Institutional Investor Magazine Ranks America’s Best CFOs In Their Third Annual Survey

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For the third year running, Institutional Investor magazine asked portfolio managers and brokerage firm research analysts to name the best American CFOs in 62 industries. Many of the winners of II’s third annual “America’s Best CFOs” ranking—which appears in the magazine’s March issue, released today—are once again investing for growth after years of cutting costs and saving cash. Voters praise those finance executives who keep clean books and effectively communicate with the market about their companies’ performance. But they also show a growing appreciation for CFO’s who transcend the traditional number-crunching, cost-controlling role and embrace responsibility for improving operations, driving revenue growth and executing big acquisitions.

This year’s top American CFOs in 62 industry sectors are:

Basic Materials

CHEMICALS/COMMODITY, J. Pedro Reinhard Dow Chemical Co.

CHEMICALS/SPECIALTY, James Sawyer, Praxair

METALS & MINING, Richard Navarre, Peabody Energy Corp.

PAPER & FOREST PRODUCTS, Richard Taggart, Weyerhaeuser Co.

Capital Goods/Industrials

AEROSPACE & DEFENSE ELECTRONICS, Christopher Kubasik, Lockheed Martin Corp.

AIRFREIGHT & SURFACE TRANSPORTATION, D. Scott Davis, United Parcel Service

BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL SERVICES, Michael Van Handel, Manpower

ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT & MULTI-INDUSTRY, Keith Sherin, General Electric Co.

ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, Todd Holmes, Republic Services

MACHINERY, Nathan Jones , Deere & Co.

PACKAGING, Raymond Seabrook, Ball Corp.

Consumer

AIRLINES, John Owen, JetBlue Airways Corp.

APPAREL, FOOTWEAR & TEXTILES, Donald Blair, Nike

AUTOS & AUTO PARTS, Robin Adams, BorgWarner

BEVERAGES, Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo

COSMETICS, HOUSEHOLD & PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS, Clayton Daley Jr., Procter & Gamble Co.

FOOD, Jeffrey Boromisa, Kellog Co.

GAMING & LODGING, Glenn Christenson, Station Casinos

HOMEBUILDERS & BUILDING PRODUCTS, Joel Rassman, Toll Brothers

LEISURE, Gerald Cahill, Carnival Corp.

RESTAURANTS, Matthew Paull, McDonald’s Corp

RETAILING/BROADLINES & DEPARTMENT STORES, Douglas Scovanner, Target Corp.

RETAILING/FOOD & DRUG CHAINS, David Rickard, CVS Corp.

RETAILING/HARDLINES, Darren Jackson, Best Buy Co.

RETAILING/SPECIALTY STORES, Charles Kleman, Chico’s FAS

TOBACCO, Dinyar Devitre, Altria Group

Energy

ELECTRIC UTILITIES, E. Follin Smith, Constellation Energy Group

INTEGRATED OIL, Steven Chazen, Occidental Petroleum Corp.

NATURAL GAS, Stephen Parks, Questar Corp.

OIL & GAS EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION, Louis Baldwin, XTD Energy

OIL SERVICES & EQUIPMENT, C. Christopher Gaut, Halliburton Co.

Financial Institutions

BANKS/LARGE-CAP, Robert Kelly , Wachovia Corp.

BANKS/MIDCAP, Daniel Healy, North Fork Bancorp.

BROKERS & ASSET MANAGERS, David Viniar, Goldman Sachs Group

INSURANCE/LIFE, Kriss Cloninger III, Aflac

INSURANCE/NONLIFE, W. Thomas Forrester , Progressive Corp.

MORTGAGE FINANCE, Russell Kettell, Golden West Financial Corp.

REITs, Bernard Freibaum, General Growth Properties

SPECIALTY FINANCE, Gary Crittenden, American Express Co.

CARE

Health Care

BIOTECHNOLOGY, John Milligan, Gilead Sciences

HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, W. Larry Cash, Community Health Systems

HEALTH CARE TECHNOLOGY & DISTRIBUTION, Jeffrey Campbell, McKesson Corp.

MANAGED CARE, David Colby, WellPoint Health Networks6

MEDICAL SUPPLIES & DEVICES, Robert Darretta, Johnson & Johnson

PHARMACEUTICALS/MAJOR, Charles Golden, Eli Lilly and Co.

PHARMACEUTICALS/SPECIALTY, William McKee, Barr Pharmaceuticals

Media

CABLE & SATELLITE, John Alchin, Lawrence Smith, Comcast Corp.

ENTERTAINMENT, Thomas Staggs, Walt Disney Co.

PUBLISHING & ADVERTISING AGENCIES, Gracia Martore, Gannett Co.

RADIO & TV BROADCASTING, Scott Royster, Radio One

Technology

COMPUTER SERVICES & IT CONSULTING, Gordon Coburn, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp.

ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING SERVICES, Forbes Alexander, Jabil Circuit

IMAGING TECHNOLOGY, Murray Demo, Adobe Systems

INTERNET, Susan Decker, Yahoo!

IT HARDWARE, James Schneider, Dell

SEMICONDUCTOR CAPITAL EQUIPMENT, John Kispert , KLA-Tencor Corp.

SEMICONDUCTORS, Andrew Bryant, Intel Corp.

SOFTWARE, Gregory Myers , Symantec Corp.

Telecommunications

DATA NETWORKING & WIRELINE EQUIPMENT, Dennis Powell, Cisco Systems

TELECOM EQUIPMENT/WIRELESS, William Keitel, Qualcomm

TELECOM SERVICES/WIRELESS, Paul Saleh, Sprint Nextel Corp.

TELECOM SERVICES/WIRELINE, Ronald Dykes , Verizon Communications

Stepped down effective October 1, 2005; remains executive vice president and member of the board.

2 Became president of Deere 7 Co.’s worldwide commercial & Consumer equipment division effective January 16, 2006.

3 Stepped down effective January 31, 2006.

4 Announced on February 6, 2006 his intention to retire in first quarter 2007.

5 Became president and COO effective January 1, 2006.

6 Retired effective December 31, 2005.

7 Retired effective December 31, 2005.

Institutional Investor’s top chief financial officers were selected based on the responses of more than 900 research analysts and portfolio managers at more than 330 money management firms running $4.9 trillion in equity assets, and of some 360 sell-side analysts at nearly 75 brokerage firms. For more information on the winners, please visit http://www.institutionalinvestor.com.

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