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Sara Watts

Chief Financial Officer, IBM Australia and New Zealand

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Sara Watts is the Chief Financial Officer for IBM Australia and New Zealand, a role she has held since April 2008. In August 2009, she was named the Executive Sponsor for Corporate Responsibility for IBM in Australia and New Zealand, a role which complements the governance and ethics components of her CFO responsibilities.  Ms Watts regularly speaks on finance transformation, data analytics, social business and the impact of technology on the efficacy of finance teams and business models.

In addition to her IBM responsibilities, Ms Watts is Chairman of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, a not-for-profit performing arts organisation with a large volunteer membership.  She also sits on the Audit Committee of the Victorian Auditor General’s Office.   

During her IBM career, Ms Watts has a held a wide range of senior finance roles and has been actively engaged in IBM’s back office transformation and business process improvement.  Prior to her appointment as CFO,  Ms Watts was Director, Internal Audit and Investigations, IBM Asia Pacific, a role with particular focus on identifying and recommending risk mitigation strategies across many lines of business.  

Ms Watts’ qualifications include a BSc (Sydney), MBA (MGSM), FCPA and she is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.