Financial Executives Research Foundation Announces Election of 2016-2017 Board of Trustees

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– Weller to Serve as FERF Board Chair –

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“On behalf of FEI and FERF, I am pleased to welcome and congratulate these financial leaders on their positions on the FERF board,” said Andrej Suskavcevic, CAE, President and CEO of FEI and FERF.

Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF), the non-profit research affiliate of FEI, announced today the election of a new slate of executive officers for the fiscal year, effective July 1.

Edward Weller, Chief Accounting Officer of Federal Home Loan Bank - Pittsburgh, will serve as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF). He has been a member of FEI since 2000 and has served in numerous roles within the FERF Board. Weller has also been an active local leader, serving in various positions within the Pittsburgh Chapter.

Additional elected officers for the 2016-2017 year include:

Sam Eldessouky, Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. will serve as the Vice Chair of Budget & Investment. Eldessouky, a member of FEI since 2007, has been active on the Committee on Corporate Reporting (CCR), including the PCAOB and CCR Controllership Subcommittees since 2009.

Marie Gallagher, Senior Vice President and Controller of PepsiCo will serve as the Vice Chair of Audit. Gallagher has been active on the Committee on Corporate Reporting (CCR), including serving on the FASB and CCR Controllership Subcommittees since 2014. She has also served on the FERF Board of Trustees since 2014. She joined FEI in 1992.

Paul Hensley, Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of HOLT CAT will serve as Vice Chair of Development. Hensley, a member of FEI since 2004, has been active on both the national and regional level, including serving as the San Antonio Chapter President.

Nicholas Sucic, Vice President and Controller of Davey Tree Expert Company will serve as Vice Chair of Research. Sucic became a member of FEI in 1989. Since joining the association he has served in various national and local roles, including Chapter President of the Northeast Ohio Chapter.

“On behalf of FEI and FERF, I am pleased to welcome and congratulate these financial leaders on their positions on the FERF board,” said Andrej Suskavcevic, CAE, President and CEO of Financial Executives International and Financial Executives Research Foundation. “Their dedication to FERF’s mission and their leadership will allow for continued success in the coming year. We are fortunate to have these individuals as part of our organization, and I look forward to working with the board members this coming year.”

The following 13 professionals complete this year’s Board of Trustees:

James Abel
Hall of Fame Selection Committee Chair
Financial Executives International

Hubert Glover, Ph.D.
Clinical Associate Professor
LeBow College of Business, Drexel University

Bruce Goldstein
Senior Vice President, Controller
PVH Corporation

Loren Mahon
Vice President, Finance Systems
Oracle

Maria O’Grady*
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Financial Executives International

Sri Ramamoorti
Associate Professor
Kennesaw State University

Ruud Roggekamp
Assistant Treasurer, Corporate Finance and Banking
The Boeing Company

William M. Sinnett*
Chief Operating Officer
Financial Executives Research Foundation

Terence Stack
Vice President and Treasurer
Harman International Industries, Inc.

Andrej Suskavcevic, CAE
President and CEO
Financial Executives International and Financial Executives Research Foundation

Nikhil Varaiya, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Programs and Professor, Department of Finance
San Diego State University

Michael Wood
Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer
Raytheon Company

Jason Yager
Chief Financial Officer
Global Tax Management

*Non-voting officers

About Financial Executives Research Foundation, Inc.
Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF) is the nonprofit 501(c)(3) research affiliate of Financial Executives International (FEI). FERF researchers identify key financial issues and develop impartial, timely research reports for FEI members and nonmembers alike, in a variety of publication formats. FERF relies primarily on voluntary tax-deductible contributions from corporations and individuals, and publications can be ordered and downloaded online at http://www.ferf.org.

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Lili DeVita
Financial Executives International    
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