EY Strategic Growth Forum®
We are pleased to announce our 2013 speaker lineup.
Learn more about this outstanding group of individuals below.
Gregory A. Adams is executive vice president and one of three Kaiser Permanente group presidents reporting to the CEO. He has direct responsibility for Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Region, serving more than 3.4 million members and operating 21 hospitals and 67 medical office facilities. In addition, he is responsible for the successful performance of the Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States Region (Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia) and leads the organization's national Medicare care delivery strategy.
Adams was appointed president of the Northern California Region for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc. in April 2008. In January 2012, Adams was named Group President, assuming additional responsibility for the Mid-Atlantic Region and various national initiatives. In July 2013, Adams was appointed executive vice president. In addition to his regional president and group president responsibilities, he serves on the organization's National Executive Team.
Adams has more than 25 years of leadership experience as a senior health care executive and strategic consultant. He started his career with Kaiser Permanente in Southern California in 1999 and has held a number of executive leadership positions within the organization. In the Southern California Region, he served as senior vice president and service area manager of the Tri-Central area and chief operating officer for the region. In 2007 he moved to Northern California, where he was associate regional president and chief operating officer before being named president.
Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Adams held several executive roles in the health care industry, providing strategic and operational leadership for hospitals, health systems and medical groups throughout the country. He was senior vice president of Strategy and Business Development for Catholic Healthcare West in Southern California; president and CEO of St. Bernadine Medical Center in San Bernardino, California; chief operating officer for Baptist Healthcare System of Southeast Texas; and director of Critical Care Services for the Mayo Clinic’s St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. He also owned a health care firm that provided strategic and operational improvement consulting for health care organizations.
Adams serves on the executive committee of the California Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees, is an at-large delegate and member of the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board 9, and a member of the National Association of Health Services Executives. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the California Chamber of Commerce, the Bay Area Council and Oakland Dialogue, and is on the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.
Adams has a bachelor’s degree from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and a master’s degree in nursing administration from Wichita State University.
After turning pro at the age of 16, Andre Agassi rose to international fame, earning 60 men’s singles titles, including eight Grand Slam singles championships, over a 20-year career. A former World No. 1 player, Agassi is the only male player ever to win all four Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal. He was also a member of three winning Davis Cup teams (’90, ’92, ’95) and in 2011 was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. While his tennis career took him all over the world, Agassi always stayed connected to his hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1994, at the age of 24, he created the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education. Early activities included building a shelter in Las Vegas for abused and neglected children, creating the Andre Agassi Boys and Girls Club, and developing Team Agassi, a tennis program that nurtures professional players and puts college within reach. In 2001, in partnership with the Clark County School District, the Foundation opened the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy (Agassi Prep) in Las Vegas. Recognized as a model charter school, Agassi Prep has graduated its first three senior classes with a 100% college acceptance rate.
Nancy A. Altobello is the EY Americas Vice Chair, Talent. She was previously Managing Partner for Assurance and Advisory Business Services in the Northeast for Ernst & Young LLP. Nancy has worked in the firm’s New Haven, Stamford, Boston and New York offices, serving technology, consumer products and insurance clients. She is a member of the EY Americas Operating Executive and its Global Talent Executive Committee. Nancy serves on the Fairfield University Board and is Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. She is a board member and treasurer for MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and The Business Council for International Understanding.
Karim Anani is a partner with Ernst & Young LLP’s Financial Accounting Advisor Services practice focused on assisting clients with their capital markets transactional needs. Karim advises clients with numerous accounting and financial reporting matters, including IPOs, debt offerings, carve-outs, divestitures, mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions, complex accounting matters, policies and procedures, and compliance with SEC financial reporting requirements for US domestic and foreign private issuers.
Jonathan Art is a portfolio manager with the Federated Kaufmann Fund, where he is responsible for investments in technology, communications and renewable energy. Previously, he was with S Squared Technology, a hedge fund in New York. Earlier, Mr. Art was Vice President of Corporate Development of Gartner Group. He managed the consulting and research activities for the venture capital and investment banking communities. He began as a sell-side analyst covering technology for an affiliate of Gartner Group. He has a BES from The Johns Hopkins University and an MS from the Sloan School at MIT, where he was a Sloan Fellow.
Stephen J. Baggott is a founding leader of P&G’s Connect+Develop open innovation program. Since 1997, Steve has helped grow the program with partnerships and networks around the world. As Director, Global Business Development (GBD), Steve leads collaborations to drive mutual value creation. Steve also oversees GBD’s global search for new innovations from outside inventors and entrepreneurs. Steve joined P&G in 1983 after graduating from Dartmouth College. Prior to his business development role, he held various marketing positions for P&G’s beauty and health businesses in Cincinnati and London. Steve belongs to the Licensing Executives Society and is a certified licensing professional.
Kate Barton is a partner at Ernst & Young LLP and the EY Americas Vice Chair, Tax Services. Based in New York, she coordinates all aspects of Tax strategy, operations, people development, client relations, quality, thought leadership, knowledge and learning among the Ernst & Young member firms in the Americas. Kate received a B.S. from Boston University, a J.D. from Boston College Law School, Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, and an LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law.
Edward S. Baumstein is the CEO and Founder of SolomonEdwardsGroup, LLC, a $160 million national professional services firm focused on accounting, banking, financial and IT services. He brings over 30 years of expertise in the professional services industry. Prior to starting SolomonEdwards in 1999, he was the President and COO of Acsys Inc., a $160 million accounting, finance and IT staffing company that was created and taken public through the roll-up of multiple staffing companies including Acsys Resources ($25 million) where Ed was the President and CEO. He began his career with PriceWaterhouse. Ed is a certified public accountant. He received his BS in Accounting from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He resides in Villanova, Pennsylvania, with his wife and four children.
Bruce Blue is Chair and CEO of Freedom Metals, Inc., which he founded in August 1983. The company has won nine Fastest Growing Companies of Greater Louisville awards and five INC. 5000 awards. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 1968, Bruce worked in a family scrap-processing business. He has been part of Leadership Louisville, Leadership Kentucky and the Bingham Fellows leadership program. He has also served on various committees and boards, including the Department of Defense National Stockpile Advisory Committee, the Board of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, the National Convention Committee as Chair and Congregation Adath Jeshurun as President.
Neil Blumenthal loves helping people see. Determined to transform the eyewear industry, Neil and three friends launched Warby Parker in 2010. Prior to Warby Parker, Neil had been the Director of VisionSpring, a nonprofit social enterprise that trains low-income women to start their own business selling affordable eyeglasses in developing countries. Neil was recently recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and as one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company.
Peter Bocko, Chief Technology Officer for Corning Glass Technologies, is recognized as one of the foremost glass experts in consumer electronics. Best known for his contributions to glass technologies that enabled the flat-panel display revolution, Bocko is currently responsible for new product innovation across Corning’s glass businesses, concentrating on emerging platforms in Asia. In 2009, Bocko received a Special Recognition Award from the Society for Information Display. He was Technical Advisor for Corning’s acclaimed A Day Made of Glass video series and recently appeared in a featured role in the PBS NOVA special Hunting the Elements with David Pogue.
Dave Boennighausen has served as Noodles & Company’s CFO since July 2012. Mr. Boennighausen has been with the company since 2004 and served as Vice President of Finance from October 2007 to March 2011 and as Executive Vice President of Finance from April 2011 to February 2012. He began his career with May Department Stores. He received a BS in Finance and Marketing from Truman State University and holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
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.
David E. Boyle is the global EY organization’s Leader of Personal Financial Planning Services for the Americas and a tax partner in Ernst & Young LLP’s Individual Global Tax Planning practice. He has over 30 years of experience in serving executives, entrepreneurs and their companies, and other high net worth individuals. His practice includes advising executives, entrepreneurs and family offices on income tax, compensation, and financial and estate planning matters.
Pablo Brizi is the Group Vice President of Human Resources at Bloomin’ Brands Incorporated. He has overall responsibility for Benefits, Compensation, Corporate HR, Leadership Development, Talent Management, HR Technology and HR Operations programs across Bloomin’ Brands’ global workforce. Mr. Brizi currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the American Benefits Council. He formerly served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Enterprise Development Corporation of South Florida. Mr. Brizi holds a business degree in Finance from Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE University – Business School) and is a Certified Compensation Professional through WorldatWork.
Jeff Brodsky is a principal at Ernst & Young LLP and has over 30 years of experience in estate and income tax planning, with a primary focus on counseling family business owners, family offices and hedge fund managers to minimize income taxes and wealth transfer taxes. He also specializes in providing business succession counseling to family business owners. Jeff is a member of the Executive Committee for the firm’s Family Business Center of Excellence and serves on the Advisory Board for Trusts & Estates Magazine. He received a degree in Economics from Northwestern University, where he also earned a Juris Doctor and a Master of Management.
