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Impacts of the pandemic have given way to a new set of complex businesses conditions. How are CFO’s capitalising on growth opportunities in the face of rising inflation, low unemployment, energy transition pressures and supply chain issues?

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Navigating complex business conditions

CFOs take centre stage as they chart their companies’ future in complex times.

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The Australian Financial Review CFO Live summit gathers the nation’s top finance chiefs to address strategic and operational priorities, and how they are seizing opportunities for business growth and value creation.



Navigating complex business conditions

CFOs take centre stage as they chart their companies’ future in complex times.

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Financial Review subscribers receive a 20% discount on in-person tickets to this event on November 28, 2022.

ASX names new finance chief, Bendigo picks a 41-year-old director

Andrew Tobin will join ASX as CFO from Challenger, while Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has appointed Alistair Muir to its board to build technology capability.

  • James Eyers

CFO helps CSL nail record $6.3b raise in 24 hours

Joy Linton has helped pull off Australia’s largest primary equity raise, taking the biotech giant a step closer to completing its $16.4 billion buyout of Vifor Pharma.

  • Updated
  • Carrie LaFrenz

Finance chiefs on delivering a business-led recovery

Driving business value now and for a post-pandemic economy are some of the themes at the third Financial Review CFO Live summit.


December 2021

The big worry facing Australia’s bullish CFOs

Australia’s chief financial officers are readying for a bumper 2022. But skills shortages, particularly for tech talent, have emerged as a high hurdle. 

  • Updated
  • James Thomson

Bullish CFOs expose Australia’s technology worker shortage

Whether Australia, amid the enormous global growth of the digital economy, is underdeveloping and misallocating its human capital is the question raised by the CFO Live event.

  • The AFR View

Tech worker shortage a disruptive force for growth plans: CFO

Leading executives say the most damaging phases of the pandemic are over, but warn a crippling technology skills shortfall threatens to thwart their ambitions.

  • Michael Read, Lucas Baird and James Eyers

Inflation, interest rates, infection a curb on returns in 2022: UBS

Richard Sleijpen, boss of capital markets for UBS Australasia, says a repeat of the $350 billion M&A boom in 2021 is unlikely next year.

  • Simon Evans

Why staff shortages at EY and PwC have become Westpac’s problem

Finance chiefs, who often hunt in consulting firms for digital workers, called for international borders to reopen to skilled migrants to relieve staffing pressures.

  • James Eyers

Executives hope ‘anchor days’ will revive office culture

A more “deliberate and targeted” approach to flexible work planning is needed to ensure workplace culture can continue to thrive post-pandemic, CFOs say.

  • Lucas Baird

Why investors are more uncertain about 2022

UBS deal maker Richard Sleijpen told CFO Live the three Rs of 2021 - rotation, reflation and recovery - have given way to a different picture dominated by three Is - inflation, interest rates and infection.

  • Updated
  • James Thomson

ASIC raises the heat on greenwashing IPO hopefuls

As part of its increased surveillance of climate-related disclosures and net zero targets, ASIC wants listing candidates to go from big statements to actual plans.

  • Ayesha de Kretser and Simon Evans

The CFO solutions to get productivity and economic growth going

Politicians should invest in regional transport, housing and internet infrastructure, to help rural towns manage the influx of city escapees, executives say.

  • Michael Read

BHP asset sales could help it pay higher dividends: analysts

Analysts say BHP could afford to raise its payout ratio once it has divested its oil, gas and coal assets.

  • Peter Ker

Walking the ESG walk: GPT, Oz Minerals, Aurizon make early strides

Green issues have nudged aside financial issues and moved from the fringe to front and centre of discussions between listed companies and investors.

  • Ben Potter

‘Take stock’ on excess JobKeeper payments: Tax Office

ATO second commissioner Jeremy Hirschhorn says firms with rebounding turnover should consider repaying funds received in the $90 billion scheme

  • Tom McIlroy

Birmingham warns of fiscal policy ‘tightrope’

The Morrison government says fiscal strategy will move to budget repair after the election and trying to pay down debt and deficit while keeping the economy growing will be akin to walking a tightrope.

  • Phillip Coorey

November 2021

Four leading female CFOs reveal their road to the top finance job

There is no typical career path to becoming a chief financial officer. Just ask Leah Weckert from Coles, who has not even studied accounting.

  • Sally Patten

The moment UBS showed up the sceptics

UBS head of global capital markets Richard Sleijpen says this year has been a record for $1 billion IPOs.

  • Jemima Whyte

August 2021

Growth strategies post pandemic

CFO’s take centre stage as they drive a business-led recovery.

October 2020

How to get more women into the C-suite

The best candidate for chief executive or chief financial officer could be right under the board's noses. Here's why companies should promote from within.

  • Natasha Boddy

UBS backs itself as companies eye M&A opportunities

Swiss bank UBS will still attract the best people despite a slew of departures to rivals, according to global M&A co-head Greg Peirce.

  • Updated
  • Tim Boyd

CFOs to lead on investment opportunities

The challenge for executives in charge of company finances is to provide the leadership needed to seize the opportunities for investment emerging in the post-COVID world.

  • The AFR View

US investors key to Afterpay's mega-valuation

Afterpay's new CFO says growing the usage from customers is more important for growth than new customers.

  • Yolanda Redrup