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10 - 11 April, 2014

In today’s fast paced environment, which is characterized by an uncertain economy, disruptive technologies, high speed of change, and great complexities of operating in global markets, the ability to adapt and anticipate growth opportunities is the key ingredient to competitive advantage. 

As such, the role of the corporate development executive is more important than ever, and is at the cornerstone of an organization’s strategic ability to maintain an agile enterprise that is open to new opportunities and challenges.

During the 2014 Corporate Development Conference we will explore the evolving role and complexities of corporate development teams and how these individuals are playing a more crucial role in shaping the business agenda that ever before.  Topics that will be explored are:

  • The risks and opportunities of today’s global economic landscape and the ever changing role of the corporate development executive
  • Aligning deal strategy to corporate strategy from concept to execution
  • Ways to master the ability to adapt and anticipate growth opportunities, thereby harnessing the enterprise’s competitive advantage
  • Value creating strategies and latest trends in M&A, divestitures, joint ventures and alliances

Thursday, April 10, 2014

REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST 8–9 AM

CHAIRPERSON’S WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS 9–9:10 AM

A 9:10–10 AM

The Future of Growth: Risks and Opportunities in Today’s Global Economic Landscape

Martyn Curragh, US Deals Leader, PwC

B 10–11 AM

Cultivating a Culture of Change: The Crucial Role of Internal Collaboration and Engagement across the Enterprise

Moderator:
Lawrena Colombo, Partner, PwC

Panelists:
Denise Brower, Vice President Corporate Development, ITT Corporation
Arlen Shenkman, Head of Corporate Development,SAP AG
Keith Walz, Director, Corporate Development, Brady Corporation

 NETWORKING REFRESHMENT BREAK 11–11:15 AM

C 11:15 AM–12:10 PM

Aligning Deal Strategy to Corporate Strategy

Moderator:
Stephen G. Morrissette, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor of Strategic Management, Booth School of Business, The University of Chicago

Panelists:
Arnaud Bernaert, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Business Development and M&A, Philips Healthcare
Gerald Host, Corporate Development and Mergers & Acquisitions North America, Nokia Siemens Networks
Jerry Will, Director, Corporate Development, 3M

NETWORKING LUNCHEON 12:10–1:10 PM

D 1:10–2:10 PM

Rethinking and Repurposing the Role of the Corporate Development Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Moderator:
Dennis Carey, Vice Chairman, Korn Ferry

Panelists:
Bruce Bowden, Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development, Nuance Communications
David Keating, Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions - North America, ABB Inc. 
A. Roger Marinzoli,
Senior Managing Director, M&A and Corporate Development, TIAA-CREF

E 2:10–3 PM

Effective Approaches to Evaluate Portfolios for Potential Divestiture Candidates

Ron Chopoorian, US Divestitures Leader, PwC
Brian S. Cook, Vice President Corporate Development, Honeywell International Inc.
J. Neely,
Vice President, Strategy&

NETWORKING REFRESHMENT BREAK 3–3:15 PM

F 3:15–4:05 PM

Strategies and Structures for Managing a Successful Divestiture

Moderator:
Karen E. Krause, Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development, McGraw Hill Financial

Panelists:
Ray Liguori, Vice President Corporate Development, Campbell Soup Company
John Paffenbarger, PhD, Director, Corporate Development, Exelon Corporation
Mark Socha, Head of Enterprise M&A, The Hartford  
Marta Rubcich, Expertise Center Process Leader - M&A, The Dow Chemical Company

G 4:05–5:00 PM

Navigating the Complexities of Joint Ventures and Business Alliances

Moderator:
Matthew Sabatini, Partner, PwC

Panelists:
Sarah Arendsen, Director, Corporate Development, Owens Corning
Trace Harris, Senior Vice President, M&A, Finance & Business Innovation, Vivendi
William Striebe, Vice President Business Development, UTC Building & Industrial Systems

NETWORKING RECEPTION 5–6 PM

Friday, April 11, 2014

REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST 8–8:30 AM

H 8:30–9:20 AM

Moderator:
Gerard Adolph, Senior Partner, Strategy&

Peer-to-Peer Learning Experience: Breakfast Roundtable Session

I 9:20--10:10 AM

Challenges and Opportunities of Cross Border Transactions

Moderator:
John Potter, Deals Partner, PwC

Panelists:
Karen R. Beadie, Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Cargill
Paula Hildebrandt, Staff Vice President of Corporate Development & Integration Planning FedEx Corporation
Elizabeth Satin, Head of M&A, Wolters Kluwer

J 10:25–11:25 AM

Value Creating M&A Strategies from Sourcing to Due Diligence to Transformation

Moderator:
Donna Coallier, Corporate Transaction Services Partner, PwC

Panelists:
Brian Buchert, Director, Corporate Strategy and M&A, Church & Dwight
Greg Psihas, Corporate Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions, Applied Materials
Lance Robinson, Global Controller – Mergers & Acquisitions, General Electric
Eric Tobin, Group Director Corporate Development, Ryder System, Inc

NETWORKING REFRESHMENT BREAK 10:10–10:25 AM

K 11:25–12:15 PM

Enabling Capital Agenda in a Time of Uncertainty

Panelists:
David Hellier, Partner, Bertram Capital
Greg Psihas, Corporate Vice President, Mergers and Aquisitions,  
Ann Svoboda, Corporate Treasurer, Carestream Health
Derek Thompson, Director, PwC
 
For speaking opportunities, please contact Mary Beth Reidy at MaryBeth.Reidy@conferenceboard.org.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Michael Felden at Michael.Felden@conferenceboard.org.

Sponsored by

PricewaterhouseCoopers

In collaboration with

The M&A Advisor
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