Darren Cahill is a tennis coach and former professional tennis player from Australia. Cahill turned professional in 1984 and won his first tour doubles title in 1985 in Melbourne and his first top-level singles title in 1987 in New Haven, Connecticut. As a singles player, Cahill reached the semifinals of the 1988 US Open and a year later made it to the finals in the men’s doubles at the Australian Open with fellow Aussie Mark Kratzmann. As a member of the Australian Davis Cup team, Cahill reached the finals in 1990 and compiled a 6–4 career Davis Cup record. Upon retirement in 1994, Cahill moved on to become a successful tennis coach, having worked with high-profile players such as Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt, Fernando Verdasco, Ana Ivanovic and Andy Murray. Under Cahill’s direction, Agassi won the 2003 Australian Open and became the world’s oldest No. 1 player. Cahill continues to work with the top world players through the Adidas Players Development Program. Aside from his coaching responsibilities, Cahill continues to be a force in the tennis world through his work as a tennis analyst for ESPN, covering all four Grand Slams.
David Calhoun is Chief Executive Officer of Nielsen, appointed in 2006. Prior to joining Nielsen, David served as Vice Chairman of The General Electric Company and President and CEO of GE Infrastructure. During his 26-year career with GE, David also served as President and CEO of multiple business units, including GE Lighting, GE Employers Reinsurance Company, GE Aircraft Engines and GE Transportation. Earlier at General Electric, David held a wide range of operating, finance and marketing roles across the corporate team as well as within GE Plastics and GE Capital. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1979.
Michael B. Capilouto is the Transaction Accounting and Private Equity Leader for Financial Accounting Advisory Services at Ernst & Young LLP. Advising on a wide range of capital markets transactions, including IPOs, debt offerings, and carve-out and 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 get in front of the deal. Mike works with clients in many sectors, including pharmaceuticals, consumer products, retail, technology and telecommunications.
As President, SAP Americas, Rodolpho Cardenuto is responsible for leading the company’s business in the US, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. The Americas is SAP’s largest sales region, with more than 190,000 customers in 25 industries and operations in 13 countries. Rodolpho joined SAP in 2008 as President of SAP Latin America and the Caribbean. In this role, he drove business growth and established SAP as the innovation provider of choice for customers of all sizes and industries. Rodolpho has more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry, including senior executive sales and management roles with Hewlett-Packard.
Liam Casey is the founder and CEO of PCH International which creates, develops and delivers the world's best technology products for the world's best brands. Liam founded PCH in Cork, Ireland in 1996, and his vision for PCH has dramatically shortened the time-to-market for the latest consumer electronics products on the market. PCH works with innovative clients both large and small that are passionate about design, passionate about their brand, and passionate about the consumer experience. Liam has grown the business to well over $700 million in revenue with 5,000 employees around the world. The company moves 10 million parts across its operations every day with an annual retail value of approximately $8 billion.
Don Chappel is chief financial officer of Williams, one of the nation’s largest energy-infrastructure companies. The nearly $24 billion, publicly traded company develops and operates pipelines and processing plants that connect new and existing hydrocarbon-supply areas in North America with growing markets for natural gas, natural gas liquids and globally cost-advantaged petrochemical feedstock. In 2013, for the seventh time in eight years, Institutional Investor magazine named Chappel to its top CFO list in the Energy/Natural Gas/MLP sector. Chappel also serves as chief financial officer for Williams Partners L.P. and as a member of the Access Midstream Partners board.
Herald Chen rejoined KKR in 2007, having previously worked for the firm from 1995 to 1997, and co-heads the Technology industry team within KKR’s Private Equity platform. He has been directly involved with the investments in GoDaddy, Visma, Kodak, Sun Microsystems and KinderCare Learning Centers, and he is on the advisory board of Accel-KKR. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Chen was a Managing Director with Fox Paine & Company, Chief Executive Officer of ACMI Corporation, and Chief Financial Officer and Co-founder of Jamcracker, Inc. He was also with Goldman, Sachs & Co. He holds a BS and a BSE, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Geoff Colvin is an award-winning thinker, author, broadcaster and speaker on today’s most significant trends in business. As FORTUNE’s Senior Editor-at-Large, he has become one of America’s most respected commentators on leadership, globalization, wealth creation, the infotech revolution and related issues. As anchor of Wall Street Week with FORTUNE on PBS, he spoke each week to the largest audience reached by any business television program in America. Colvin is the author of multiple books, including bestseller Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else, which received the Harold A. Longman Award for Best Business Book of the Year. As a speaker, Colvin has engaged audiences on six continents. He is also a skilled on-stage interviewer whose subjects have included Jack Welch, Henry Kissinger and many others. He is the regular lead moderator of the Fortune Global Forum and a moderator for the International Business Leaders Forum in London. Colvin is one of America’s pre-eminent business broadcasters. He is heard daily on the CBS Radio Network, on which he has made more than 10,000 broadcasts. He has appeared on Today, Squawk Box and dozens of other programs.
Emanuele Conti is the President, North America for Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) and a member of the Global Leadership team. In his 10 years at D&B, he has held several leadership positions including CAO and President of International and Corporate Strategy. Prior to joining D&B, Mr. Conti was the leader of the corporate strategy group at Qwest Communications. He also held leadership positions at Ernst & Young LLP, Viant and General Motors. Mr. Conti holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Charles D. “Chuck” Davidson is Noble Energy’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Noble Energy is a leading independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas with operations in the United States as well as several other countries including Israel, Cyprus, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, China, Nicaragua and the Falkland Islands. Chuck has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University (1972) and a master’s degree in Management from the University of Texas in Dallas (1981). He is a member of numerous professional and industry trade organizations as well as several Houston community organizations.
Tom Davidson co-founded EverFi in 2008. While a senior at Bowdoin College, Tom ran for the Maine House of Representatives and was elected in 1994. As Chairman of the Utilities and Energy Committee, he led a successful effort with Governor Angus King to provide laptops to every Maine seventh-grader and to create a major expansion of the wiring of schools and libraries across the state. Following that, Tom served as an investment banker and venture capitalist at Village Ventures, where he invested in early-stage technology companies in the education and social media spaces. As CEO of EverFi, Tom has led two venture funding rounds that have raised $21 million.
Glen Day is a principal in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP and the EY Americas Cyber Security Leader for Technology. He has over 20 years advising and working in various industries with a specialty in intellectual property protection. Previously, as a principal with Booz Allen Hamilton, he led the firm’s cybersecurity and privacy services for commercial health care. He also served as Los Angeles County’s first Chief Privacy Officer, as CEO for a digital identity company and as an executive with Accenture. Glen is a retired Navy Commander with a specialty in information warfare.
Robert A. DiMuccio, Chairman, President and CEO at Amica Mutual Insurance Company, has been an Amica employee since 1991. DiMuccio earned his bachelor’s degree at Providence College. He joined Amica as a vice president in the Accounting Department and was promoted to CEO in 2005. He has earned the insurance industry’s prestigious Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter professional designation. DiMuccio is President of the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council. In addition, he serves on the boards of the Institute for Business and Home Safety, the Property Loss Research Bureau, the Washington Trust Company and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.
Elda Di Re is a partner at Ernst & Young LLP and is engaged in tax and financial planning, with a concentration on assisting individuals and wealthy family groups in the financial services industry. Her services include estate planning and personal, estate and trust income tax services for hedge fund owners, executives of major private and public companies, and private equity executives. She is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She received her Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Albany.
Marcela Donadio, Americas Oil & Gas Sector Leader for the EY organization, directs industry initiatives. She has 37 years of public accounting experience, with a strong focus on domestic and international operations in all segments of the energy industry. Ms. Donadio has in-depth knowledge relevant to the issues that global energy companies face. She has served energy companies in an advisory and accounting capacity and as a member of the EY organization’s Global Oil & Gas Leadership Committee, which helps direct its strategy for the energy industry.
Woody Driggs is the EY Global Advisory Customer Leader. Woody is committed to the belief that the most successful companies in the world understand that trust is the currency of relationships and that every customer interaction is an opportunity to build or erode trust. Woody has brought this point of view to market by helping clients build and provide customers with exceptional experiences that create enduring and profitable relationships. Under his leadership, the Customer network has doubled in size and increased client focus by building teams with deep industry knowledge and broad spectrum experience to help clients succeed in the competitive experience space.
Dr. Regina Dugan, SVP of Motorola Mobility, leads the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group, a skunkworks-inspired team chartered to deliver breakthrough innovations. Prior to Motorola, Regina was the Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). A technogeek widely recognized for her leadership in innovation, Regina has spoken at events ranging from All Things Digital to the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting to TED. NPR named Regina “Number 1 Nerd to Watch in 2013.” Regina has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Virginia Tech. She is sole inventor or co-inventor on several patents.
