Speaker Biographies

The Honorable Alice M. Dear
  [Alice Dear]
Ambassador Alice M. Dear, banker, businesswoman, diplomat and Africanist, is President of A.M. Dear & Associates, a business consulting and investment advisory boutique specializing in promoting private sector investment in Africa and strategies to support small and medium scale enterprises, including women-owned businesses. As an international business consultant, she draws on her expertise in banking and operational experience in Africa that spans 30 years. Through her association with business organizations, trade groups, and Non-Governmental Organizations, she also actively works to address gender issues in economic development. She is a frequent speaker on private sector development, entrepreneurship, and effective negotiations.

A former Vice President of the Africa Millennium Fund LLC, Ambassador Dear was a member of the management team selected in August 2001 by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) to structure and manage a $350 million private equity infrastructure fund for sub-Saharan Africa. To maximize AMF's development impact, Amb. Dear designed the Women and Small Business Initiative as an integral feature of the Fund to address the needs of women and other economically disadvantaged groups. Due to market conditions, however, the fund did not launch.

In 1994, President Clinton appointed Ms. Dear, with unanimous Senate confirmation, as U.S. Executive Director of the African Development Bank (AfDB), a position holding ambassadorial rank. For six years (1994-2000) she represented the U.S. Government on the Board of Directors of AfDB, headquartered in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. AfDB is Africa's premier financial institution and contributes to the economic development and social progress of its 53 regional member countries.

Ms. Dear's familiarity with the nuances of African business, political and cultural affairs complements her skills in international banking, finance and marketing garnered during her 11-year tenure on Wall Street. While in the Middle East and Africa Division at Irving Trust Company (now Bank of New York), she held positions as an international lending officer, trade finance specialist, and marketing officer for operational services. Her success in banking was acknowledged in The American Banker, the industry's daily newspaper, when she was profiled among "Top Executive Women to Watch." The Urban Bankers Coalition, Inc. honored her as "Banker of the Year."

A frequent panelist and moderator at conferences on international trade and finance, Ambassador Dear currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, Africare, and Plan USA. She serves on the International Planning Committee of Global Summit of Women and is a member of the American & African Business Women's Alliance (AABWA) and the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a former representative to the United Nations Association of NGOs for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., an international service organization with which she has affiliated since college. Ambassador Dear has received numerous honors for her professional achievements and community service.

Born and raised in Gary, Indiana, she holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Pace University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University. A certified Registered Representative (National Association of Securities Dealers, Series 7 & 63), Ambassador Dear speaks French fluently and over the past 35 years has traveled extensively throughout Africa. She resides in New York City.

Dina Dublon
  [Dina Dublon]
Dina Dublon is a director of Accenture, Greenstone Media, Microsoft, and PepsiCo. She is a trustee of Carnegie Mellon University and a board member of the Global Fund for Women and the Women's Commission for Refugee Women & Children.

Ms. Dublon was, until October 2004, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for JPMorgan Chase, the U.S. based banking company with $1.2 trillion in assets and operations in 50 countries. She joined the company as a trainee on the trading floor in 1981 and over her career there was integral to the negotiation and integration of the mergers of Chemical Bank with Manufacturers Hanover, Chase, JPMorgan, and Bank One.

She was on the Fortune list of the 50 most powerful women in business for several years and has been honored by many organizations as a "Woman Who Makes A Difference." She is an active advocate for women's issues ranging from professional women to issues facing refugee women.

Ms. Dublon holds a Bachelors degree in economics and mathematics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a Masters degree from the business school at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to joining Chemical Bank, Ms. Dublon worked for the Harvard Business School and previously at Bank Hapoalim in Israel.

Herbert L. Henkel
  [Herbert L. Henkel]
Herbert L. Henkel was elected chairman of the Board of Directors of Ingersoll-Rand Company in May 2000. Also, he retains his previous titles of president and chief executive officer of the company.

