Visualizing Risk in a Turbulent World

April 26, 2017

Visualizing Risk in a Turbulent World

Managing risk and uncertainty is at the heart of treasury’s role, but in an environment of substantial geopolitical risk on top of market volatility, this role has become more challenging than ever. Events over the past decade have demonstrated that modelling risk within ‘normal’ bands is no longer enough; rather, treasurers need to be prepared for both day-to-day volatility and the impact of extreme or unexpected political and market events. For large commodity purchasers, this can be particularly challenging given their exposure to both the commodity and currency markets. As a result, the ability to visualize risk and model the impact of hedging strategies has become more important than ever.

In this exclusive webinar, Mark O’Toole, Vice President of Treasury and Commodities Solutions at Openlink, Craig Jeffery, Managing Partner at Strategic Treasurer, and Helen Sanders, Editor at TMI, discuss some of treasurers’ risk management challenges and opportunities to overcome them, particularly amongst those dealing with both commodity and currency exposures.

Discussion points:

  • How has the environment in which treasurers of large commodity purchasers changed in recent years, and how have they responded?
  • How is the environment changing, and what are the implications?
  • How well-equipped are treasurers in managing these evolving risks, and what are the typical shortcomings?
  • What tools should treasurers be seeking, and what value can they deliver?
  • How to manage the impact of evolving treasury requirements as treasurers fulfill a more strategic role in the organization?
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Mark O'Toole

Vice President, Commodities and Treasury Solutions, Openlink

Mark O'Toole joined Openlink in 2006, and helped establish the Commodity Intensive Corporates (CIC) business providing integrated treasury and commodities solutions. He has more than 20 years of experience in fintech across sales, business development, product marketing, product management and implementation in commodities, energy and capital markets. He previously worked at Dow Jones, SunGard Energy (formerly Caminus) and    RiskMetrics Group (now MSCI).


Craig Jeffery

Managing Partner, Strategic Treasurer

Craig Jeffery formed Strategic Treasurer LLC in 2004 to provide corporate, educational, and government entities direct access to comprehensive and current assistance with their treasury and financial process needs. His 20+ years of financial and treasury experience as a practitioner and as a consultant have uniquely qualified him to help organizations craft realistic goals and achieve significant benefits quickly. He is primarily responsible for relationship management and ensuring total client satisfaction on all projects.


Helen Sanders

Editor, TMI / Asymmetric Solutions

Helen Sanders has well over 20 years’ experience in corporate treasury, treasury technology and transaction banking as a practitioner, technology vendor, consultant, writer and editor

. She has been Editor of TMI since 2006, and works in a freelance capacity through her company Asymmetric Solutions providing editorial, consulting and research services to banks, technology vendors and corporate treasuries. Previously, Helen was Director of Education at the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT). Between 1996 - 2002, Helen worked for SunGard (since acquired by FIS) and its predecessor company GIS, including working as Sales and Marketing Director for Europe, in addition to consulting and training roles. Before joining GIS, she worked in corporate treasury and tax in the oil and gas and technology sectors. She is also Trustee of the Stroke Association, a major UK charity dedicated to preventing stroke and improving the lives of stroke survivors and their families.

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