CFO Leadership Conference: East

Boston Marriott Copley Place | Boston, MA | June 6 – 8

Thank you to our 2023 Speakers

Keynote

Andy Fastow

Andy Fastow was the Chief Financial Officer of Enron Corporation from 1998 through 2001. In 2001, Enron filed for bankruptcy protection. As a result of the bankruptcy, $40 billion of shareholder wealth and retirement savings was destroyed, thousands of people lost their jobs, and many businesses and institutions in Houston and elsewhere were adversely affected. In 2004, Mr. Fastow pled guilty to two counts of securities fraud, and was sentenced to six years in federal prison.

Andy is the only Enron executive that has taken full responsibility for his actions, and he has repeatedly and publicly expressed remorse. In addition to serving his prison sentence, Mr. Fastow forfeited far more money than he ever earned at Enron. He is credited with being the individual most responsible for helping to recover $6 billion for Enron shareholders.

Andy Fastow has been invited to speak at schools such as Harvard, Stanford, Rice, University of Texas, University of Houston, Dartmouth, Tufts, and USC. He was the keynote speaker at the United Nations conference on responsible business practices, at the FBI’s Advanced White Collar Financial Crimes conference to train agents, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the American Accounting Association annual conferences, and the Financial Times’ Outstanding Directors conference, and to many other groups and businesses around the world.

Mr. Fastow lives with his family in Houston, Texas. He currently serves as a Principal with KeenCorp, an artificial intelligence software firm, and he consults with Nonexecutive Directors, Management, Hedge Funds, and Auditors, in order to identify potentially critical finance, accounting, compensation, and cultural issues.

Aradhana Sarin, M.D.

Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer, AstraZeneca

Member of the Board and CFO since August 2021

Skills and experience: Prior to her current role, Aradhana was CFO for Alexion. Aradhana joined Alexion in 2017 and was responsible for driving strategic growth, financial performance and business development at Alexion. She brings operational experience in biopharma plus more than 20 years of professional experience at global financial institutions and has extensive knowledge of global healthcare systems, having closed more than 100 transactions across M&A, equity and debt financing. Before joining Alexion, Aradhana was Managing Director of Healthcare Corporate and Investment Banking at Citi Global Banking, focusing on clients in the life sciences and biopharmaceutical sectors. Previously, she served as Managing Director of Healthcare Investment Banking at UBS, and worked at JP Morgan in the M&A Advisory and Healthcare groups. Aradhana trained as a medical doctor in India and spent two years practising in both India and Africa. She completed her medical training at the University of Delhi and received her MBA from Stanford Business School.

Bill George

Bill George is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Medtronic.  He joined Medtronic in 1989 as president and chief operating officer, was chief executive officer from 1991-2001, and board chair from 1996-2002. He is currently a senior fellow at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership since 2004.

Bill is the author of: Discover Your True North and The Discover Your True North Field book, Authentic Leadership, 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis True North, Finding Your True North, True North Groups and his latest book, the Emerging Leader Edition of True North. He served on the boards of Goldman Sachs, ExxonMobil, Novartis, Target, and Mayo Clinic.

He received his BSIE with high honors from Georgia Tech, his MBA with high distinction from Harvard University, where he was a Baker Scholar, and honorary PhDs from Georgia Tech, Mayo Medical School, University of St. Thomas, Augsburg College and Bryant University.

Julie Swinehart

EVP & CFO, Fenway Sports Group

Julie Swinehart joined Fenway Sports Group (FSG) as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in July 2022. In her current role, she oversees finance, accounting and financial reporting practices across FSG’s portfolio, and serves as an advisor on all strategic investment initiatives. FSG is a global sports, marketing, media, entertainment, and real estate company anchored by three iconic clubs: the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool Football Club (LFC) and the Pittsburgh Penguins. FSG’s portfolio includes two of the world’s most historic venues, Fenway Park and Anfield Stadium, NASCAR’s RFK Racing, NESN, sports marketing and consulting firm Fenway Sports Management (FSM), and Fenway Sports Group Real Estate (FSGRE), that oversees the assets, acquisitions and development of FSG properties.

Previously, Ms. Swinehart served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Retail Properties of America, Inc. (RPAI), a shopping center real estate investment trust (REIT) that was publicly-traded until it merged with Kite Realty Group in late 2022 in a $7.5 billion transaction. She held the role of CFO for nearly four years, and served as Chief Accounting Officer and held other roles within the accounting department for the balance of her 13+ years with RPAI. Before joining RPAI, Ms. Swinehart was a Manager of External Reporting at Equity Office Properties Trust for two years and she spent eight years in public accounting in the audit practices of Arthur Andersen LLP and Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Ms. Swinehart received a B.S. in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a certified public accountant.