Herb Engert is the EY Americas Strategic Growth Markets Leader and a partner in Ernst & Young LLP’s Private Equity practice, advising the firm’s dynamic, fast-moving and groundbreaking clients. He has in-depth knowledge of the needs and complex issues of companies experiencing rapid growth. Herb coordinates the services globally for one of Ernst & Young LLP’s largest private equity clients. He has worked with both private equity and corporate acquirers and has extensive knowledge supporting the needs and challenges of private equity portfolio companies. He has supported clients with acquisitions, financing, integration, risk management and exit strategies.
A third-generation member of the Bush family, Jim is Chairman of Bush Brothers & Company, the nation’s leading brand of bean products. Founded in 1908 by Andrew Jackson Bush, the company is headquartered in Knoxville. Jim’s board service includes companies in the food industry, family businesses, educational entities and nonprofit organizations. He received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Food Products Association in 2005 and the Family Enterprise Leadership Award from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University in 2012. His undergraduate degree is from Georgetown University, and his MBA is from the Kellogg School.
Craig Faris is a principal of Ernst & Young LLP, and also is the EY Americas Risk Enabled Performance Leader in Advisory. He has over 25 years’ experience in risk management across numerous industries, which he brings to bear helping companies achieve top-tier business results through effective risk management. Craig advises on the integration and implementation of leading practices in risk management, connecting application of risk insights directly to business processes. He has worked with numerous global corporations helping them create top-to-bottom risk management programs and capabilities addressing board risk governance and oversight, executive leadership and operational execution to achieve enhanced business results.
John Ferraro is responsible for the operations of Ernst & Young Global Ltd., with a focus on helping support and align 175,000 people at EY member firms around the world so that they can deliver exceptional client service. Since joining EY in 1977, John has worked with a wide range of businesses and held EY Global and US firm leadership positions including: EY Global Vice Chair – Assurance and Advisory Business Services, EY Americas Area Managing Partner and EY Americas Vice Chair – Client Service. During his career, he has lived and worked in cities around the world including Rome, London, New York and Chicago. John has played an integral role in EY’s global integration efforts and oversaw the creation of the Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) Area and Asia-Pacific Area. In addition to his management duties, John maintains a personal commitment to client service.
Keith Feuz has over 20 years of experience at Ernst & Young LLP. He currently serves as its Southeast Region Leader for the Advisory Strategic Growth Markets and pre-IPO segments responsible for market growth, service delivery, knowledge and learning. Keith serves on broader risk transformation, internal audit and SOX Section 404 engagements to publicly traded companies and companies within the registration process to assist in understanding multiple risk functions that existed across the company and to develop a common framework that better aligns the functions and drives a more effective and efficient risk management strategy.
Rick Fezell is Vice Chair and Midwest Managing Partner for Ernst & Young LLP and a member of the EY Americas Operating Executive and EY Americas Inclusiveness Advisory Council. He has been with EY for 28 years. Rick was previously the Ernst & Young LLP West Region Managing Partner for Markets and the EY Global Technology Industry Leader. Rick is a board member of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Field Museum and the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago. He was the past Chairman and board member of United Way Silicon Valley and, along with his wife Molly, was UWSV’s “Philanthropist of the Year” in 2007.
Two-time Academy Award-winning, two-time Emmy-winning and two-time Golden Globe-winning actress, director and producer Sally Field has been one of the most versatile and durable talents in Hollywood for more than 50 years. Sally is a delightful presence on the lecture stage as she draws on the triumphant struggles of her own life in inspiring others to achieve their dreams. She describes how she gradually won control over her artistic career in an industry notorious for denying such control — beginning with her breakthrough performance in the landmark miniseries Sibyl in 1976 and continuing with her brilliant Oscar-winning performances in Norma Rae and Places in the Heart, which cemented her status as one of the world’s greatest actresses. Sally also discusses her Emmy-winning roles as Dr. Abby Lockhart’s bipolar mother on ER, her recent acclaimed Broadway performance in Edward Albee’s Who Is Sylvia and her recent Oscar-nominated role as Mary Todd Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. An independent woman of fierce determination and dazzling talents, Sally is an inspiration to audiences everywhere.
Ashley Fina is President of third-generation family business Michael C. Fina, a leading provider of global employee recognition and incentive programs. She is responsible for the thriving business’s more than 350 employees and 900 customers, including many Fortune 500 companies, in more than 125 countries. Under Ashley’s leadership, Michael C. Fina has grown from a merchandise-focused business to a recognition provider that leverages technology to offer personalized incentive and comprehensive recognition solutions that drive organizational success.
As Chief Strategy Officer of Michael C. Fina, George Fina has over 40 years of experience in the employee recognition industry. A second-generation Fina, George has led a successful family business from its beginnings as a local New York retail jewelry store to today’s global operation that helps leading companies recognize their employees. George helped pioneer the modern employee recognition program, which incorporates lifestyle gifts along with more traditional keepsake items. Today, George works closely with the third generation of Finas to continue shaping the vision for Michael C. Fina and ensure its future growth.
Moira Forbes is the President & Publisher of ForbesWoman, which was launched by Forbes Media in 2008. This multimedia platform includes a robust website, a digital community, and a variety of content-rich forums and events. By examining the unique experiences of professionally successful women, ForbesWoman sets the agenda for discourse on the topics that matter most to them. She is also the host of Success with Moira Forbes, an online video series featuring candid, one-on-one interviews with today’s top women. In 2010, Moira founded the Forbes Executive Women’s Board, an organization dedicated to harnessing the collective power of women in business to drive sustainable change. She serves on the board of Key4Women and is also an active member of such organizations as The Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society and 85 Broads. Moira graduated cum laude with a BA in Art History from Princeton University and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Program for Leadership Development. She is married to an orthopedic surgeon and lives in New York City.
Seth Goldman is President and TeaEO of Honest Tea. The company, which he cofounded in 1998 with Professor Barry Nalebuff of the Yale School of Management, was acquired by The Coca-Cola Company in March 2011.Today, Honest Tea is the nation’s top-selling ready-to-drink organic bottled tea and is carried in more than 100,000 outlets. Over the past 15 years the company has thrived as consumers have shifted toward healthier and more sustainable diets. Mission in a Bottle, the Story of Honest Tea, written by Seth and Barry, will be published by Crown Business Books in September 2013.
Earl G. “Butch” Graves Jr. is President and CEO of family-owned media company BLACK ENTERPRISE. Under Butch’s guidance, BLACK ENTERPRISE has grown from a single-title publication into a robust multimedia company. Today, the company delivers content across six platforms, including magazine publishing, two nationally syndicated television shows, professional development events, an interactive website, the iPad and digital mobile. Butch received his BA in Economics from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard University. He was a four-year starter and captain of the Yale basketball team. In 1984 he was drafted in the third round by the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and later played with the Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers. Butch serves on the boards of AutoZone and PepsiCo.
Vinita Gupta is CEO of Lupin Limited, a leading Pharmaceutical company out of India. She took on this role in September 2013. Prior to this, she was the CEO of Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc, the US subsidiary of Lupin Limited. Ms. Gupta is a director on the Board of Lupin Limited and a director on the Board of Lupin’s Japanese subsidiary, Kyowa Pharmaceuticals. Under her leadership, Lupin has emerged as a major specialty pharmaceutical company in the US with a successful brand and generic business. Ms. Gupta holds a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the University of Mumbai and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Kenn Guernsey is a partner in Cooley’s San Francisco office and formerly served as Cooley’s Chief Executive from 1990 to 1996. Mr. Guernsey has served as counsel to numerous industry-leading companies that have pioneered new industries or business models, including Genentech, eBay, Yelp, Zynga, Jawbone, Gilead Sciences, Wired, Peet's Coffee & Tea, LeapFrog, Metricom, Raychem and Atari. Mr. Guernsey's transactional expertise includes initial and follow-on public offerings, private investment in public equity financings and private placements. He has represented issuers and underwriters in more than 60 public offerings and has been recognized by IPO Vital Signs as among the top IPO lawyers nationally.
Veronica Hagen joined Polymer Group, Inc. (PGI) as CEO in April 2007. As one of the world’s leading producers of nonwovens, PGI is a global, technology-driven developer, producer and marketer of engineered materials servicing the hygiene, medical, wipes and industrial markets. The company operates 14 manufacturing and converting facilities in nine countries throughout the world. Before joining PGI, Ms. Hagen was President and CEO of Sappi Fine Paper North America. She is a board member of Newmont Mining and Southern Co. and a member of The Committee of 200, The Chicago Network, the Charlotte Economics Club and Women Corporate Directors.
