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CFO Roundtable Focuses on Economic Crisis

January 22, 2009
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 CFO Roundtable
(L to R) Dan Kushner of City National Bank of Florida;
Ralph Lawson of Baptist Health; Doug Emery, University
of Miami School of Business

The School of Business recently hosted 25 South Florida chief financial officers in a roundtable entitled "Managing Risk Through Turbulent Times." The open discussion session focused on issues affecting businesses during the current economic crisis.

"The aim was to provide a high level forum for CFOs and create peer groups for them at other organizations," said Doug Emery, chair and professor of finance. "We're trying to provide a venue for CFOs to have dialogue with one another about organizations, positions and more broadly managing their companies," added Emery, who moderated the panel.

The event was sponsored by Cushman and Wakefield, Korn/Ferry International, KPMG, and Akerman Senterfitt.

 Barabara Kahn
Barbara Kahn, dean of the School of
Business Administration

Panelists included Ralph Lawson, executive vice president and CFO of Baptist Health South Florida, Daniel Kushner, executive vice president and CFO of City National Bank, and Braden K. Moll, group director of pricing for Ryder System Inc.

The School plans to hold more CFO roundtables in the future, incorporating select student attendees to sit in on the discussion.

The CFO Roundtable model was launched by Cushman & Wakefield in 2005. Since then, more than 500 CFOs and financial executives – including CFOs from Coca-Cola Enterprises, Delta Airlines, and UPS – have taken part in the program. The CFO Roundtable program is also active in Atlanta; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; Washington, D.C.; Orange County, California; Phoenix, Arizona; Seattle, Washington; and Toronto, Canada.

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