Henkel came to Ingersoll-Rand in April 1999 from Textron, Inc. where he was president and chief operating officer. Previously, he was president of Textron's Industrial Products segment. Before that, he was group vice president with responsibility for Textron's industrial segment. From 1987 to 1993, he was president of Greenlee Textron, a maker of tools for wire and cable installation and maintenance.

Before joining Textron, Henkel was president and chief operating officer of Southern Fastening Systems and Unifast Industries, Inc. He had previously served as vice president of sales and marketing for Chicago Pneumatic Tool Company and Hilti, Inc.

Henkel holds a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering and applied mechanics and a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Polytechnic University. Also, he holds a master's degree in business administration from Pace University. He is a director of C. R. Bard Inc.

Marilyn H. O'Connell
  [Marilyn H. O'Connell]
Marilyn H. O'Connell is senior vice president - Video Solutions, responsible for strategic direction, development and implementation of the Verizon FiOS TV product.

Prior to her current position, O'Connell was senior vice president - Broadband Solutions at Verizon, a post she held since December 2003. She was responsible for leading the development, deployment, and customer experience management of products enabled by Verizon's Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) infrastructure. These include both data and video applications. She also led Verizon's retail and wholesale DSL product line, new product development and implementation such as iobi and broadband value-added services.

Previously, O'Connell has held several senior manager posts in Verizon and one of its predecessor companies, GTE. Most recently, O'Connell was vice president - Marketing Services and lead Verizon's Retail Markets team in gathering and analyzing key information about competitors and customers in the residential and general business marketplace, developing long-term strategies and plans, monitoring key performance metrics and managing customer databases. Before that, O'Connell was vice president - Strategy and Business Development, leading corporate-wide efforts that examined key strategic options and alliances, particularly in the areas of revenue growth and competitive response.

At GTE, she was vice president - Merger Integration Planning with responsibility for leading the overall merger integration planning process for the company, emphasizing strategy development, cross-team integration and linkage back to GTE business units. While at GTE, O'Connell also served as assistant vice president - Strategic Planning, responsible for long-range business planning for GTE's Network Services, Wireless, CLEC and Directories organizations.

O'Connell joined GTE in 1984 as a marketing manager in California. From 1984 until 1996, she served in various posts in marketing and product management, public communications and consumer services in California and for GTE Service Corporation in Texas. Before joining GTE, she was director of sales and marketing for The Merritt Company, a specialty business-publishing firm in California.

O'Connell graduated from the University of Kansas and holds an MBA from Pepperdine University.

John J. O'Connor
  [John J. O'Connor]
John serves as Vice Chairman Services for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the U.S. member firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers, the world's largest professional services firm. In this role he is responsible for the firm's three lines of service Assurance, Tax and Advisory which have combined revenue of approximately $7 billion and employ approximately 28,000 professionals and support staff. In addition to providing leadership to the lines of service, he also has responsibility for marketing and more recently, finance and operations. John has been a Partner at the firm for 24 years and joined the firm in Boston in 1973.

During the past four years while John has led the lines of service each has experienced significant change. The assurance practice has dealt with Sarbanes Oxley and implemented the provision of 404 the most significant regulatory change the profession has seen. This moved the profession from a self- regulated profession to a regulated one and required the profession to implement new compliance capability and cultural change. It significantly expanded the scope of our audits and increased the resources needed to meet our client needs. Through innovative resource planning and a centrally controlled implementation plan we successfully met our client's needs and our compliance requirements.

John also oversaw the successful restructuring of our tax practice and implemented a new go to market strategy as audit clients chose to reduce the level of tax services provided by their auditors. Our tax practice moved to a non-audit channel (channel 2) and gained market share in this channel. To maximize our capability in this new channel our tax team reorganized the business and redeployed partners and staff to focus on Channel 2. The firm is enjoying its best year ever in the tax practice. After the sale of PwC consulting to IBM, PwC was left with a number of advisory businesses in our assurance line of service. John asked a team to make a strategic assessment of the collection of business units and led us through the implementation of a new line of service providing advisory services expected from an accounting firm. These services include governance, risk management and compliance, transaction services and crisis management (forensic investigations and dispute resolution) along with performance improvement with a focus on finance and IT effectiveness. This practice has almost doubled in size over the last two years and has approximately $1 billion in revenue and according to Gartner is a leading practice in its segment.