Carrie Hall is an assurance partner with Ernst & Young LLP and is the global EY organization’s Americas Family Business Leader. Carrie has worked with entrepreneurial family-owned businesses for over 26 years, providing audits and advising on matters such as growth strategies and sustainability, and she has served as Ernst & Young LLP’s Southeast Region Strategic Growth Markets Leader. She has assisted in acquisitions, divestitures, and debt and equity transactions, including initial public offerings. Her clients have included some of the largest family businesses in the Southeast, with a retail industry focus.
Michael F. Hilton became President and Chief Executive Officer of Nordson Corporation in January 2010. Previously, Mr. Hilton spent 33 years at Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., where as Senior Vice President he led Air Products’ $2 billion electronics and performance materials segment. He also led the company’s environment, health and safety, continuous improvement and customer engagement organizations and was a member of the company’s executive committee. He is a director of Ryder System Inc. Mr. Hilton holds BS and MBA degrees from Lehigh University. He is active in a variety of charitable endeavors.
Christopher Holmes is a partner at Ernst & Young LLP and its National Director of SEC Regulatory Matters. Chris has over 30 years’ experience in SEC reporting, registrations and IPOs. He is the former Chair of the SEC Regulations Committee of the Center for Audit Quality, and he represented Ernst & Young LLP on the American Institute of CPAs’ Task Force on Acquired In-Process Research & Development and its Task Force on Valuing Private Company Equity Securities. Chris received a BSBA in 1981 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a professional accounting fellow in the Office of the Chief Accountant at the SEC.
Deborah K. Holmes established and leads Ernst & Young LLP’s Corporate Responsibility (CR) function. Focused on skill-based volunteerism in the “3Es” (education, entrepreneurship and environmental sustainability), CR enables firm partners and employees to build skills while making a difference in their communities. Ms. Holmes joined the firm in 1996 to direct, develop and advance women, work that was featured in Fast Company and Business Week and led to Ms. Holmes being named a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow. Ms. Holmes earned her BA and JD from Harvard University. She lives in New York City with her college sweetheart and her two school-aged sons.
Dave Hoogendoorn is the Market Segment Leader for the Michigan/Northwest Ohio offices of Ernst & Young LLP and the Managing Partner of the firm’s Grand Rapids office. In addition, he serves on the Leadership Team of Ernst & Young LLP’s Family Business Center of Excellence. Dave has over 25 years of experience serving public and private companies in the consumer products, office furniture, medical device and retail industries, many of which are multi-generation family-owned businesses. He has successfully facilitated and delivered global audit, tax and transaction services to clients, including providing guidance on corporate governance matters.
Steve Howe is the EY Americas Managing Partner, and the Managing Partner of the US firm, Ernst & Young LLP. Steve is also a member of the EY Global Executive Board. He has been with Ernst & Young LLP for 30 years, having previously led its Financial Services Office and served many of its largest clients. Steve has a bachelor's degree from Colgate University and a MBA from the Stern School at New York University. He is a trustee of Carnegie Hall, Colgate University, the Financial Accounting Foundation, the Center for Audit Quality and the Partnership for New York City.
Priya Cherian Huskins is a recognized expert in director and officer (D&O) liability risk and its mitigation. In addition to consulting on D&O insurance matters, she counsels clients on ways to reduce their exposure to shareholder lawsuits and regulatory investigations. Priya is a popular speaker nationally and internationally on D&O liability issues and a regular guest lecturer at Stanford’s Directors’ College, among others. Priya serves on the Board of Directors of an NYSE-listed public company, where she chairs the Governance and Nominating committee. She also serves on the Board of the Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange and the Board of Advisors of the Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance.
Jeffrey R. Immelt is the ninth Chairman of GE, a post he has held since September 7, 2001. Mr. Immelt has held several global leadership positions since coming to GE in 1982, including roles in GE’s Plastics, Appliances and Healthcare businesses. He became an officer of GE in 1989 and joined the GE Capital Board in 1997. A couple years later, in 2000, Mr. Immelt was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Immelt has been named one of the “World’s Best CEOs” three times by Barron’s, and since he began serving as Chief Executive Officer, GE has been named “America’s Most Admired Company” in a poll conducted by FORTUNE magazine and one of “The World’s Most Respected Companies” in polls by Barron’s and the Financial Times. Mr. Immelt was the Chair of President Barack Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Mr. Immelt earned a BA in Applied Mathematics from Dartmouth College in 1978 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1982. He and his wife have one daughter.
Kathy Ireland is the founder, CEO and Chief Designer of kathy ireland Worldwide® (kiWW®). Kathy founded the company in 1993 with the initial mission statement of “… finding solutions for families, especially busy moms™.” The company and its mission have expanded to include “… finding solutions for people in love™” and “… finding solutions for people in business™.” kathy ireland Worldwide® offers designs in home, office, fashion, weddings, fine jewelry and more. In 2012, a cover story in Forbes magazine reported that kiWW® sells “some 2 billion in retail” and calls Kathy “Supermodel … Supermogul.” License Global magazine names kathy ireland Worldwide® the 25th most powerfully licensed brand. According to Fairchild Fashion Media, Kathy Ireland is one of the 50 most influential people in fashion. She was also named by UCLA as one of the Top 10 Women’s Health Advocates in America and is an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (LHD) from California State University, Channel Islands. In addition to kiWW®, Kathy is the author of six books and supports many nonprofits, including the YWCA, the Dream Foundation, the Providence Educational Foundation, 911 for Kids/AEFK, the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Author and former Merrill Lynch stockbroker Mark Jeffries has mastered a fascinating niche — moderating major corporate events — and has become the go-to person for facilitating, moderating and emceeing multinational events for major organizations around the world. Mark’s popular keynotes on business influence are relevant, entertaining and filled with instantly usable takeaway ideas. Mark has published two books: What’s up with your handshake? and The Art of Business Seduction. Discussing the power of business influence, Mark regularly appears as an expert guest on NBC’s Today Show, Fox Business and BBC News and writes for The Huffington Post.
Richard Jeanneret is the EY Americas Vice Chair, Transaction Advisory Services and a member of the Americas Executive Board. The Americas Area of the global EY organization includes more than 2,500 professionals across the US, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, and Israel. Rich has three decades of transaction experience with private and public companies, advising on M&A for corporations and financial buyers, public company spinoffs and IPOs. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Economic Clubs of New York and Washington. He sits on the National Board of Directors of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Jonny Jones is Chairman and CEO of Jones Energy, Inc., which he founded in 1988. Mr. Jones has over 29 years of experience in the oil and gas industry focusing on the US mid-continent. He is currently Chairman of the Texas Oil and Gas Association and serves on the executive committee of the US Oil & Gas Association. Mr. Jones received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2012 Award Central Texas Region. He holds a BS in Geology from the University of Oklahoma and an MA in Geology from the University of Texas at Austin.
AJ Jordan, an assurance partner in Ernst & Young LLP’s Philadelphia office, is the firm’s East Central Region Strategic Growth Markets Leader. He oversees the firm’s market strategy to help emerging high-growth companies navigate the various challenges of a growth-oriented enterprise. AJ has worked with these companies and their investors for over 22 years and has served as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Greater Philadelphia Leader. His clients include some of the highest-profile companies in the Greater Philadelphia region, with a technology industry focus. AJ has led EY's advisory efforts to assist with four initial public offerings and multiple secondary offerings.
Jim Keane is President and Chief Operating Officer of Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. Jim joined Steelcase in 1997 and has served in a variety of leadership roles, including CFO and Head of Research and Strategy, as the company evolved from a manufacturer to a strategic partner, helping to create great experiences for the world's leading organizations — wherever work happens. Jim currently oversees sales, marketing and operations for Steelcase brands around the world. A University of Illinois graduate with a master’s in Management from Northwestern, Jim serves on the boards of Rockwell Automation and IDEO.
Jacqueline A. Kelley is a partner with Ernst & Young LLP in Orange County, California, and the Americas IPO Leader for Strategic Growth Markets for the global EY organization. With more than 20 years of experience, Jackie has an extensive background in providing audit and advisory services to private and public companies. Jackie hosts conferences and webcasts and publishes articles on a variety of topics, including IPO readiness, board governance, risk management and compliance. Jackie is a certified public accountant in California. She received a master’s in Accounting from the University of Southern California.
Kevin Klimara is an audit partner with Ernst & Young LLP and the firm’s Midwest Region IPO Leader. He has more than 24 years of experience serving public and private companies. Kevin has significant experience working with companies as they plan for and execute IPOs, including assisting them as they establish financial reporting and corporate governance subsequent to an IPO. He has assisted companies with numerous SEC filings, including comfort letter procedures for underwriters in IPOs, and he has helped clients as they respond to SEC comment letters. Kevin also has experience assisting companies with implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 requirements. Kevin is a graduate of St. Joseph’s College.
