Building a world class finance function
Hear from C-suite executives and IPO advisors on ways to advance your finance function to meet the demands of a public enterprise. Panelists will focus on the transformation activities needed to build an effective financial planning and reporting process.
Will Bowmer is a managing director at Barclays and Head of the bank’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications – Equity Capital Markets Group. Based in Menlo Park, California, Mr. Bowmer has over 20 years of experience originating and executing capital markets transactions for companies in Silicon Valley and around the world. Previously, Mr. Bowmer was based in Hong Kong and Tokyo for 14 years. During that time, he ran Lehman Brothers’ Equity and Debt Capital Markets businesses for all of Asia. Mr. Bowmer began his career in New York as an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where he specialized in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.
Chief Financial Officer
Kelyn Brannon, a 25-year finance veteran, is CFO of Arista Networks. Most recently Kelyn was CFO of Delivery Agent. Prior to that, Kelyn was CFO at Calix, where she led a successful IPO. Kelyn was CFO of Calypso Technology and Arzoon Inc. and CEO of Studio Systems Inc. At Amazon.com, she was Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President of Finance and CFO of Amazon’s international division. She has also held senior finance positions at Sun, Lexmark and Ernst & Young LLP and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Kelyn has a BA in Political Science from Murray State University.
Michael B. Capilouto
Ernst & Young LLP
Michael B. Capilouto is the Transaction Accounting and Private Equity Leader for Financial Accounting Advisory Services (FAAS) at Ernst & Young LLP. Advising on a wide range of capital markets transactions, including IPOs, debt offerings and carve-out/spin-off transactions, Mike helps enterprises execute complex transactions that unlock and enhance value. With his up-to-date knowledge, experience and regulatory insight, Mike identifies important questions early and finds the right answers quickly, helping clients to get in front of the deal. Mike works with clients in many sectors, including pharmaceuticals, consumer products, retail, technology and telecommunications.
John Castro, retired Chief Executive Officer of Merrill Corporation, joined the company in 1978. During his tenure he held several positions and has served on Merrill’s Board of Directors since 1981. As CEO, Mr. Castro led Merrill’s growth into an international company and one of the largest global technology-enabled document service providers, trusted by clients to manage complex, confidential and regulated information. He successfully led the company’s IPO in April of 1986 and took the company private in November 1999. Mr. Castro also serves on the Board of Directors of Securian Financial.
Barry Zwarenstein has been CFO of six public companies, taking three public (Five9, VeriFone and Logitech) and played lead roles in the sale of two (SMART Modular Technologies to Silver Lake and Acuson to Siemens). Barry has been Five9’s CFO since January 2012. Since November 2007, he has served on the Board of Directors of Dealertrack Technologies, Inc., a provider of subscription-based software for the automotive retail industry. Barry holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Natal, South Africa, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is qualified as a Chartered Accountant (South Africa).