John also led the implementation of two vertical industry practices the Washington Federal Practice and the Health Industries Practice both of which are rapidly growing sectors in our Advisory practice.

He led the implementation and development of the firm's Center for Advanced Research, a group that does research and development on technology solutions for our knowledge management system and client service delivery tools. John also led the development of a new Knowledge Management strategy for the firm which is being successfully implemented and has significantly enhanced our ability to easily share knowledge among our professionals to better serve our clients.

John led the development of the Future of PwC, a long term strategy initiative. This program brought together several of our partners along with outside resources to understand the major economic, global and demographic trends that would impact our clients and our business. Over the past three years the future group has created new service offerings for our advisory practice and launched several experiments to better position the firm for the long term.

John also serves as the US liaison to Korea and Japan. In this role he has facilitated the deployment of resources to Japan and Korea to bring needed expertise to these territories to better serve our US and international clients doing business in Asia. He frequently visits Asia to assist the leadership in these territories to implement PwC policy and improve audit quality and risk management.

John previously served as the leader of the U.S. Assurance practice (from 2000 to 2002), our largest practice. Prior to that, he served as the managing partner of the Boston office from 1995 to 2000, our second largest office.

Prior to his leadership roles John was a client service partner in our audit practice. He served a number of our leading clients in the Boston market, including Raytheon, Serono Labs, Genetics Institute, and several emerging technology companies and venture capital firms.

He has also served as a senior relationship partner on a number of our largest clients, including Raytheon Company, Fidelity, Lucent Technologies, Prudential Financial, Newmont Mining, FedEx and Partners Healthcare.

John is a frequent speaker on issues affecting the profession and the US capital markets. He has been a speaker at a number of universities and business forums including the Stanford Business School's Director's College.

John serves on the Board of Trustees of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Suffolk University. He is a member of the National Board of Directors of the American Ireland Fund and the Initiative for Competitive Inner City (ICIC).

He is a graduate of Suffolk University and has attended the Harvard Business School's Leadership in Professional Service Firms program and an Executive MBA program at the Tuck School.

John enjoys golfing, skiing, and participating in civic and community activities.

Maria Fiorini Ramirez
  [Maria Fiorini Ramirez]
Maria Fiorini Ramirez is president and chief executive officer of Maria Fiorini Ramirez, Inc. (MFR), the global economic consulting firm formed by Mrs. Ramirez in 1992 as the successor firm to Maria Ramirez Capital Consultants, Inc. (MRCC). The firm offers global economic consulting and investment advisory services to domestic and international clients, and through its securities subsidiary, manages three global open-end mutual funds in addition to investment portfolios for corporate clients.

MFR's views and commentary on the world's financial markets, based on a unique blend of economic expertise and market intelligence, are closely followed in the U.S. and abroad. Mrs. Ramirez's assessment of the interaction between economic policy and political trends, and their effect on investments has led to worldwide recognition of the firm in financial, banking and economic circles. She is a sought after speaker at U.S. and international forums, a frequent guest on business-related television and radio programs, and a regular contributor to U.S. and foreign business publications.

Mrs. Ramirez began her career in 1968 with American Express International Banking Corporation. She subsequently served as vice president and senior money market economist for Merrill Lynch, senior vice president and money market economist at Becker Paribas, and managing director and money market economist for Drexel Burnham Lambert before founding her own consulting firm in 1990.

A member of many professional organizations including the Economic Club of New York, Mrs. Ramirez is a past president of the Money Marketers Club of New York. She is and has been on the Board of Directors of various institutions including Arlington Capital, London since 1991 and Statewide Financial Corporation in New Jersey since 1989. She serves on the Board of Regents at Saint Peter's College and is a member of the New York Futures Exchange and the Investment Policy Committee of Edward Jones in St. Louis.

Mrs. Ramirez holds a BA in Business Administration and Economics from Pace University, where she also pursued post-graduate studies.

