Outstanding Women in Finance Slideshow, Part III

Thirty finance executives who have made a difference this year.

Karen Matusinec
Treasurer & SVP

Matusinec served as vice president of the fast-food retailer’s tax department before she was named treasurer last year. She now oversees the areas of tax and insurance in addition to treasury. Matusinec focuses on ensuring access to capital as McDonald’s and its operators make investments to upgrade the restaurants.



Lisa Martin
SVP, Global Procurement & Operations Finance

Martin oversees the development of sourcing strategies to make the most of the pharmaceutical company’s $20 billion in spending.  Her oversight also includes real estate, facilities management, and corporate services such as fleet and the global travel program.


Annemarie Moore
Group Treasurer
Plan International

In her five years with the U.K.-based charity that aims to alleviate child poverty around the world, Moore led the restructuring of its banking arrangements in Africa and Asia and made changes in its foreign exchange practices that resulted in cost savings of about 1.5% of turnover.


Jo-Ann Longworth
Resolute Forest Products

Longworth signed on as finance chief at Montreal-based Resolute in the wake of its restructuring and emergence from bankruptcy. She has focused on restructuring its finance operations, extending and amending its $600 million credit facility, and making a tender offer for pulp manufacturer Fibrek.


Maureen O’Connell
Scholastic Corp.

Since signing on at the publishing company in 2007, O’Connell has made improvements in budgeting, forecasting and capital allocation processes. She also centralized supply chain, purchasing and manufacturing operations, reduced inventory and improved turn times at the company’s distribution centers.


Linda G. Sullivan
Southern California Edison

Sullivan, the utility’s first female CFO in its 125-year history, heads a process to optimize its cost structure to better balance reliable power delivery and the rates paid by customers. She recently led the finance components of a company-wide implementation of SAP that replaced more than 200 systems.

Sherry Smith

Since becoming CFO of the grocery chain in 2010, Smith has improved financial reporting, increased transparency and bolstered the company’s competitive position by cutting expenses, including a reduction of $175 million in fiscal 2011 and another reduction of $90 million in the first two quarters of fiscal 2012.


Gina Wilson

Since joining the retirement provider for academics in 2010, Wilson has worked to streamline the company’s financial systems, develop activity-based costing methods and support investment in new products. She also heads TIAA-CREF’s Asset Liability Committee and guided its work through the European debt crisis.


Katherine Gill-Charest
Controller & SVP

After Viacom was spun off from CBS Corp. in 2006, Gill-Charest worked to strengthen the finance group. She’s currently establishing centers of excellence for the international payroll and statutory reporting areas, part of the media company’s finance transformation efforts.

Cathy Smith CFO and SVP, Strategy Walmart International

Smith heads finance and strategy for Walmart’s fastest-growing segment, encompassing more than 5,000 stores in 27 countries outside the U.S. Since her appointment in 2010, she has completed the Massmart acquisition in South Africa as well as some smaller acquisitions and implemented SAP in four countries.







The 2012 Women in Finance list is here.

See full coverage of the 2012 list, including profiles of some of the executives, here.

See Part I of the 2012 Women in Finance Slideshow here and Part II here.




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