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Finance Director Europe April 2012

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Heineken: An acquired taste The last ten years have seen Heineken’s appetite for acquisitions grow exponentially, with almost 40 new companies now under the global organisation’s control. FDE talks to executive board... > read more
Events review 2011: Cash and the crisis FDE is renowned for its successful breakfast briefings and the top-level gathering that tied off 2011 was no exception. In October 2011, the format also broadened beyond mornings with the...

Henkel Group: High-growth central Finance Director Europe meets Henkel corporate senior vice-president of financial operations Joachim Jaeckle to talk about how the company’s shared-service centres are helping it make its mark...

Nokia Siemens Networks: Travelling light Nokia Siemens Networks is in the business of making communication faster, easier and, by extension, more eco-friendly. Head of travel and fleet EMEA Jarno Pajunen tells Nigel Ash how the company...

GlaxoSmithKline: Keep it simple Through its global restructuring programme, GlaxoSmithKline’s firm dedication to simplifying its operating model, combined with working capital management, has been central to its finance...

LOCOG: An Olympic challenge Organising a global event as complex as the 2012 Olympic Games is an unprecedented feat unique to any corporate. The organising committee, however, must structure itself in many ways like a...

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3i’s Julia Wilson: The shrewd optimist
As FD of 3i, one of Europe’s largest private equity firms, Julia Wilson is no stranger to dealing with upheaval. In a rare public interview, she talks to Ross Davies about getting the best out...

Everything Everywhere: The best of both businesses
Following the merger of Orange and T-Mobile to create the UK’s largest mobile operator, the new entity, dubbed Everything Everywhere, has faced major restructuring and refinancing. CFO Neal...

HSBC: Re-engineer, redesign and reap the rewards
HSBC group finance director Iain Mackay offers a valuable insight into how simplifying business models, redesigning global functions and streamlining IT not only better connect bank...

InterContinental Hotels Group: A plan of distinction
With the launch of a new upscale hotel brand, InterContinental Hotels Group’s presence in China doesn’t look set to subside any time soon. Ross Davies caught up with CFO Tom Singer to learn...

John Lewis: Share and share alike
Despite the depressed UK market, John Lewis has bucked the trend with its innovative, employee-driven structure, and impressive growth means it is now setting the benchmark for retail...

KPMG: Swiss movement
Many leading companies have relocated parts of their business to Switzerland, which is seen as one of Europe’s tax havens. But is there more to this trend than the simple lure of low tax...

Microsoft: A driven workforce
Despite being a multinational software company equipped with the cutting-edge technology to make all meetings web or video based, Microsoft still offers a substantial company car fleet as...