Gary Simon, CEO of FSN is recognised as a 'Top 10' most viewed Leader on LinkedIn UK

27th January 2016

Gary Simon, a retired Deloitte partner, and currently Chief Executive of FSN Publishing has been recognised as one of the UK’s top 10 leaders on Linkedin in an awards ceremony in Central London last week. The announcement coincided with Linkedin passing the significant milestone of 20 million professional users, which it says approximates to sixty percent of the UK workforce.  Gary Simon, who is a highly regarded thought-leader in the financial systems industry and a Fellow of the British Computer Society is believed to be the only chartered accountant in the top 10 PowerProfiles on Linkedin.




Receiving the award alongside him was James Caan CBE from the BBC’s Dragon’s Den and Bianca Miller the BBC Apprentice finalist and entrepreneur.  Others in the top 10 include Richard Branson, Alistair Cox, Chief Executive Officer of Hays plc, and entrepreneurs Julie Meyer and Gemma Godfrey.

The reward reflects Gary’s inspirational work around “The FSN Modern Finance Forum” on Linkedin, which brings together CFOs (Chief Financial Officers) and senior finance professionals from around the world to discuss and debate issues affecting the development of the modern finance function.  There are currently more than 43,700 members in the forum making it one of the largest and most active networking groups for finance professionals in the world.  

Commenting on the award, Gary Simon said, “I feel quite shocked and privileged to be in the company of so many notable industry figures, but at the same time I am delighted to have made such a positive impact on the finance profession both here and abroad.”

“My focus has been on developing a thriving community forum in which our members willingly share and debate issues such as the changing role of the finance professional, the impact of digital technologies and how CFOs can leverage all of this to drive business innovation and act as a catalyst for change.”

Gary Simon is also no stranger to innovation, having been closely involved with technology for all of his professional life.  “The Modern Finance Forum has become a wonderful platform for crowd-sourcing ideas, establishing our own events and even research,” he adds.

“It is amazing how finance professionals around the world face the same issues.  It has been a wonderful experience to nurture this group from its earliest beginnings and to establish so many valued friendships”.