Thank you for your interest and participation in CFO European Summit 2015 – we look forward to see next year!

Change – the new normal. The rate of changes is growing.  Everyone is the author of change. Just yesterday the CFO was the chief accountant, today he is the manager and starting tomorrow he should become the leader of change in his organisation. 

The today's rate of technological and social changes brings about rapid market saturation, immediate copying of operational competitive advantages and the need for searching profit despite decreasing margins.

This world, full of challenges, brought the financial competences to the top in management, thus CFO has become a significant person in his organisation, who applies for CEO position.

But financial competences are not enough if you want to be an efficient change leader – you have to understand the process thoroughly and see clearly what you expect to see at the end of it.

This year's edition of the CFO European Summit is dedicated to these tools that are so important to handle the today's challenges.

  • Why is it worth coming or what will you gain
    You will win three times when you participate in the CFO European Summit:
    • You will learn how to create competitive advantage for your company and yourself – this knowledge means real leadership in the process of change introduction.
    • You will meet eminent figures end financial experts who are going to show you how to improve a financial organization or introduce technological changes instead of just answering to changes and how to manage psychological reactions to change.
    • and it's all in a friendly space designed especially for building relationships – making new contracts and developing the existing business and private relationships.
  • New formula of the event!
    In the 8th edition of the CFO European Summit we will continue the tradition of presenting you with the top quality event but with new features:
    • broader than financial view on contemporary management – source of knowledge on new competitive advantages;
    • thematic streams allowing for customising the conference agenda to individual participants;
    • Power Speeches selected especially to provide the audience with intellectual weapon used in competitive fight;
    • networking tool which is a mobile application designed for making contacts;
    • VIP and Standard Zones for Private Conversations – or a brand new level of unofficial contacts in a space managed by the bar service.
  • It’s already the 8th edition!
    The main objective of the CFO European Summit is creating a platform for experience exchange and substantive discussion for management and financial executives of the biggest Polish and European enterprises. Similar to last year's edition we are expecting
    • 200 notable guests,
    • including 150 CFOs.
    Former editions of the CFO European Summit hosted among others: Prof. Leszek Balcerowicz, Prof. Grzegorz Kołodko, Andrzej Olechowski, Wiesław Rozłucki and Prof. Krzysztof Rybiński.


