Controlling 2020 Speaker List
Stacey Adams is the Director of Marketing for 3C Software, a leading provider of product cost and profitability solutions. As head of marketing, she’s worked actively for the past 15+ years to inform and educate finance leaders on topics and trends relevant to costing, finance, profitability, analytics, and technology. Stacey also leads the SaaS product team at 3C Software, charged with bringing robust, cloud-based product costing capabilities to small and midsized companies. Stacey holds an MBA from UNC Chapel Hill and a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University.
Kent Bettisworth has over thirty years of experience implementing and managing information systems. Since 1993 Kent has consulted for many Fortune 1000 corporations across all industries. He and his team of associates are well-regarded for their business and technical expertise in SAP revenue recognition, Lease Accounting, Project System, Fixed Assets, and Investment Management solutions. Kent has 15+ years of leadership with Americas SAP User Group (ASUG). Find more information at www.bettisworthassociates.com.
Bill Blakefield is a Specialist Master with Deloitte and is an SAP Finance, Business Intelligence, and S/4HANA analytics specialist. He’s designed and directed Finance and BI implementation projects. His experience includes developing Self-Service reporting programs and enabling data in HANA. He’s participated in SAP mergers, implementations, and upgrades. Bill holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, an MBA and is an active CPA in the State of Maryland.
Scott Cairncross is a Partner and co-founder at TruQua and a recognized thought leader in the area of Enterprise Software focused on SAP analytic and ERP solutions. He has 16+ years of SAP experience and is passionate about helping customers achieve a high ROI from their enterprise solutions. Over the past 10 years, Scott has focused on FP&A, Financial Consolidation, Analytics, and Cloud Development with the latest technologies such as SAP S/4HANA and SAP Analytics Cloud. Scott frequently speaks at industry conferences on topics from overall strategy to implementation know-how including ASUG/Sapphire, SAPinsider and regional ASUG Chapter meetings.
Michael Cate is a veteran business and technology consultant specializing in SAP Enterprise Portfolio and Project Management applications and processes. With over 22 years of experience in SAP implementations for Global Multinationals and regional SMBs His focus is on business transformation for Capital Expenditures and Commercial Project processes. Additionally he has a deep understanding of logistics integration and the underlying financial processes.
Raju Chintalapudi is Senior Manager of IT at Dole International, one of the world’s largest fruit processing businesses. He manages the application platforms for all financial processes for SAP and non-SAP. He also manages the technology platform for Planning, Business Analytics, Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence. He has over 20 years of experience business consulting and implementing SAP solutions for business transformations. He led and managed one of the earliest and highly successful S/4 HANA migrations.
Ross Christoph is responsible for the processes and solutions for product costing at Eli Lilly and Company on a global basis. Eli Lilly has manufacturing plants in 13 countries and products in 125 countries. Ross has been with Eli Lilly since 1999 and implemented SAP for product costing and other CO functionality in many plants and countries. Previously Ross worked at other manufacturing companies focusing on internal accounting and financial roles since 1979 until becoming involved with SAP projects since 1992. Ross is a Certified Management Accountant since 1981.
Tanya Duncan is a manager in the SAP practice of Deloitte Consulting delivering Finance transformation projects for consumer products, high tech, and life sciences clients. She previously worked for Owens Corning. Tanya authored Practical Guide to CO-PC (Product Cost Controlling)(2014) and The Essential SAP Career Guide - Hitting the Ground Running (2016).
Richard Gray works at MAHLE Engine Components USA, Inc. in Morristown Tennessee. He has 23 years of experience with MAHLE in the Controlling field and is currently the Manager and Head of Cost Accounting. This is also paired with 5 years of experience in the electronics industry. He has worked through 3 implementations directly and assisted on numerous others. He was the lead for SAP CO for the first R/3 location in North America for MAHLE. His plant and team have been using Allevo for 4
VanessaKutasi is the main Winshuttle Foundation Admin. She takes care of everything from gaining users, creating scripts/queries/forms/workflows to training. She is very passionate about her job. Vanessa is also a leader for the local New England WUG chapter. Her main focus right now is material master data. She has been with IDEXX 22 years now in various roles from production to support to what she likes to call behind the scenes.
Tom King recently retired from Milliken and Company, a leading manufacturer of specialty textiles, floor covering, and chemicals based in Spartanburg, South Carolina with global manufacturing facilities, where he was a Senior Business Analyst. He has more than 30 years of experience at Milliken in manufacturing and product costing. From 2007 until retirement in late 2018, Tom was the lead CO analyst on the SAP FI/CO team involved with the SAP implementation worldwide. He has written three books about the SAP Controlling module: Practical Guide to SAP® CO Templates, SAP® S/4HANA Product Cost Planning Configuration and Master Data, and SAP® S/4HANA Product Cost Planning – Costing with Quantity Structure.
Ajith Krishnakumar is an accomplished technology consultant specializing in SAP with over 10 years of SAP project experience covering multiple industries. He has been part of several large-scale finance transformation projects involving SAP S/4HANA. He has developed and delivered complex landscapes involving both cloud and on-premise technologies and has a passion for enabling clients to realize maximum benefits from process automation.
Johannes Le Roux is an SAP solution architect, with experience in SAP S/4HANA Financials and BPC. He is a global supply chain financials expert and is one of the founders of Infogility. He is the practice leader for Supply Chain Finance and has over 30 years experience on SAP rollouts throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Johannes holds a BS in Accounting and National diploma in Engineering.
