Operational Strategies for Sustainable Asset Finance

Introduction from the Session Chair
Yann Toutant / Founder, Black Winch

Matt Ackley / Chief Marketing Officer, Ritchie Bros

An engineer by trade, Matt Ackley has led product development and marketing organizations for a number of major brands, such as eBay and Google — known disrupters of traditional industries. During his tenure at eBay, Ackley’s expertise in understanding online marketplaces focused on driving value for both sellers and buyers. After eBay, Ackley was Managing Director, Media and Platform Market Development, at Google. Here, he focused on product marketing and strategic development activities for Google’s search and online advertising products such as DoubleClick Search, Google Analytics and YouTube. 
In his role as CMO at Ritchie Bros. – the world’s largest marketplace for insights, services and transaction solutions for commercial assets – Ackley is responsible for core digital activities across the company’s brands and services. He also sits on the board of Ritchie Bros. Financial Services, a fast-growing equipment financing and leasing solutions provider that recently surpassed US$ 1 billion in open credit approvals. 
Ackley has an M.B.A. from Harvard and a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Duke University. He lives in California (USA) and Sweden. 

Jean-Sebastian Leite / Head of Sustainable Finance, AGCO Finance

Jean Sebastian has over 10 years’ asset management experience at DLL working in their Office Technology, Food & Agriculture, and AGCO Finance business units. Since 2019 he has taken a role in Global Products & Services at the AGCO Finance joint-venture, which has been the incubator of the company’s sustainability efforts. With over 50% retail finance penetration across 24 markets, AGCO Finance has a key role to play in supporting AGCO’s #1 Sustainability pillar in Advancing Soil Health and Soil Carbon Sequestration. Inside a joint-venture working primarily with capital goods, under the Rabobank umbrella, Jean Sebastian has a particularly challenging role in stakeholder management on the company’s road to net zero. 

Ben Lindberg / Head of Proposition & Head of Global Partners & Strategic Alliances, Nordea Finance

Ben Lindberg, Nordea Finance, based in Helsinki, Finland.  
He has been working in Nordea Finance for 26 years and held different management positions in sales, business support, corporate development and finance and been the CFO and currently acting head of Car Finance and member of the executive management of Nordea Finance.  Since August 2020, he has been CFO for Nordea Finance. 
He is representing the Finance Company in the Nordea Group network and in different internal forums.