Richard McLean


Richard McLean

About Richard McLean

Richard McLean, regional CFO for SAP Asia Pacific Japan, oversees all key finance and administrative functions for field and regional headquarters, supporting more than 16,000 employees. He has more than 20 years of experience in senior finance roles with leading global companies across a range of industries, including financial services, investment banking, automotive, and IT. He joined SAP in 2008.

digital finance

People Power: Key Performance Driver That’s Missing For APJ CFOs

29-Aug-2017 | Richard McLean

Even with advances in technology, I’m a great believer that the future of finance depends on the power of people. This may seem to be a controversial statement coming from the CFO of a technology co

Survey: Why Some CFOs Are More Successful Than Others

29-Jun-2017 | Richard McLean

One of the biggest challenges my team and I face is to continually do more, and do it faster. When we meet that challenge, we have the opportunity to drive better business performance. Why are some

Why Successful CFOs Are Backing A Cloud-First Strategy

6-Jun-2017 | Richard McLean

Part 2 of a 2-part series. Read Part 1. Businesses in general are trying to become faster and more agile in how they run and how they connect with customers. Beyond finance, most functions in an en

road to cloud

Why CFOs Are Rethinking The Cloud (And Why You Should Too)

30-May-2017 | Richard McLean

Part 1 of the 2-part series. Read Part 2. The tide is turning in the minds of CFOs. As recently as 12 to 24 months ago, when I talked with finance leaders about cloud computing, I often met with

Digital Innovation: How Finance Leaders Can Help SMBs Compete on a Global Scale

27-Mar-2017 | Richard McLean

Day by day, business is becoming increasingly digital. Within small and midsize businesses (SMBs), digital technology is accelerating finance cycle times, presenting instant insight into business data

machine learning, AI, CFO, finance

Machine Learning In Finance: 4 Ways CFOs Can Unlock Value

15-Mar-2017 | Richard McLean

Machine learning is shaping up to be the next major evolution in the transformation of finance. While the algorithms that enable machine learning have been around for decades, today’s increased comp

finance, CFO, finance operations, digital finance, digital business, 2017 predictions, regulations

Prioritizing The CFO’s To-Do List For 2017

3-Jan-2017 | Richard McLean

It’s that time of year when we start making plans for the new year. As I speak with fellow CFOs across industries and regions, some common themes emerge as top priorities on our to-do lists for 2017

Young business person talking in meeting

Future-Proofing Finance: Building An Award-Winning Talent Management Program

9-Dec-2016 | Richard McLean

As the role of finance undergoes transformation, the concept of future-proofing your career has become a hot topic. More and more finance functions are becoming automated, standardized, and migrated t

How CFOs Are Hedging Their Bets To Find Success In The Digital Era

17-Nov-2016 | Richard McLean

Any large, developed company is somewhat constrained by the success of its existing business. CFOs are asked to provide capital and funding for new initiatives and innovation – yet the pressure is o

IT and finance collaboration

View From APJ: Burning Reasons For Big Changes In FP&A

12-Oct-2016 | Richard McLean

In my conversations with CFOs around the Asia/Pacific region, the need for finance to transform is a common theme. The growing digital economy, the accelerating pace of business, and the ease with whi