CFO meet on corporate governance in Bahrain
Manama, November 22, 2012
Bahrain’s leading chief financial officers (CFOs) recently gathered at an event to discuss corporate governance challenges currently facing the CFO, encourage networking and exchange experiences.
Learning from peers is key to fulfilling the chief financial officer’s increasingly demanding role, according to ICAEW, a world leader of the accountancy and finance profession, which organised its first CFO Club event in Bahrain.
The event was held at the Ritz Carlton and was sponsored by Standard Chartered. It provided an opportunity for CFOs of listed companies and other businesses in Bahrain to come together to discuss challenges and learn from each other. The focus of the event was corporate governance.
Peter Beynon, regional director, ICAEW Middle East, commented: “The role of the Chief Financial Officer is changing quite radically – both here in Bahrain and globally.”
“It’s becoming more complex and CFOs are now expected to take on a much more strategic role. They are increasingly seen as a co-pilot to the CEO, requiring a much broader skill set than before.”
“The global financial crisis has resulted in corporate governance becoming a much-debated topic. It is an area in constant evolution, requiring finance professionals to keep updating their knowledge,” Beynon added.
Hassan Amin Jarrar, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank in Bahrain said: “The value of professional gatherings like this is great given challenges the world economy is going through.”
“It is essential that financial experts talk to each other and keep the dialogue line open amongst themselves because survival of businesses depends on that. We believe in adding value to Bahrain’s financial community and are happy to have facilitated the first gathering of such professionals in Bahrain.”
The CFO Club in Bahrain is the third club established in the region by ICAEW, following on from the launches of CFO Clubs in Dubai and Abu Dhabi earlier this year. – TradeArabia News Service