Abhijit Bhattacharya (CFO Philips) was honored with a CFO Award during CFO Day 2019.

Tribute for a wonderful career at the service of Royal Philips, for his personal journey and for the way in which Abhijit Bhattacharya as CFO makes the difference in the transformation. With resounding results for Philips! That is why the jury selected Abhijit as the winner of the 2019 CFO Awards..


The reason for a company’s existence is changing. Our focus is shifting from tangible to intangible, from shareholders to stakeholders, and from creating short-term value, to creating long-term value. Why? Because the reasons why employees and customers commit themselves to your company are fundamentally changing. It’s no longer about what you can give them or do for them, it boils down to how they feel about your company. Therefore, companies must now work from a shared purpose perspective instead of solely striving for financial gain. It’s a change that touches and impacts organisations as a whole.

Purpose is seen as the reason for action, the DNA of an organisation, or even an organisation’s reason for existence. The question is, what does that mean precisely? When does a company achieve the greater goal? Does a company-wide supported purpose contribute to its profitability and appeal? What role does the CFO play in creating, maintaining and experiencing this purpose-driven strategy? And, what is the right balance when it comes to profit versus purpose. In a nutshell, aiming for a strategy that is driven by purpose is no easy task.

During the upcoming CFO Day, we invite you to enter into dialogue to discuss purpose. Speak with others about what your organisation is doing to achieve or maintain its path towards purpose. Also, talk about the importance of purpose for a job in finance and for yourself. We will discover that aiming for purpose is like climbing a mountain: all of you are trying to achieve the same goal, which is to reach the top. However, there are different paths you can take to get there, and the path towards purpose is perhaps more important than the greater goal itself. Share your own paths and allow yourself to be amazed at the Efteling by the paths chosen by your colleagues and by the inspiring, out of the box presenters.


Wouter de Jong

Mindfulness Trainer & owner Gym for your mind

Jimmy Nelson

Photographer and photojournalist

Wopke Hoekstra

Minister of Finance

Bas Nijhuis

Paid Football referee
and Entrepreneur

Eric Smit

Co-founder and editor-in-chief of Follow the Money

Jabine van der Meijs

Executive Vice President & CFO Royal Schiphol Group

Steve Carlin

illusionist and mind reader

Peter Bastmeijer

Director Business Control KLM Inflight Services

Merijn Zeeman

sports director cycling team Jumbo-Visma

Marjan van Loon

CEO Shell Nederland

Talitha Muusse

Millenial Expert

Hans Schuil

CFO Royal Cosun

Marc Oosterhout

Author and Managing Director N = 5

Sako Gatsjatrjan

Teacher Physical Education

Joost Eerdmans

Party President Leefbaar Rotterdam

Japke-d. Bouma

Editor-in-chief and columnist NRC Handelsblad

Peter De Keyzer
Eveline Helmink

Editor in chief international media brand Happinez






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