Jay Leno was America’s late night leader for almost two decades. Then in September 2009, Mr. Leno switched gears, leaving The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and turning to prime time. The Jay Leno Show became the first ever entertainment program to be shown every weeknight during prime time on broadcast network television. Jay is back on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, sharing his unique combination of humor, talk and entertainment with viewers everywhere. Jay’s “everyman” style and personality have earned him millions of fans worldwide. In fact, a 2009 Harris Poll named Jay America’s Favorite TV Personality. In addition, Jay Leno can also include Emmy-nominated internet star/producer to his resume. In 2006, the car aficionado brought his expertise to the web; fans can peek into Jay's famous garage by logging on to http://www.jaylenosgarage.com. He remains passionate about performing live and appears regularly in Las Vegas, on college campuses and in other venues. Jay’s personal highlights include receiving a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
Arthur Lessard is SVP/Chief of Information Security for Universal Music Group, responsible for information security governance, external threat management and security operations for the global organization. This includes protection of intellectual property and other critical business information as well as leading efforts to protect public-facing properties such as the company’s 2,800 websites. In prior roles Arthur was Chief of Information Security at Mattel, VP of Worldwide Security and Network Infrastructure for Technicolor, and Director of both Information Security Governance and Architecture at The Walt Disney Company. He received his PhD from UCLA in Computer Networking and has developed and taught undergraduate information security courses.
Alison Levine is a history-making adventurer who has climbed the highest peak on each continent, served as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, and skied to both the North Pole and South Pole. Levine currently serves as an adjunct instructor at the United States Military Academy at West Point in the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership and is the author of On the Edge: The Art of High Impact Leadership. Having spent prolonged periods of time in some of the world's most dangerous and inhospitable places, she addresses the topics of creating cohesive teams, taking responsible risks and developing no-nonsense leaders that can succeed in times of uncertainty.
Didier Lombard is Chairman of STMicroelectronics. From 2005 to 2010 he was the Chairman and CEO of France Telecom. He remained as Chairman until June 2011. Mr. Lombard began his career at CNET/France Telecom, developing satellite, electronic, wireless systems. He was the Scientific and Technical Director at the Ministry of Research, GM of Industrial Strategy at the Ministry of Economy, Deputy Ambassador for International Investments and Chairman of the French Agency for International Investments. Mr. Lombard is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Telecommunications. He is a member of the Board of Technicolor (previously Thomson), the Board of Thales and the Supervisory Board of Radiall.
Andrew Mack founded Teavana in 1997 and has served as the company’s CEO since that time. Mr. Mack led Teavana through a successful initial public offering in 2011 and the sale of the company to Starbucks Corporation in 2012. Mr. Mack continues to lead the Global Tea organization for Starbucks as Senior Vice President in addition to continuing his duties as founder and CEO of Teavana. Prior to founding Teavana, Mr. Mack held various management positions in the restaurant industry. He is a graduate of East Tennessee State University, where he received a BBA in Marketing.
Kerrie MacPherson is a senior professional in Ernst & Young LLP’s Financial Services Office (FSO), New York. She serves as global client service leader on large clients in the financial services industry. Kerrie is also executive sponsor of EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™. Kerrie previously served as Americas Leader, Transaction Support for the EY organization and has a long history of involvement in initiatives in support of women both within EY and the broader community. Kerrie has been an active Board member at City Harvest for six years and currently chairs the Governance Committee and sits on the Executive and Audit Committees. When based in Toronto she was similarly involved in community organizations including chairing the Toronto Board of Trade and Youth Communication.
James Markham is Ernst & Young LLP’s Tax Leader for Strategic Growth Markets, serving domestic and multinational clients, and the Partner-in-charge of the firm’s Sacramento Tax practice. He has more than 31 years’ experience. James assists high-growth companies in their preparation to go public. His focus is on tax, accounting for income taxes, acquisitions, joint ventures and foreign expansion planning. In addition, he provides support with tax strategies, especially for mergers and acquisitions and international expansion. He also has a wealth of knowledge regarding employee benefit and executive compensation planning. James earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting and a master’s in Tax from Brigham Young University.
Dr. Pamela Marrone is CEO/Founder of Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI), a company she started in 2006 to discover and develop natural products for pest management in agriculture and water. Prior to MBI, Dr. Marrone founded AgraQuest and served as its CEO, Chairman and President until March 2006. Before AgraQuest, she was founding President and business unit head for Entotech, Inc., a biopesticide subsidiary of Novo Nordisk. She started her career at Monsanto, where she led the Insect Biology group. Pam has a BS in Entomology with honors and distinction from Cornell University and a PhD in Entomology from North Carolina State University.
John C. “Jack” Mascaro is the Chairman of Mascaro Construction Company, L.P., a regional general contracting and construction management firm providing construction services to the commercial, industrial and heavy/highway markets. Jack founded the family-owned business in 1988, and under his direction it has grown to be one of the top contractors in the country. Operating in the mid-Atlantic region, the firm is recognized as a top performer, ranking No. 219 on Engineering News-Records’ (ENR) Top 400 Contractors list, and No. 86 on ENR’s Top 100 Green Contractors. Jack was awarded EY’s National Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2003 Construction/Real Estate Award.
John C. Mascaro Jr. is the President and CEO of Mascaro Construction Company, L.P., a regional general contracting and construction management firm providing construction services to the commercial, industrial and heavy/highway markets. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Ohio University, John began his career at the family-owned business in 1988. He acquired a well-rounded background in construction, holding various positions at Mascaro before assuming his current role in 2007. Operating in the mid-Atlantic region, Mascaro Construction is recognized as a top performer, ranking No. 219 on Engineering News-Records’ (ENR) Top 400 Contractors list, and No. 86 on ENR’s Top 100 Green Contractors.
Robert H. McCooey, Jr. is a Senior Vice President of NASDAQ OMX and is responsible for Relationship Management with NASDAQ’s 2,800 listed companies. Previously, Mr. McCooey ran New Listings and the Capital Markets Group at NASDAQ. In this role, Mr. McCooey managed NASDAQ’s new listings efforts domestically, in the Americas and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to joining The NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc., Mr. McCooey founded and served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Griswold Company from 1988 until 2006. He was a member of the New York Stock Exchange Board of Executives from 2003 to 2006.
Tim McMullen is the CEO of redpepper, “an ad agency by day and invention lab by night.” Every day for the last 12+ years, Tim has done everything he can to create an environment at redpepper where people are constantly growing and performing at their creative best. He calls it Peak Performance. Tim now speaks nationally on the two topics he knows best: company culture and integrated marketing. redpepper has a unique take on invention inside its newly launched lab. redpepper’s innovation lab is pulling in investors now and has been recently featured on CNN and 60 Minutes.
Barbara Mowry has served in executive roles at Oracle, United Airlines and Comcast, as well as CEO of four entrepreneurial ventures. Her board service in both public and private companies has included Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Gaiam, Real Goods Solar, Axion Health, the Kauffman Foundation, the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota, the Colorado Innovation Network and others. She has been recognized with numerous awards and has served as a judge at the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Awards.
Alan Murray is the President of the Pew Research Center. He leads in setting the strategic direction of Pew Research, in consultation with Pew Research leadership, its board and The Pew Charitable Trusts. Murray was previously Deputy Managing Editor and Executive Editor, Online, for The Wall Street Journal. He previously served as CNBC’s Washington, DC, Bureau Chief and was Co-host of Capital Report with Alan Murray and Gloria Borger. While working at CNBC, he also wrote the Journal’s weekly Political Capital column. Prior to that, he spent a decade as the Washington bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal. Murray received a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.
Joe Muscat is an audit partner with Ernst & Young LLP and the firm’s West Region Strategic Growth Markets Leader. He has more than 20 years of experience serving life science and technology clients. As a partner, Joe manages the design of integrated audits and performs them with his clients. Additionally, he supports non-audit clients in working with their auditors on control and accounting matters. As the Strategic Growth Markets Leader, Joe leads the team calling on top-tier venture capitalists and private equity firms, advising on IPO and transaction issues, and celebrating entrepreneurship through the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Program.
Robert Nardelli is the Founder of XLR-8, LLC, Investment & Advisory Company and is a senior advisor for Cerberus Capital Management, LP. Nardelli joined Cerberus Capital Management, LP as CEO of Cerberus Operations & Advisory Company, LLC in June 2009. Prior to joining Cerberus, he served as Chairman and CEO and as a member of the Board of Managers of Chrysler, LLC beginning in August 2007. From 2000 to 2007, Nardelli served as Chairman, President and CEO of The Home Depot. Nardelli began his career at GE in 1971 and advanced rapidly through a series of senior leadership positions.
