30 Under 40 Slideshow, Part II

30 outstanding corporate finance executives under the age of 40.

Bryan Kimzey 
VP, investor relations 
Calpine Corp.

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.


See Part I of the 2012 30 Under 40 Slideshow here and Part III here.

For the complete 2012 30 Under 40 list, see Ascending the Corporate Ladder. For last year’s list, see Ready to Take Charge.


Annona Loughnane 
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.

Russell Lynch 
Controller & VP 

Lynch played a key role in the diversified energy company’s bond issuances in 2011 and its inaugural $1 billion credit facility in 2010. He was named controller at Energen, which had $1.5 billion in 2011 revenue, in 2009 after joining the company in 2001 in internal audit. Earlier, he was a senior auditor at Ernst & Young. Lynch has a B.S. in business administration and an M.S. in accounting from Auburn University.

Noel Marsden 
Treasurer & VP 
BrightPoint, a unit of Ingram Micro

At BrightPoint, a $5.2 billion distributor of mobile phones acquired by Ingram Micro this year, Marsden established a strategic development function, directed the financial integration for nine acquisitions and expanded the roster of the company’s credit providers. Earlier, he was treasurer at Aearo Technologies, a division of 3M. Marsden has a B.S. in computer engineering from Michigan State and an M.B.A. from Purdue University.

Fazal Merchant 
Treasurer & SVP 

Merchant signed on as treasurer of DirecTV, the $27.2 billion provider of digital TV service, earlier this year from Royal Bank of Scotland. Earlier, he worked in investment banking at Barclays Capital and spent nine years in treasury and finance positions at Ford Motor in the U.S. and Europe. Merchant has a B.B.A. in finance from the University of Texas and an M.B.A. from Indiana University.

Andy Milevoj 
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.

Alexandra Neely 
Senior director, risk & liquidity 
Hilton Worldwide

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.

Mark Okerstrom 

Okerstrom has led more than 20 acquisitions and divestitures for the $3.5 billion online travel company, including the spin-off of TripAdvisor. He has also spearheaded initiatives such as restructuring the search engine marketing operations. Earlier, he worked at Bain & Co., UBS and the law firm of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London. Okerstrom has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a J.D. from the University of British Columbia.

Colleen Ostrowski 
Treasurer & VP, investor relations 

When $12 billion ITT spun off its defense and water businesses in 2011, Ostrowski led the treasury team that worked to ensure each company was positioned for success as a standalone. Prior to joining ITT in 2010, Ostrowski spent 10 years in finance and treasury at Pfizer, where her final position was senior director of treasury pension investments and finance. She has a B.S. in international business from Juniata College and an M.B.A. from Penn State.

Jeffrey Plante 
Staff VP, finance 

Plante is responsible for financial and strategic planning for the $60.7 billion health benefits company’s national accounts business, which covers more than 12 million people. Earlier, as finance lead for two of the company’s state plans, he oversaw growth in operating gains. Prior to joining WellPoint in 2006, Plante was a senior financial analyst at Raytheon. He has a B.S. in business administration and an M.B.A. from the University of New Hampshire.

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