  • Waldemar WojtkowiakMember of the Management Board, Chief Financial and Administration Officer, Chief Risk Officer; Vice-President of the Management Board, Chief Financial and Administration Officer,
    Euler Hermes TU S.A.; Euler Hermes Services Polska
    Risk management, Finance, Accounting, Investments, Financial Controlling, Risk Controlling, Reinsurance, Actuarial, Policies Administration, Compliance, Legal and Tax.
    Previously at KPMG, Financial Institutions Department responsible for audit and advisory services for insurance, banking, investments funds, asset managers, brokerage, leasing and factoring.
    FCCA (No. 0663150), Polish Certified Auditor (No. 90139).
    Master Degree in Economics, Finance Management of Insurance Companies, Poznań University of Economics.
  • Prof. Jerzy Hausner
    Cracow University of Economics
    Member of the Monetary Policy Council. Professor and Doctor of Philosophy in Economics, works at the Department of Economy and Public Administration at the Cracow University of Economics, civil Proxy of the Rector for Culture and Sports. Adjunct Professor in Transition Economies in International Centre for Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School. Member of the Polish Economic Society. Member of the Committee on Economic Sciences and Committee of Labour and Social Policy Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Member of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute Council which is a consultative and advisory body. Member of the Programme Committee of the International Cultural Centre of the Eighth Term (years 2014-2016). Member of the Programme Committee of the Centre of Contemporary Arts Ujazdowski Castle. Since 2014 he has been working in Bruegel, Brussels European and Global Economic Laboratory. Kisiel Prize.
  • Dr Daniel ThornileyPresident
    DT-Global Business Consulting GmbH
    Danny Thorniley is President of DT-Global Business Consulting GmbH, which is Danny’s own consultancy company based in Vienna through which he works with some 330 key clients on business strategy in CEEMEA, global and emerging markets especially Russia. These companies are part of the CEEMEA and Russia Business Group, which is an advisory and consultancy service. The services of the Group include written position papers, presentation slides and private client meetings as well as in-house presentations. Danny writes a well-received monthly position paper on the Russian market as well as quarterly presentation slides on other CIS markets. He visits Moscow on business every 2-3 weeks and hosts 8-9 private meetings of the Russia Business Group annually. He is also invited to make some 50 speeches/presentations each year by clients across the world on global business trends, business operations, emerging markets, corporate best practice. Many of these speeches are focused on Russia and the CIS and he has made some 60 “Russia presentations” to visiting western CEOs explaining the positives of the market without being naďve. For 23 years (until the closure of the Vienna office) Danny was Senior Vice President and Senior Consultant at The Economist Group, Vienna on global corporate business trends, with specialisation in BRIC. Danny was educated at Oxford University.
  • Gavin FlookExecutive Committee member for Talent
    Deloitte Central Europe
    Gavin Flook is the Executive Committee member of Deloitte Central Europe responsible for Talent, including professional development, learning, recruitment, mobility and diversity. He has a very strong background in Audit and Advisory having served mostly large and/or multinational clients, providing audit, advisory and due diligence services. Gavin is also the leader of the Central Europe Deloitte CFO Programme which brings together a multidisciplinary team of Deloitte leaders and subject matter specialists to help CFOs stay ahead in the face of growing challenges and demands. Gavin Flook began his career in London in 1989 and since 1993 he has worked in Central Europe, in Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland. Gavin is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
  • Ivan HernandezCo-Founder
    The Digital Loop
    Digital Transformation, Innovation & Marketing Strategist and Business Development Consultant with several years of international experience in strategic consulting, advertising, marketing and media sectors.
    He is the Co-Founder of The Digital Loop, a boutique consultancy specializing in digital transformation, experience design and innovation strategy. Additionally he co-hosts its podcast about the opportunities and challenges of the digital era. He has been invited to be an Official Blogger at LeWeb Paris 2013 and 2014.
    Recently he acted as Digital Strategy and Development Director at Walk Group, where he has developed the organization’s Digital Development Program, focused on educating and developing the digital competencies of all 90+ employees of the entire marketing group.
    He has been established in Poland since 1999, working with companies such as MTV Networks, Korn/Ferry International, as well as strategic regional roles for both Grey Group and MSLGROUP across CEE.
    He was also a Lecturer at Kozminski University (the number one Business School in Central Eastern Europe) where he lectured at both the MBA and BBA programs on the subjects of digital marketing, business development strategy and career design.
  • Rafał KozłowskiVice-President, Chief Financial Officer
    Asseco Group
    Experienced, goal oriented leader, focused on flexibility and efficiency in financial management. As a Vice-President of Asseco Poland and as CFO oversees the Asseco Group companies belonging to the Group. In his 20 year career he was also directly involved in many acquisitions of companies incorporated within Asseco Group, as well as IPO process of Asseco South Eastern Europe at the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
  • Philip WoodburnVP Finance Global Shared Services and Operations
    Schneider Electric
    Philip is both a people developer and action oriented leader, having worked in 9 different countries to date in his 33 year professional career. His track record is particularly strong in enhancing Financial Controls and business performance, as well as in driving Change Management & Business Process Improvement. He has been a member of the Schneider Electric Finance community for the past 20 years, holding a variety of positions in Asia and the Middle East, as well as at Global level.
    Since 2006 his roles within the Company have focused especially on business processes. Firstly as global head for Finance & Control of the Company’s SAP-Bridge project. Then from mid-2009 as head of Finance Shared Services, initially for the Asia-Pacific region, and more recently Globally. Today in his position as VP Finance Global Services & Operations he leads a team of over 1100 professionals providing accounting support to the Schneider businesses and operations worldwide from 5 centers. In the early years of his career Philip developed his professional accounting skills at 2 of the Big 4 Auditing & Consulting firms, beginning in London, and then working across 3 different continents.

