Cindy Gallagher

SVP, Global Shared Services Controller
Discovery Communications

Cindy Gallagher is SVP, Global Shared Services Controller for Discovery Communications. She is a CPA by trade, who is sought after to build and transform accounting and finance organizations. In her current role with Discovery Communications she is responsible for global process delivery, revenue accounting and the companies strategic sourcing initiatives.

She has served as an advisor and partner to various senior executives, helping to identify new business opportunities, streamline processes, control costs and maintain financial statement integrity. Leveraging her Six Sigma and Finance and Accounting training Cindy is always looking at new ways of analyzing data, creating economies of scale and developing the skill sets of her team.

Prior to joining Discovery Communications, Cindy was the Deputy Controller for AOL where she oversaw all accounting and shared services operations including SEC reporting, General Accounting, Corporate Treasury and FP&A. She also served as the project management office for the CFO organization transforming and automating processes across all functions.

Cindy served as the Finance Chairman for a local non-profit from 2009-2012 and holds a Masters Degree from the University of Maine.


9:20 AM To what extent do Geo-political factors impact upon GBS strategies?

Brexit, Trump, the rise of Far-Right political parties throughout Europe, domestic and international terrorism and Catalonian independence are a few examples of political and economic instabilities that are shaping European policy. What are the implications for GBS and SSC set up? For organisations with operations in tumultuous regions, how can they plan and adequately resource their centres and minimise risk to their businesses?