An EY CFO Webcast

CFO: need to know


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This webcast was originally scheduled for 18 September 2014, and has been rescheduled for 24 October 2014. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Today’s CFO faces more challenges than ever. Staying ahead of vital business trends is one of those challenges.

Register for a live webcast event on 24 October 2014. EY professionals, CFOs and subject-matter professionals will discuss what every CFO needs to know about digital.




Jeff Babka

Chief Financial Officer, Applied Predictive Technologies

Jeff Babka is the Chief Financial Officer at Applied Predictive Technologies. He joined Applied Predictive Technologies (APT) as Chief Financial Officer in February 2014. APT is the world’s largest purely cloud-based predictive analytics software company.

Jeff has 40 years of experience in financial and operational management of public/private companies, with a specific focus in the technology, software and telecommunications sectors.

Jeff Babka’s career includes a wide variety of financial and operational management and executive positions, including a long tenure at AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and Concert. Most recently, Jeff was CFO of Vibrant Media, a world leader in contextual technology aligning billions of words across the Internet with relevant video, information, tools, and advertising. Prior to Vibrant, Jeff was CFO of Sophos, a global IT Security company based in Oxford, UK. Under Jeff’s direction, Sophos made great progress on its IPO roadmap, having selected its underwriter slate and getting to within weeks of filing its F-1 with the SEC. In June, 2010, Sophos was acquired by Apax Partners in a transaction valuing the Company in excess of $830 million.

Jeff is a Magna cum Laude graduate of the University of Dayton, and obtained his MBA from Manhattan College. He is a graduate of the Stanford University Executive Program, and obtained CPA certification in Ohio in 1974.

Mitchell Scherzer

Hearst Corporation

Mitchell Scherzer is a senior vice president and chief financial officer of Hearst Corporation. He is also a member of the Hearst Board of Directors, and is a testamentary trustee under the will of William Randolph Hearst. Scherzer is a former investment banker who has concentrated most of his 20-plus-year banking career in the communications, media and entertainment industries.

Scherzer began his career at Goldman Sachs in 1989, ultimately serving as co-head of its media group. While at Goldman Sachs, he gained experience on a range of corporate finance and M&A transactions across a variety of sectors in the media and communications industries.

Scherzer joined JP Morgan as a managing director in 2002. He went on to head U.S. Media Investment Banking, where he led JP Morgan’s investment banking initiatives in the media industry. Scherzer was a strategic advisor to industry leaders in publishing, broadcasting, cable, television, satellite, financial information and telecommunications.

Scherzer completed his undergraduate studies at McGill University and obtained an MBA from The Wharton School.

Tom McGrath


Tom McGrath is Senior Vice Chair – Accounts for EY's Americas Area, and a member of the EY America’s and U.S. boards. He is currently serving in a senior advisory partner capacity on a number of the firm’s priority accounts. During his career with Ernst & Young, Tom has held a number of senior positions in the Americas, EMEIA and Global. He has also served as global client services partner for a number of major financial institutions.

Tom graduated from Miami University (Ohio) and is a CPA, CBA, certified information systems auditor (CISA), and a member of the American, Pennsylvania and New York Institute of CPAs and EDP Auditors Association.


Ekta Singh


Ekta Singh is a partner with EY Advisory Services. Singh is passionate about innovation, and driving digital transformation. She brings a unique & non-traditional combination of deep business operations, financial accounting & technology implementation skills to her clients, CEOs, CFOs & CTOs, who trust her, as their connection to EY to bring the highest & best capabilities of the firm. Singh has served in senior firm governance, Americas Partner Advisory Council, Northeast Partner Forum, Professional Women’s Network, D&I groups and since 2003, on the board of NY’s only pan-asian NFP – Asian American Federation. She has two children, spends her spare time painting, sailing & aspiring to be a master wine sommelier. Singh is a CPA and a M.S. in Electrical Eng & Comp. Sc. from UC Berkeley.



Kelly Grier