  • Izabela Jagosz-KuchtaBoard Member, CFO
    IBM Poland, Poland & Baltic Countries
    She has been holding the position of a Member of the Management Board and Financial Officer of IBM Poland since August 2009, and in January 2011 she was assigned the post of the Financial Officer in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, thus becoming the CFO for Poland and Baltic Countries. For two years before (2007-2009) she was an HR Director in IBM Poland. In 2002-2007 she worked in Consulting Department of IBM (Global Business Services), at first as a Operational Director and than she became the person in charge of service delivery. She joined IBM Poland by acquisition of PwC Consulting by IBM (unit of a consulting company PWC), where she worked in 1998-2002. She started her career in financial sector in the Pomorski Credit Bank Headquarter (Pomorski Bank Kredytowy S.A.) and then in the Brokerage House of this bank.
    She is a holder of MBA certificate of the University of Illinois and of the Warsaw University. She has a degree in Marketing and Management of the Warsaw University, and in Economics of the University of Szczecin (grant in the University of Antwerp).
    She is also a graduate of post-diploma studies in Human Resources Management and Investment Banking
  • Marcin Sojda, FCCAFCCA, Financial Officer for Commercial Operations
    Procter & Gamble; Chairman of ACCA Member Board in Poland
    Today he is the Financial Officer in Procter & Gamble where he is responsible for commercial operations in nine states of the Central Europe. He is also engaged in organisational and training projects in P&G on national, regional and worldwide level.
    His international career included managing investment projects, successful implementation of financial systems or participation in integration projects. He worked in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was responsible for strategic development and building product portfolio and management of marketing initiatives.
    When he completed his projects in Geneva, he was appointed the CFO for Baltic Countries and worked in Riga, Latvia. In the subsequent years he was a Financial Officer in one of the biggest P&G plants in Europe where he was responsible for operational and strategic financial aspects of the plant, accountancy, planning and implementing new investments.
    He graduated from the Warsaw University with the degree in Accounting and Finances. In 2006 he gained the ACCA qualifications. Since 2010 he was the ACCA Vice-President in Poland, in 2013 he was chosen the Chairman of ACCA Member Board in Poland and in 2014 he was appointed to the Global Council (advisory group at the ACCA headquarter in London)
  • Przemek PohrybieniukManaging Director
    ACCA Poland and Baltics Countries
    He joined ACCA in 2014 to lead the growth of the Polish organisation and further establish strong presence and brand of ACCA in professional and academic environment. Brings with him over twenty years of management experience at different levels and across industries, from not-for-profit organisations, professional services firms to FMCG companies. Last ten years Przemek was Management Board member of Danone Sp. z o.o. responsible for corporate affairs, reputation management, communications and sustainability. Also previously engaged in Corporate Social Responsibility movement in Poland, was VP for External Relations at Responsible Business Forum. Served as VP of Polish Federation of Food Producers. Previously worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Warsaw as marketing communications director (1997-2003). Graduated (MA) from International Relations faculty at the University of Warsaw and in 2006 received Master in Science (MSc) degree in „Responsibility and Business Practice” at the School of Management of the University of Bath (UK).
  • Roman MłodkowskiBusiness Consultant, Manager, Economic Journalist
    Business consultant (Corporate Internal Communication, Strategic Communication and General Management in Media). Creator, Head of News and Director of franchise TVN CNBC (2007 – 2013). Head of Business Desk TVN24 (2001 – 2007) . Multi award winning journalist (incl. Kisiel, Fikus and Grand Press awards in 2006). IESE Business School alumnus (Warsaw AMP 2009) and MSc Political Science Warsaw University. Author of multiple TV formats, including Firma (TVN24 2003 – 2009).
  • Krzysztof PimpickiPartner, Board Member, Co-Founder and Co-Owner
    4 Results
    His mission is to support Clients in BPO, SSC, BIFS sector in implementation of their business performance strategies. He is co-author of the Positive Productivity® Methodology. His business focus is providing a set of simple tools and management approach which have powerful influence in creation of the High Positivity, Productivity, Client Satisfaction - Organizational Culture. He is passionate in developing scalable business solutions providing sustainability and substantial business results.

