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Leading a Distributed Workforce by the Silicon Valley CFO Leadership Council

Leading a Distributed Workforce hosted by The Silicon Valley CFO Leadership Council Thursday, October 24th, 2019 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM Networking | 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Program

When: Thursday October 24, 2019
Drinks & Networking 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM | Program 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Where: KPMG
3975 Freedom Circle
Santa Clara, CA  95054
United States
Contact: Yuliya Popova
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Program Description

A distributed workforce creates challenges and opportunities for companies. If poorly executed, or not used at all, there can be consequences, but if well-executed, it can empower your employees, increase efficiency, generate cost saving and increase employee loyalty.

Join the CFO Leadership Council as our panel of experts discuss how your company can preserve their company culture and values as employees work in different areas of the world.


Learning Objectives

·       How to integrate a globally distributed team

·       How to preserve company culture and values 

·       How to work through communication challenges 

·       Overcoming performance management issues

·       Create collaboration space for young and "not-so-young" generation

·       How to leverage co-working spaces and working from home 


Our Speakers

Ananth Avva, CFO & BizOps, Lastline, Inc.
Mr. Ananth Avva serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Lastline, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Avva served as the Chief Financial Officer of Wrike, Inc. and        LiveOps, Inc. Mr. Avva has broad-based experience in strategic finance including product pricing, capital raise and restructuring, strategic planning &    budgeting, integrating complex finance operations & systems, business process outsourcing, equity research & investment analysis, and                        technical accounting. Prior to LiveOps, he led key projects at Google where he helped to scale and grow several teams in accounting, electronic payment services, financial operations, and financial planning & analysis. Prior to joining Google, he was a sell-side equity research analyst at Voyant Advisors, where he assessed the reliability of the earnings, cash flow, and financial position reported by public companies. Mr. Avva began his career in public accounting in the Silicon Valley with KPMG. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and Certified Management Accountant (CMA). He was a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Avva holds a Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and earned a Masters in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler School of Business.
Brian Kinion, CFO, Upwork           
Brian oversees Upwork's finance and information technology teams, including planning, accounting and Infosec. He has more than 25 years of experience leading finance organizations during periods of high growth and previously held finance leadership roles at Marketo and SuccessFactors (acquired by SAP). He is also on the Board of Directors of Marin Software, Inc. and serves as their audit committee chair. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and an MBA with a finance concentration from St. Mary’s College of California.
Angelina Hendraka, VP - Corporate Controller, DocuSign, Inc.
Angelina Hendraka is the Vice President – Corporate Controller at DocuSign, Inc. Angelina joined DocuSign in September 2019, having served as the Chief Accounting Officer - Americas for Franklin Templeton Investments, where she worked for the prior nine years. In her role, Angelina leads a team of approximately 20 professionals responsible for DocuSign's accounting and reporting as well as corporate tax and treasury. Angelina holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Commerce degree from University of New South Wales, Australia, and is a US CPA and Australian Chartered Accountant. 
Suzy Taherian, CFO, Kinetics
Suzy Taherian has over 20 years of experience as senior executive for international industrial companies. She started her career with Exxon and Chevron and transitioned to CFO of a mid-size company. She is currently CFO of Kinetics, a global engineering and construction company specializing in high-purity processing facilities for micro-electronics and biopharma companies, and research universities. As CFO and acting-CEO, she has shaped strategic vision of companies and developed detailed plans to achieve turnaround and profitable growth. Her successes include over $4 billion in financings and $2 billion in M&A transactions and successful exits for venture-backed or private-equity backed companies. As CFO of a publicly-traded company, she engineered a shareholder return of 30% in one year.
Suzy has been adjunct professor at UC Davis Graduate School of Management for last 8 years, teaching courses on International Finance and International Business. She recently co-authored a book 80/20 CFO: The Guide to Making Strategic Transformations in Your Company. Suzy holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Davis; an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Moderator: Rohit Tarkunde, Director of Business Development, Nucleus
Rohit Tarkunde, MBA, has worked with international markets for almost 20 years, starting in the 1990s with strategic supply-chain management and then moving into international expansion strategies in the last 10 years. His company, Nucleus, provides a one-stop finance, tax and HR services solution to US companies in over 40 countries.  He is well versed with global employment, compliance and HR strategies, as well as international accounting policies. He has taught various courses on international business related topics at the university level and is a frequent panelist in forums focusing on international expansion.

CPE Information

- Instructional method: Group-Live
- Recommended CPE Credits: 1.8 in Personnel/Human Resources
- Experience Level:
- Prerequisites/advance preparation:

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CFO Leadership Council members may attend this program for free. Non-member senior financial executives who are CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Directors of Finance and Controllers (or the like) are welcome to attend this program at a one-time cost of $75.

Please note that service providers or any executives who are not senior financial executives (CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Controllers, Directors of Finance, etc.) will not be admitted attendance to this event. The CFO Leadership Council reserves the right to decline any registration.


More Information

For more information about this program or The CFO Leadership Council, please contact Yuliya Popova, Pacific Northwest Regional Director, at


Cancellation Policy

If you would like to cancel your ticket or request a refund, please contact Refunds are available up to 24 hours prior to the program.


Image credit: Photograph by William Daigneault. 


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