How Veolia Unlocked Finance Agility During a Global Crisis

How Veolia Unlocked Finance Agility During a Global Crisis
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Across the C-suite, the finance function has traditionally been slower than other business areas when it comes to digital transformation. However, today, as a variety of macro forces create the need for faster decision making and better use of data, finance leaders everywhere are breaking down the barriers to innovation and new, more agile ways of working. 

Yael Leblanc, group finance transformation director at Veolia, a global environmental services company headquartered in France, is one of those leaders. Leblanc recently spoke to Workday’s Frederic Portal, solution marketing director, EMEA financials, on Veolia’s journey to finance in the cloud.

Can you tell our readers about Veolia and your background in finance?

Veolia is the world leader in environmental services in the areas of water, waste, and energy. We have approximately 171,000 employees in more than 50 countries, at some 2,000 sites. The business had a turnover of €27 billion at the end of 2019. 

I have been working for Veolia for 12 years, and since 2018 have held the position of director of finance transformation at group level. Before joining Veolia, I worked for nine years with a consulting firm.

Could you describe Veolia’s organisational structure, and some of the factors that

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