Sr. Consultant & North American Leader for Health & Group Benefits Towers Watson
Randall Abbott is a senior consultant and a North American leader for health and group benefits at Towers Watson. He has more than 35 years of experience in business in the fields of employee benefits, health strategy, workforce health improvement and flexible compensation arrangements.
Recently, his work has focused on employer strategies in the post-reform healthcare environment, including rethinking healthcare within the total rewards context, strategic redesign to mitigate costs and 2018 excise tax risks, as well as use of new delivery channels including value-based contracting arrangements and the use of private and public exchanges for unique population cohorts. Abbott is the author of more than 170 published articles or monographs and has contributed to two benefits management textbooks.
Despite his extensive research, writing and consulting activities, Abbott is a hands-on consultant who delights in working closely with his clients. He is a pragmatic strategist, a seasoned implementer, an expert facilitator and a strong negotiator. He is frequently asked to brief senior management, corporate boards and investors on complex benefits and healthcare issues.
Abbott is a summa cum laude graduate of Suffolk University in Boston.
SVP & Managing Director International Credit Services Executive Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Alister Bazaz is a SVP and head of international asset based lending for Bank of America Business Capital, a division within the global commercial bank at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He is responsible for structuring international asset based credit facilities from $20M to more than $1B in size. Additionally, he oversees BABC’s treasury risk management group, the company’s experts in cash management structures and services for secured borrowers both domestically and internationally. Bazaz joined Bank of America in 1991 and has served within the asset based lending division the entire time.
Previous roles include assignments with two major British global banks where he was SVP for marketing to middle market and large corporate multinationals in the U.S. He has a broad and deep variety of experience working with clients needing international credit, trade and treasury solutions. Most recently, Bazaz became active as a thought leader in advising U.S. companies and private equity houses on international organizational design, which can affect their access to credit markets, and the complexity of their global treasury systems.
He received a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University with a major in finance.
CFO DeKalb County School District
Michael J. Bell, presently the chief financial officer for the DeKalb County School District, has previously been the CFO for both a large county and a large city. Bell, who retired from the CFO position in DeKalb County, Georgia, has previously also been in the private sector as a governmental /investment banker, during which time his involvement was mostly in the area of exempt facility private activity debt, specifically involving airports.
Prior to his many years at DeKalb County, Bell had been the CFO of the city of Atlanta, and the financial administrator of the city’s aviation department during the airport’s midfield project expansion. As a banker, Bell represented one of the senior underwriters on the first $1B of airport revenue bond debt issued for the Denver International Airport.
While Bell was serving as CFO for DeKalb County, the county was upgraded by Moody’s (2001) and Standard & Poor’s (2006) to AAA status; one of only three counties in Georgia to carry such a rating. During his time as a county/city CFO, Bell served on numerous special purpose authorities and pension fund boards. Three years ago, Bell was appointed by the Fulton County Commission to the Board of the Development Authority of Fulton County.
CFO Oldcastle Materials, Inc.
Charlie Brown joined Oldcastle Materials in 2003 as vice president of finance. In 2008, he was promoted to CFO, leading the finance, risk management and IT functions. His current responsibilities also include oversight of energy and procurement.
Prior to joining Oldcastle, Brown held various finance-based leadership roles in the mining and manufacturing industries. Brown earned his B.A. in economics from The George Washington University and his MBA from Northwestern’s J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
CEO Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc.
Paul Brown is CEO of Atlanta-based Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc. ARG is a leading global Fast Crafted restaurant company operating and franchising more than 3,300 Arby’s restaurants worldwide.
Since 2013, Brown has led the brand’s revitalization efforts, which include boosting the company’s culture and instilling a sense of “serve, refresh and delight.” Additionally, he has spurred a rebooted service culture, new restaurant designs and formats, new franchise financing options, and the launch of the new “meatcraft” marketing campaign and “deli-inspired delicious” brand positioning.
Prior to joining Arby’s, Brown served as president of brands and commercial services for Hilton Worldwide. The global hospitality company is comprised of 10 brands. Brown was the company’s global leader for brand management, product standards, marketing, sales, pricing, e-commerce, loyalty programs, franchise relations and information technology.
Brown also served with Expedia Inc., the world’s leading online travel company, as president of Expedia.com and Expedia’s partner services group. Prior to Expedia, Brown was a partner at McKinsey & Company. Based in London, he was a leader of the firm’s global travel and hospitality practice and served clients across the travel, hospitality and retail sectors.
