Todays Finance Leader: Corporate Banker meets Venture Capitalist (must have juggling skills)

Over the past decade Sara Lee Corporation evolved from a highly decentralized holding company to an allied business with separate business segments that leverage shared capabilities. Sara Lee's finance function plays an integral role in the allied model, wearing various hats and juggling different roles and responsibilities: from corporate banker to IT architect, from chief procurement officer to business process outsourcer, from the investor behind growth initiatives to the voice of reason challenging "pies in the sky". By: Theo de Kool, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial & Administrative Officer Sara Lee Corporation (US)