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How Modern CFOs Prioritise IT Investments and Partner with the CIO to Emerge Stronger

To advance their enterprise growth strategy in 2021 and beyond, modern CFOs must drive digital transformation and actively partner with their CIOs to prioritise IT investments. What are the best practices? What are other companies doing to refine the IT strategic plan?

Join us on October 20 for a fireside chat with Kevin Khoo, CIO at Sunway Group, Michael Perica, CFO and Steven Salaets, CIO at Rimini Street, and David Rowe, EVP, Global Transformation at Rimini Street to discuss data and insights from a recent 2021 global CFO survey.

Learn about global CFO priorities, IT investment goals, and expectations of their CIOs so that IT initiatives remain aligned with business goals.

This webinar is for CFOs, CIOs, and functional experts involved in defining IT project prioritization criteria and optimising technology spend to fuel growth.

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Speakers

Andrew Seow
Andrew Seow
GVP & Regional GM, Southeast Asia & Greater China
Rimini Street

Based in Singapore. Andrew Seow is responsible for all business development, account management, implementation and support ensuring customer satisfaction in the region. Prior to Rimini Street, he worked for United Technology Corporation, IBM Singapore and Sabre Corporation.

 

Mr. Seow has extensive sales and account experience working with Enterprise Resource Planning solution and maintenance services across industries, including finance, travel and transportation, construction, and logistics. He is responsible for leading the next phase of growth for Rimini Street in Southeast Asia and Greater China, including managing sales, building the service delivery engineering team, and expanding operations to support the company’s fast-paced growth in the region.

Mr. Seow holds a Bachelor of Science’s Degree in Computer Science and Information Systems Honors, 2nd Upper, from National University of Singapore. He is a graduate of executive programs at China Europe International Business School (Shanghai) and INSEAD (Singapore).

Kevin Khoo
Kevin Khoo
CIO
Sunway Group

Kevin Khoo Min Sinn is the Chief Information Officer of Sunway Group, one of Malaysia’s leading conglomerates, and is responsible for devising and implementing the overall IT strategy for the Group.

With more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry, Kevin has held various roles within the Group from Infrastructure Head, Business Solutions, Application Development and IT Service Delivery. He was responsible in forming the Group’s Programme Management Office and Cyber Security teams and was instrumental in driving the Cloud Adoption and Data Analytics journey for the organisation.

Voted as one of the top 50 CIOs in South East Asia by IDG, one of the world’s leading technology media, data and research groups, Kevin currently oversees the Group’s foray into Big Data, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence as part of the Group’s digitalisation journey. He is also the current Director of Sunway IT Shared Services Centre, the IT arm for Sunway Group, responsible for delivering IT services and projects across the organisation.

Kevin earned his MBA in 2011 from Victoria University, Australia.

David Rowe
David Rowe
EVP, Global Transformation
Rimini Street

Mr. Rowe is a 25 year veteran of the enterprise software industry with proven experience formulating, building and marketing technology solutions for both large international software firms and high-growth technology start-ups. Mr. Rowe has been a featured speaker at technology and marketing conferences, discussing current trends in enterprise software and technology marketing.

Mr. Rowe oversees all global marketing for Rimini Street as Executive Vice President. In this role, Mr. Rowe leads the product and go-to-market strategy for Rimini Street’s offerings, as well as all aspects of execution, including lead generation, demand generation and marketing communications worldwide. In 2011, the CMO Institute named Mr. Rowe as one of the Top Chief Marketing Officers of 2010. Before joining Rimini Street, Mr. Rowe was vice president of marketing and product management for Perfect Commerce, Inc., the leading provider of on-demand supplier relationship management solutions. During his tenure at Perfect Commerce, Mr. Rowe significantly grew the lead and prospect pipeline, improved product packaging and pricing models, established Perfect as the most credible solution in the industry, and implemented a product planning methodology linking company vision with product strategy and development processes.

Previously, Mr. Rowe held other senior management positions in the enterprise software industry, including several senior management roles with PeopleSoft, Inc. Most recently, Mr. Rowe was director of strategic marketing, responsible for the strategy and business development for PeopleSoft’s eBusiness solutions division. Prior to his role with the eBusiness solutions division, Mr. Rowe was director of industry product marketing and strategy, and manager of supply chain product marketing and strategy.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Rowe spent several years with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), where he concluded his tenure serving as senior manager directing custom system development, packaged system implementations, and business process reengineering projects.

Mr. Rowe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Harvey Mudd College.

Michael L. Perica
Michael L. Perica
EVP & CFO
Rimini Street

Mr. Perica is a seasoned public company executive with 25 years of financial leadership and capital markets experience.

At Rimini Street, Mr. Perica leads the finance strategy and execution for Rimini Street and its global subsidiaries, and is responsible for all financial operations of the Company including global financial planning and analysis, accounting, revenue management, global treasury and tax, SEC reporting, finance systems and processes, audit, capital structure, capital markets activities, M&A and investor relations.

Most recently, Mr. Perica served as vice president of finance and CFO of the $1.4 billion Energy Systems Global business unit at Enersys (NYSE: ENS), a global leader in stored energy solutions, where he led finance, treasury, tax, legal and HR. Mr. Perica joined Enersys as the result of a $750 million acquisition, where he led the sell-side process as CFO of Alpha Technologies, a leading provider of power conversion equipment, services and software to the telecommunications, renewable and industrial sectors.

Prior to the sale of Alpha Technologies to Enersys, as CFO of Alpha Technologies, Mr. Perica developed and executed a strategic financial plan that resulted in a five-year period of double-digit compounded annual revenue and EBITDA growth driven by services expansion and acquisitions.

Prior to his tenure at Alpha Technologies, Mr. Perica served as CFO of Channell Commercial Corporation, a leading provider of outdoor enclosures and wire management solutions.

Earlier, Mr. Perica spent 12 years at various Wall Street investment banks and concluded his capital markets career as senior vice president and head of research at Brean Capital (formerly Brean Murray, Carret & Co.).

Earlier in his capital markets career, Mr. Perica led the technology, media and telecommunications practice at Kaufman Bros., led the technology practice at Gruntal & Co. and was a Zacks and Reuters top-rated analyst for communications equipment at Olde Financial Corp. where he advised client boards on IPOs, secondary offerings and other capital raise strategies and plans.

Mr. Perica holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a major in Accounting from Central Michigan University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

Steven Salaets
Steven Salaets
Chief Information Officer, Chief People Officer & EVP, Global Security, Quality and Internal Audit
Rimini Street

Mr. Salaets is responsible for the overall leadership, strategic direction and execution of global IT, human resources, facilities, security, quality, and internal audit.

Mr. Salaets has more than 20 years of global experience in operations, security, compliance, risk, information technology, and human resources management.

Prior to joining Rimini Street Mr. Salaets held various management positions at Moody’s KMV and Wind River — leading global standardization and integration projects, managing global teams across APAC, EMEA and the USA, defining enterprise architectural solutions, and running global IT and security offices across the globe.

Mr. Salaets is a recognized leader in the IT and security industry and has received several industry awards. Most recently, he was recognized with a 2019 Stevie International Business Award for IT Executive of the Year. Mr. Salaets is a member of, and regular contributor to, the Forbes Technology Council and regularly speaks at events with other industry leaders.

Mr. Salaets received his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Groep-T, Leuven, Belgium.

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