Keith Reinhard
  [Keith Reinhard]
Keith Reinhard is Chairman Emeritus of DDB Worldwide, which ranks among the world's largest and most creative advertising agency networks with 206 offices in 96 countries. DDB has won more Grand Prix awards in the 50-year history of the International Advertising Festival in Cannes than any other agency, and over the last 16 years, has won more awards in Cannes than any other agency network. As a working creative man, Keith was responsible for McDonald's "You Deserve a Break Today" and for the Big Mac tongue twister, "Two-all-beef-patties-special-sauce-lettuce-cheese-pickles-onions-on a sesame seed bun." He also penned State Farm's long running theme, "Just Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm is There."

In 1986 Keith was one of the architects of the advertising industry's first and only three-way merger, creating Omnicom, one of the world's largest advertising and marketing services holding companies. Concurrent with the creation of Omnicom, Keith accomplished the merger of Doyle Dane Bernbach and Needham Harper Worldwide, first known as DDB Needham Worldwide and now DDB Worldwide.

Advertising Age has referred to Keith Reinhard as the advertising industry's "soft-spoken visionary" and in 1999 named him as one of the top 100 industry influentials in advertising history. Many of the media and compensation concepts first enunciated by Keith are now common practices in the industry.

Keith is a past Chairman of the American Association of Advertising Agencies and remains a member of its Advisory Council. He is former Chairman of the Board of Union Theological Seminary in New York and continues to serve on its Advisory Council. Keith is a member of the Boards of The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York, Sesame Workshop, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Episcopal Charities and the Berlin School of Creative Leadership. He also serves on the Steering Committee of The Association for a Better New York (ABNY). In 2004 Keith founded Business for Diplomatic Action, Inc., a not-for-profit private sector effort to enlist the U.S. business community in actions aimed at improving the standing of America in the world.

Keith and his wife, Rose-Lee, live in Manhattan.

Bob Seltzer
  [Bob Seltzer]
Bob has 28 years of agency experience, working for many of the world's leading brands, including 30 of the Fortune 200. He formerly served as the Chairman and CEO of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, and was both New York office head and founder of the Health Care Practice at Porter Novelli.

Bob has developed and managed communications programs for a broad range of industries. He has supported companies as diverse as Gillette, Kellogg, 3M, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, GlaxoSmithKline and Merck as well as dozens of smaller entities.

Working with financial services companies, Bob has helped to educate consumers about the proper use of sophisticated financial products. For MasterCard, he both worked to increase acceptance of the card among physicians, dentists and other healthcare professionals and persuaded consumers to use the card for healthcare costs. In addition, he supported a program by MasterCard to teach college students how to use credit properly. The program was seen as a key driver in reducing governmental concern about young people abusing credit cards.

Among the products Bob has helped introduce are consumer products and services such as the Gillette Sensor Razor and the Sensor for Women, Snapple White Tea and Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats; healthcare products such as Capoten and Taxol for Bristol-Myers Squibb, Imitrex for GlaxoSmithKline, and Propecia for Merck; and Rx-to-OTC switches such as Monistat for J&J, Nuprin for Bristol-Myers Squibb and Tagament, Nicorette and Nicoderm-CQ for GlaxoSmithKline.

Bob also has extensive experience helping clients avert, deal with and resolve crises. His work here includes support for Audi, which was fighting charges that its vehicles suffered from ‘unintended acceleration'; Nestle, which faced accusations that its marketing of infant formula in developing nations was injuring babies, and product safety concerns regarding the marketing of Seldane and other pharmaceutical products.

Bob has often worked directly with CEOs on visibility and corporate positioning initiatives including for companies such as Adams Respiratory Therapeutics, Cumberland Packing and Kellogg.

With 28 years of agency experience, Bob has long been considered an industry leader. He has been quoted extensively in the marketing media and has spoken at key academic institutions such as Syracuse University and Pace University's business school. Bob started his career as a newspaper reporter and graduated from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications with a bachelors degree in 1973.

Bob has two grown sons and lives with his wife in Muttontown, NY.

