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What is your view on sustainability?
As a CFO, I think you are responsible for allocating resources. Where do we put our money, our capital to work? And this is where you play a very important role. So making sure you allocate your cash, your funds to the right areas, is what you can do as a CFO. And there you can influence sustainability as well.
What is your view on reporting?
Over time, it will be integrated. But frankly, I don’t care that much about reporting. I mean, there is a wildfire of frameworks. To me it’s the joy, or at least that’s the goal, of having your own strategy irrespective of how you report about it. Otherwise you get bombarded with compliance rules. Sustainability is not about compliance, but how you want to run your business. And to be honest, we’ll figure out how we report on it.
What are the biggest challenges?
In Dutch we say ‘veerkracht’, endurance, ‘ausdauer’, because this is not something that is going to happen overnight. You have things to cover along the way. So it’s about continuing the journey, staying resilient and not giving up. To me ‘ausdauer’ is the right thing to do in this business. This is not going to happen overnight.
What is your tip for other CFOs?
My tip to all the CFOs is to just talk about it. Speak out, because the moment you do so, you’re committed, you’re going to do it. So stick your neck out.
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Chris Figee (*1972) has been CFO of KPN since January 2020. He began his career at Aegon in 1995, where he held various positions. In 1999, he joined McKinsey, where he became a partner in 2006. After 10 years at McKinsey he joined Achmea in 2009 as Director of Strategy, M&A, Corporate Control & Performance Management. He was also a member of the Achmea Group Committee. In 2014, Chris joined a.s.r. as CFO. In addition to his position as CFO of KPN, he is also currently a Member of the Supervisory Board of Unicef and a Supervisory Board member of Azerion.