President & CEO Global Guardian
Dale Buckner is the president of Global Guardian LLC, formed in 2012, and is responsible for day-to-day operations and growth. Buckner is a decorated combat commander with multiple combat tours and classified operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Colombia, Haiti, and Cuba; and executed deployments to Russia, El Salvador, Honduras, Chile, Panama, Kuwait, and Qatar. Buckner served in the U.S. Army infantry, military intelligence, and Special Forces Green Berets, commanding the infantry reconnaissance platoon, special forces scuba team, special force counter-terrorism team, special forces counter-terrorism task force, and special troops battalion. After combat command, Buckner attended the Senior Service College at Tufts University and concluded his career as the chief of staff, deputy command — Army, NATO Training Mission — Kabul, Afghanistan.
Buckner was the youngest officer in his cohort to be promoted to colonel (promoted three times ahead of peers — top one percent of the officer corps) and commanded combat troops for a total of 13 years of his 24-year career. He has a master’s degree in public administration, business administration and a master’s certificate in strategic leadership from Cornell. He is currently attending Walden University in pursuit of a Ph.D. in finance. Buckner earned a total of 27 awards and decorations highlighted by his combat Bronze Star Medal and Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
Vice President and Public Affairs Officer Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Michael Chriszt is a vice president and public affairs officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's public affairs department. In this role, he is responsible for the bank's communications, which includes media relations, publications, websites, conferences and outreach activities such as speeches, economic education and corporate citizenship. He also oversees internal communications and the knowledge and information management function.
Previously, Chriszt was a vice president in the research department. There, he was responsible for the Regional Economic Information Network and the Center for Real Estate Analytics. From 2008—2010, Chriszt served as assistant vice president in the research department. He was director of international and regional analysis from 2004—2008. In these roles, he oversaw the analysis of economic conditions in the Sixth Federal Reserve District and of international economic developments.
Chriszt is a member of the National Association of Business Economists and the Atlanta Economics Club, where he serves as the group's vice president. He also serves on the board of the Georgia Council on Economic Education.
Chriszt is a graduate of executive education programs at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.
SVP, Learning and Leadership Development Executive Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Meg Crowder is senior vice president and learning and leadership development executive for consumer lending and client underwriting at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In this role, she provides strategic talent management and leadership development by helping leaders and employees achieve their potential, growing and developing a diverse leadership bench, optimizing organizations and teams to achieve desired business results, and driving employee satisfaction and engagement.
Previously, she served as leadership development manager for home loans originations, business banking, enterprise client coverage and global commercial banking units. In her role as leadership development manager, she led a team of leadership development consultants providing core leadership development solutions across all of global commercial banking. Prior roles include human resources manager for global product solutions — centralized product delivery and trade solutions; learning manager for global commercial banking; learning and leadership development manager for commercial real estate banking; and training and development manager for Synovus Wealth Management, where she supported the transformation of its sales culture and client coverage model across private banking, trust services and its brokerage unit.
She earned a bachelor of business in finance as well as a certificate in training and human resource development from the University of Georgia.
Kim Cuyler is a principal of Ernst & Young LLP and a member of its finance process improvement advisory practice. She has more than 17 years of consulting experience focusing in the areas of finance strategy and operating model design, shared services and outsourcing, business process reengineering, organizational change management, and large-scale business transformation. Cuyler specializes in complex global transformation projects for organizations undergoing large-scale finance and business transformation initiatives. She leads diverse engagement teams encompassing team members from North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Cuyler has led large-scale transformation engagements with some of the world’s leading organizations, including Ford Motor Company, Walmart, Toyota, Celanese, Flowserve, Heinz, Colgate-Palmolive, the U.S. Navy and many others.
Cuyler is a frequent speaker at shared services and outsourcing professional conferences both domestic and internationally. Prior to joining EY, Cuyler spent three years at a large multinational technology and consulting corporation leading the shared services practice for the distribution sector. Prior to that, she spent 10 years in the finance transformation consulting practice of a Big Four firm.
Cuyler holds a B.S. in engineering from Oklahoma State University and an MBA from Old Dominion University.