Ted Nelson is Hilton Worldwide’s Vice President of Benefits for the Americas. He has responsibility for the strategy, design, operations and financial management of Hilton’s wide range of benefit offerings to more than 65,000 team members. Prior to joining Hilton, Ted was responsible for leading the turnaround and managing a multiple-employer health and welfare plan serving hundreds of participating employers across the US. While there, he launched consumer-driven health plans, multiple health and wellness initiatives, and a proprietary health care website for participants to improve the transparency of cost and quality of care. As a senior consultant with a leading human resources consulting firm for over a decade, Ted worked with a range of organizations, including World Bank, Capital One and CSX.
Dr. Kjell A. Nordström is the enfant terrible of the new world of business. The 2011 Thinkers50 ranked him at No. 5 in Europe and among the top 50 in the world, and he is one of the few who has been ranked among the 50 for 11 consecutive years. Dr. Nordström has 20 years of experience of working with multinational companies and has served as an advisor/consultant to several large multinationals throughout the world. His research focuses on corporate strategy, multinational corporations and globalization. His first book, Funky Business: Talent Makes Capital Dance (co-authored with Jonas Ridderstråle), is a manifesto of what our time requires from business firms and their leaders. Nordström’s second book, Karaoke Capitalism: Management for Mankind (co-authored with Ridderstråle), is a new manifesto for how to make it in the world of Karaoke Capitalism. With Ridderstråle, he recently co-authored Funky Business Forever, the long-awaited update to the international best seller. Funky Business Forever takes a look back on the latter half of the millennium’s first decade and provides evolved thinking and commentary in a way that is truly funky and down to business.
Veteran journalist Deborah Norville has been Anchor of Inside Edition since March 1995. Ratings jumped 15% the week the two-time Emmy winner joined the series, which is now the nation’s top-rated syndicated newsmagazine. Norville is also a best-selling author. Her latest book, The Power of Respect: Benefit from the Most Forgotten Element of Success, provides a timely explanation of the measurable increases in productivity, creativity and other benefits that result from respectful behavior. The book follows her New York Times Best Seller, Thank You Power: Making the SCIENCE of Gratitude Work for YOU. It is her work in television that’s made Deborah a household name. As Anchor of Inside Edition, she has covered a wide variety of stories and events. She broadcast from Washington, DC, hours after the terror attacks of September 11, was in Rome for the funeral of Pope John Paul II, anchored Inside Edition’s coverage of the funeral of former President Ronald Reagan and the inauguration of President Barack Obama, and is regularly on the red carpet for Hollywood’s star-studded events, including the Oscars and the Emmy Awards.
Patricia Novosel is the EY Global Food Co-Leader. Pat has more than 25 years of experience in the consumer products sector. Over the last 15 years at EY, she has served in several roles, including most recently leading the global EY organization’s Consumer Products Sector in the Americas, and serving as a strategic business advisor to clients of Ernst & Young LLP, helping them make more informed decisions and execute more effectively. Prior to joining EY, Pat was a Regional Manager for a consulting firm, providing management consulting services to Fortune 1000 companies.
Ricardo J. Nuñez is SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at HD Supply. Prior to HD Supply, Mr. Nuňez served as Vice President of Legal Operations at Home Depot, Senior Counsel at GE Energy and Counsel at Esso Inter-America Inc., the Exxon affiliate responsible for operations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. He began his legal career at Steel, Hector & Davis. He currently sits on the boards of The Westminster Schools and Atlanta Speech School. Mr. Nuñez holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from Columbia Law School.
Thomas D. O’Connor, Jr. joined Mohawk in 1986 and was named Chairman and Chief Executive in 2004. During his tenure, Mr. O’Connor has overseen development of a world-class converting center, upgrades to IT and operational infrastructure, and expansion of global sales and operations. Positioning Mohawk for the future and leading the company into new areas of growth, Mr. O’Connor has diversified Mohawk’s product portfolio and expanded its distribution base through strategic initiatives including the acquisition of several companies. Mr. O’Connor has served as Chairman of the National Paper Trade Association and on the boards of the American Forest Products Association, St. Gregory’s School and the Advisory Board of M&T Bank.
Bryan Pearce leads the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ and Venture Capital Advisory Group (VCAG) initiatives for the EY organization in the Americas. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program celebrates the achievements and contributions of the best high-growth entrepreneurs in the world. The VCAG, with a network of EY professionals in member firms throughout the Americas, produces focused thought leadership to venture capital clients and their portfolio companies. Bryan has over 30 years of experience assisting entrepreneurial companies with their growth plans and financing needs through avenues such as venture capital and private equity, joint ventures and strategic alliances. Bryan graduated from the Ivey Business School at Western University, Canada, where he serves on the Advisory Board. He is also the board chair of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, New England.
Steve reports to SAP’s President of Global Customer Operations and drives programs and partnerships focused on accelerating customer value and innovation. Steve also leads SAP's Sports and Entertainment Industry globally. Previously, Steve was CEO of Axon Americas, where he drove 48% YoY growth prior to a successful cash exit in 2008. Prior to Axon, Peck held executive roles at SAP, including SVP of Americas Ecosystem and President of SAP Public Services. Peck serves on the boards of e4e and Towson University and is active in multiple charities, including the Fisher House, Els for Autism and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
David G. Peinsipp is a partner in the Cooley Business department based out of the firm’s San Francisco office. David’s practice centers on public and private securities offerings and representation of both emerging and public companies in a variety of matters, including formation and financing activities, SEC reporting and compliance, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. He represents investment banks, venture capitalists and financial institutions in a variety of equity, debt and equity-linked transactions. His recent public offering clients include Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Jefferies LLC; Leerink Swann; Morgan Stanley & Co.; Rigel Pharmaceuticals; Yelp; and Zynga.
Mary Petrovich is an industrial sector Operating Executive with The Carlyle Group. As CEO of Axle Tech International for a decade, she grew revenue 6X and EBITDA to more than $100 million. AxleTech sold for more than $1.1 billion after starting life as a $25 million distressed asset deal. Previously, she was President of Dura’s $1 billion Driver Controls unit. Earlier, she held increasingly responsible roles with AlliedSignal, Chrysler and GM. Ms. Petrovich received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a University of Michigan BSE in Industrial Engineering. She currently serves on the board of four public companies: Modine, Woodward, WABCO and GTAT.
Anne Phelps leads the health care practice at Washington Council Ernst & Young (WCEY) and provides services on various federal healthcare legislative and regulatory matters. Prior to joining WCEY in 2002, she served in the Bush Administration as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy (Health). Anne worked for Senator Bill Frist as the staff director for the Senate HELP Subcommittee on Public Health, and worked for Senator Nancy Kassebaum. Anne earned her Master of Arts in Public Policy from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Dayton in Ohio.
Ashwin Rangan was most recently Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Edwards Lifesciences, the leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring. Before Edwards, Rangan was the Chief Products Officer for MarketShare and was a consultant with Bank of America. Prior, Rangan was General Manager and CIO of Wal-Mart global.com. Before that, he was CIO of Conexant Systems, a Rockwell International spin-off. Rangan serves on the board of advisors of a handful of young companies. He authored a book entitled Tomorrow’s CIO: Strategic Conversations that Align IT with the Board Room.
Kevin Reddy is Chairman and CEO of Noodles & Company where he provides leadership for 368 company and franchise-owned restaurants. Under his direction, Noodles & Company underwent a successful IPO and has received several notable awards, including the 2013 National Restaurant News MenuMasters Award for Best Line Extension. Kevin’s leadership has been recognized by Restaurant Business Magazine and Restaurant Finance Monitor, who named him Entrepreneur of the Year and All-Star CEO respectively. He currently serves on the Executive Advisory Board to the Daniels School of Business at the University of Denver. He is an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Rocky Mountain Award winner.
Avi Reichental has been the President and CEO of 3D Systems since September 2003. Under Avi’s leadership, 3D Systems emerged as a global 3-D content-to-print leader that is redefining and shaping how we design, produce, consume and live. Prior to 3D Systems, for more than 22 years Avi served in senior executive positions with Sealed Air Corporation, a leading provider of food safety and security, facility hygiene, and product protection solutions worldwide. He received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2011 Southeast Manufacturing Award and two Innovator Awards, and he holds 25 US patents. Avi is Faculty Chair of the Digital Fabrication Program at Singularity University and a member of the XPRIZE Innovation Board and the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation Board.
