Sponsored by Prevedere
TIME: 12:00 PM ET

Webcast Summary

In today’s volatile business environment, staying ahead of economic headwinds and tailwinds has a measurable bottom-line impact. How can companies accomplish this? They can stay ahead of these changes by leveraging economic intelligence, a business-critical competency made increasingly relevant today by advances in AI, cloud computing, and the proliferation of economic and other external market data. 

Join Victor Casalino, CFO of Microsoft Americas, and Rich Wagner, CEO of Prevedere, in a candid discussion focusing on real-world experiences that reveal how finance leaders can operationalize economic intelligence to achieve greater confidence in business planning, reduced operating costs, and improved credibility with investors.

About the Speakers

Victor Casalino, CFO, Americas, Global Sales, Marketing, and Operations, Microsoft

Victor Casalino was appointed CFO for the Americas region at Microsoft in July 2019. In this capacity, Victor leads the finance function for United States, Latin America, and Canada regions. He provides finance and strategic leadership to the most dynamic and largest geography for Microsoft, including deep business partnership and insight, allocation and prioritization of sales and technical resources, and compliance and digital transformation in finance.

Prior to taking on his current role, Victor was the General Manager and CFO for Microsoft's Core Services Engineering and Operations (CSEO). In this role, Victor provided thought leadership in resource allocation and cost optimization decisions for the IT engineering and operations organizations that drive digital transformation at Microsoft. In 2018, Victor expanded his corporate responsibilities to include the Venture Integration (VI) function at Microsoft. The VI team is responsible for preserving and enhancing deal value through due diligence and integration work for Microsoft's acquisitions.

Previously, Victor was the Area CFO for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) from February 2011 through Jun 2016, based in Istanbul, Turkey. In this capacity, Victor partnered with the MEA leadership team in driving growth strategies to lead cloud and digital transformation in one of Microsoft's most challenging geographies. Victor provided financial leadership to nine Microsoft subsidiaries in 79 countries. His responsibilities ranged from financial planning and execution to risk management and controls and compliance.

Before his appointment in the MEA region, Victor took on two field finance sales leadership roles. He led the finance function for business and marketing in the U.S. subsidiary in Bellevue, WA, from 2008 through 2011. Before then, Victor led the finance function for the Australian subsidiary as Director of Finance from 2004 through 2008, based in Sydney, Australia.

Victor also led a global team as the Finance Director for Worldwide Customer Support and Services (CSS), based in Redmond, WA, where he provided finance leadership to an organization of 4,000 engineers worldwide. Victor commenced his career with Microsoft in 1996 as Controller in the local Peruvian office. Prior to joining Microsoft, Victor spent three years with Warner-Lambert, a pharmaceutical company, in different finance roles.

In 2016, Victor was elected to the Board of Trustees of The Overlake School in Redmond, WA, where he is a member of both the executive and finance committees. Victor holds an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA in Economics from Universidad del Pacifico in Lima, Peru.
Rich Wagner, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Prevedere

Rich Wagner has 15 years of leadership experience with Big Four consulting and Fortune 500 companies. He has worked with C-level executives on major corporate initiatives that include preparing due diligence on dozens of multi-billion-dollar mergers, acquisitions, and corporate projects. Rich's experience encompasses a variety of industries, including manufacturing, consumer goods, and retail. Rich is a Veteran, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University, as well as a Master of Business Administration.

About the Moderator

Joe Fleischer, Editorial Director, Finance Channel, Argyle Executive Forum
In his role as finance channel editorial director with Argyle Executive Forum, Joe Fleischer focuses on developing webinars on topics that reflect the primary concerns and priorities of senior finance executives. He is based in New York.
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Field of Study: Finance
Level: Intermediate
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Delivery Method: Group Internet-based
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