Meeting/Event Information

September 16 Webinar with Alvarez & Marsal

September 16, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Topic: The Future of Finance: Intelligent Automation and the Finance Workforce
Speaker: Cody Chenault & Chris George

Summary: COVID-19 events disrupted business in many ways. For Finance, we see COVID-19 accelerating the trend towards using Intelligent Automation (“IA”) to optimize performance and efficiency.  This trend is not only for Finance but for other SG&A functions as well. Even Operations is rapidly applying IA. With barriers to change at an all-time low, CFOs have the opportunity to reimagine their organizations and transform them to blended models that balance traditional on-site and remote workers with digital tools and managed services.  Even CFOs who have not started transitioning to this model will find these digital technologies so easily adaptable that they may not even need to bring some workers back to a physical location as they reopen post-COVID.  In this session, A&M will share ideas on how to navigate common pain points, including: multiple legacy systems, challenges with data extraction, poor use of software investments and business process management / continuity.  The time has come to consider how and when to augment the human workforce with digital workers to allow for scale and growth while also improving Finance decision-making to add real value.

Cody Chenault
Cody Chenault is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal Corporate Performance Improvement in Houston and the National Solution Leader for CPI’s CFO Services practice. He specializes in improving companies back-office functions, with deep expertise in shared services, business process outsourcing (BPO), engagement layer technologies, and globalization projects that include organizational design, process redesign and performance optimization.

Mr. Chenault has worked with clients across a range of industries including consumer products, distribution, manufacturing, telecommunications, manufacturing, energy and utilities, retail, communications and financial services. He has led numerous engagements to develop shared services centers including outsourcing arrangements to onshore and offshore partners.

Most recently at A&M, Mr. Chenault led the global service delivery design and implementation for a Fortune 100 distribution company. The project started with creation of the finance strategy and technology solution after a failed SAP implementation. The solution included Workday and a full digital solution (e.g., OCR, RPA, EIPP, Portals) along with establishing a global service delivery center with a business process partner (BPP).

Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Chenault implemented and managed a large part of American Express Financial Shared Services. He also worked for IBM as a Solution Partner for Global Outsourcing services and technologies.

Mr. Chenault earned a bachelor's degree in economic studies from Texas A&M University.

Chris George
Chris George is a Manager with Alvarez & Marsal Corporate Performance Improvement in Houston. He specializes in finance and accounting risk identification, process improvement/remediation and cost reduction. With over 17 years combined industry and consulting experience, Mr. George has delivered results in both transformation and M&A contexts. In particular, he brings expertise in automation, cost/manufacturing accounting, internal audit, FP&A and systems implementations.

Recent engagements include defining G&A cost takeout opportunities as part of an overall assessment, supporting operational due diligence, integration planning and post-acquisition optimization work for an oil & gas transaction. In addition, he recently drove revenue enhancement initiatives as part of an enterprise-wide transformation.

Prior to joining A&M, Mr. George held various finance and accounting roles at Direct Energy, Ascend Performance Materials, Dana Incorporated and Raytheon (United) Technologies.

Mr. George earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from the University of Arizona.

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