Chris O'Shea, Group CFO at the Smiths Group

Issued: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:09:00 GMT

We were proud to host Mr Chris O'Shea, Group Chief Financial Officer at the Smiths Group as a speaker of the Adam Smith Business School's Practitioner Seminar Series, who presented to Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.  

Chris spoke to a packed audience about how he manages the key relationships between Smiths and its investors and analysts. He gave insights into the role of a CFO in a FTSE 100 company and spoke about his personal career path from his time in Glasgow as an undergraduate on the B.Acc. Chris gave students some tips for the future, including to always do the right thing - even if this is not the easy thing, something that resonates with the Adam Smith Business School's emphasis on ethics across all of our degrees. 

Event details  

Date: Tuesday 21 February 2017      

Time: 4.00pm - 5:30pm (Please note: the start time of this event has changed from 5.30pm to 4.00pm)   

Venue: John McIntyre Room 201, Main Building         


Chris O’Shea is a qualified Chartered Accountant with a finance degree from The University of Glasgow and an MBA from Duke University. He joined Smiths Group as Finance Director in September 2015 from the metals technology company, Vesuvius plc, where he was the CFO from 2012, following its demerger from Cookson Group plc. 

Chris also served as non-executive director of Foseco India Ltd, an Indian-listed supplier to the foundry industry and a part of Vesuvius plc. Having held a number of senior finance roles at BG Group, Chris latterly served as CFO for the group’s businesses in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. From 1998 to 2005 Chris worked in the UK, the US and Nigeria for Royal Dutch Shell in a variety of roles, including CFO for Shell’s offshore exploration and production business in Nigeria. 

Chris has wide knowledge and experience of multi-national operations, including the manufacturing and oil and gas sectors. He also has experience of international tax and financing through roles at Ernst & Young and Royal Dutch Shell. 


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