Jacinth Smiley

Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer LyondellBasell

Jacinth Smiley is an accomplished Senior Finance Executive and Certified Public Accountant with demonstrated leadership experience across multiple industries, including financial services and has worked throughout the USA, Europe, Middle East and Asia.  She lives the meaning of strategic business partner and seizes every opportunity to get intimate with the business, leveraging her breadth of expertise to drive growth, margin expansion and business effectiveness.  She has gained significant experience in financial reporting, accounting, capital management, investor relations and international operations.  She has demonstrated her ability to be adaptable and agile, building businesses and teams from the ground up, restructuring poor performing segments. leading and navigating through different cycles.  Jacinth is boundary-less and truly enjoys interacting and working with all functions and levels of the organization.  She is direct, decisive, passionate, prides herself on her drive and execution and is an inspirational leader.   

Currently as Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer at LyondellBasell, a ~$50 billion enterprise value publicly-traded chemical company, Jacinth oversees the Accounting function, where she is spearheading efforts to transform the function into being a “trusted advisor”, embedding effective controls, re-tooling the processes and building a strong talent pipeline.  In addition, she is leading the Finance due diligence on a major transaction while integrating a recently acquired global business.   

Previously, Jacinth spent twenty years with General Electric (GE) in different Finance roles across multiple industries.  In her most recent role with GE as Chief Financial Officer North America for GE Oil & Gas, a $10 billion revenue business, she partnered with the Chief Executive Officer to establish the Region, develop and execute the go-to-market strategy, assess monitor and restructure the commercial team based on sales effectiveness while implementing strong operating rhythm to drive rigor and intensity around delivering on financial targets.  Jacinth also brought her solid financial services background to bear in bringing creative financing solutions to customers to enable exclusive long-term equipment and services volume.  She has held other senior financial and accounting roles within GE Capital and the GE industrial businesses, including Chief Financial Officer, Global Controller, Integration Leader, Director of Financial Planning & Analysis, and Transformation Leader.

She started her career at Arthur Andersen in the audit function, auditing clients across multiple industries before joining the corporate audit staff of United Technologies, where she performed operations and financial audits across the USA, Europe, Middle East and Asia, of the related subsidiaries, namely Pratt & Whitney Engines, Otis Elevator, Carrier Air Conditioning, Hamilton Standards.  Jacinth subsequently became the Chief Financial Officer of the United Technologies Regional Treasury Center in the United Kingdom.

Jacinth draws her energy from her daily 4:00am runs and enjoys travelling and exploring new cultures and food.  She struggles to keep pace with her technologically advanced twelve year old son Ryan, who has been sure for years now, that he is destined for MIT.  Jacinth has a passion for giving back and volunteers with non-profit groups and seeks out opportunities to mentor others.  She currently volunteers/leads initiatives to transform and support the schools she attended and parish in which she grew up in Jamaica.

Day Two, Monday, February 24, 2020

Monday, February 24th, 2020

1:30 PM Real-Life Lessons Learned Post AI, ML And RPA Deployment

Ongoing technological innovations and their implementation are constantly going to be a factor in the business landscape and lessons learned from them shape corporate direction. The further adoption of Robotic Process Automation, cloud computing software, Artificial Intelligence and Customer Intelligence software has changed the way businesses operate. Most of these ideas have been around for some time but the difference now is that they’re being further integrated into companies and what used to be ‘breaking technology’ is now becoming the standard. In this session, explore case studies and real world insights from actual deployments. 

  • The CFO’s role and involvement
  • Examples of efficiencies gained post deployment
  • Lessons learned that shape corporate direction going forward

Day Three, Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

8:35 AM Women in the C-Suite

In the past decade we have seen a greater prevalence of gender diversity in executive positions. While this has been a fantastic start, it needs to be taken further. A study by the IMF found that women comprise less than 20% of executive board members at financial institutions. In addition, a study by Cision PR found that 77% of American C-Suite Executives admit they have a diversity problem and yet many aren’t sure how to remedy this. By starting a discussion and acting on this issue we can help create a push to be more inclusive in the C-suite. Including diversified perspectives helps us learn and grow as business leaders as we absorb new ideas and viewpoints to enhance our overall schema.

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Jacinth.

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