DaViD GRaZiosi, cfo, tReasUReR anD eVP, aLLison tRansmission
Graziosi joined Allison in 2007, shortly after it was purchased from General motors, and since then has
built the financial infrastructure necessary for a standalone company, improved the balance sheet by
cutting debt and played a key role in the company’s IPo earlier this year.
DanieL HenRY, cfo anD eVP, ameRican eXPRess
As other financial firms capsized amid the market meltdown, Henry helped American express
successfully navigate the crisis. And this year, he was recruited to join the board of Groupon to provide
accounting expertise after the coupon company had to restate its 2011 financial results.
DaViD HeRZoG, cfo anD eVP, ameRican inteRnationaL GRoUP
Herzog is leading an epic turnaround at the insurer, the progress of which was evidenced by the
Treasury’s sale of another chunk of its AIG stake in may. The effort to mend the insurer involves a host
of strategic decisions by the CFo.
RonaLD JaDin, cfo anD sVP, W. W. GRainGeR
As finance chief for the distributor of industrial products since 2008, Jadin worked to contain costs by
doing more with less as he steered the company through the recession.
Joe KaeseR, cfo, siemens
Kaesar gained recognition for responding to the impact of the eurozone crisis earlier than many other
finance executives. He also has obtained a banking license for siemens from the German Financial
supervisory Authority and set up a new financial operating model, one siemens, that’s focused on
setURaman maHaLinGam, cfo anD eXecUtiVe DiRectoR, tata consULtanc Y seRVices
A 40-year employee of the Indian IT services provider and its CFo since 2003, mahalingam has played a
key role in Tata’s growth into a $10 billion global company that is outpacing its Indian rivals.
scott moRRison, cfo anD sVP, BaLL coRP.
morrison and his team put together an enterprise risk mapping system run on Ball Corp.’s intranet that
lets the company assess and prepare for potential risks. He also extended Ball’s debt maturities for
10 years at favorable rates, strengthening the company’s financial structure.
PeteR oPPenHeimeR, cfo anD sVP, aPPLe
oppenheimer and Apple made a splash earlier this year by deciding to issue a dividend for the first
time ever. As the tech company’s finance chief since 2004, oppenheimer has a reputation for being a
strategic CFo with strong people skills.
Vasant PRaBHU, cfo anD Vice cHaiRman, staRWooD HoteLs anD ResoRts
While steering the company through the downturn, Prabhu managed to cut costs and reduce debt to
position the hotel operator for the recovery. Now starwood is expanding rapidly in markets such as
latin America, China and the middle east.
KimBeRLY Ross, cfo anD eVP, aVon PRoDUcts
since joining the beauty products company last fall, Ross has dealt with turnover in the Ceo position
and a takeover bid from Coty, while overseeing a finance department dealing with a long-running For-
eign Corrupt Practices Act investigation. Next up: executing a turnaround.
James sa WYeR, cfo anD eVP, PRaXaiR
sawyer, who has held the CFo position for the last 12 years, developed a strategy to better link
Praxair’s decision making process with its financial objectives, in part by more tightly controlling
capital spending resulting in industry leading return on capital. Praxair has provided an annualized
shareholder return of 16% over the past decade
tRace Y tRaVis, cfo anD sVP, finance, RaLPH LaURen
Travis has served as finance chief for the apparel company since 2005, and over the last year and a half,
she has presided over an impressive performance by the company’s stock.
KatHY WiLLaRD, cfo anD eVP, LiVe nation enteRtainment
Willard has handled the financial aspects of divestitures, spin-offs and more than 200 acquisitions for
the giant entertainment company, most notably its 2010 acquisition of Ticketmaster.