Controller Performance Program

Program Overview

The Controller Performance Program is a benchmarking and development program for business controllers.


Controllers today have complex responsibilities that include a broad management perspective.


The program widens the participants’ understanding of business management as well as the increasing importance of digitalization and analytics. The objective of the program is to support the transition of the controlling function to becoming a true business partner and value generating part of the business.


Although many companies face similar issues, there is a lack of forums for high-level competence development and benchmarking for business controllers. The Controller Performance Program brings together companies in non-competing industries, who together with Hanken & SSE design a program to meet the specific needs of their controllers.


The program supports the professional development of the business controllers beyond the accounting specialist role.

Program Content & Structure

The program is structured around 4 modules of 3 days run over 7 months in total. Module locations in Helsinki and Stockholm.


Every module is built around benchmarking and learning from experiences of others. Consistent themes are the changing role of the controller function, how the finance function can add value to the business operations, effective communication skills and how to organize and lead finance entities.


The program days involve systematic comparison and benchmarking against how business controlling supports and reports on core enterprise processes together with world-class faculty.

Program Feedback

``The program covers interesting topics and inspiring examples - it offers a good balance of theory and practical applications.``

``There is much more to the controller function than I expected.``

``The program links well with the controller role and the responsibilities``

``Very professionally organized program and besides the inspiring presentations, the networking has really started off and is very valuable.``

Program Director

Program Director Anders Tallberg

Anders Tallberg is Senior Fellow at Hanken & SSE Executive Education. Anders was previously professor of accounting and head of the Department of Accounting at Hanken School of Economics. Anders has authored books, software and scientific papers on accounting. He is the director of many large Hanken & SSE development programs and has extensive experience of consulting engagements.


He has served as a board member, chair and CEO of several technology startup companies. He currently serves as the vice chairman of the Finnish Accounting Standards Board, and as a member of the Finnish Auditing Board.

Faculty presentation

Innovation expert Orren Shalit, partner of Amplify, talks about how innovation will impact the controller function and the finance sector. Orren is a Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT) facilitator with broad experience of turning notions into ideas and ideas into market offerings. Orren is a frequent guest speaker in the Controller Performance Program.

Quick Facts

Next Program Start: February 2018

Module Locations: Helsinki & Stockholm

Language: English

Program Type: Multi-Company

Contact Us

Need help?


Contact us to learn more about the Controller Performance Program or to find out how this program can be customized for your business.

Johanna Korpia

Johanna Korpia

+358 400 240 946

johanna.korpia (a)

Who the program is for

The program is suited for finance professionals, specifically established business controllers with 3-5 years of experience who are looking to develop their role and work comfortably in English.


Prior to program commencement potential participants will be interviewed to ensure the right fit for the program.

Benefits and value to you and your organization

  • Every module is built around benchmarking and sharing best practice of processes in the finance function


  • Intensive interaction and networking during the program lays the foundation for valuable professional relationships.


  • The program also supports career development with some participants advancing to take on CFO roles.


Daniel Erasmus

Daniel Erasmus

Daniel Erasmus has been facilitating scenario processes for diverse clients across three continents for the last 12 years.  As a founder and director of the DTN, Daniel leads a consulting firm that specializes in scenario thinking and transformation processes, and licenses early warning systems to organizations interested in looking ahead. With an international staff of members and associates, Daniel has worked with a range of private and public sector clients that include Nokia, Rabobank, the city Rotterdam , the Rijksgebouwendienst, Sanoma, Telenor, Vodafone. Daniel holds degrees in Electronic-Industrial Engineering from the University of Stellenbosch. He has been the guest editor and columnist for a number of publications.

Robin Teigland

Robin Teigland

Dr. Robin Teigland is Professor in Business Administration, with a specialization in Strategic Information Systems Management, at the Center for Strategy and Competitiveness at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE). In 2013 and 2014 she was nominated one of the Global Top 50 Business Professors on Twitter (@robinteigland), and in 2008 she received the “Researcher of the Year” award at the Stockholm School of Economics.  Her current research investigates how the Internet, virtual worlds, and social media enable the co-creation of value outside of a firm’s traditional boundaries through open source communities. Robin is a globally sought-after speaker, having spoken at Imperial College, London as well as for Microsoft and for Google, among others.

Niklas Modig

Niklas Modig

Niklas Modig is a researcher at the Center for Innovation and Operations Management at Stockholm School of Economics and is one of the leading authorities within lean service. From 2006-2008, Niklas was a visiting researcher at the “Center of Excellence – Manufacturing Management Research Center” at University of Tokyo. Niklas currently is a supervisor and strategic facilitator for various multi-national companies, such as AstraZeneca, ABB, Nordea, Siemens, SEB, Volvo Cars and various public organizations as well as private equity firms. He is also a board member of Lean Forum and has taken a leading position as inspirational lecturer within the field of lean service and operational excellence. Niklas is the author of the best-selling book “What is lean?”.

The faculty team is an example from previous programs, faculty is subject to change and availability.

Participating Companies Include

Stora Enso