The Finance Labor Model in the Digital Age - Webcast

Protiviti Webcast
The Finance Labor Model in the Digital Age - Webcast

Future CFOs will be significantly different from the past, as will the staffing needs and demands they face. The future labor model will include multiple sources for skills and experience.

Please join Protiviti, Robert Half and executives from Microsoft for our webinar, The Finance Labor Model in the Digital Age. Our panel of experts will address the following questions:

  • How will factors such as robotics, automation and the human cloud impact management’s ability to create and maintain a competitive, agile workforce?
  • How will they impact business models and labor pools?
  • How might they impact your company?

Duration: 1 hour, 2 minutes


Managing Director,

Jay is a founding Protiviti Managing Director and is the global leader of its Managed Business Services practice. These services include engagements to improve or establish critical business functions while filling operational responsibilities. Jay has over 30 years consulting and industry experience in the energy, manufacturing, consumer products, financial services and retail industries. He has lead large business transformation projects, focusing on process improvement, business reporting and accounting operations. Jay established Protiviti’s Innovation Program and was the former global solution leader for Corporate Performance Management services.

Tim Hird
Executive Director,
Robert Half Management Resources

 Tim Hird is the executive director of Robert Half Management Resources, the world's premier provider of senior-level accounting, finance and business systems professionals on a project and interim basis. The firm places consultants in areas such as accounting, finance, interim management, business systems, audit, compliance, taxation, treasury and operations management.

As executive director, Hird oversees strategy, operations and business development for more than 140 offices worldwide. Robert Half Management Resources is a division of Robert Half, which is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and a member of the S&P 500 Index.

Brian Foster
General Manager, Internal Audit

Brian Foster is the General Manager of Internal Audit at Microsoft. He has been with Microsoft nearly 20 years in a variety of roles. In addition to Internal Audit, he has served as the Controller for several of Microsoft’s business units, including Office, Windows, Cloud & Enterprise, Devices, and Gaming. He also serves on the Global Professional Development Committee for the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), and the Internal Audit Advisory Board at Seattle University.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Brian was a Divisional Controller and Corporate Accounting Manager at a leading entertainment and educational software company, following a number of years at Deloitte serving clients in a variety of industries, including technology, retail, manufacturing, food and consumer products, and health care. Brian graduated cum laude from the University of Washington, is a CIA and CPA, and was a William H. Smith Certificate of Excellence Award winner for a top 5 CIA Exam score in 2006.

Grace Lao
General Manager, Finance Operations

 As General Manager of Microsoft's Global Finance Operations, Grace leads a global team of 200+ full-time members and 1500+ outsourced providers, responsible for a broad scope of financial processes including procured to pay, accounting services, financial reporting, global payroll, manufacturing accounting, royalties and content operations and statutory and tax compliance reporting. Grace is a champion in driving process simplification, standardization, digital transformation and customer experience design initiatives, using industry leading technologies in robotics process automation, chatbots, blockchain and cognitive services built on Microsoft Azure. Grace brings diverse teams together across organizational and cultural boundaries.

Prior to her current role, Grace held a number of positions in financial planning and analysis, financial controllership, commercial deal and acquisition support. Grace has extensive experience in the tech industry, having worked in Corporate, Enterprise and Consumer business functions. Her passion is to create an environment where people can do their best work while growing, learning and contributing.


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