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Unlocking the CFO value of cloud transformation

November 8, 2022 | Tuesday | 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM AEST


Business leaders in Sydney are invited to join this roundtable dinner on ‘Unlocking the CFO value of cloud transformation’.

An expert moderator will guide the knowledge-sharing event, stimulating discussion between participants in a closed, confidential environment. Attendance is by invitation only and complimentary. 


Unlocking the CFO value of cloud transformation

Driving business growth with the cloud is an enterprise-wide strategy for organisations looking to use disruptive innovation to shorten time to value. However, business leaders—finance executives, in particular—face the challenge of assessing whether their investments in technologies such as the cloud are driving their long-term strategic priorities and empowering leadership to sustain these technology investments.

Finance executives must examine how to incorporate various emerging technologies efficiently into their processes as they seek new sources of value. The goal? To develop dynamic finance capabilities quicker, enhance productivity and flexibility, save costs and make their own significant contributions to business transformation.

  • What factors are impeding finance functions’ progress and transformation?
  • How can finance leaders measure the ROI of their cloud investments? 
  • What role do finance business leaders play in reaching their organisation’s digital ambition?

Join your executive peers for a discussion with AWS Global Enterprise Strategists Chris Hennessey and Miriam McLemore on how finance leaders can unlock the value of cloud transformation.

Job titles may include CFO, VP of Finance, Director of Finance.


6:00 PM
Arrival of guests and reception


6:30 PM
Welcome by The Ortus Club


6:35 PM
Short address by Amazon Web Services


6:45 PM
Discussion initiated by the moderator and continued by the group over dinner


7:45 PM
Discussion brought to a close and guests are encouraged to continue networking


8:30 PM
Guests normally start leaving

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QT, Sydney

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The Ortus Club hosts knowledge-sharing discussions in the best private dining rooms in the world. These venues provide an elegant high-end atmosphere and impeccable table service.

Zack Levy speaker

Zack Levy

Lead Partner, Cloud Engineering
Deloitte Australia

Zack is the Lead Partner leading the AWS Alliance Partnership for Deloitte in Australia. In parallel, Zack also leads Deloitte Australia’s Cloud Managed Services practice and prior to that, he led Deloitte Australia’s Cloud Engineering Practice. With more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry, Zack is focused on delivering outstanding client outcomes in complex environments and using Cloud solutions for disruptive innovation for businesses. Zack is able to combine his past legal expertise together with his passion for cloud platforms to create impactful transformations for key cloud transformation issues.

Chris Hennesey speaker

Chris Hennesey

Enterprise Finance Strategist
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

As an Enterprise Finance Strategist, Chris works with enterprise executives around the globe to share financial management experiences and strategies for how the cloud can help them increase speed and agility while devoting more of their resources to their customers. He has led the planning and execution of a cloud-enabled business transformation at Capital One. Looking beyond the numbers is essential for any successful CFO and Chris does just that. Chris spent over 20 years as a leader in Capital One. He not only led a major cloud transformation as a Technology CFO but was a driving force in transforming the Finance function. Chris believes that to be trusted and to impact the business, CFOs must embed themselves into the business rather than boxing themselves into a single role.

Miriam McLemore speaker

Miriam McLemore

Director, Enterprise Strategy and Evangelism
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

In business and technology leadership positions throughout her 25-year career with The Coca-Cola Company, and now at Amazon Web Services (AWS), Miriam has consistently driven high impact global enterprise technology strategy, digital transformation, and data analytics to understand and engage the consumer, provide competitive advantage, and improve internal system efficiencies. In diverse roles at Coca-Cola, she led top-tier strategy and development teams across 30 major global markets; identified and built mutually productive technology partnerships with external companies including Adobe, AWS, Facebook, Google, Box and VCs; delivered platforms from incubator and VC backed startups to large global business solutions; and led portfolio reviews, M&A due diligence/integration, and significant investment decisions. As an AWS Enterprise Strategist and Evangelist, her mission is to make the case to senior leadership teams, board members, and regulators that transitioning to the cloud, and specifically AWS, is a sound, secure, fiduciary-based strategy to positively transform their business with high shareholder ROI.

At AWS, Miriam talks to hundreds of enterprise customers about strategies that can lower the price of entry to change—making digital transformation through cloud more accessible, yet still able to deliver a faster pace of innovation than previously possible.