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FDX 2014: Young FD

High-performance finance directors under 40
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Michael Teixeira, CFO, MVF

Michael is CFO of MVF, a global customer acquisition firm, where his “opportunity risk analysis has had a profound impact on the company’s growth story.” 

CEO Titus Sharpe states that “Michael has been a phenomenal strategic influence on the business, causing us to think and analyse our major decisions more before acting on them. The senior board members appreciated his judgement and deep financial analysis on decisions we make.”

Since Michael joined MVF in June 2012, he has launched a big data client advertising created a risk and analysis process built on forecasting the current sectors.

Nicola Granger, financial secretary, Falkland Islands Government

Nicola became financial secretary of the Falkland Islands Government in 2012, providing fiscal and financial advice to all levels of management. 

“The stability of the Falklands’ fiscal regime and financial security are in large part the result of her advice and guidance,” says CEO Keith Padgett. “She was also instrumental in forming South Atlantic Accounts Association and is now its Vice-Chair.”

Nicola successfully concluded negotiations with oil companies that began operations in and around the Falkland Islands. She also developed a new approach to the formulation of budget strategy and implemented new investment guidelines for the management of the Government’s reserve.

Andrew Green, FD, Survivex

Founded in 2011, Survivex delivers survival and industrial skills training. Andrew has been there since the beginning and during the start-up phase managed company cash flow, provided daily updates to key personnel and tracked spend versus budget. 

Today, he holds board level responsibility for finance, IT and HR.

Since then his achievements include leading a project to buyout Scottish Enterprise Fund and completing the deal within three months, setting up a Dubai branch office and leading a project to develop ERP business systems that would streamline business processes.

Andrew Langford, UK FD, Global Payments

Upon joining the company “at a critical time” in July 2011, Andrew embarked on overhauling and re-launching sales commission schemes for all 120 of the sales staff.

“We had been acquired by our American parent, so and a complex program of change was already underway,” explains MD Chris Davies. “Andrew took ownership and responsibility to ensure that we continued to reconcile and settle with our customers during the systems conversion.”

“In recent times he has begun to strengthen his team by identifying and appointing strong managers in key support roles, which has enabled him to make a broader contribution to the success of Global Payments.”

Chris Stamper, UK&I FD, Hays 

Chris is FD at Hays, and “has played a key role in leading the business through the turnaround it is seeing now.” 

After taking responsibility of Hays’ UK Healthcare business, which was under-performing, it now delivers 50 per cent sales growth for each of the last two years. 

“If you are looking for someone who’s a leader, delivers both within finance and operationally, has made a real tangible difference to a business and is willing to share his experiences to help others then Chris fits the profile,” says group FD Paul Venables.

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