Brian M. Reilly is a Managing Director and Head of Americas Equity Capital Markets at Barclays in New York. Mr. Reilly has over 19 years of experience executing over 100 capital markets and M&A transactions. Previously, he was Head of Asset Management within Investment Banking at Barclays and Head of the Communications, Media and Internet vertical within Equity Capital Markets at Lehman Brothers. He also worked as a corporate lawyer for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York and as a clerk for a federal judge. Mr. Reilly earned his JD from Yale Law School and his BA from Yale University.
The current President and former Head Coach of the Miami Heat, Pat Riley is a 2008 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, an eight-time National Basketball Association World Champion, as well as the only head coach in NBA history to capture Coach of the Year honors with three different teams: the Los Angeles Lakers, the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat. Pat currently stands as the all-time leader in both regular season and postseason victories for the Heat, and is also the Lakers’ all-time leader in both regular season and postseason winning percentages. While being professional basketball’s fourth winningest coach, Pat also holds the title of one of “America’s Greatest Motivational Speakers” and was rated by Success Magazine as “The best in his field.” He is a consummate competitor who knows the exhilaration that comes with winning. His philosophy is based upon winning, leadership, mastery, change and personal growth as well as understanding and controlling the shifting dynamics of a team — any team, whether it is a small company, a giant corporation, a city or a group of athletes. His books, Showtime and The Winner Within, have appeared on the New York Times Best Sellers list.
Brett Rochkind leads General Atlantic’s (GA) Palo Alto office and is Co-head of the firm’s Internet & Technology sector. Since joining GA in 2002, Brett has worked closely with many portfolio companies in the software, internet, information and services sectors, including Appirio, Box, IHS, SSA Global and Altair Engineering in the US; Decolar, MercadoLibre and Grupo Linx in Latin America; and PowerDsine in Israel. Brett also worked in GA’s Hong Kong office, where he focused on opportunities in China and the Asia-Pacific region including the firm's investments in Alibaba Group, Renren, Soufun and Lenovo. Prior to joining GA, Brett was an investment banker with Morgan Stanley & Co. in its Mergers & Acquisitions department in New York and Menlo Park, and he helped to establish Morgan Stanley's Israel office in Tel Aviv.
Greg Rosica leads Ernst & Young LLP’s Southeast Region Personal Financial Services (PFS) practice. He has 25 years of industry experience and has extensive experience providing clients with holistic wealth planning, which integrates family wealth planning, tax and personal financial planning. Greg works with high net worth families, family offices and closely held businesses. He is the Ernst & Young LLP national media spokesperson for the annual EY Tax Guide and the PFS practice. He is frequently quoted in national newspapers, magazines, television and radio regarding estate and income tax and financial planning matters. Greg serves on the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay as Board Chairman.
David M. Rubenstein is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Since he co-founded the firm in 1987, Carlyle has grown to manage more than $170 billion from 33 offices worldwide. Previously, Mr. Rubenstein practiced law in New York from 1973 to 1975 and served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments from 1975 to 1976. During the Carter Administration, he was Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy from 1977 to 1981. After his White House service and before co-founding Carlyle, he practiced law in Washington. Mr. Rubenstein is Chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; a Regent of the Smithsonian Institution; Vice Chairman of the boards of Duke University, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Brookings Institution; and the President of the Economic Club of Washington. He also serves on the board of directors or trustees of numerous organizations. A native of Baltimore, he is a 1970 graduate of Duke and a 1973 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He and his wife, Alice, have three children.
A leading authority on cybersecurity, encryption and biometrics, Saito was recently selected by the Nikkei as one of the “100 Most Influential People for Japan.” In 2012, Saito was named a council member on national strategy and policy reporting directly to the Prime Minister of Japan. From late 2011, he was the CTO of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission. A foundation board member for the World Economic Forum, Saito advises national governments, teaches and is a commentator on TV. The best-selling author’s book The Team: Solving the biggest problem in Japan was published in 2012 by Nikkei BP
Tom Schoewe served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Wal-Mart) from 2000 to 2011. Prior to joining Wal-Mart, Mr. Schoewe worked for Black & Decker Corporation from 1986 to 1999, most recently serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. From 1974 to 1986, Mr. Schoewe worked for Beatrice Companies, Inc., where he was Chief Financial Officer and Controller for Beatrice Consumer Durables, Inc. Mr. Schoewe is a director of KKR Management LLC, General Motors and Northrop Grumman Corporation. He served as a director of PulteGroup, Inc. (2009 to 2012) and Centex Corporation from 2001 to its 2009 merger with Pulte Homes, Inc. (now doing business as PulteGroup, Inc.).
Bill Shaughnessy is currently the President, Chief Operating Officer and member of the Board of Directors at eHealth. In this role, Mr. Shaughnessy is responsible for the overall management and execution of day-to-day operations, including human resources, technology development, product management and the individual and family, and Medicare businesses. Prior to eHealth, Mr. Shaughnessy was Senior Vice President of Global Product Management and Product Marketing at Yahoo!. Mr. Shaughnessy also held various senior management positions at Microsoft, most recently as its Global Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Services in the Advertiser and Publisher Solutions Group.
Lloyd Shefsky is Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship, Founder and Co-director of the Center for Family Enterprises at the Kellogg School of Management. Lloyd has taught courses, lectured and spoken in China, Japan, Thailand, Canada, Israel and throughout the US. He has written professional articles on family business, entrepreneurship and related topics and is the author of Entrepreneurs Are Made Not Born, published by McGraw-Hill and translated into seven languages. Lloyd is a consultant, coach, mentor and advisor to family businesses and public companies controlled by families. His honors include the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 1995 Award. Lloyd received his JD from The Law School at the University of Chicago and is a certified public accountant.
Julie Shifman believes in reinvention. She started her career as a ballet dancer, leaving ballet to go to law school. After a highly successful career as a lawyer in New York City and Cincinnati, she reinvented again, founding her company, Act Three, which works with women who are interested in exploring their next stage of life. Julie recently released her first book, Act Three: Create the Life You Want. She is a sought-after keynote speaker and moderator for women’s conferences and corporate women’s initiatives around the country, and she is a Certified Coach. Her formal training includes a JD and a master’s in Tax Law from New York University.
Tony Sirianni is the EY Global Trade Leader, focusing on improving the account balance of trade across current and emerging trading routes through better global integration, country network implementation, account execution and teaming. Success is measured by revenue growth, market share and, ultimately, client satisfaction within our Global 360 and other priority accounts. Since joining EY in 1994, Tony has held many roles including EY Global and EY Americas Director of Business Development and Northeast Region Advisory Markets Leader and East Central Account and Business Development Managing Partner for Ernst & Young LLP. Tony was honored to be awarded the inaugural Chairman’s Values Award while part of EY Global.
Scott Skidmore is a managing director and is responsible for the Industrial, Real Estate, Gaming & Lodging Equity Capital Origination effort at Barclays. Mr. Skidmore has over 15 years of investment banking experience. Mr. Skidmore joined Barclays Capital (formerly Lehman Brothers) in September 2007. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Mr. Skidmore spent approximately nine years in investment banking at J.P. Morgan, where he focused on the industrial, real estate and natural resource sectors. During his career, he has worked on a variety of equity, equity-linked, M&A and fixed-income transactions for both public and private companies. Mr. Skidmore has completed more than 100 equity and equity-linked transactions in his career.
Michael Small, a 29-year veteran of the communications industry, was named President and CEO of Gogo on February 16, 2010. Prior to joining Gogo, Mr. Small served as the CEO and Director of Centennial Communications Corporation. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Small served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of 360 Degrees Communications Company. Prior to 1995, he served as President of Lynch Corporation, a diversified acquisition-oriented company with operations in telecommunications, manufacturing and transportation services. Mr. Small received his master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago and his Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University.
Jeff Sprecher is the founder of IntercontinentalExchange (ICE), serving as the company's Chief Executive Officer since May 2000 and as the Chairman of the Board since November 2002. Under Mr. Sprecher’s guidance, ICE expanded into global markets for agriculture, credit derivatives, emissions, energy, equity indexes and foreign exchange, and extended its business into central clearing. Mr. Sprecher acquired Continental Power Exchange (CPEX) in 1997 to achieve his vision of an efficient market that would bring transparency and capital efficiency to previously opaque and fragmented markets. IntercontinentalExchange was formed in 2000 and the company completed its initial public offering in 2005 on the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Sprecher has led numerous strategic acquisitions, including the International Petroleum Exchange of London (2001), the New York Board of Trade (2007), Creditex (2008), The Clearing Corporation (2009) and the Climate Exchange (2010). In December of 2012 ICE announced an agreement to acquire NYSE Euronext. Prior to acquiring CPEX, Mr. Sprecher served as President of Western Power Group, Inc., a developer, owner and operator of large central-station power plants in California. Raised in Wisconsin, Mr. Sprecher earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.
