After initially starting my professional career in the UK in credit control for 6 years, I moved into the IHG Business Service Centre looking after cash management for EMEA. I then had to opportunity to join the IHG Front Office team as a Treasury Analyst 13 years ago, and now run the IHG Front Office team as Group Treasury Manager. In this role I am responsible for all aspects of treasury including liquidity management, Fx, risk as well as the strategic element of cash management for IHG PLC. IHG is one of the world’s leading hotel companies with 5795 hotels worldwide, with well-loved brands such as InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn, a world-class loyalty programme, and a purpose to provide True Hospitality for everyone.
Darren is a Partner and Head of Mercer’s Covenant Consulting Group. Darren transferred from Kroll’s Corporate Advisory and Restructuring Group to Mercer in 2006 to establish Mercer’s covenant capabilities.
He is a chartered accountant and former insolvency practitioner.
Darren advises trustees and corporate sponsors on all aspects of employer covenant, providing quantitative analysis and strategic advice for input into scheme funding discussions under the statutory funding regime and in respect of corporate transactions and major scheme events.
Darren has developed a number of tools and processes that integrate covenant ratings into Mercer’s actuarial standards, providing a direct link between employer covenant strength, the setting of Technical Provisions, the establishment of affordable Recovery Plans, and establishing tolerance for investment risk.
Darren represents Mercer on the Employer Covenant Practitioners Association, a professional body set-up to promote the covenant industry and to publish best practice guidance on covenant work, liaising as appropriate with the actuarial and legal professions and pensions regulatory bodies.
After initially starting my professional life as a research scientist I decided to retrain as an accountant with Horwarth Clarke Whitehill in London, gaining my ACA qualification in 2008. Shortly after, I relocated to the South West to work for Capita Financial Group managing a range of listed private equity funds before moving to work for Babcock’s Martine & Technology Division. During the 7 years I was at Babcock I held a number of management position across Central, Operational and Divisional finance. With increasing responsibility for divisional Fx management I decided my broaden my knowledge, gaining my AMCT qualification in 2014. In 2017 I joined Flybe, the largest independent airline in Europe, as Head of Treasury. In this role I am responsible for all aspects of treasury including liquidity management, Fx and commodity trading, risk, compliance and counterparty management. I also overseeing the revenue protection and fraud teams.
Frank Rust is in charge of Bucher group’s centralized financial risk management. Since Bucher is a worldwide operating manufacturer of niche market machinery and systems managing the foreign exchange exposures is the most challenging task of group treasury. He is also responsible for the inter-company financing, the cash and liquidity management and the group’s external funding.Prior to joining Bucher in 2010 he was heading treasury and trading businesses in the Swiss banking industry for more than six years. Frank Rust started his career as trader of interest rate derivatives in Frankfurt, Germany and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Cologne, Germany.
Fred Schacknies is Senior Vice President and Treasurer for Hilton, based in McLean, Virginia. He oversees a team of 28 staff with responsibility for global treasury matters and chairs investment committees for Hilton’s US and UK pension plans. Prior to joining Hilton in 2009, he held various treasury roles with Constellation Energy and Lucent Technologies.
Fred currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) and has served on Client Advisory Boards for Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan. He has presented at events hosted by the AFP, the Financial Times, the Economist, EuroFinance, the US Chamber of Commerce and other groups. His teams have been recognized with an AFP Pinnacle Grand Prize, an Adam Smith Award and four Alexander Hamilton Awards for various treasury projects in financial risk and liquidity management.
Fred holds a BA in international relations and economics from Brown University and an MBA in finance from New York University. He has lived in Egypt and Saudi Arabia and traveled extensively in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He currently resides in Ellicott City, Maryland with his wife and three children.
Ian Kirkpatrick joined the London Stock Exchange Group in 2010 and has worked exclusively as part of the Group’s Treasury team since 2014. He is responsible for managing the operations and relationships associated with the Group’s funding, foreign exchange, interest rate and credit risks, as well as cashflow management for the Group. Born in South Africa, Mr. Kirkpatrick has 12 years of industry experience, holds a Business Science degree, is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.
Dipl.-Kaufmann Jörg Wiemer, MBA, is co-founder and CEO of TIS. Jörg draws on more than 20 years of experience in the treasury and corporate finance area, with his most recent previous appointment being Senior Vice President and Head of Global Treasury at SAP AG, where he and his team were responsible for international treasury management.