Susan Sokol
  [Susan Sokol]
Susan Sokol has earned the reputation as one of the fashion industry's most highly regarded senior executives. Serving in Presidential positions for high profile brands Vera Wang, Michael Kors, Pegasus Apparel Group/Leiber Group, Donna Karan International and Calvin Klein Inc. , she has repeatedly taken companies onto their next level.

Most recently, Ms. Sokol joined Vera Wang as President of all apparel divisions including Bridal, Bridesmaids, RTW and a newly launched Dress Collection. With full P&L responsibility, Ms. Sokol oversees all of the sales, production, merchandising and marketing of these individual businesses.

Recruited in March 2003 to lead the Michael Kors women's designer business after new ownership, Ms. Sokol rapidly grew sales volume, revamped distribution and re-positioned the collection, and increased gross profit by 5 points through more strategic merchandising, pricing and sourcing.

Ms. Sokol's expertise is leveraging and strengthening a brand to increase its business value. For 22 years she was a dynamic force in the development of the Calvin Klein brand. As President of the Women's Collection, she catapulted volume from $2 million to $60 million, doubling gross profit margins.

As President of Donna Karan New York, Ms. Sokol had P&L responsibility for a global $90 million business. Directing the department heads of design, Production, Merchandising and Sales, she led a staff of 120. Her accomplishments include revamping the Signature Collection, doubling volume, and re-launching Essentials, which grew to 20% of total volume. She improved organizational structure, enhanced product quality, created a highly motivated team, while dramatically reducing division losses.

Entrepreneurial and multi-faceted, Ms. Sokol led a fashion conglomerate as President and CEO of The Leiber Group. She directed senior management for 4 businesses. Creating short- and long-term growth strategies for each business, she reduced costs and improved operational efficiency.

Because of her keen understanding of the many aspects of this industry, she launched SLS Consulting, LLC in 2002 to build top line revenue growth and profitability for Badgley Mischka, Judith Leiber, Michael Kors, and Vera Wang. She identified new business opportunities, secured licensing contracts, expanded distribution in global markets, and implemented innovative merchandising strategies.

Educated at Finch College with a degree in English Literature, Ms. Sokol is on the Board of Directors for Executive Women's Circle (United Jewish Appeal) and Babies and Children's Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian. As Regional Chair of Annual Giving at Northwestern University, she is an accomplished fundraiser.

Throughout her distinguished career in the apparel and accessory industry, Ms. Sokol has demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of both the product and business aspects, giving her a unique ability to bridge the gap between the creative and financial sides of the business.

Paula Summa
  [Paula Summa]
As the General Manager of ibm.com, Paula leads a 5,000 person worldwide team responsible for driving approximately 11 % of IBM's total revenue. The ibm.com organization consists of 33 global inside sales centers throughout the world and has a global web presence in 83 countries, in 35 languages.

Ms. Summa has held various financial roles in her career with IBM, working with the various geographies and business units, primarily in the Sales and Distribution organization. Paula's first executive role was as Director of Accounting for U.S. Operations in Sales and Distribution, then she became Director of Financial Planning in Corporate Headquarters for IBM's Worldwide Marketing and Services Units.

Paula's talents were soon leveraged as Controller for Latin America from 1994-1996. In May 1996, Paula became the first Chief Financial Officer of IBM's Global Small and Medium Business Organization, which was followed by her heading the Global Business Partner Organization and ibm.com as Vice President of Finance and Operations. From January 1999 - October 2002, she was promoted to Vice President of Finance and Operations for IBM Global Financing. Paula then assumed the role of Vice President of Finance and Operations for Global Sales and Distribution, where she lead a staff of 7000 financial professionals until January 2006 when she was promoted to General Manager of ibm.com.

Ms. Summa is a member of the IBM Integration and Values Team, a recipient of the IBM YWCA award (Women's Achiever Award), and is a member of the advisory board at Pace University's Lubin School of Business.

Paula graduated from Pace University, summa cum laude, with a BS degree in Accounting, and was valedictorian of her graduating class. While working at IBM, she received an MBA in Finance from Pace University, where she graduated with honors.