Director; Global Business Solutions Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Danny Doran is a global business solutions engagement executive for Global Treasury Solutions, where he is responsible for working with commercial and large corporate clients to improve their working capital strategies and processes.
In this role, Doran works closely with clients within multiple industries across the end-to-end working capital spectrum, including core treasury, order-to-cash, procure-to-pay, treasury workstations, ERPs and liquidity.
Doran joined Bank of America in 2005. He held several positions in the global quality and productivity organization, where he led large-scale process improvement efforts in support of one of the bank’s largest operations — client delivery and services. Doran was a key member of a “people-centered design” innovation team, which led to the development and launch of a revolutionary client engagement and product training process for treasury clients.
Prior to joining the bank, Doran held several operations and business process improvement roles at Xerox Corporation, supporting both client-facing and internal operations.
Doran has specialized in innovation, process improvement and manufacturing methods for more than 25 years. He is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and holds a B.S. in engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He received an executive MBA from the University of Rochester.
EVP & CFO Oglethorpe Power Corporation
Elizabeth Higgins is executive vice president and chief financial officer at Oglethorpe Power Corporation, the nation's largest power supply cooperative in assets, annual sales and ultimate customers served. Oglethorpe Power supplies wholesale power to 38 of Georgia's 41 electric membership corporations, which serve more than four million Georgians living in approximately two-thirds of the state's land area. Oglethorpe Power has assets of approximately $10B and annual revenues of $1.3B.
Higgins responsibilities at Oglethorpe Power include strategic planning, power supply planning and analysis, budgeting and forecasting, risk management, corporate compliance, finance, accounting, and tax.
Before joining Oglethorpe Power in 1997, Higgins worked for several consulting firms including Southern Engineering, Deloitte & Touche, and Energy Management Associates.
Higgins graduated with high honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology and holds a bachelor of industrial engineering. She also earned an MBA, with a concentration in finance, from Georgia State University.
Senior Vice President, Market Manager Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Anthony Hilliard is a market manager in global commercial banking for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He leads a team of commercial banking professionals that delivers integrated banking solutions to commercial banking clients in Georgia.
Previously, Hilliard was a senior client manager in global commercial banking, a position he held since joining the company, from 2011—2015. In that role, he had responsibility for helping clients meet a range of financial goals including accessing and deploying capital, treasury management, international finance, and advisory services.
Prior to that, Hilliard spent 12 years at CoBank and SunTrust Bank in client management, underwriting and risk. He also spent three years in the U.S. Navy in both active duty and reserve roles.
Hilliard is a member of the board of directors for Everybody Wins! Atlanta, an organization committed to improving children’s literacy though shared reading experiences. He also is a member of the Leadership Council at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Hilliard holds an MBA from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. He graduated from Florida State University where he majored in finance.
Carol Dillon Kissal
VP, Finance & CFO Emory University
Carol Dillon Kissal has served as the vice president of finance and CFO for Emory University since 2014. In her role, Kissal is responsible for all financial operations, treasury and debt portfolios, financial reporting, grant- and contract-sponsored research programs, procurement, and contracts management. Additionally she has responsibility for the chief business officers supporting the schools and business units in managing their fiscal responsibilities. At Emory, she has implemented new finance systems and data analytics department to establish data as an asset that will assist in effective decision-making. Additionally, she has implemented an enterprise finance network, which serves to further the university mission for quality, talent development, resource management and accountability.
In 2008, Kissal joined the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority as deputy general manager of administration and CFO. She was responsible for developing, managing, and implementing a financial operating and capital plan totaling $2.6B annually. Kissal was a catalyst for change and facilitated the update of major financial system integrations, streamlined supply chain processes, and introduced modern asset management techniques to the company. She utilized transformation management techniques, employee engagement surveys and customer/supplier relationship concepts to deploy many of these initiatives.
Senior Manager, Center for Board Matters EY
SVP & CFO HD Supply Inc.
Evan Levitt is SVP and CFO for HD Supply. He joined the company in 2007 as controller. As controller, Levitt was responsible for all accounting and financial reporting functions, including the establishment of and compliance with accounting and financial reporting policies and procedures. He ensured timely, accurate and transparent reporting of HD Supply’s results and transactions. Levitt and his team lead the company’s 2009 SEC registration process for senior and senior subordinated notes and were also instrumental in HD Supply going public in 2013.
