Chairman and CEO, JI Ventures; Lead Director for Caterpillar and KBR; Director of Alcatel-Lucent & Entergy; Past member of Large Company Public Boards JI Ventures
Frank Blount is Chairman and CEO of JI Ventures, Inc., a high-tech venture capital company. He is also a director of Entergy Corporation and KBR in the U.S. and of Alcatel-Lucent in France. He serves as the lead director for the board of KBR.
An electrical engineer from Georgia Tech by initial training, Blount also holds an M.B.A. from Georgia State University and a M.S. in Management as a Sloan Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During his distinguished professional career Blount served as an executive in the Bell System and AT&T in the U.S., and at Telstra in Australia, gaining extensive high-level experience operating in competitive telecommunications markets.
Blount is a member of the China telecom advisory board in Beijing. He is co-author of a book with the dean of the Stanford Business School entitled Managing in Australia. In 1999, Blount was awarded the ‘Order of Australia’ by the Australian Parliament. He has been awarded both the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award in Leadership’ and ‘Distinguished Alumni Award’ by Georgia State University.
CFO Mohawk Industries, Inc.
Frank H. Boykin is CFO of Mohawk Industries, Inc. Boykin’s responsibilities include worldwide strategic and financial planning, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, financial analysis, accounting, treasury, risk management and internal audit. He manages approximately 500 finance professionals in North America, Europe and Asia.
Boykin began his career at Mohawk as Corporate Controller in 1993 and served in that position until 1999, when he was appointed Vice President, Corporate Controller. In 2004, he was appointed Vice President — Finance. In 2005, he was appointed Vice President — Finance and CFO of the Company.
EVP & CFO Newell Rubbermaid Inc.
Juan Figuereo is transforming Newell Rubbermaid’s finance organization to enable faster growth and deliver new opportunities to the business. He is a former Wal-Mart and PepsiCo executive with significant experience in global general management, operations, and strategic mergers and acquisitions, in addition to senior financial leadership. Figuereo joined Newell Rubbermaid in 2009.
Prior to joining Newell Rubbermaid, Figuereo helped Wal-Mart become the top foreign retailer in China as VP of M&A at Wal-Mart International. He also helped the retailer enter five new countries in Central America and strengthen its position as a top retailer in Brazil. Additionally, he played a key role in the design of Wal-Mart’s integration process for newly acquired businesses.
Figuereo began his career at Arthur Andersen & Co. in Miami, specializing in banking, insurance and information systems consulting. A C.P.A. he received a B.B.A. in Public Accounting from Florida International University. Figuereo is a native of the Dominican Republic who is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
SVP & CFO Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Hank Halter is Chief Financial Ofﬁcer for Delta Air Lines. He is responsible for the ﬁnance and planning of Delta’s $35B operation and oversees treasury, tax, risk management, accounting and reporting, ﬁnancial planning and analysis, ﬂeet strategy, and investor relations.
Halter has played an integral role in restructuring Delta’s balance sheet and cost structure to be among the best in the industry. To facilitate Delta’s exit from bankruptcy, he led development of the emergence plan and set the ﬁnancial strategy. Under his leadership, Delta is delivering on its multi-year plan to delever its balance sheet through a $7B debt reduction. These ﬁnancial achievements will maximize Delta’s ﬂexibility and enhance shareholder value creation.
Halter holds an M.B.A. from Duke University and a B.S. in Accountancy from Villanova University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He is a certiﬁed public accountant.
In addition to being a member of the Board of Directors of the Delta Community Credit Union, Halter also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Delta Heritage Museum and on the Advisory Board for the Atlanta Chapter of the CFO Roundtable.
State Fiscal Economist Georgia State University
Ken Heaghney has served as State Fiscal Economist for the State of Georgia for six years. Heaghney is based at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies’ Fiscal Research Center at Georgia State University. As State Fiscal Economist, his primary responsibility is the preparation of forecasts of tax and fee revenues for use in budget planning. In addition, he is responsible for preparing estimates of revenue impacts of alternative tax policies. Other duties include communicating state economic trends and revenue performance to bond rating agencies, monitoring state revenue performance, and monitoring economic conditions and outlook.
Prior to his appointment as State Fiscal Economist, Heaghney had extensive consulting experience working with business leaders on a wide range of economic problems and issues. Much of his consulting work was in the areas of pricing and revenue management.
Heaghney holds a Ph.D. degree in economics from Rice University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Missouri.
Scott A. Hill
SVP & CFO IntercontinentalExchange, Inc.
Scott Hill is SVP and CFO of IntercontinentalExchange Hill joined ICE in 2007 from IBM and is responsible for all aspects of ICE's finance and accounting functions, treasury, tax, audit and controls, mergers and acquisitions, business development, human resources and investor relations. He also has responsibility for the company’s global clearing operations, including its credit default swap clearing houses, which have cleared more than $16 trillion in gross notional value since ICE launched CDS clearing in 2009.
Hill was named ‘CFO of the Year’ by the CFO Roundtable Atlanta Advisory Board in 2010 and by The Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2009.