  • Katarzyna Ostap-TomannFCCA, Deputy CFO and Managing Director Finance; CFO; ACCA Poland Network Panel member
    Cyfrowy Polsat/Polkomtel; Telewizja Polsat
    Katarzyna Ostap-Tomann is currently the Deputy CFO and Managing Director Finance at Cyfrowy Polsat and Polkomtel as well as CFO at Telewizja Polsat with almost 20 years’ experience in finance and finance-related areas. She started her career in Philip Morris Poland in 1996, and for the eight following years she held various positions in Philip Morris in Poland and corporate headquarters in Switzerland. From 2004 to 2009 Katarzyna was responsible for group controlling and reporting in TVN group, then Polish largest media group. Since 2009 Katarzyna is responsible for finance and controlling in Cyfrowy Polsat Group, Europe’s 4th largest DTH platform, and Poland’s largest broadcaster and provider of media –telecom services. Katarzyna graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics and holds an MBA degree from Oxford Brookes University. She is an ACCA member since 2001 and currently is our member of ACCA Poland Network Panel in Poland.
  • Tomasz AtamanChief Operating Officer
    UCMS Group Poland
    Tomasz has a multi-industry specialty in restructuring, organization and process transformations, program, change and quality management. Tomasz is particularly experienced in SSC building and implementation, enhancing business processes and boosting business performance, as well as in management solutions design and implementation. Currently, Tomasz manages service operations of UCMS Group Poland.
  • Łukasz BentkowskiManaging Partner and Co-Owner
    4 Results
    Łukasz is co-author of Positive Productivity ® methodology that supports 4Results Clients on their way to higher process efficiency, optimal employee engagement and, as a consequence, better customer satisfaction. His expertise is linked with SSE (shared services), BPO (business process outsourcing), finance (banking, insurance), media & new technologies.
    In his role of chief-consultant in implementation projects, content wise Łukasz is responsible for service/operational strategy development at Client side, advisory in process centralization & outsourcing, advisory in productivity management, direct lead in Positive Productivity transformations. He as well plays the role of top-management coach and trainer.
  • Anna KaczmarskaCFO/Managing Director
    UCMS Group
    Anna has fourteen years experience in finance especially in service/BPO sector. For the past eight years involved with UCMS GROUP, five years is responsible for the management if the branch in Poland.
  • Piotr PietrzakCTO
    IBM Poland and Baltics Countries
    Technology enthusiast and evangelist, since 17 years in the IT industry. Specializes in enterprise optimization and transformation projects. Responsible for the development of the cloud computing market in Poland. Member of a 32-strong group called Innovation Network developing innovative solutions at IBM. In 2008, selected by this group as IBM Chief Technologist of the Year from among other specialists playing this IBM role worldwide. Also responsible for collaboration with VC/PE investment funds under IBM’s Global Entrepreneur program. Author of many industry-specific publications. Goes beyond established patterns, promotes innovation. Enthusiast of fast motorbikes, open standards and minds. You can follow him at @PiotrPietrzak
  • Maciej ŻylewiczPartner, Business consultant and executive coach (ICF ACC)
    Piasecka & Żylewicz
    True to his „back to basics” creed, he leads Engagement, Customer Centricity and Happiness at Work (iOpener Institute Oxford) projects for market leaders in new technology, pharmaceutical and financial sectors. Improving corporate environment through going back to the culture of acknowledgement, feedforward, trust and passion is a challenging task, but one that grants competitive edge in today’s market.
    Piasecka & Żylewicz partners with companies to reach out to new generations with value propositions, empower women in business, restore the human element in the internal communication.
    Strategic games are his passion, after years of semi-professional competing, he started his game design company that uses all modern B2C engagement methods, including crowdfunding and crowdsourcing.
  • Sylwia SadalskaFinance Team Manager
    Over 16 years of professional experience gained in international personnel consultancy companies. Since the start of her career specializes in recruiting managers for the financial departments.
    For the last 12 years associated with Randstad and its business line Randstad Finance. Manages a team of recruitment consultants specialized in the areas of finances, auditing and accounting. Cooperates with new investors planning to enter the Polish market, manages projects related to the creation of international shared services centers.
  • Irena PicholaPartner
    Deloitte Poland, Sustainability Consulting Central Europe
    Irena has more than 15 years of professional experience in sustainable business. She is Partner at Deloitte responsible for Sustainability Consulting Central Europe practice. Prior to that as a Director of Sustainable Business Solution practice at PwC Poland for more than 11 years she managed complex projects for clients from various industries such as CSR strategy, CSR analysis of the relations with stakeholders, strategic planning of sustainable line investment promotion, energy efficiency strategies. Moreover, she has developed public sector consulting business and managed few 1-3 mln Euro projects. Irena is a Member of the Polish Governmental National Forum for Corporate Social Responsibility, Board Member of Forum of Responsible Business and is very active with international sustainability organizations such as GRI, WBCSD, CSR Europe. She teaches CSR strategy at Leon Koźmiński University in Warsaw. Irena has authored many publications dedicated to sustainability and CSR.
  • Iwona GeorgijewPartner
    Deloitte Poland
    Iwona holds the position of Partner and leads Deloitte’s Transfer Pricing Team in Poland and Deloitte’s regional Transfer Pricing Group for Central and Eastern Europe. She is a member of Deloitte’s Global Transfer Pricing Controversy Council and member of Deloitte’s EMEA TP Leadership.

    Iwona is a member of the International Fiscal Association and in 2015 she was re-elected a non-governmental member of the European Union Joint Transfer Pricing Forum. In November 2014 she was also appointed a member of the newly formed Tax Consultancy Board advising the Minister of Finance of Poland.
    During more than 20 years of professional career she has gained experience and become leading Polish tax advisor. She has experience in managing project teams covering the full cycle of restructuring projects including transfer pricing, international tax, legal and accounting.

