to remain competitive in an ever-changing market?
Catherine Birkett, CFO of Interoute
Rethinking the telecoms business to thrive and survive
What do operators need to do in order to survive and do well in today's rapidly changing business environment? What works in a world where operators are having to invest continually in new infrastructure and new services?
Keith Willetts, founder and chairman, TM Forum; author of Unzipping the Digital World (chair)
Sanjay Baweja, CFO of Tata Communications
Andres de Orleans Borbon, CFO of Helios Towers Africa
Tim Harrabin, senior advisor at Analysys Mason
John Scarano, vice chairman and EVP of euNetworks
Sweat the assets and create shareholder value
To reach the next level of operational excellence and address market challenges, telecom executives need to look at new areas for optimisation while at the same time considering how to bring most value to their shareholders and not hinder growth. This requires a holistic approach encompassing tools, processes and organization across business and the network and IT domains.
Jan Ögren, CFO of Ericsson's Global Services Business Unit
Creating shareholder value with new structures for the industry
Is functional separation of infrastructure operations from service provision the way forward? What are the economic and financial benefits? What are the practicalities of splitting an company into two?
Paul Reynolds, ex CEO of Telecom NZ, ex CEO of BT Wholesale
14.20 Welcome back
Management buy out of Hong Kong's leading big fat dumb pipe provider
The inside story of how private equity investor CVC and executives bought out Hong Kong Broadband Network from its founder.
NiQ Lai, CFO of Hong Kong Broadband
Milind Kangle, group CEO of Lycamobile
Making the right investment decisions
How do telecoms operators judge whether investment decisions in infrastructure and services are right in terms of return on investment? What criteria do CFOs have to consider in order to justify their decisions to shareholders?
Önder Senol, CFO of Turkcell Superonline, the broadband division of Turkcell
Is M&A/consolidation the answer?
Even when regulators can be persuaded it typically takes up to a year to get approval for mergers of telecoms operators. Is there a long-term answer to achieving the goal of reducing the number of operators in an over-competitive industry?
Holger Forst, global telecommunications markets leader at Ernst & Young (chair)
Marco Cordoni, partner at Analysys Mason
Matt Gutierrez, senior vice president and finance director, EMEA, of Level 3
Morten Singleton, VP of investor relations at Colt
Richard Woodward, CFO of Three
Choosing the right partnering strategy to deliver financial success
in today’s challenging world of communications, the managed services model isn’t just a cost reduction vehicle, but can enable business growth. CFOs are becoming much more dominant in selecting the right managed services model and partner.
Alastair Hanlon, vice president for market strategy at Amdocs
Investing in new networks for the future
How much does an operator need to invest in new networks â€” fixed and mobile â€” over the next few years in order to remain in business? What is the return on investment and how do you convince investors that telecoms infrastructure is a sensible source of investment funds?
Henk van Dalen, CFO of VimpelCom
17.50 Final comments
The conference will be followed by a drinks party.
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