Hill earned a B.B.A. from The University of Texas and completed a M.B.A. at the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Principal, Advisory Services Ernst & Young LLP
Mike Kaiser is a leader for risk transformation initiatives with Ernst & Young’s risk advisory services team. In that role, he advises clients on major projects to transform risk management capabilities across the breadth of their organization. These efforts achieve enhanced coordination and alignment and result in expanded risk coverage, reduced operational costs and improved overall value to the business. Methods include leveraging enhanced methodologies, ﬂexible resourcing models and employing advanced technologies.
Kaiser also provides advice on leading practices in governance, risk and compliance to boards of directors and corporate executives in light of expanding regulatory requirements. This includes practical guidance on integrating principles of enterprise risk into driver based planning and performance management processes. Additionally, he advises on risk related communications and disclosures to regulators, analysts and shareholders.
SVP, CFO & Treasurer UPS
Kurt Kuehn, UPS’ Chief Financial Ofﬁcer, has been on the front lines of UPS’ transformation from a private U.S.-focused small package delivery company to one of the world’s largest publicly-traded logistics companies with more than 400,000 employees.
Since joining UPS as a driver in 1977, Kuehn’s career has included leadership roles in sales and marketing, engineering, operations and strategic cost planning. Today, he is responsible for all activities related to accounting, ﬁnance, auditing, ﬁnancial planning, taxes and treasury. He also is the liaison to the investor, ﬁnance and analyst community. Prior to his appointment as CFO in 2008, Kuehn was UPS’ ﬁrst Vice President of Investor Relations, taking the company public in 1999 — the largest IPO in the 20th century.
In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Kuehn serves on the board of directors of the Foundation for Independent Higher Education, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Woodruff Arts Center.
A native of South Bend, Ind., he attended Yale University and received a M.B.A. from the University of Miami. He also is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the Wharton School of Business.
Executive Advisor The Corporate Executive Board Company
Thomas Roberts is a Senior Director in the Corporate Finance Practice of the Corporate Executive Board. In his role, Roberts advises senior finance executives, including CFOs and Treasurers, on critical issues facing their organizations.
Prior to joining the Corporate Executive Board, Roberts built considerable expertise and advisory experience in areas ranging from capital markets to investment management, macroeconomics and performance management over his 13 years working in commercial banking (Wachovia Bank), wealth and investment management (J.P. Morgan), and private banking (Citigroup Private Bank).
Roberts earned his B.A. in Economics and Anthropology from The College of William and Mary and an M.B.A. from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of three educational books, How to Be a Great Student, How to Raise a Great Student, and How to Have a Great College Experience, and founder of The Great Student Network.
David M. Tehle
EVP & CFO Dollar General Corporation
David Tehle is EVP & CFO for Dollar General Corporation. Prior to joining Dollar General in 2004, Tehle spent seven years with Haggar Corporation as EVP and CFO. He has held leadership positions with several world leaders in manufacturing, including VP of Finance for The Stanley Works, mechanics tools division, and VP of Finance and CFO for Hat Brands, Inc. Tehle gained 12 years of financial experience through management positions at Ryder System, Inc., and various financial and accounting positions at Texas Instruments, Inc..
Tehle has served as a Director of Jack in the Box, Inc., since 2004. In 2010, he was named to Treasury & Risk Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People in Finance.’
Tehle earned a B.S. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan
VP - North America Business Intelligence Performance Management Leader IBM
With unique insights into what is driving business today, Morris Treadway helps clients solve their difficult business intelligence and performance management challenges.
With more than 20 years of experience, Treadway leads the North American practices of Business Intelligence and Performance Management and Cross-Industry Solutions. He has led a diverse portfolio of projects focused on topics such as business strategy, business planning, process reengineering, performance management, reporting and analysis, and systems transformation. Treadway brings deep industry expertise in energy and utilities, chemicals and petroleum, and manufacturing.
He is a natural leader with a passion for delivering results and brings an international perspective to his work. Treadway’s previous IBM roles include Strategy and Financial Management Consulting Leader for Energy & Utilities (while with PwC and IBM), Global Relationship Partner for BP and Financial Management Consulting Services Leader for AsiaPaciﬁc. Prior to IBM, Treadway held multiple leadership roles as a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He started his career at Owens Corning Fiberglass. Treadway earned his B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois.
Senior Vice President, Prudential Retirement Prudential Financial, Inc.
Dylan Tyson serves as Senior Vice President within Prudential’s pension and structured solutions business where he is charged with overall responsibility for Prudential’s $27B pension risk transfer business. Prudential’s pension and structured solutions business serves the needs of the deﬁned beneﬁt pension and structured settlement markets providing more than $1B of guaranteed income to individuals each year.
Prior to this role, Tyson led product and business development efforts for Prudential’s stable value products group — a $40B business serving full service retirement and capital markets investors. In this capacity, he was responsible for product management, product development, marketing and client service.
Tyson joined Prudential in 1995 through the advanced management development program and has held a wide variety of positions within Prudential. He joined Prudential’s Institutional Investment Products group in 2003 where he works today.
Tyson earned an A.B. in Psychology and History with high honors from Stanford University and attended The Anderson School at UCLA where he earned his M.B.A. Tyson holds his Chartered Financial Analyst, Certiﬁed Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designations.