The challenges facing corporations seem to grow constantly, whether it’s uncertainty created by the European debt crisis, waves of regulatory changes in the U.S. and overseas, or emerging risks such as cyber criminals targeting intellectual property and natural disasters disrupting extended supply chains. Fortunately, corporations keep enlisting new recruits to help them deal with those challenges. This list is an attempt to highlight some of the promising younger executives in corporate finance, treasury and risk management departments. It reflects suggestions from subscribers and treasury and finance professionals. These executives, whose ages range from 31 to 39, already have an impressive list of accomplishments to their credit and no doubt will rack up many more in the years to come.
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VP, finance & corporate controller
Bailey implemented global standard accounting policies at the $2.7 billion provider of tools, equipment and engineering services, benefiting its P&L, and provided acquisition and integration support for a $380 million transaction. Earlier, she served as controller for the company’s metalworking solutions and services group. Prior to joining Kennametal in 2005, Bailey worked at Deloitte & Touche. She has a B.S. in business administration from Duquesne University.
Assistant treasurer & VP
Avis Budget Group
Calabria led the creation and implementation of an international treasury clearinghouse that allows the $7 billion car rental company to move cash in a tax-efficient manner among its overseas units. He’s also instrumental in securing financing for the company’s fleet in various countries. Prior to joining Avis, he worked at JPMorgan Chase and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Calabria has a B.B.A. in accounting from the University of Notre Dame.
Executive director of finance, services division
Finkelstein led the benchmarking and conversion to support a new “line of business” model within Dell’s $8.3 billion services division. He joined Dell in 2009 when it acquired Perot Systems, and was involved in integrating that acquisition. He had worked at Perot Systems for nine years. Finkelstein has a B.S. in economics and finance from the University of Texas and a J.D. from Southern Methodist University.
Chief accounting officer & VP
Hackman joined Kforce, a $1 billion staffing firm, in 2007, and served as its SEC reporting director before being named to his current position in 2009. He has been actively involved in several of the company’s acquisitions and divestitures. Earlier, Hackman worked at Grant Thornton and Arthur Andersen. He has a B.S. in accounting and an master’s of accountancy from the University of South Florida.
VP, investor relations
Kimzey signed on to head the $6.8 billion energy company’s investor relations last year. He joined Calpine from Progress Energy, where he worked in investor relations, treasury and strategic planning. Earlier, he worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse First Boston and began his career at Arthur Andersen. Kimzey has a B.S. in business administration and a master’s in accounting from University of North Carolina.
Senior director, worldwide credit services
Loughnane plays a key role in managing Microsoft’s global accounts receivable portfolio. She was named director of credit for Europe, the Middle East and Africa in 2005 and moved to the U.S. in 2010 when she took over operational management of the global organization. Prior to joining Microsoft 10 years ago, she worked at Modus Media. Loughnane has a B.A. in European business from the University of Ulster.
VP, investor relations
Barnes & Noble
Milevoj has worked on a number of transactions at Barnes & Noble, including the $486 million initial public offering of Barnes & Noble.com, the company’s acquisition and subsequent spin-off of GameStop, and a $300 million convertible notes offering. Milevoj has worked in investor relations since joining the $7.1 billion bookseller in 1998 and was named to his current position earlier this year. He has a B.S. in finance from St. John’s University.
Senior director, risk & liquidity
Neely oversees the treasury team responsible for forecasting the hotel chain’s global cash flow and managing its liquidity. She also manages Hilton Worldwide’s foreign exchange and interest rate hedging and credit risk monitoring programs. Prior to joining Hilton in 2010, she worked in finance at Constellation Energy. Neely has a B.A. in economics from Wellesley and an M.B.A. from Wharton.
Treasurer & VP
Rankin has managed four capital market transactions that raised $2 billion for $13.4 billion Waste Management, executed a $2 billion revolving credit facility, and implemented improvements in cash and interest-expense forecasting. Prior to joining the company 10 years ago, she was a senior auditor at Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen. Rankin has a B.B.A. and an M.S. in accounting from Texas A&M University.
Head of M&A & VP
Since joining the $4.5 billion global information services company in 2006, Roeloffs has executed more than 90 acquisitions and divestitures for Wolters Kluwer in Europe and Asia. He joined the company in 2006 after working in business development at Philips and in the corporate finance practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Roeloffs has a B.B.A. and an M.B.A. in financial management from Erasmus University.
Director, corporate development
Campbell Soup Co.
As head of M&A and business development for the $7.7 billion food company, Waldorf led the due diligence and valuation efforts for Campbell’s $1.55 billion acquisition of Bolthouse Farms, which involved 20 work streams and a team of 74. Waldorf has worked for Discovery Communications, the FBI, Johnson & Johnson and AT&T. She has a B.S. in finance from Penn State and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Director, financial strategy
As director of financial strategy for the $136.3 billion automaker, Webb has led development of Ford Credit’s capital and funding strategies. He’s in charge of the company’s efforts around financial regulatory reform worldwide and led development of an innovative fixed-income security, the Ford Upgrade Exchange Linked Notes. Webb has a B.A. in economics from Wheaton College and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Michigan.