May 19, 2020

Why you should attend the AFAANZ conference in Hobart

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Why you should attend the AFAANZ conference in Hobart

Looking for an exciting, yet productive way to spend a few days in Tasmania? 

The Board of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) invites all business professionals to attend the 55th Annual Conference at Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart, Tasmania beginning on Sunday 5 July and lasting until Tuesday 7 July.

The AFAANZ Conference provides a wide variety of outstanding speakers and topics including keynote addresses from Professor Robert Faff, The University of Queensland and Professor Teri Lombardi Yohn, Indiana University, USA. There will also be a panel session and a panel discussion with invited speakers on the opening day. The number of excellent papers submitted from Australia and New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the USA is indicative of continued international interest.

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During the three-day stretch, the conference offers a good opportunity to network with colleagues from around the world, in addition to providing updates on the latest developments in the accounting and finance disciplines. As usual, the AFAANZ Accounting History; Accounting Standards; and Accounting Education special interest groups (SIGs) will be holding their full day symposia on Saturday, 4 July; the Public Sector and Not-for-profit SIG will now be running its forum on Sunday, 5 July.

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The Management Accounting; Qualitative Research in Accounting Network (QualRAN); the Auditing and Assurance; and Behavioural Finance SIGs will hold their meetings as usual on Sunday, 5 July. SIG session times are mentioned on page 4 of this brochure. The SIGs provide valuable professional development and excellent networking opportunities with leading members of the profession.

The AFAANZ conference continues to offer a quality program with renowned speakers and enjoyable social functions. It also provides an opportunity to engage with our platinum sponsors – Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and CPA Australia along with a wide range of exhibitors. 

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Jul 24, 2021

Amobee Appoints Nick Brien As CEO

Elise Leise
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Nick Brien, a CEO with a proven advertising track record, will help Amobee achieve digital growth

In its latest strategic move, Amobee—a global multimedia advertising leader—announced that Nick Brien will be its Chief Executive Officer. The company is entirely owned by Singtel, Asia’s leading communications technology organisation, which provides consumers with mobile, broadband, and TV and businesses with data hosting, cloud, network infrastructure, analytics, and cybersecurity tools. 

Brien, who has worked for Microsoft, Intel, P&G, and American Express, will take over to drive the next generation of advertising tech. Said Evangelos Simoudis, Chairman of the Board of Amobee: ‘Nick has the deep expertise in advertising that we need to seize the market opportunities ahead’. 

How Did Brien Get Here? 

Before joining Amobee, Brien led 15,000 people across 40 divisions as CEO of the Americas for Dentsu International. For thirty years, he’s helped brands pilot unique advertisements, keeping up with the latest trends. He’s served as CEO of McCann Worldgroup, global CEO of IPG Mediabrands, President of Hearst Marketing Services, and CEO of iCrossing. Over the course of his career, he’s consistently strategised how to keep up with digital shifts. Now, he’ll capitalise on Amobee’s legions of experienced data scientists and developers. 

‘I’m excited to be joining Amobee at such a transformative time in our industry’, Brien explained. ‘We’ll pilot advertising accountability and intelligent decisioning. And there’s no doubt in my mind that optimising media performance—whether you’re targeting, planning, buying, or delivering—can only be achieved using applied science, machine learning, and data analytics’. 

What Does This Mean for Amobee? 

Amobee is set on growing its personal brand within the advertising sector. As APAC social media influencers, Gen Z growth hackers, and viral content producers start to enter the field, established companies will be working doubly hard to keep up. Amobee, however, is still looking good. With a Gartner Magic Quadrant for Ad Tech, a Forrester New Wave recognition, and now, Nick Brien as CEO, the firm is set up for success. 

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