Bala Ayyar

Bala Ayyar

Job Title: Managing Director, Chief Data Officer

Company: Société Générale (USA)

Born and brought up in Mumbai India, Bala Ayyar has worked in the field of Finance & Accounting and Banking for more than thirty years.  Bala holds professional accounting qualifications from both India and the United States.  He has an undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Mumbai.

Since joining SG in 2009, he has held a range of positions.  Currently, he is the Chief Data Officer, SG Americas, with responsibility for data management and governance within the Region.  This function is responsible for implementing the requirements of BCBS 239, establishing sound data governance framework that meets Group needs and local supervisory expectations and creating a solid platform for the data to be leveraged for strategic business decisions. Prior to that, he headed up the Project Management Office for the SG US Transformation project.  Roles before that included Head of Finance Offshoring in SG Bangalore and Deputy CFO of the Americas Region of their Corporate & Investment Bank.

Prior to joining SG, Bala was with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) for fourteen years in a range of positions in Toronto and New York.  As Senior Vice President of the Wholesale North America Finance, he headed up the controllership function for CIBC’s World Markets and Treasury & Risk Management Strategic Business Units within North America. With a total team of about 175 individuals across Toronto and New York, he was responsible for establishing a SOX-compliant industry-leading Finance control environment as well as supporting the efficient execution of business initiatives and managing the Finance related US regulatory relationships during a very demanding period. Prior to that, he also had stints as the business-line controller for the Bank’s US origination businesses (Corporate Lending, Investment Banking, Merchant Banking, Structured Finance and High Yield), as well as the 2/ic to the Chief Accountant, with responsibility for consolidated financial, management and regulatory reporting at the corporate level.

Prior to CIBC, he was with the public accounting firm of KPMG for 10 years, mostly in Bahrain in the Middle East.  He held a range of positions culminating in Senior Manager. Responsible for assurance and consulting engagements for offshore banks, focused on technical excellence, customer satisfaction and practice profitability. He was the Engagement Senior Manager for the region’s second-largest bank and also played a key role in setting up a Treasury consulting specialization within KPMG Bahrain.

Speaking at the following:

09:35 - 10:15
Roundtable Discussion: Building on Strong Foundations – Delivering an Organisation-Wide Data Governance Framework

What are the key considerations around implementing policies, standards, and education to ensure that your data quality remains high and compliant? How do you keep data governance relevant and engaging for all so it remains high on the agenda? Data governance as the critical enabler? How do you package your data for use across the… Read more.

12:10 - 12:35
Leveraging Basle Data Governance Requirements to Deliver Shareholder Value and Achieve Strategic Positioning

Driving innovation across the enterprise. How to drive business gains from data. Aligning and supporting speed of operational improvements with changes in mindsets and behaviours. Sharing experiences on the journey to date, challenges, wins and future direction.    

14:35 - 15:10
Let’s Talk  – Financial Services

Driving change in legacy banks to face the challenges from Fintechs. Wind down and network with those who have a common interest, work in a common field and can share their war stories!