    Iwona specializes in intra-group transaction planning and documentation projects, post-BEPS planning and restructuring as well as negotiation of advance pricing agreements (APAs) and mutual agreement procedures.
    Iwona is a regular speaker at international transfer pricing conferences and seminars. Since 2006, she has been regularly recognized by Euromoney/Legal Media Guide as one of the World’s Leading Transfer Pricing Advisers. The transfer pricing team led by Iwona won 2014 and 2015 ITR awards “Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year – Poland” and 2015 “Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year – Central Europe”.

    Iwona is Deloitte Diversity Leader in Poland and Central Europe, covering 18 countries and leading initiatives around building awareness, developing guidance and practical solutions in two focus areas: Gender & Generational Diversity.
    Iwona is also the Founder and Leader of Deloitte SheXO Club that operates since 2011 and is addressed to women holding managerial and executive positions. The Club supports personal and professional development of women in business and government and provides opportunities for regular exchange of thoughts, development of leadership skills and networking.

    Iwona speaks regularly at conferences and public debates devoted to promoting executive women. She has been often interviewed about women in business and her opinions have been referred to in a number of publications on the topic.
  • Monika JakubczykPartner in the Audit Department
    Deloitte Poland
    Monika has extensive auditing experience gained in Poland and in the U.S.
    In 2004-2006 she worked in Deloitte office in New York. She has supervised and managed audit of financial statements, accounting advisory and internal control projects in companies representing various industries, with special focus on companies listed with Warsaw Stock Exchange. She specializes in financial reporting compliant with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and US GAAP.
    She is in charge of cooperation between Deloitte, Polish Association of Listed Companies and Warsaw Stock Exchange regarding conferences devoted to IFRS.
    She has authored a number of publications on financial reporting compliant with IFRS. She is a member of ACCA.
  • Maciej JakubowskiDirector
    IBM Interactive Experience
    Believer who values beautiful things and great design more and more. Design thinking practitioner and ambassador, user experience designer and lead for a group of very talented people who do incredible things by thinking out of the box. Apple fascinate with great focus on Apple-IBM partnership's enterprise applications. Innovator who seeks for new perspectives and who believes in partnerships, sharing economy and common sense.



Morning Coffee



Opening speech


Official welcoming of participants

  • Przemek Pohrybieniuk, Managing Director, ACCA Poland and Baltics Countries
  • Roman Młodkowski, Business Consultant, Manager, Economic Journalist



Programming the Change

  • Maciej Żylewicz, Partner, Business consultant and executive coach (ICF ACC), Piasecka & Żylewicz



CFO as the Leader on the Brink of Change

  • Katarzyna Ostap-Tomann, FCCA, Deputy CFO and Managing Director Finance; CFO; ACCA Poland Network Panel member, Cyfrowy Polsat/Polkomtel; Telewizja Polsat

Keynote speech


The Global Business Outlook Is Bad, the CEE Outlook Is Great. Why?

  • Dr Daniel Thorniley, President, DT-Global Business Consulting GmbH

Coffee break


Effective networking

Power Speeches – three inspirational presentations of professionals experienced in IT technology and financial management

Speech one


I. Finance Leaders Learning to Work with the New Generation. How to Adapt Financial Functions in a Rapidly Changing Labour Market?

  • Gavin Flook, Executive Committee member for Talent, Deloitte Central Europe

Speech two


II. Building the Culture of Positive Productivity in Global Finance Operations

  • Philip Woodburn, VP Finance Global Shared Services and Operations, Schneider Electric

Speech three


III. Revolution coming

  • Piotr Pietrzak, CTO, IBM Poland and Baltics Countries

Lunch break


Effective networking. How to Adapt Financial Functions in a Rapidly Changing Labour Market? Discussion in Networking Lounge

  • Gavin Flook, Executive Committee member for Talent, Deloitte Central Europe
  • Sylwia Sadalska, Finance Team Manager, Randstad


Thematic streams

Market shaping factors

“Opportunities and challenges for CFOs in managing company value. How to prepare for it?” 

Stream Moderator:
Przemek Pohrybieniuk


(Stream Partner: Deloitte)


Technological Revolution

“The new CFO: Chief Future Officer”

Stream Moderator:
Ivan Hernandez


(stream partner: IBM)


Positive Productivity

“Introducing a new organizational culture”

Stream Moderator:
Roman Młodkowski


(stream partner: 4Results)


Coffee Break


Effective networking

Keynote speech


New Competitive Advantage: Company as an Idea

  • Prof. Jerzy Hausner, Cracow University of Economics

Closing speech



  • Przemek Pohrybieniuk, Managing Director, ACCA Poland and Baltics Countries
  • Roman Młodkowski, Business Consultant, Manager, Economic Journalist


The end of the official part


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