Don Mal

Don is Vena's founding CEO and the company's chief ambassador, a lead spokesperson, advisor and advocate for the company on industry matters, business strategy and key customer relationships. Prior to co-founding Vena, Don led the North American sales teams for Clarity Systems, an IBM Company. He then led global sales for Cognos FSR at IBM before co-founding Vena. Don holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from the Schulich School of Business.

  • Anaplan IPO & Adaptive Acquisition: Great News for FP&A Sector, Finance Leaders and Vena

    Anaplan IPO & Adaptive Acquisition: Great News for FP&A Sector, Finance Leaders and Vena

    Vena's co-founder and chief ambassador Don Mal weighs the implications of two major announcements from the FP&A software sector - on vendors, customers and Vena

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  • Digital Transformation in Finance Will be Built on Excel

    Digital Transformation in Finance Will be Built on Excel

    It’s been fashionable lately to consider Microsoft Excel as becoming outdated. But before you add Excel to the pantheon of obsolete IT, consider a few facts.

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  • From GAAP to Growth: 3 Reasons Revenue Rules Cloud Companies

    From GAAP to Growth: 3 Reasons Revenue Rules Cloud Companies

    Smart, predictable and rapid revenue growth is great news for any business, but for SaaS firms it's a matter of survival.

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  • BPM's New Vendor Certification: Clearing the Waters in Performance Management?

    BPM's New Vendor Certification: Clearing the Waters in Performance Management?

    Vena CEO Don Mal weighs in on the value of BPM's new certification for next generation performance management vendors

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  • A Mind for Revenue

    A Mind for Revenue

    Stop losing sleep over revenue generation challenges.

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  • Are You an Operational or Strategic CFO? A 6-Point Checklist

    Are You an Operational or Strategic CFO? A 6-Point Checklist

    Financial leaders are recognizing the increasingly strategic nature of their roles, but getting there is easier said than done. Review these six traits to see where you stand.

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  • 5 Ways to Elevate the Role of Your Finance Department

    5 Ways to Elevate the Role of Your Finance Department

    CFOs and their teams may feel like they’re getting pulled in all directions, but the right leadership will ensure they keep moving forward.

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  • The Case For Bringing CFOs And Customers Closer Together

    The Case For Bringing CFOs And Customers Closer Together

    A recent report says financial executives need the right exposure, technology, and team members to take on a larger organizational role.

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  • The Bright Side of All Those Finance Department Budget Cuts

    The Bright Side of All Those Finance Department Budget Cuts

    It’s not easy for anyone to do more with less, but in the case of the CFO’s team, there’s little doubt their impact is only going to grow.

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  • Why CFO Career Prospects are Getting Exponentially Better

    Why CFO Career Prospects are Getting Exponentially Better

    A report from consulting firm BearingPoint breaks down the skills and focus areas finance leaders are beginning to take on. Most companies would probably say they’d like to see “exponential”...

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  • Why CFOs Play a Key Role In Tracking Non-Financial KPIs

    Why CFOs Play a Key Role In Tracking Non-Financial KPIs

    Management experts say finance departments need to factor in data from other business units, but will this lead to a war over metrics? Hopefully it never gets to this point, but eventually someone...

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  • You May Be More Prepared For Rolling Forecasts Than You Think

    You May Be More Prepared For Rolling Forecasts Than You Think

    While some research suggests other priorities are preoccupying CFOs, other experts suggest scenario planning and analytics are closely related.  “That’s just how we roll.” Even if you’re not a...

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  • The Biggest CPM Decisions You Have to Make

    The Biggest CPM Decisions You Have to Make

    Companies can’t afford to set loose goals around corporate performance management. Start by picturing the ideal end state. We may have already reached that point in the new year where, if you...

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