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IBM Finance Forum 2013 Atlanta Wednesday, May 8


Steve Player Steve Player

Director, BBRT North America
Managing Director, Beyond EPS Advisors

The Player Group

Steve Player serves as the North America Program Director for the Beyond Budgeting Round Table (BBRT) and works with BBRT member companies to implement continuous planning processes.

He has over 30 years experience with improving performance management and implementing strategic planning processes. He is also the Managing Director of Beyond EPS Advisors, a Business consulting firm, and founder of ABM SMART. He is the co-author of Future Ready: How to Master Business Forecasting and Beyond Performance Management as well as five other books. He writes the “Finance Transformation” column for Business Finance Magazine featuring CFO interviews from leading organizations on innovative finance and planning processes

Kevin Prouty Kevin Prouty

Senior Vice President, Research Operations

Aberdeen Group

Kevin Prouty oversees all research operations at Aberdeen Group, and is responsible for creating and delivering research deliverables to educate end user organizations to action regarding their use of technology to address business challenges. Prior to this role, Kevin managed research coverage for Aberdeen’s Enterprise Applications and Product Innovation research practices, and supporting manufacturing industry research initiatives. Before joining Aberdeen he was Director for Manufacturing Solutions at Infor. He also spent over five years as Sr. Director of Manufacturing Solutions at Motorola and was the resident expert on technology’s role in Lean. Prior to Motorola, he was Research Director for Manufacturing and Automotive at AMR Research and Gartner G2, where he spent a total of six years.

Leading up to his research role, Kevin spent over 15 years as both a user and system integrator of production operations software. Twelve of those years were as a plant manager and project manager at a global manufacturer, managing a large workforce and business that produced tooling for automotive and industrial companies. He was responsible for all automation of the facility, including integration of automated process and information systems into all aspects of the business. In addition, Kevin helped lead the re-engineering team that implemented ERP and shop floor systems throughout the company. Kevin also managed the building, start up, and initial operation of a plant in China from 1992 to 1993.

Jim Collins Jim Collins

Performance Management Strategy Executive - Business Analytics


Jim is a Performance Management Strategy Executive within the Business Analytics Group at IBM. He works closely with the Sales and Solutions delivery teams to ensure that IBM’s Performance Management (PM) solutions are best aligned to address enterprise or industry-specific business issues and challenges, as expressed by the Finance and Management Executives at our clients.

Jim has over 35 years of Financial Management experience including holding the positions of CFO and Controller. He has a wide background in various industries including Telecom, Semiconductors, Consumer Products, Manufacturing, Import/Export, Ethical Pharmaceuticals and Electronics. Jim has been in the seats of our customers and prospects and adds valuable insight to best practices and successful processes to aid in the design and implementation/integration of IBM solutions.

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