Prior to joining HD Supply, he was assistant controller and director of financial reporting for The Home Depot from 2004—2007. He also served in various management roles at Payless ShoeSource from 1999—2004, most recently as VP of accounting and reporting. Prior to Payless ShoeSource, he held the role of audit manager with Arthur Andersen. He holds a B.S. in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis and is a CPA.
Executive Chairman CFO Council Georgia State University
Mike McCracken has founded many companies including an Internet services provider, which sold in the late 1990s for several million dollars, and Tatum LLC, which became the first national professional CFO firm with annual sales of $200M and merged in 2010 with a $2B NYSE registrant.
In 2010, McCracken launched McCracken Alliance, LLC, focused on using business-to-business networks to support companies undergoing change. One such alliance is One2World LLC, which employs brand management techniques to integrate social media with a company's performance management system.
Earlier in his career, McCracken was a partner with Ernst & Young LLP in New York, where he oversaw the firm's initiative to develop an intelligence network among its top 200 multinational clients. McCracken served in regional, national and international positions at E&Y and his clients included manufacturers, high-tech companies, distributors, construction, real estate and health care. He served as coordinating partner on the team that designed the spin-off of Eastman Chemical Company from Eastman Kodak.
He is chairman of the board of Georgia State University's CFO Council and chairman of the board of advisors for GSU's executive MS finance program. He often addresses university and community groups on topics of entrepreneurship, professional services marketing and financial services.
SVP & CFO McWane, Inc.
Charlie Nowlin is currently the senior vice president and chief financial officer at McWane Inc. He began working at McWane Inc. as a corporate accountant in 1980 and served in various capacities up till his current role. Previously, he worked at Coopers & Lybrand from 1976 to 1980 and earned his CPA during that time.
Nowlin serves on several advisory boards and is on the board of directors for Florida College, based in Temple Terrace, Florida.
He attended Birmingham Southern College and graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1976.
CFO & Treasurer BlueLinx Corporation
Susan O’Farrell has served as BlueLinx Corporation’s SVP, CFO, treasurer and principal accounting officer since 2014. She has responsibilities for accounting, SEC reporting, internal audit, treasury, financial operations, investor relations and tax, as well as financial planning and analysis. Additionally, she has responsibility for leading the inventory and pricing teams.
O’Farrell previously was a senior financial executive holding several roles with The Home Depot since 1999. As the VP of finance, she led teams supporting the retail organization. She was responsible for the finance function for The Home Depot’s at home services group. Prior, she was the chief procurement officer for $6B in indirect sourcing. Prior to that, she was the division finance leader for The Home Depot’s northern division with more than $25B in revenues.
O’Farrell began her career with Andersen Consulting LLP, leaving as an associate partner in 1996 for a strategic information systems role with AGL Resources. She is an alumna of Leadership Atlanta and has been recognized by Business to Business as a women of excellence and as a WOW Women to Watch.
O’Farrell earned a bachelor’s in business administration from Auburn University. She attended Goizueta’s executive leadership program at Emory University.
Vice President and Regional Executive Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Christopher L. Oakley is vice president and regional executive of the Jacksonville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He is responsible for the branch's board of directors and the district's Advisory Council on Trade and Transportation. He also oversees Jacksonville's economic and financial education programs and provides regional input into the Atlanta Fed's monetary policy process.
He joined the Jacksonville Branch in 1988 as a management intern in the cash services department and has held various management positions, including operational and administrative oversight in cash services, payment services and human resources. He was named vice president and branch manager in 2002. He was previously responsible for branch support services, law enforcement, cash services, check processing and check adjustments.
Oakley has roles on the Florida Council on Economic Education, the First Coast and United States Business Leadership Networks and the JaxUSA Partnership. He also serves as a strategic adviser to the district’s chief diversity officer and on a number of ad hoc projects. He is a member of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2010.
Oakley received his bachelor's in management and a certificate in industrial and organizational psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
CHRO BlueLinx Corporation
Randy Patterson serves as the chief human resources officer for BlueLinx, formerly Georgia Pacific Distribution, a Fortune 1000 company and leading distributor of building products across North America. In this role, Patterson has enterprise-wide responsibility for the organization’s human capital strategy, including compensation, talent management, organizational design, organizational effectiveness, benefits, payroll, labor relations and organizational development.