Klaas Springer is Global Director Treasury at Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. Treasury is responsible for financing, cash management, financial risk management (incl. insurance) and bank relationships. Klaas Springer has a Ph.D. in Economics and has earlier held various treasury positions at Royal Friesland Foods, Royal Ahold, ING Investment Management, the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and Robeco Group.
Lord Mark Malloch‐Brown is a former number two in the United Nations as well as having served in the British Cabinet and Foreign Office. He is active both in business and in the non-profit world, and also remains deeply involved in international affairs.
He serves on a number of commercial boards for business with global markets. He also chairs Best For Britain, an advocacy group engaged in the debate about Britain’s relations with the EU.
He served as Deputy Secretary‐General and Chief of Staff of the UN under Kofi Annan. For six years before that he was Administrator of the UNDP, leading the UN’s development efforts around the world. He was later Minister of State in the Foreign Office, covering Africa and Asia, and was a member of Gordon Brown’s cabinet. Other positions have included vice-chairman of George Soros’s Investment Funds, as well as his Open Society Institute, a Vice‐President at the World Bank and the lead international partner in a political consulting firm. He also has served as Vice-Chairman of the World Economic Forum. He began his career as a journalist at The Economist.
He chairs or is on the Board of a number of non-profit boards including the International Crisis Group and the Open Society Foundation.
Lord Malloch-Brown is also a Distinguished Practitioner of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University and an adjunct fellow at the Queen Elizabeth Programme at Chatham House. He was formerly a visiting distinguished fellow at the Yale Centre for the Study of Globalisation. He has a number of honorary degrees. He was knighted in 2007 for his contribution to international affairs.
He is the author of “The Unfinished Global Revolution” that casts an autobiographical lens on the state of the world. In 2005 Time Magazine put him on its list of the 100 most influential people in the world. He continues to write, broadcast and lecture about international issues.
Since graduating with a degree in Mathematics in 1987 I have spent my working life in Corporate Treasury roles. Having filled several different treasury roles including in a variety of multinational companies, I then spent some time working for Deloitte as a Treasury Consultant and then spent some time doing interim roles. I moved back into a permanent role as Deputy Treasurer with Centrica where I have been since 2015.
Ruth McCarthy is CEO of FEXCO Corporate Payments and a director of Goodbody stockbrokers. FEXCO Corporate payments and Goodbody form part of the FEXCO Group: a financial services and outsourcing specialist that processes 100 million transactions on its systems each year and employs more than 2,300 people in 29 countries.
Prior to joining FEXCO Ruth worked with Arthur Cox where she specialised in financial regulation. Ruth is a solicitor and a member of the advisory council of the Fintech and Payments Association of Ireland and the Industry Advisory Group for the Irish government’s Ireland for Finance strategy for financial services.
Steve’s main responsibility is to lead and direct the Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS) sales strategies for Citi’s corporate & public sector clients. The team’s mission is to develop long-term treasury and working capital management relationships with clients across their financial and commercial ecosystems leading to a strategic banking partnership. In connection with his Sales role, Steve leads the development of the marketing strategy for TTS across EMEA. Steve is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has published several articles in industry publications. Prior to his current role, Steve held different leadership positions across the Markets and TTS businesses within Citi’s Institutional Client Group. Most recently, Steve held positions in TTS as the EMEA Sales Sector Head for both the Consumer & Healthcare and Industrials sectors. Steve has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Nottingham University.
Tim is dedicated to providing advice to corporate sponsors of UK pension schemes. He is the lead adviser to a number of UK and overseas pension scheme sponsors with asset sizes ranging from £50M to £2BN.
Prior to joining Mercer, Tim spent almost a decade at Aon Hewitt where he was a member of the M&A team, providing due diligence and integration advice to a range of clients. During this time, he was the lead advisor to a number of corporate sponsors in relation to non-M&A advice.
Tim advises clients on their strategic direction with a clear focus on turning this into positive actions. His particular areas of interest include funding and investment negotiations, strategic decisions regarding the future direction of DB schemes, corporate accounting, benefit reviews and M&A advice.
Examples of projects in recent years include:
Tim is a member of Mercer’s corporate advisory group and leads the Defined Benefit Pensions team in Bristol within Mercer’s Wealth business. He also contributes to a number of internal working groups responsible for leading Mercer’s UK Wealth business.
Outside of the office, the majority of Tim’s time is spent entertaining his three young daughters. He is also a keen cyclist and triathlete.
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