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How finance enables other business functions at Aiven

About this event

Effective business partnering is a key goal for modern finance teams. But how can you bring financial data and analysis to the wider business strategy without stepping on toes?

Aiven’s finance team is renowned for its strategic leadership. Today, it has a hand in product, pricing, and expansion decisions, ensuring that every decision is backed by solid financial support.

This strategic finance masterclass with Aiven SVP of Operations & Strategy Katariina Korhonen and IVP Partner James Black will show you how finance has become an integral part of the company's decisions and how you can apply the same ideas to your business.

You will learn

→ How to structure your strategic finance function

→ How Aiven’s finance team contributes to pricing decisions, scaling operations, product changes, and new market expansion

→ The finance function’s contribution to both product-led and enterprise go-to-market strategies

→ How to manage risks and also grow quickly

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  • Guest speaker
    James Black Partner @ IVP

    James Black joined IVP in August 2019. He focuses on identifying and evaluating enterprise and consumer technology investments with great product-market-fit. James worked on IVP’s investment in Aiven, Hello Heart, Pigment, Productiv, Sorare, Superhuman, and TaxBit. Before joining IVP, James worked at Canva, a Sydney-based graphic design company empowering the world to design anything and publish anywhere. James worked on the strategic finance team and led projects across fundraising, business development, product strategy, and analytics. He was also an investment banker at Qatalyst Partners, advising on over $50Bn worth of announced M&A transactions. James graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a B.S. in Economics with concentrations in finance and operations.

  • Guest speaker
    Katariina Korhonen SVP Operations & Strategy @ Aiven

    Katariina Korhonen is SVP Operations and Strategy at Aiven, a Series D growth company creating the trusted open source data platform for everyone. Aiven has raised more than $400M VC funding and is operating on four continents with headquarters in Helsinki and hubs in Amsterdam, Berlin, Boston, Paris, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto. Katariina is part of Aiven’s senior executive team and is leading the company’s operations and finance while also focusing on creating and rolling out company level strategy. Prior to joining Aiven, Katariina was Chief People Officer and General Counsel for Smartly.io and was part of the senior executive team and responsible for leading the global People Team and Legal Team. She holds a degree of Master in Laws (LL.M) from the Helsinki University. When not working, Katariina enjoys an active family life with three boys.

  • Team member
    CFO Connect Team CFO Connect

    CFO Connect is a space, offline and online, for financial leaders to meet and learn from each other. We host regular meetups in Europe & the U.S., produce helpful content, and build a network of high-performing CFOs.


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