Patterson is a leader with nearly 20 years of experience leading HR from the company, business and divisional level for publicly held domestic and global companies. Patterson’s expertise includes staffing, talent management, compensation, organization design, leadership development, executive coaching, organizational effectiveness, HR shared services and employee engagement.
Patterson has also served in various other HR leadership and transformational roles throughout his career with several leading Atlanta-based organizations, including SunTrust Bank and The Home Depot. Patterson was selected in 2015 to join Leadership Atlanta, the oldest sustained community leadership program in the nation. Patterson was recognized as one of the top 40 leaders under the age of 40 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Patterson holds a bachelor's in business management and a master's in business administration from Georgia State University.
VP, Global Compensation and Benefits UPS
Justine Peddle is responsible for the strategy, design and administration of UPS’ global compensation and benefit plans. Peddle has been with UPS for 15 years serving in leadership roles including product development, strategy, corporate finance and accounting, as well as operations as a financial controller. Peddle continues to lead the evolution of the UPS employee value proposition with innovative thinking and focused vision on creating a reward structure that supports both company objectives and employee engagement.
Prior, Peddle worked for accounting firms Grant Thornton and Ernst & Young before joining a UPS affiliated company, Overseas Partners Ltd., in 1998 working out of Bermuda.
A native of Canada, Peddle is a chartered accountant who earned her bachelor of business administration in accounting from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Co-CEO & Co-Founder HourlyNerd
Patrick Petitti is the co-founder and co-CEO of HourlyNerd, a technology company that is changing the way companies solve problems. HourlyNerd provides enterprises an ecosystem that leverages real time tracking, data driven insights, benchmarking, and accountability to the practice of hiring consulting. With hundreds of boutique firms and over 15,000 business experts on the platform, as well as a system to capture information around traditional consulting firms, they’re helping companies better manage and drive substantially higher ROI from the billions of dollars spent on consulting. The company was founded in collaboration with the Harvard Business School in 2013.
Prior to founding HourlyNerd, Petitti was a consultant at Vantage partners and at Booz Allen Hamilton. Petitti received his BA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is a Bostonian born and raised
Richard D. Phillips
Dean, J. Mack Robinson College of Business Georgia State University
CFO Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc.
David Pipes, CFO, Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc.
David Pipes became the chief financial officer of Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc. in 2011, concurrent with its acquisition by Roark Capital Group. In his current role, Pipes leads all accounting and reporting, tax, financial planning and analysis, treasury, information technology, revenue management, and internal audit functions. In 2005, he became the chief accounting officer for Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc. After becoming senior vice president of financial planning and analysis for Arby’s, he played a lead role in the acquisition of Wendy’s International, leading to the formation of Wendy’s/Arby’s Group in 2008.
Pipes joined the company in 2003 through Arby’s franchisee RTM, bringing with him more than 20 years of finance and accounting experience.
He has held various positions in finance with Arby’s and related companies, including brand CFO for Wendy’s, CFO of Wendy’s/Arby’s International and senior vice president of financial planning and analysis for Wendy’s/Arby’s Group. Prior to joining Arby’s, Pipes was USA controller for Yum! Brands Inc.
In 2013, he was awarded Atlanta Business Chronicle’s CFO of the Year award in the large private company category. Pipes received his BBA in accounting from The University of Texas at Arlington.
Author & Thought Leader “The Story of Purpose: The Path to Creating a Brighter Brand, a Greater Company, and a Lasting Legacy”
Named one of the 100 people who will change the way the world thinks by Fast Company, Joey Reiman is founder and chairman of BrightHouse, a company whose sole purpose is to bring greater purpose to the business world.
Reiman is author of “The Story of Purpose: The Path to Creating a Brighter Brand, a Greater Company, and a Lasting Legacy,” which details a proven methodology for businesses of how to build a purpose-inspired organization to positively impact employees, customers and the bottom line. It has been named by The News & Observer as one of the top 25 books for corporate America. This summer he released his latest book “Thumbs Up!” which focuses on finding personal purpose.
For more than a decade, Reiman has been teaching tomorrow’s leaders about purpose as an adjunct professor at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. A frequent branding guest expert on CNN, world-renowned professor Philip Kotler calls Reiman "The Moses of Marketing.”
