CFOs, Treasurers Discuss Game Plan for Corporate Growth

Mar 11, 2011, 09:16 ET from Association for Financial Professionals

AFP's Seventh Annual Global Corporate Treasurers Forum asks executives "What's next?"

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As global economic recovery gains pace, chief financial officers and treasurers will convene in May to discuss how to reinvigorate their companies in an environment of uneven growth and new regulations.

AFP's Global Corporate Treasurers Forum, now in its seventh year, will take place at the Ritz Carlton Chicago, May 18-20, with Bank of America Merrill Lynch as the exclusive sponsor.

"Globalization has fundamentally changed the way businesses need to operate," said Jim Kaitz, president and CEO of AFP. "AFP members must continue to learn how to expand and operate effectively in this new economic reality."

The economic advisor to the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Raghuram Rajan, will present the keynote address: "A Macroeconomic Outlook: Where might we be headed?"  Dr. Rajan is the Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business and the former chief economist with the International Monetary Fund.  He also will lead a roundtable discussion on emerging markets with Dr. R Evan Ellis, Assistant Professor, National Defense University, Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies.

A panel of senior international bankers will focus on the changing nature of banking relationships and the impact those relationships can have on doing business – especially in terms of cash management, foreign exchange risk management, and access to capital markets.

As more and more CFOs require treasury departments to increase their involvement in the business, treasurers must find a way to provide both practical and strategic support beyond their traditional activities. A diverse group of corporate treasurers will share perspective on how they provide financial expertise and support to operating units.

"Bank of America Merrill Lynch is proud to be sponsoring AFP's Global Corporate Treasurers Forum for the second consecutive year," said Dub Newman, head of Global Treasury Sales at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. "Today's CFOs and Treasurers take a much more holistic view of their financial needs and forums like these provide valuable opportunities for financial executives to uncover critical information and solutions that will help them grow their businesses."

Other topics will include investment strategies and policies, managing counterparty risk, pensions, M&A, doing business in emerging markets and maximizing complex negotiations.  

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