Avi Steinlauf is the CEO for Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for car shopping and automotive information, and he sits on the company’s Board of Directors. Before joining Edmunds in 1998, Steinlauf was a senior industry analyst for Coopers & Lybrand’s Knowledge Strategies Group in New York. Since 2006, Steinlauf has been on the Board of the Online Publishers’ Association. He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and serves as the Communications Chairman for YPO’s Automotive Network. Steinlauf earned his MBA degree from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and his bachelor’s degree from Yeshiva College.
Bobby Stover is a partner and the Southwest Regional Leader of Personal Financial Services at Ernst & Young LLP. Bobby is a member of the Executive Committee of the EY Americas Family Business Center of Excellence, and his primary focus is on advising family businesses, their owners and family members on how to grow and preserve their wealth while dealing with the complex issues of business succession, governance, income tax and transfer tax. Bobby has 19 years of experience as a CPA in New Mexico and Texas, and he obtained his BBA in Accounting from the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management.
Steve Streit is the Founder and CEO of Pasadena-based Green Dot Corporation, a technology-centric, pro-consumer Bank Holding Company with a mission to reinvent personal banking for the masses. The company is the largest provider of prepaid debit card products and prepaid card reloading services in the United States, as well as a leader in mobile banking with its GoBank mobile bank account offering. Steve has been recognized for numerous industry awards, including the EY National Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2011 Financial Services Award.
William Striebe is Vice President of Business Development at UTC Climate, Controls & Security Systems (CCS) with approximately $18 billion in sales. CCS is a part of United Technologies Corporation (UTC), a $58 billion global company that provides high-technology products to the aerospace and building systems industries. Prior to assuming this position with CCS in 2005, Mr. Striebe was Associate General Counsel at UTC’s corporate headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut, working exclusively in mergers and acquisitions. Between 1996 and 2002, Mr. Striebe served as Vice President – Business Development and Legal Affairs in Paris for UTC Carrier (now part of CCS) covering the EMEA region.
Gregg Sutherland is a strategy consulting partner with Ernst & Young LLP, and he launched the firm’s global strategy consulting business. Gregg’s client work includes growth strategy, operating model design, enterprise profit improvement and driver analytics decision-making. He previously served as Chief Strategy Officer at a Fortune 100 company and an expert witness in federal court and the New York State Supreme Court. Gregg earned his MBA from Wharton with a dual major in Strategic Planning and Decision Sciences.
Tom Taylor is the Private Equity Value Creation Advisory Leader for Transaction Advisory Services at Ernst & Young LLP. He has more than 30 years of experience as a chief executive, a chief financial officer in both public and private companies, and as an operating partner in private equity with expertise in operational performance improvement.
Train’s CALIFORNIA 37 album has yielded two hit singles thus far, “Drive By” and “50 Ways To Say Goodbye.” The band made its mark on music history with the Grammy Award-winning song “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and chart-topping singles such as “Meet Virginia” and “Calling All Angels.” Train earned its third Grammy in 2011 for the worldwide smash “Hey, Soul Sister” from Save Me, San Francisco. The top-selling single of 2010, “Hey, Soul Sister” hit No. 1 on radio charts in the US and in 15 countries abroad. Save Me, San Francisco has sold more than 1 million albums worldwide and more than 10 million tracks. In addition to taking the sales and radio worlds by storm, Train has made numerous television appearances, performing at the National Football Conference Championship Game, Daytona 500, American Music Awards and the Grammy Nomination Concert and on shows such as Crossroads, The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Monday Night Football, A&E’s Private Sessions, America’s Got Talent, The View, Dancing with the Stars, Live! with Regis and Kelly, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Bachelor and Rachael Ray.
Dr. Alan Ulsifer is the CEO, Chair and Founder of FYidoctors in Canada. The company, which formed in 2008, is a consolidation and vertical integration of independent eye care providers in Canada. The creation of the business required building a robotic optical lens manufacturing facility, an offshore frame distribution business, a business-to-consumer foundation, and general management and marketing platforms. In five short years it has grown to more than 210 locations. Dr. Ulsifer has an extensive real estate background and is a principal and director of Three Squared Properties. He was named the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2012 Canada Award winner.
In just over five years, entrepreneur and philanthropist Hamdi Ulukaya has grown Chobani from a yogurt start-up in central New York to a $1 billion business, making Chobani one of the fastest-growing companies in history. The company remains 100% financially independent. Now the No. 1-selling yogurt brand in the country, Chobani has transformed the US yogurt category with products that are delicious, nutritious, accessible to all and made with only natural ingredients. A Kurdish immigrant from eastern Turkey, Hamdi founded Chobani in 2005 with the help of a Small Business Administration loan. Chobani’s second manufacturing facility — the world’s largest yogurt manufacturing plant — is located in Twin Falls, Idaho. In 2010, Hamdi created the Shepherd’s Gift Foundation, which gives 10% of the company’s profits to support positive, lasting change in the community. Prior to Chobani, Hamdi was the founder of Euphrates, a feta cheese company. Hamdi is passionate about the revitalization of manufacturing in the US and the entrepreneurial potential of small towns and rural America. He sits on the boards of the American Turkish Council, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Pathfinder Village and the Kennedy Center Corporate Fund. He resides in New Berlin, New York, with his two German shepherds.
Debra L. von Storch is the Ernst & Young LLP Southwest Region Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) Leader. In this role, she is responsible for setting direction and executing across the SGM service platforms of entrepreneurship, initial public offerings, private equity/venture capital and family business. Debra also serves as a global coordinating partner for innovative Fortune 1000 companies and SGM companies. With more than 31 years of experience, Debra has in-depth knowledge of the needs and issues faced by high-growth companies evolving into market leaders. She has an extensive background in providing global account leadership, strategic tax and transaction planning, and advisory services. Debra also leads the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Program for an eight-state region in the Southwest.
Steve Voskuil leads Finance and Strategy for Kimberly-Clark International, the fast-growing and diverse division of Kimberly-Clark (K-C) focused on markets outside of North America. Steve has responsibility for driving profitable growth, leading strategic planning, driving cash and capital efficiency, managing enterprise risks, and building global leadership capability. Steve also serves as the executive sponsor for talent development for the company’s Global Finance organization. Since joining the company in 1992, Steve has continued to assume roles of increasing responsibility in Business Analysis, Strategic Analysis and Treasury for K-C’s businesses worldwide. Steve also led a Customer Development team for one of K-C’s largest global customers.
Mark A. Weinberger became EY Global Chairman & CEO on July 1, 2013. With 175,000 people in more than 150 countries, the global EY organization is one of the largest professional services organizations in the world. Mark has served in a variety of leadership positions for EY, most recently as Global Vice Chair, Tax from 2008 to 2012. He was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury (Tax Policy) in the George W. Bush Administration and was also appointed by President Clinton to serve on the US Social Security Administration Advisory Board. Mark sits on the boards of numerous organizations including Catalyst, The Tax Council, and the Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland. He co-chairs the Russia Foreign Investment Advisory Council and plays an active role in the World Economic Forum. Mark holds a BA from Emory University, an MBA and JD from Case Western Reserve University and a LLM from Georgetown University.
Will West is Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of Control4. Since co-founding the company in March 2003, he has led the company’s efforts to create a revolutionary new line of affordable home automation solutions. Will has raised more than $400 million in private capital to start his last three companies. In 1998, he co-founded STSN (now iBAHN), the worldwide leader in broadband services for business travelers serving millions of customer in thousands of hotels. Prior to founding STSN, Will was CEO and Co-founder of PHAST Corporation. He holds a degree in Finance from the University of Utah and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
As President and Chief Executive Officer of CyrusOne and a member of the Board of Directors, Gary Wojtaszek oversees all aspects of strategy and operations for CyrusOne’s global data center activities. He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer at Cincinnati Bell for three years. He was responsible for the organizations corporate accounting, finance, treasury and tax functions, as well as investor relations and corporate communications. Prior to that, he held senior positions at Laureate Education and Agere Systems. Gary was named as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Finance” by Treasury & Risk magazine in 2011. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and received his MBA in Finance and Accounting from Columbia University.
As Chief Information Security Officer for Caterpillar Inc., Mike Zachman has global responsibility for information security and is currently leading the enterprise’s Information Security Transformation program to dramatically improve Caterpillar’s capability to complicate, detect and respond to information security risks. Mike joined Caterpillar in 1988 and has performed many roles in Information Technology (IT), including two assignments in Europe. Mike also spent several years within Internal Audit, where he led efforts for Caterpillar IT to become SOX compliant. Mike holds a BS in Management Information Systems from Millikin University and an MBA from Bradley University.