Financial Executives International (FEI), the preeminent association for financial executives, has announced the election of a new slate of executive officers for the year effective immediately.
Joseph G. DiLorenzo, of Humarock, Massachusetts and a managing officer at Plymouth Rock Studios in Plymouth, Massachusetts, was elected to hold the position of FEI's national chair, after serving as the vice chair for the previous year. DiLorenzo, who has been a member of FEI since 1987, is also the co-founder and principal of M/D Group, LLC. His professional expertise spans more than two decades, and prior to founding the M/D Group, he worked with the Boston Celtics for over 18 years, serving as the chief financial officer and senior vice president of administration during his tenure. DiLorenzo has been an active volunteer for FEI, acting as chairman of the diversity taskforce and as a board member of FEI Canada and the Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF).
Additional elected officers for the 2008-2009 year include:
- Brian B. Ruttencutter, of North Tustin, California, will serve as vice chair. Ruttencutter has been a member of FEI since 1989, where he has acted as vice president at large of FEI from 2007-2008 and as a member of the Board of Trustees of FERF from 2004-2006. He is the former president and CEO of ABC Window Company, Inc., and currently runs a consulting practice where he functions as an interim CFO for various companies.
- Gerald R. Urich, director of external reporting and compliance for the Hershey Company in Hershey, Pennsylvania, will act as co-vice president at large, after serving as FEI's secretary from 2007-2008. Urich has been an FEI member since 1997 and previously acted as treasurer and chair of FEI's Pension and Investment and Budget and Finance Committees. He was the recipient of FEI's Distinguished Service Award in 2007.
- George Boyadjis, executive vice president and CFO, secretary and treasurer of American TeleCare, Inc., in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, was elected co-vice president at large. Boyadjis was previously the FERF chair from 2006 to 2008, and has been a FERF trustee for five years.
- Katherine Anderson, CFO of Seattle Opera in Seattle, Washington, will serve as secretary. Anderson has been active in FEI since joining in 1994, serving at the Washington State chapter level and most recently as Western Area Vice President. She was formerly with First Interstate Bank and Casey Family Programs and was awarded the Puget Sound Business Journal's 2008 Annual CFO of the Year in the Non-Profit category. She also serves on the Sterling Financial Corporation board of directors.
- James E. Wall, retired CFO of Core-Mark Holding Company in San Francisco, California, will continue to serve as treasurer. Wall was previously CFO of Memec PLC, and Metricom, Inc; treasurer and controller of AirTouch Communications, Inc. and treasurer of Ultramar PLC. Wall has been a member of FEI since 1992.
- David B. Braden, assistant vice president and assistant treasurer of Cargill, Inc., in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was elected FERF chair. Braden has been a member of FEI since 1995 and began his career at Cargill as an analyst in the financial services department and later becoming a financial officer in the corporate treasury department.
"On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to applaud these individuals on their new and well deserved positions on our board," said James J. Abel, president and CEO of Financial Executives International. "Each of these talented financial professionals has shown strong dedication and commitment to FEI, and we look forward to working with them in their new leadership roles over the coming year."
Financial Executives International is the leading advocate for the views of corporate financial management. Its 15,000 members hold policy-making positions as chief financial officers, treasurers and controllers. FEI enhances member professional development through peer networking, career management services, conferences, teleconferences and publications. Members participate in the activities of 84 chapters, 73 in the U.S. and 11 in Canada. Visit www.financialexecutives.org for more information.