Major General, Special Assistant to the Director Air National Guard and Headquarters Air Force A2 United States Air Force
Robert L. Shannon is a senior partner at the law firm Hall Booth Smith, P.C. He has handled complex matters around the country in both state and federal court. He chairs the firm’s data privacy and security practice group. Shannon works with corporations on cybersecurity strategic planning, legal compliance, threat analytics, incident response and education. In addition, Shannon develops cyber intelligence sharing agreements and assists with government investigations during cyber breaches.
In his reserve military capacity, Shannon holds the rank of major general. He is currently assigned to the Pentagon where he is both a special assistant to the director of the U.S. Air National Guard and an assistant/advisor to the deputy chief of staff for the Air Force’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
Shannon participates in the development of the national security policy and strategic initiatives as it relates to the military’s role in offensive and defensive cyber operations as well as cyber network exploitation. In this role, he handles many of the Air Reserve component's organization, training and equipping issues involving Air National Guard forces that provide cyber intelligence support to national cyber mission teams.
CFO Axiall Corporation
Executive Vice President Bank of America Business Capital
John Todd is an executive vice president for Bank of America Business Capital where he is responsible for the asset-based portfolio for the East division. Todd is the primary point of contact in his region with the Global Commercial Bank and the Global Investment Bank to facilitate the close working relationship with asset-based lending.
Todd has been with Bank of America through predecessor companies for more than 25 years, joining Bank of Boston in 1985, first in Atlanta, then Charlotte in 1987 and back to Atlanta in 1992.
He is a member of the BABC Risk Assessment Committee, the Atlanta Leadership Council, the Commercial Finance Association and the Turnaround Management Association. Todd graduated from Georgia State University with a BBA degree, majoring in finance. He is also a registered representative of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated with Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.
Managing Consultant, Southeast Towers Watson
Emory Todd is managing consultant for the southeast region at Towers Watson. In this position Todd has overall business responsibility for the company's consulting activities across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Prior to his current role, Todd led the east division for Towers Watson's Rewards, Talent and Communications line of business. Todd specializes in executive compensation strategy, incentive design, value driver analysis and total rewards. He has written articles and spoken widely on incentives, standard setting, measurement and performance management. Since joining Towers Perrin in 1996, he has worked with a variety of global organizations designing and implementing solutions to address key executive compensation, human resource and business challenges.
Todd has a B.A. in economics from Bucknell University and a MBA from the University of Notre Dame.
SVP, Finance Siemens Industry Inc., Process Industries & Drives and Digital Factory
Harry Volande is the senior vice president of finance for the process industries and drives division and the digital factory division at Siemens Industry Inc. He is responsible for directing his global organization’s financial interests, including controller and treasurer functions. His primary responsibilities include finance and accounting, information technology, operational processes, strategic planning, and M&A. He’s acquired and integrated a significant number of software companies globally.
Prior to joining Siemens PLM Software, he held similar responsibilities at Siemens Energy and Automation Inc. where he was instrumental in the restructuring and reorganization of the enterprise including implementation of a companywide ERP system, replacing 25 different legacy ERP platforms.
Prior, Volande served as VP of motion control systems for Siemens AG automation and drives group in Germany, where he was responsible for strategic planning, budgeting, closing process, analysis and reporting of division performance, logistic performance, IT function, and mergers and acquisitions. A few of his notable accomplishments during this period include the acquisition of three companies, formation of a strategic alliance in Japan, significant improvement in asset performance and a restructure of the finance department.
Volande received a bachelor’s in business administration and served with the German Air Force.
VP, Chief Accounting Officer UPS
Susan Ward is the chief accounting officer at UPS. Her responsibilities include the consolidation and reporting of financial results, quarterly filings with the SEC, quarterly meetings with the UPS audit committee, and supporting investor relations with quarterly investor calls and financial guidance. Ward is a trustee of the pension asset group trust which has investment responsibility for all assets of the UPS pension plans and she sits on several internal committees including financial strategy. Ward joined UPS in 1992 and has held various positions within finance and accounting including external reporting, financial planning, risk management, mergers and acquisitions, and package operations.
Ward is currently the chair of the investment committee, a member of the audit committee and helps lead a book club reading volunteer initiative. She is also a member of the finance committee for the Center for Disease Control foundation.
She worked with Ernst & Young for 10 years prior to joining UPS.
Ward graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a degree in accounting, obtained her MBA from Fordham University and is a certified public accountant.