The Controller Performance Program is a benchmarking and development program for the business controlling functions of big international companies. It provides an opportunity for high potential business controllers to learn best practices in finance functions and processes, build long-lasting professional networks, and together explore solutions to current issues in the field.

The group of companies is structured to exclude direct competitors, and deep benchmarking by the participants is organized behind a joint NDA.

The program supports the professional development of both the individual participants and the finance functions of the participating companies, aiming for the business controllers to create value as Business Partners or even Pathfinders. The program has a documented track record of successfully developing new knowledge and cutting-edge competences in the field of business controlling.


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

Module themes include strategy development and execution, operational excellence and the impact of digitalisation, analytics, robotics and machine learning, and systematic innovation and change management. These themes are introduced by world-class faculty. The impact of these and other issues on business controlling and the finance function are then explored and systematically benchmarked by the participants in each module.

Every module also includes CFO-level keynotes and discussions, personal development and communication skills training, and a lot of opportunities to network and exchange information informally.

In-depth benchmarking between the companies is done through a sequence of company visits in smaller groups between the modules, and the results of these studies are presented to the group and invited guests at the end of the program.

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.

Orren Shalit

is a partner of Amplify Scandinavia AB. Orren is a SIT facilitator with broad experience of turning notions into ideas and ideas into products – in the private and public sectors. Orren has been dedicated to guiding his clients in creating new business solutions through systematic innovation. This means both creating concrete results in the market as well as creating the innovation infrastructure for the future. Orren enjoys lecturing, and teaches in international business schools and universities, such as Ashridge (UK), SSE Executive Education (Sweden), Hanken & SSE Executive Education (Finland) ,and KTH Executive (Sweden).

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 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?”.

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Program Feedback

  • “The program covers interesting topics and inspiring examples – it offers a good balance of theory and practical applications.”

  • “The program links well with the controller role and the responsibilities.”

  • “There is much more to the controller function than I expected.”

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