Financial Services Forum Speakers


The SAP Financial Services Forum is the premier event of the year for financial services professionals to:

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Speakers - Who's on Board

  • Bill McDermott

    Bill McDermott, Co-CEO, Executive Board Member

    Bill McDermott was appointed co-CEO of SAP alongside Jim Hagemann Snabe in February 2010 and was recently announced as sole CEO, effective May 2014. As a member of the SAP Executive Board and Global Managing Board, McDermott focuses on developing and executing SAP's strategy.

  • Timothy Geithner

    Timothy Geithner, 75th United States Secretary of the Treasury

    As the 75th secretary of the treasury, Timothy F. Geithner played a central role in formulating U.S. domestic and international economic policy during President Obama's first term. He was a principal architect of the president's strategy to avert economic collapse and to reform the financial system, while also tackling a broad set of international economic challenges. He served in this position from January 26, 2009 through January 25, 2013.

  • Martina Conlon

    Martina Conlon, Principal, Novarica

    Martina Conlon is a principal in Novarica's insurance practice focused on the P&C and healthcare markets. Martina is the primary researcher and author of market leading reports on agent portals, business intelligence, business process outsourcing and IT staffing strategies.

  • Rajendra Agashe

    Rajendra Agashe, Global Head of CitiConnect Product Development, CitiConnect

    Rajendra Agashe is global head of CitiConnect product development based in New York City. Rajendra has responsibility for developing all file- and message-based connectivity and integration solutions for Citi treasury and trade solutions, enabling clients to leverage product offerings globally.

  • Robert Cummings

    Robert Cummings, SAP

    Bob is a 20-year veteran in the SAP business, both with SAP Partners and since 1994 at SAP itself in a number of international roles. He was one of the original founders of the SAP Industry Business Unit for Insurance which has led to the building out of an end-to-end Insurance suite.

  • Don Free

    Don Free, VP, Gartner

    Don Free leads Gartner's research on all aspects of core banking, including market trends, systems and architecture. His research exposes progressive trends for developing successful core banking strategy while providing practical guidance to navigate core banking migration complexity. With Gartner for 13 years and possessing more than 30 years of core banking experience, Mr. Free commonly advises CIOs, business leaders and architects globally. He has spoken at many high-profile events in more than 40 countries and has led in-house, board-level workshops.

  • Ross Orrett

    Ross Orrett, President and CEO, Camilion

    Ross joined Camilion as an independent board member in 2005 and later took the reins as president and CEO. With a proven ability to build successful companies, he is responsible for setting the company's strategic direction and leading its growth as a provider of world-class enterprise software solutions to the financial services industry.

  • Dr. Howard Kunreuther

    Dr. Howard Kunreuther, Professor of Decision Sciences and Business, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

    Howard C. Kunreuther is the James G. Dinan Professor; Professor of Decision Sciences and Business and Public Policy at the Wharton School, and co-director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center. He has a long-standing interest in ways that society can better manage low-probability, high-consequence events related to technological and natural hazards.

  • Jan-Gerold Winter

    Jan-Gerold Winter, Managing Director, Head of PBC Germany IT

    Jan-Gerold Winter is in charge of PBC Germany IT and is the GTO Relationship Manager for PBC. In his area of responsibility lies the maintenance and development of Deutsche Bank’s and Postbank Systems banking and finance applications, the advisory and investment solutions, as well as the support of the channel and service applications for all Private & Business Clients IT in Germany.

  • Siki Giunta

    Siki Giunta, Global Vice President, Cloud Business Unit, CSC

    Siki Giunta is Global Vice President of the Cloud Business Unit with responsibility for implementing CSC’s cloud computing strategy and continuing to advance the company’s leadership position in cloud services. Giunta leads this strategic growth pillar for CSC, reporting directly to CEO, Mike Lawrie.

  • Katherine Burger

    Katherine Burger, Editorial Director, Insurance & Technology and Bank Systems & Technology

    Katherine Burger is Editorial Director of Insurance & Technology and Bank Systems & Technology, brands of the InformationWeek Financial Services group of UBM Tech and United Business Media.

  • Gary Fink

    Gary Fink, Managing Director, Accenture

    Gary Fink is a managing director in Accenture’s financial services practice and leads Accenture’s finance and risk business services in North America. In this role, he leads key offerings in core finance, performance management, and risk and regulatory management, including advisory consulting, technology, and BPO. He's been involved in the successful delivery of more than 80 projects over his 25 years of serving insurance, capital market,s and banking organizations.
    Gary holds a BS in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Oberlin College.

  • Mike Hamby

    Mike Hamby, Deloitte

    Mike has over 22 years of experience in the professional services industry specifically focused in the financial and accounting areas. His experience includes the sales and delivery of integrated solutions and both corporate internal and external audit execution.

  • Richard Walker

    Richard Walker, Deloitte

    Richard is a Principal with 20 years of experience in financial services consulting focused on technology strategy and IT transformation and is the head of Core Banking Transformation. He has led numerous engagements covering banking and securities IT strategy and business alignment, IT operating model design and systems implementation. In addition to assisting banks with core platform replacement evaluation, selection and business case development, Richard has also led merger-driven and transformation-driven IT programs for top financial institutions including operations and technology due diligence, integration planning, and post-close conversion and integration.
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  • Simon Paris

    Simon Paris, Global Head of Strategic Industries, SAP

    Simon Paris, global head of strategic industries at SAP, is responsible for SAP´s end-to-end footprint and ambition across financial services industries, retail, and public services. The role was established following the success of the integrated model for financial services that has enabled SAP to address the end-to-end needs of customers in an integrated, global, and holistic fashion across industry-specific product and solution management, development, sales, services, support, and ecosystem and channel.

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