Tom Martin has over 20 years experience in SAP, focused on Enterprise Portfolio and Project Management solutions. Over his career Tom has designed and implemented 10 capital project accounting systems in SAP Project System, Investment Management, Portfolio and Project Management and Plant Maintenance. He has worked in four continents for some of the largest and smallest corporations in a diverse range of industries.
Theresa Marquis is a principal education consultant for SAP, where she focuses on the Controlling and Project System components. She has contributed to multiple SAP certification exams and facilitated the corresponding updates to SAP Education training books. As an education consultant, she works with companies to perform learning needs analysis to design tailored training plans for their employees. Terri hosts the Learning Room page for Project System certifications.
Sydnie McConnell is the lead SAP business systems analyst for Finance at Woodward, a leading aerospace and industrial manufacturer. Sydnie has over 15 years of experience with SAP Financials, both as an end user and a systems analyst. Her primary focus is on SAP Controlling, particularly product cost controlling and profitability analysis. Sydnie has worked on a variety of complex projects, including several global SAP ERP and BPC implementations and integrating multiple ERP systems into a single SAP general ledger. She is the author of two books on SAP: SAP ERP User Guide – Tips to Increase Productivity and First Steps in SAP (2nd edition).
Paul Ovigele is the founder of ERPfixers. He has worked as an ERP financials consultant since 1997 in North America and Europe in Financial Accounting and Controlling, and integrated areas in industries such as consumer goods, chemicals, logistics, pharmaceuticals, apparel and entertainment. Paul presents at SAP financials conferences around the world and is author of Material Ledger in SAP S4HANA (2019).
Manthan Peshne has 15 years of experience in SAP application space leading business transformation initiatives and providing ERP solutions. He currently leads SAP Product Lifecycle Costing (PLC) team in North America as GTM lead. He has worked with many NA customers evaluating PLC, proposing solutions and architecture. He is a recognized PLM solution architect and helps architect innovative solutions for customers.
Adrian Rochofski is the Solution Leader for 3C Software, a leading provider of cost and profitability solutions. He is a hands-on, experienced Controller, as well as Product Costing expert and CxO advisor with a passion for Lean process building. He has successfully implemented budgeting, costing, and profitability architectures at Fortune 500 companies around the globe.
Barbara Rojas is senior leader at Discovery Channel, focused on collaboration and alignment between Finance and IT stakeholders to define, architect, and deploy solutions within corporate financial systems. She has a long running record of success in large-scale cross functional governance and program management bringing together the people, process and technology, and improving implementation efficiency over the course of project life cycles. Barbara has spent the last few years leading Discovery’s financial solutions M&A integration efforts and champions the company’s landscape vision and roadmap.
Janet Salmon is Chief Product Owner for Management Accounting at SAP AG. She is the author of Controlling with SAP ERP – business user guide, SAP S/4HANA Finance: the reference guide to what's new, and First steps in SAP S/4HANA Finance. Janet has overseen SAP Controlling functionality product developments as both Product and Solution Manager. She spearheaded changes to user interfaces within Controlling and data transfer from Controlling to SAP HANA.
Ashish Sampat is a finance and costing professional with over two decades of SAP consulting experience and now works as an independent SAP FI/CO consultant. He provides solutions in SAP Controlling including product costing, Material Ledger, and cost center accounting to clients in consumer packed goods, life sciences, and industrial sectors. Ashish lives in Chicago with his wife and two kids. Ashish is author of First Steps in SAP Controlling (CO) and Expert Tips to Unleash the Full Potential of SAP Controlling. He is the recipient of 2017 Controlling Community Award.
Birgit Starmanns is senior director in the Global Center of Excellence for Finance and Risk, focused on go-to-market for new solutions, including SAP S/4HANA Finance, cloud solutions for Finance and solutions based on SAP Leonardo technologies such as machine learning. Birgit has over 27 years of experience in solution marketing and management. She was a principal at Price Waterhouse and holds an MBA. Birgit is the author of articles for Financials Expert, Accelerated Financial Closing with SAP, SAP Labs guidebook Product Costing Scenarios Made Easy, and presents at SAP events.
Aileen Tynan has been with Great-West Financial for 27 years. She was on the original implementation of SAP in 2003 u2013 focusing on CO and Fixed Assets. Her roles through the years include SR Manager Accounting Services u2013 over seeing AP, FA, payroll and Corporate Expenses and then in the FP&A organization u2013 dealing mainly with Corporate Expense for internal and external reporting. After implementing BPC in 2017 she is now the administrator for the systems and is also the SAP support person for CO and lead for the SAP Delivery Value Stream.
Marjorie Wright is the founder of SimplyFI-CO, an SAP training consulting company. Marjorie is an expert in SAP ERP and an education consultant in Financial and Management Accounting, and Financial Supply Chain Management. With over 25 years training and accounting experience, she conducts training in classrooms and web based, or virtual, meeting rooms. Marjorie has held SAP cost accounting positions for companies like Bosch Rexroth. Recently, she was senior education consultant with SAP America. She makes complex SAP processes and technical settings easy to understand by utilizing simple terms and phrases and real-world business examples. Marjorie is the author of Practical Guide to SAP CO Internal Orders (CO-OM).