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Celebrating the 2020 Change Agents of Finance

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By Colleen Baumbach, Vice President, ERP Strategy and Applications Development, Oracle

2020 has been one of the most challenging years to run a business, and in many cases that has put more and more pressure on finance teams.

To help their organizations manage the speed of change and build a successful future, finance teams have worked tirelessly — closing the books remotely, finding creative ways to increase cash flow and revenues, running and re-running scenario plans, and more — to keep their organizations in business and chart a course back to growth.

Through it all, we’ve partnered closely with our customers to help them succeed. And in doing so, we’ve witnessed first-hand the dedication and creativity of finance professionals as they’ve risen to the short-term challenges and undertaken larger, strategic initiatives that will position their organizations for long-term success.

That’s why I’m so proud to announce the winners of this year’s Oracle Change Agents of Finance Awards, our annual awards celebrating finance leaders who have used technology to fearlessly embrace change, drive innovation, and define their futures.

I’m honored to congratulate finance leaders at Blue Shield of California, Western Digital, BOK Financial, Freedom Mortgage Corporation, City of Atlanta, and ATCO Group. Please join me in congratulating the 2020 winners:

  • Modern Close Award: Sandra Clarke, Chief Financial Officer, Blue Shield of California

This award recognizes individuals and teams who have leveraged Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) to significantly reduce time-to-close. Read more about Sandra’s story in her own words.

  • Crystal Ball Award: Tina Mashiko, Vice President of Finance, Western Digital Corporation

This award recognizes financial planning and analysis professionals who use analytics to test business models and increase impact. Read more about how Tina used analytics to overcome unexpected events.

  • Shared Services Superstar Award: Art Karl, Senior Vice President of Financial Systems, BOK Financial

This award recognizes leaders within a shared services organization who are using Oracle Fusion Cloud ERP to develop digital capabilities and achieve best-in-class service delivery.

  • Roll With It Award: Matthew Harbus, Senior Vice President, Freedom Mortgage Corporation

This award recognizes professionals who have leveraged Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) to increase agility and achieve more accurate forecasts on a rolling basis.

  • Top Talent Award: Swathi Potla, Deputy Director of Financial System Services, Department of Finance, City of Atlanta

This award recognizes individuals who effectively combine Oracle Fusion Cloud ERP and Oracle Fusion Cloud Human Capital Management (HCM) to attract, develop and retain the best finance talent.

  • Oracle Billion-Dollar Story Award: Department of Financial Services, ATCO Group

This award recognizes industry pioneers who use Oracle Fusion Cloud ERP or EPM to deliver monumental savings.

These leaders represent the best of 21st-century finance — and it’s not just our opinion. The Oracle Change Agents of Finance Awards is a peer-driven program with winners selected by you, our customer community and peers.

The winners represent the most fearless in finance: willing to do the hard work to get back to growth and create an abundant future for their organizations. We at Oracle and your industry peers applaud you!

For additional information on this year’s award winners, please visit the Oracle Change Agents of Finance Awards website.

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