2019 CFO & Audit Chair Dinner

23 Oct 2019

2019 CFO & Audit Chair Dinner

Odgers Berndtson held the third annual CFO and Audit Chair Dinner on Tuesday night with a capacity audience at the magnificent Quayside room at the MCA in Sydney. This event is now positioned as the premier financial networking event of its type in Australia. Susan Panuccio, CFO of News Corp, flew in from New York to co-host the event with CFO Practice Leader Phil McCann.

This is the first time we have exclusively partnered with CPA Australia. Odgers Berndtson Managing Director Tim Sleep introduced proceedings followed by the Chairman of CPA Australia, Peter Wilson. Phil McCann and Michelle Zivkovic, who leads our HR Practice and works within our Board Practice, formed the interview panel and Susan shared her unique observations on recent trends in the media sector both in Australia and globally, particularly those pertaining to finance. International digital content rights, local allocation of tax for global digital giants, the competition for content, monetising digital businesses and digital transformation were topics that received particular attention. Susan also discussed some of the differences between Australia and the US in terms of both executive leadership and financial stewardship. The evening concluded with Susan hosting an open forum, fielding insightful questions from an informed audience.

Feedback on the night was universally positive with many commenting that the unique format of the event and a great venue, combined with such an engaging speaker, positioned the annual dinner as an unmissable event on the financial calendar. Susan is the latest of an impressive list of co-hosts including Tesla Chair Robyn Denholm in 2018 and ANZ CEO Shayne Elliott in 2017.


"What a treat to be back in Australia having a discussion on important topics that impact the finance community"
Susan Panuccio, Chief Financial Officer @News Corp

“A very worthwhile event. Great discussions on key issues facing all boards today”
Karen Moses, Audit Chair @Charter Hall and NED @Orica, Boral, Snowy Hydro and SSO

“An exceptional opportunity to network with CFO’s and Audit Chair’s from a variety of sectors; the keynote speaker was also thought provoking ’’
Tiernan O’Rourke, Chief Financial Officer @Stockland

"You hosted a great evening. A high powered crowd offering excellent conversation and the highlight of the evening hearing about the experience of Susan. An impressive global CFO!’’
Rebecca McGrath, Chairman @OZ Minerals and NED @Goodman, Investa and Incitec Pivot

“It was a great night to catch up with fellow CFO’s and hear from Susan”
Damien Nicks, Chief Financial Officer @AGL

“Fantastic venue, some great insights, and an excellent chance to connect with others”
Lee Hatton, Audit Chair @Xero and CEO UBank

“I thoroughly enjoyed the dinner, the location and the fascinating presentation from Susan. Also a great networking opportunity”
Richard Coney, Group Chief Financial Officer @Dominos Pizza Enterprises

“Thank you so much for your hospitality last evening. I found Susan’s perspective really interesting and with most valuable insights”
Annabelle Chaplain, Audit Chair @Seven Group Holdings

“Probably Australia’s best listed CFO and Audit Chair networking event, with so many in attendance”
Frank Micallef, Chief Financial Officer @Incitec Pivot

“Susan was exceptional. Her insights were extremely relevant and valuable, for almost every business represented. This was a testimony to the depth and breadth of her experience”
Christine Holman, Audit Chair @Wisetech Global and NED @Blackmores and CSL

“It was perfect. The location, the table company, the presentations and the meal made it a very memorable night”
Colin Henson, Audit Chair @Ainsworth Gaming

“Well done to you and the team Phil – it was a great evening and I will certainly be back next year”
Morne Engelbrecht, Chief Financial Officer @Beach Energy

“As always an exceptional event with amazing speaker and location! Fabulous to be able to catch with colleagues and members of your team”
Dianne Hill, Audit Chair @Service NSW and @Audit Office of NSW

“It was a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and to meet new CFO’s and NEDs. The location, food and discussions were excellent”
Joycelyn Morton, Audit Chair @Snowy Hydro and @ASC and NED @Beach Energy