Alumni Networking Reception and CFO Panel Discussion

The Changing Role of the Chief Financial Officer
A conversation on regulation and business strategy in today's changing economy

Hosted by Neil Braun, Dean of the Lubin School of Business


Tuesday, April 29, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
21 Club
21 West 52nd Street
New York, New York 10019


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Moderator:

Robert Chersi, BBA '83, Former Chief Financial Officer, Fidelity Investments, Executive Director of the Center for Global Governance, Reporting, and Regulation at Pace

Panelists:

Fred R. Donner, BBA '84, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Operating Officer, Business Insurance, Travelers Companies, Inc.

Thomas P. (Todd) Gibbons, MBA '86, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, BNY Mellon

William J. Janetschek, MS '93, Chief Financial Officer, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company

Joseph Sparacio, BBA '82, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, IMAX Corporation


Event Committee

Lynda J. Hullstrung '89
Louis F. Laucirica '66, '71
Ronald G. McGann MBA '96
Maria Fiorini Ramirez '72
Ashu Rathor '01
John T. Rossello, Jr. '78


Robert J. (Bob) Chersi, BBA '83, Moderator
  [CFO Panelist]
Robert J. (Bob) Chersi is an accomplished corporate financial and risk executive, whose thirty-year career has encompassed senior governance roles in organizations that were publicly and privately held, diversified as to business lines, and U.S. domestic and global in focus. Bob retired in 2012 as CFO and Member of the Executive Committee of Fidelity Investments. Prior to Fidelity, Bob was a Member of the Group Managing Board of UBS AG, and he started his career as a CPA with KPMG. He is a graduate of Pace University and serves on the Lubin Advisory Board. Bob is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. His prior board mandates have included Chairman as well as Audit and Risk Committee roles, and have encompassed a $20 billion FDIC regulated bank, a SEC registrant investing in technology and biotechnology companies, and several civic boards. He has also served as a Panelist for the New York Stock Exchange's Hearing Board.

Fred R. Donner, BBA '84
  [CFO Panelist]
Fred Donner is Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the Business Insurance segment of Travelers, with responsibility for all financial matters related to Travelers' largest business segment. He joined Travelers in November 2009 as Chief Financial Officer for Personal Insurance, and joined the Business Insurance Segment as Chief Financial Officer in May 2010. In June 2013, he assumed the additional responsibility of Chief Operating Officer for the Business Insurance Segment.

Prior to joining Travelers, from 2006 to 2009, Mr. Donner was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of RenaissanceRe Ltd., a New York Stock Exchange listed, Bermuda-based international reinsurance company.

Mr. Donner began his career in the New York City office of KPMG. During his 23 years at the firm, he rose through the ranks to become the National Partner- in-Charge of the firm's Insurance Practice, overseeing the delivery of audit, advisory and tax services to all facets of the insurance industry. In this capacity, he worked with several of the firm's largest clients from the insurance industry, including Travelers.

A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Donner holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Pace University in New York City. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Lubin School of Business of Pace University.

Thomas P. (Todd) Gibbons, MBA '86
  [CFO Panelist]
Todd Gibbons is a Vice Chairman of BNY Mellon and the company's Chief Financial Officer, responsible for the controller, treasury, investor relations, strategic planning, corporate development and tax functions, as well as its leasing businesses. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE:BK).

Prior to this position, Mr. Gibbons was Chief Risk Officer, overseeing credit, operational and market risk management of the company and The Bank of New York for nearly a decade. Under his leadership, The Bank of New York dramatically enhanced its risk profile in the years leading up to the merger with Mellon Financial. He also served as CFO of The Bank of New York for almost a year prior to the merger.

Todd first joined The Bank of New York in 1986 and held top management positions in the capital markets business, including head of global treasury, with responsibility for asset and liability management, funding, money market trading, swaps and derivative products. Prior to joining The Bank of New York, Mr. Gibbons was assistant treasurer at Handy and Harman, a leading refiner, processor and fabricator of precious metals.

William J. Janetschek, MS '93
  [CFO Panelist]
William Janetschek (New York) joined KKR in 1997 and is KKR's Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Janetschek is also a member of KKR's Valuation Committee, Balance Sheet Committee and the Firm's Risk Committee. Prior to joining KKR, he was a Tax Partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP. He holds a B.S. from St. John's University and an M.S. from Pace University. Mr. Janetschek is actively involved in the community, serving as a sponsor and member of a variety of non-profit organizations including Student Sponsor Partners and St. John's University where he serves as a member of the Board of Trustees.

  [CFO Panelist]
Joseph Sparacio, BBA '82
With more than 30 years of experience in accounting and finance, Joseph Sparacio currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for IMAX Corporation, a position he has held since he joined the Company in 2007. Prior to joining the Company, Sparacio served for five years as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the video-on-demand and pay-per-view service provider iN Demand. Sparacio was also Vice President of Finance and Controller for Loews Cineplex Entertainment Corporation from 1990-1998. He began his career at Ernst & Young, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Sparacio is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.