Ripped from the Headlines: Insights on the Energy, Housing, and Capital Markets Added to CFO Rising West Executives from Centex, Sempra Energy, and The Corporate Executive Board to Speak at 3rd Annual Event

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Newly released information for the CFO Rising West Conference being held October 14-17, 2008 in Las Vegas

Finance executives everywhere are struggling with turmoil in the housing, energy, and capital markets. To address these issues, CFO Conferences has announced that executives from Centex, Sempra Energy, and The Corporate Executive Board have joined the line-up at the 3rd annual CFO Rising West. The theme of the conference, which will be held at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort, October 14-17, 2008, is "The Way Forward: Driving Performance and Profits in a Changing World."

On Wednesday, October 15, Mark Snell, CFO of Sempra Energy will discuss how that company transformed itself from a regional utility to a global player in natural gas, and he will offer insights on the future of energy. Cathy Smith, EVP and CFO, of Centex Corp., one of the nation's largest homebuilders, will speak on Thursday, October 16 and address how the worst housing correction since The Great Depression has impacted Centex and outline how finance is responding. And on the final day, Derek van Bever, chief research officer at the Corporate Executive Board, will tackle the gyrations in the economy in a presentation based on his new book, "Stall Points: Most Companies Stop Growing--Yours Doesn't Have To" (Yale University Press, April 2008).

The new speakers will join an impressive line-up that includes two keynote addresses. Bill Emmott, former editor of The Economist, will offer his perspective in a talk on October 15 titled "Morning in America, Again-An Outsider's View on the Economy, the Election, and America's Place in the World." Then, on October 16, David M. Walker, president and CEO of The Peter G. Peterson Foundation and former Comptroller General of the United States, will address the problem of the mounting federal debt in light of demographic and economic trends.

In addition to the keynotes, CFO Rising will offer case studies presented by executives from major corporations, including Cisco Systems Inc, The Pepsi Bottling Group Inc., Applebee's International, and AT&T Mobility. There will also be panels on issues of importance to CFOs, including a discussion of skill-building with a panel of executive recruiters; best practices in finance training, featuring panelists from GE, Coca-Cola, and Johnson & Johnson; and a look at IFRS, the international accounting standards.

Additional information about the CFO Rising West conference may be found at

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About CFO Conferences:
CFO Conferences produces educational and networking conferences and exhibitions for senior finance executives. Speakers include the CFOs of major corporations as well as thought leaders in management, strategy, and innovation. Attendees are primarily CFOs, VPs of Finance, and Controllers from large and midsize U.S. corporations. For more information, visit


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