Pre-Event Workshop Speakers

Daphne Jones

Author, Win When They Say You Won’t
Former SVP for Future of Work, GE
Board Member, AMN Healthcare, Barnes Group and Masonite International

Daphne E. Jones has 30+ years of experience in general management and executive level roles at IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Hospira, and General Electric but began her career as a secretary. At GE, she served as SVP for Future of Work, SVP & CIO for Product Engineering, Imaging, and Ultrasound, and as Senior Executive & CIO for Global Services, all of which composed a $13 billion segment of GE Healthcare. Jones serves on the board of directors for AMN Healthcare, Inc., Barnes Group Inc., and Masonite International Corp, and is the recipient of numerous domestic and international awards.

John Rex

Executive Coach
Former CFO, Microsoft North America

John Rex is an executive coach passionate about helping leaders accelerate their success. As the former CFO of Microsoft North America, John understands the intensity of leading complex businesses because he’s done it himself. As president of Rex Executive Leadership, he brings real-world strategies and perspective to leadership challenges. And as a husband and father, he knows what it means to juggle a high-intensity career with devotion to the people who matter most while finding joy in the journey.

John Rex holds an International MBA, is an ICF credentialed executive coach with multiple leadership assessment certifications, and serves on the Stagen Leadership Academy faculty. Learn more at rexleadership.com.

Session Speakers

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Anna King | CFO, Mesh Payments

Anna King is a CFO with over a dozen years of experience utilizing data and analytics to achieve greater financial control and implement strategic initiatives. At Mesh Payments she puts that experience to use helping finance teams take control and gain key insights into their spend in real-time. Prior to Mesh, Anna was the long-time CFO for Transactis, a billing and payments processing company acquired by Mastercard.

Anna King
CFO, Mesh Payments

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Asaf Hanegby | Director of Finance, Mesh Payments

Asaf is an experienced director of finance, with a background in financial and regulatory compliance across verticals in SaaS and professional services. He is a Certified NetSuite Financial User (Oracle) and Certified Excel Expert (Microsoft).

Asaf Hanegby
Director of Finance,
Mesh Payments

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Ben Shields | Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management

Ben Shields’ work as a teacher, researcher, and practitioner focuses on digital transformation in the sports, media, and entertainment industries.

He teaches a number of courses in the graduate programs at MIT Sloan. He created and teaches Creative Industries: Media, Entertainment, and the Arts; Social Media Management; and Sports Strategy and Analytics. He also teaches Communication for Leaders and co-teaches the Sloan Fellows Seminar on Leadership. In 2020, he received MIT’s Teaching with Digital Technology award. In 2022, he received the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching, MIT Sloan’s most prestigious teaching award.

Ben also teaches in the MIT Sloan Executive Education program. He is the Faculty Director of the Global Executive Academy, a two-week program focused on leadership that convenes executives from around the world. In addition, he developed and teaches the open enrollment program Data-Driven Teams: The Art and Science of Winning. He also teaches in two other open enrollment programs: Communication and Persuasion in the Digital Age and Maximizing Your Personal Productivity.

He is the author or coauthor of three books, Social Media Management: Persuasion in Networked Culture (Oxford University Press, 2016), The Sports Strategist: Developing Leaders for a High Performance Industry (Oxford University Press, 2015), and The Elusive Fan: Reinventing Sports in a Crowded Marketplace (McGraw-Hill, 2006). He has also coauthored MIT Sloan case studies on Formula 1 and the National Women’s Soccer League.

Prior to MIT Ben served as the Director of Social Media and Marketing at ESPN.

He holds a BS and MA in communication studies and a PhD in media, technology, and society, all from Northwestern University.

Ben Shields
Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management

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Jason Quinn | CFO/COO, Vendr

Jason Quinn is Vendr’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, leading the company’s go-to-market and operations.

Having scaled companies from product-market fit through IPO and raising $2.3 billion in capital markets along the way, Jason’s 19 years of deep experience have enabled him to successfully manage high-growth companies under the toughest conditions.

During his first five years in the field, he served as the European Finance Executive at Cimpress as an expat living in Spain, starting and scaling their international business to over $500M in revenue. Upon returning to the United States, Jason joined DraftKings, and over the next five years, head of finance and scaled the young company through challenging times and ultimately through their IPO. Following this success, he joined DataRobot as SVP of Finance, responsible for strategic and operational management of all aspects of finance, business development, strategic partnerships, and corporate development.

Now, Jason brings his wealth of experience to a rapidly-scaling Vendr as they fix how companies buy and sell software.

Jason graduated from Bentley University and resides in Dover, MA with his family.

Jason Quinn
CFO/COO, Vendr