May 30, 2013 / Conference

7:30am - 9:00am Private Roundtable Breakfast

Building Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

Exclusive to Governing Body members and select CFO peers.

Ron Domanico
HD Supply Inc.
Evan Hart
Mueller Water Products, Inc.
Alfred Mettler
CFO Council & Clinical Associate Professor
Georgia State University
Mike McCracken
Co-Chair CFO Council
Georgia State University
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Finding, training and retaining qualified talent is a business-wide imperative that often gets overlooked in the finance world. This closed door session will pose questions like: What are the best strategies for recruiting finance talent? How can you identify and train high potential employees earlier? What are you doing to develop your team? How do you make sure you can retain your talent and offer rewarding career options? Join your fellow CFOs and moderators, Mike McCracken and Alfred Mettler from Georgia State University, in an interactive roundtable discussion focused on how best to maximize your organization’s talent.

9:00am - 9:15am

Networking Break & General Registration

9:15am - 10:30am Opening Keynote

An Economic Status Report

Keynote sponsored by: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Tim McGee
Director of Macro Strategy & Research
U.S. Trust, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
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In 2008, the Great Recession altered organizational operations and how people lived their daily lives. As the economy looks up and we progress out of the financial crisis, many questions remain unanswered surrounding how organizations should approach the changing business landscape. In this engaging session, Tim McGee of U.S. Trust will share his 2013—2014 economic outlook with the goal of helping CFOs become stronger business stewards for their organizations. He will address issues such as globalization, technology and provide a traditional forecast of the economy. Join McGee to learn the trends that will impact you and your business in the near future.

10:30am - 10:45am

Networking Break

10:45am - 11:45am Breakout Sessions

Maximizing Divestment Success

CFO Executive Discussion sponsored by: Ernst & Young LLP

Dave Drillock
Cytec Industries Inc.
Kripa Rajshekhar
Principal, Transaction Advisory Services
Ernst & Young LLP
Rich Mills
Partner & SE Divestiture Advisory Services Leader
Ernst & Young LLP
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Many companies have adopted a “wait and see” approach to transformational transactions during the past few years of economic uncertainty. However, the current period of slow economic growth may be an ideal time to use divestments to help meet strategic objectives, navigate uncertainty, and create value for stakeholders. Many sellers are even seeing strong buyer competition drive up divestment values. This session will discuss three leading practices that have helped companies exceed their transaction value and speed expectations — using divestments as a strategic portfolio management tool, articulating a compelling value and growth story, and preparing rigorously for separation.

The Affordable Care Act - Next Steps

CFO Best Practice

Carrie Jennison
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of GA, Inc.
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The next phase of the Affordable Care Act is rolling out in October 2013. It’s a benefits and tax law that may also significantly impact a company’s strategies and operations because of its affect on human resources, finance and tax. Are you ready for this change? Carrie Jennison, CFO at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, will discuss what CFOs need to know, so they can be prepared and mitigate costs associated with transitioning to the ACA.

Session discovery topics:
• Affordable Care Act overview
• Impact on a companies’ operations
• Implementation questions

Accelerate Business Agility and Financial Performance with Cloud

Executive Boardroom sponsored by: IBM

Michael Healy
VP, Cloud Computing
Niels Kohl
VP Finance, IBM Cloud Computing, Global Technology Services
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Are you increasing shareholder wealth with cloud computing? If not, you may be missing a key opportunity to increase revenue and to improve cash flow, operating margins, and balance sheet utilization. Cloud technology is radically transforming IT with speed-to-market improvements, enabling rapid innovation and economies of scale, and driving unprecedented cost efficiency. Join Michael Healy and Niels Kohl from IBM, for an insightful discussion on how forward looking firms are using cloud to develop personalized customer relationships, foster real time value chain collaboration, improve financial analysis and increase business agility.

11:45am - 12:15pm

Networking Break

12:15pm - 1:45pm Luncheon Keynote

Connecting the Investment in Talent to Bottom Line Results – Once and for All

Keynote sponsored by: PwC

Cy Wakeman
Author & Thought Leader
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The cost of talent is one of the largest items on most of our budgets, yet we still have difficulty calculating the real value that talent brings to the bottom line. Performance measures fall short as many years find performance ratings high and bottom line results low, or desired outcomes wanting. Research shows a direct connection between accountability and bottom line results. While engaging employees is critical, it turns out that engagement is not enough. Engagement without accountability is chaos. It is the organizations that cultivate a culture of personal accountability that are truly winning. Join Cy Wakeman as she challenges conventional HR wisdom with evidence-based research, revealing the major flaws in the logic supporting traditional talent programs and initiatives. Listen as she provides techniques for hard wiring the magic competency of accountability throughout your team and your organization.


1:45pm - 2:15pm

Networking Break

2:15pm - 3:15pm Breakout Sessions

The Impact and Outlook for Tax Trends in 2013

CFO Best Practice

Bill Blaylock
VP & Senior Tax Counsel
Texas Instruments Incorporated
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Taxes and the uncertainty surrounding them are the number one issue facing finance executives today. Unsurprisingly, research has linked political uncertainty to a slower economy, higher unemployment and volatile stock prices. So although the fiscal cliff was averted and sequestration cuts were left in place, there has been no sense of a final compromise. Join this session to get a sense of what the upcoming months will hold for U.S and state tax policy.

Session discovery topics:
• U.S. tax reform — what are the chances?
• Trends in IRS audits and processes — will they do more with less?
• What the states are up to -- tax legislation and administration

IT Security – Identifying and Managing the Risks

Executive Discussion

Stanton Gatewood
Chief, Information Security & ePrivacy
University System of Georgia
John Kampfe
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
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CFOs are often directly involved in the strategic and tactical planning for IT security, so at a minimum they need to have a grasp of the risks inherent in different IT policy choices. From advanced persistent threats, to questions around BYOD, CFOs need to know where best to invest their resources to gain the optimal results. This discussion, composed of a CFO and CISO, will provide a level set of the most pressing topics and open up the discussion to you and your CFO peers to discuss the biggest challenges in the IT security space.

3:15pm - 3:30pm

Networking Break

3:30pm - 4:30pm Closing Keynote

Needle in a Haystack – The Atlanta Hawks’ Search for a GM

Keynote sponsored by: KPMG LLP

Danny Ferry
President of Basketball Operations & General Manager
Atlanta Hawks
Bruce Levenson
Atlanta Hawks
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Only 30 people in the world can serve as the president of an NBA team at any given time. For this reason, it’s crucial to ensure the right person is hired for that job. This past June, Danny Ferry became the GM and president of the Atlanta Hawks as the only candidate targeted by the owner of the team, Bruce Levenson. If Ferry was the only candidate, why then, did the hiring process take four months? Ferry and Levenson will share the Hawks’ extensive hiring process, including the role an agent and a negotiator played, how the organization orchestrated privacy by excluding the media, and how both the candidate and owner were able to interview one another in order to ensure a perfect fit. In this session, go behind the scenes at the Atlanta Hawks and learn why hiring for an executive position requires more than just looking at resumes.

4:30pm - 5:00pm

Networking Reception