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Financial management plays a key strategic role in providing information and support for business management and direction for business development. Looking and seeing ahead as well as utilizing the possibilities offered by digitalization are becoming the new normal in leading a financial function.
The renewed Aalto Financial Executive Program is designed for financial executives who wish to strengthen their role as a strategic and influential business partner and gain new perspectives on the latest developments in digitalizing the business environment and finance functions. The program will help you to increase your skills in leading business performance and enhance your competencies to influence the future of your company’s business success. You will focus during the program for example on Business analytics in a data-rich environment, Prediction approaches and technologies, Analytical methods for scenario-based strategy development and Power and influence – personal influencing tools.
The program's focus is on developing key financial competencies in leading the company financially. While at the same time increasingly taking the future perspective and applying new technologies in business development.
The program provides you with the opportunity to strengthen your role as a financial leader and gain a strong toolkit for creating more value for your company.
The Aalto Financial Executive program is for CFOs, controllers, and other financial executives who want to expand their competencies in leading a financial function and grow their business financially.
The Aalto Financial Executive consists of two training modules with a total of six training days.
Each module includes pre-readings as well as a take-home assignment*. Each Module is individually graded.(*Optional)
If desired, up to 9 ECTS can be transferred from the Aalto Financial Executive program to an Aalto Executive MBA or Aalto MBA program.
Two training modules
Each credited with 4.5 ECTS
Six training days
Intensive face-to-face sessions with instructor and peers
Pre and post-module periods
Each module includes pre-readings, a pre-assignment, and a take-home assignment.
Teemu Malmi is Professor of Accounting at Aalto University School of Business. He specializes in managerial control systems, strategy implementation and cost, and profitability accounting.
Professor Malmi has served as a consultant to a large number of companies from different industries, e.g. Computers, Electrical, Energy, Finance, Food processing, Furniture, Health Care, Media, Metal and Engineering, Paper and Pulp, Pharmaceuticals, Rental Services, Retail, telecom and Transportation/logistics. He has also served ministries, municipalities and hospitals.
Jari Melgin serves a Professor of Practice at Aalto University School of Business. He specializes in accounting, finance, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations and corporate governance.
Professor Melgin has broad consulting experience in Financial Management, Corporate Finance, and Investments. He has also a long professional experience as a CFO in several international corporations.
Matti Suominen is Professor of Finance at Aalto University School of Business. He specializes in information economics in financial markets, market microstructure and corporate finance.
Suominen has previously worked as a consultant at the European Corporate Finance Practice of McKinsey & Co. and as a Chief Dealer in the Options and Futures Markets in Finland. From 1997 until 2006 he was in the full time faculty at INSEAD, working first as an Assistant Professor and later as an Associate Professor of Finance. Although already also at the Aalto University, between 2006 and 2015 he has continued to work with INSEAD as an Adjunct Professor of Finance or as a Visiting Professor of Finance.
Suominen is actively involved in management consulting to financial institutions and executive education. He has taught in the MBA, PhD and executive education programs. He has also taught in several company specific programs worldwide.
Matti Suominen did his PhD in Financial Economics in 1997 at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has also worked as a Visiting Associate Professor at Wharton.
Ben Nothnagel is a Senior Advisor at Aalto University Executive Education and has worked with Aalto EE for more than 20 years. He specializes in developing the leadership skills of executives who are part of ambitious businesses.
Nothnagel's focus is on encouraging individuals and organizations to excel by increasing self-awareness, creating understanding of the individual diversity of performance and results, enhancing influencing-skills and building high-performance leadership teams.
Nothnagel’s current research focus on three main areas: neuro-leadership (practical lessons that leaders can learn from neuro-science), cognitive decision-making and emotional-intelligence.
Nothnagel teaches periodically in Aalto Executive MBA programs at various locations in Europe and Asia. He is the owner of Benna Oy and is a Senior Advisor at Aalto EE. He works as a consultant and executive-coach all over the world, including the Nordic-countries, Germany, the United States and Asia. His clients include companies such as ABB, Basware, Cargotec, Danfoss, Daimler, Fazer, Finnair, GE, Hewlett-Packard, HKScan, Michelin, Ruukki, Vaisala and Yahoo.
Nothnagel is an Attorney at Law, Myers-Briggs Certified Interpreter and Certified Emotional-Intelligence Practitioner.
Henri Schildt is a tenured professor with a joint appointment at the Aalto University School of Business (Management & Organizations) and the School of Science’s Department of Industrial Engineering and Management.
His research interests span technology strategy, organizational change, and strategy process (with specific interest in reasoning under uncertainty and the use of data analytics). He is currently heading two research programmes on data-driven management and the management of digitalization in Finnish manufacturing companies. Henri Schildt completed his PhD at Helsinki University of Technology in 2007.
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