Marie J. Toulantis
  [Marie J. Toulantis]
Marie J. Toulantis is chief executive officer of Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. One of the largest e-commerce sites in the world, Barnes & Noble.com attracts millions of visitors each month and generates annual sales in excess of $425 million. An important strategic component of Barnes & Noble, Barnes & Noble.com serves as a "broadcast channel" for the brand, providing customers with an alternative way to interact with the company, as well as providing systems support for a variety of corporate-wide initiatives.

Ms. Toulantis joined Barnes & Noble.com as chief financial officer in 1999 and oversaw its successful initial public offering, which raised nearly $500 million in the largest Internet initial public offering to be completed at that time. She was appointed president and chief operating officer of the online company in 2001, and under her leadership, Barnes & Noble.com has become one of the top e-commerce sites in terms of traffic. The University of Michigan's 2005 American Consumer Satisfaction Index rated Barnes & Noble.com number one in customer satisfaction in e-commerce. Harris Interactive®'s 2005 EquiTrend® Brand Study ranked Barnes & Noble.com as number one in quality among all online booksellers. Several other respected researchers have consistently rated Barnes & Noble.com among the top Web sites for quality and search.

In addition to her role as the chief executive of Barnes & Noble.com, Ms. Toulantis has responsibility for a number of other corporate-wide activities including distribution operations, and marketing, which includes the Barnes & Noble Membership program, a multi-million-member loyalty program. She also works closely with Chairman Leonard Riggio on the company's strategic corporate finance activities.

Ms. Toulantis first joined Barnes & Noble in 1997 as an executive vice president with responsibility for finance and was later appointed the company's chief financial officer. Previously, she was with The Chase Manhattan Bank for many years in a variety of positions, the last one as senior vice president with responsibility for the bank's commercial and investment banking business with a portfolio of mid-sized companies.

Ms. Toulantis earned a bachelor's degree in business administration (BBA) in marketing from Pace University's Lubin School of Business. She is a member of the Board of Directors of The Hershey Company and serves on the advisory board of the Lubin School of Business at Pace University. Ms. Toulantis is also a member of the JPMorgan Chase Regional Advisory B

Richard F. Zannino
  [Richard F. Zannino]
Richard Zannino is chief executive officer of Dow Jones & Company and a member of the Company's board of directors since Feb. 1, 2006. Reporting to the board, Mr. Zannino directly or indirectly manages all the Company's business units and staff departments.

From July 2002 until his current appointment, Mr. Zannino was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Dow Jones and a member of the Company's executive committee. All operating units of the Company reported to him, as did technology, and corporate marketing. The finance, strategy and human resources operations reported jointly to Mr. Zannino and Peter R. Kann, chairman of Dow Jones. During this period, Mr. Zannino sat on the boards of the Company's Smart Money and Factiva joint ventures.

Mr. Zannino joined Dow Jones as chief financial officer in February 2001. He led the Company's finance, strategic planning, investor relations and technology activities, and had oversight of Barron's.

Before joining Dow Jones, Mr. Zannino held senior executive positions at Liz Claiborne, Inc., from 1998 to 2001, ultimately becoming executive vice president in charge of finance, administration and its retail, fragrance and licensing divisions. He worked briefly as chief financial officer of General Signal Corporation in 1998 prior to its sale. Before that, he'd been at Saks Holdings Inc. from 1993 until early 1998, most recently as its executive vice president and chief financial officer.

In 1981, Mr. Zannino began his career at Continental Group, Inc., in Stamford, Conn. From 1984 through 1986, he held financial positions at Emery Worldwide, and then at Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., from 1986 to 1991 and JWP during 1992. He serves as a Vice Chairman of the Advertising Education Foundation, is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council at Villanova University's College of Commerce and Finance, a member of the Columbia Business School Media Forum, and is actively involved with The Institute for Collaborative Education, a New York City public school.

Mr. Zannino earned a bachelor's degree in finance and economics from Bentley College in Waltham, Mass., and an MBA. from Pace University.