Don't miss this annual 'deep dive' audit program, just in time for year-end reporting. This year we are shaking things up. You will be briefed on new reporting pronouncements from the FASB and PCAOB, as well as enjoy TWO stellar panel discussions with eminent participants in their fields. First an ESPN style fast-paced discussion by a group of veteran audit committee chairs and members on issues at the forefront of their committee agendas and how to stay fresh on important subjects like risk oversight. Followed by The New Strategic CFO: Has Yours Stepped Up? a panel of high-profile Chicago-area CFOs discussing what it means to be a true strategic partner and what boards and audit committees should expect in terms of their evolving CFO relationships. We will wrap up a stimulating afternoon with a cocktail and networking reception, hosted by KPMG in their beautiful AON building conference space.
Marla Gottschalk currently is a member of the Board of Directors of Big Lots, Inc. where she serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Compensation Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Underwriters Laboratories where she serves as the Chair of the Compensation Committee and is a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Directors of Potbelly, Inc and a Board Advisor at Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.
Gottschalk is the former Chief Executive Officer of The Pampered Chef, the premier direct seller of high-quality kitchen and entertaining products. For 10 years, she led The Pampered Chef executive team and was responsible for the overall direction and strategy of the business.
Prior to The Pampered Chef, Gottschalk was with Kraft Foods for 14 years where she held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility. During her time at Kraft her positions included Senior Vice President of Financial Planning and Investor Relations and Executive Vice President and General Manager of Post Cereals.
Gottschalk earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Indiana University and a Master of Management degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Gottschalk also has her CPA certificate.
Rich began his career at Leo Burnett in 1985 working on the Hewlett-Packard account as a media buyer/planner. He then transitioned to account management, quickly rising through the ranks over the next ten years to become account director.
Rich left Chicago in 1995 to join Fallon, as a member of its Minneapolis management team. During his time there, Fallon earned “Agency of the Year” honors from both Adweek and Advertising Age.
In 2001, Rich joined Ford Motor Company as manager of marketing communications. While at Ford, Rich was a recipient of the prestigious American Advertising Federation "Hall of Achievement” Award, recognizing ad professionals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated outstanding career achievements.
Rich returned to Chicago in 2005 as President of Leo Burnett North America and was named Leo Burnett Global President in January 2016.
In 2018 Rich was named President and CEO of Inner Workings.
Outside the office, Rich lends his time and talents to the boards of Hasbro, The Off the Street Club, Chicago Ideas Week and Marwen.
Rich is a Dartmouth College graduate and lives in Winnetka with his wife. He has two adult daughters.
Jaimee Eddington is a Partner and member of the Global Financial Officers Practice. She specializes in senior-level assignments across Technology (Consumer and Business Services), Consumer, Healthcare and Financial Services. Additionally, Jaimee assists companies with internal executive assessments, organizational design and development.
Jaimee joined Heidrick & Struggles from Robert W. Baird, where she was a Vice President in Baird’s Investment Banking Group. Jaimee was focused primarily on mergers and acquisitions and equity offerings. She advised a number of business services and branded consumer companies in various sectors. Prior to joining Baird, Jaimee was an Investment Banking Associate with Southwest Securities, where she worked on Consumer and Business Services middle market transactions. Previously Jaimee spent several years at Neiman Marcus Group Inc., where she led strategic planning for various merchant divisions. She began her career at JPMorgan Securities, helping large cap clients in their telecommunication, media and technology investment banking group.
Jaimee holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Virginia.
Marie is a senior financial and operations executive with more than 30 years of experience as an executive vice president,
chief financial officer, operations officer, and treasurer in both global public and private equity owned companies. Her
experience is in making companies more profitable in the consumer products, manufacturing, technology, and distribution
markets. Currently, Marie is the EVP/CFO at Life Fitness, Inc., a fitness equipment manufacturer. Prior to Life Fitness, Marie
was the CFO of MXD Group, Inc., a national retail transportation services company owned by Platinum Equity. MXD was a
carve out from DHL and moved from negative EBITDA to positive Net Income over three years and moved to the #2
company in their omni channel market segment. MXD was sold to Ryder Systems at a 14x in 2018. Marie also served as the
EVP/CFO for the public company restructuring at Enesco Group, Inc. (ENC:NYSE) an international company in the retail
manufacturing and distribution of figurines and plush toys. She led the team that sold Enesco, after it became EBITDA
positive to a private equity firm through a sale transaction. Prior to this, she led a successful IPO, acquired more than 20
companies, installed accounting best practices in two international ERP conversions, and had P&L responsibility. Marie
started her career with Exxon USA, Inc., and then moved to Wall Street as a buy-side financial analyst.
Deborah O’Connor joined True Value in May of 2015 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. At that time the company was a large retailer-owned hardware cooperative. Earlier this year, True Value completed a transaction in which a private equity firm made an investment in the company and is now the majority owner. This strategic partnership will accelerate the transformation of the business. O’Connor has extensive wholesale and retail experience, having worked in various finance roles over the last 25 years. Most recently, O’Connor spent seven years at OfficeMax/Office Depot, where she was the senior vice president of integration playing a critical role in the merger of the two companies. Prior to that role, O’Connor held a number of finance leadership roles at OfficeMax, including interim CFO and senior vice president/chief accounting officer.
Prior to joining OfficeMax, O’Connor was with ServiceMaster (a company providing lawn care, landscape maintenance, termite and pest control, home warranty, cleaning and disaster restoration services) for over 15 years, most recently as senior vice president and controller. During that tenure, she was involved in numerous large acquisitions as well as tuck-in purchases. Previous to ServiceMaster, she was with Arthur Andersen for seven years, working in the firm’s Commercial division. O’Connor graduated from Arizona State University.
Christie Kelly most recently was Global Chief Financial Officer of JLL, where she held overall responsibility for maintaining the financial strength of the firm.
Christie has helped steer strategies and transformational growth together with leadership teams and the Board of Directors at global companies for over two decades. She joined JLL in 2013 from Duke Realty Corporation, where she was also CFO. Prior to that she was a senior vice president with the global real estate group at Lehman Brothers. She spent over twenty years at General Electric, holding management roles of increasing responsibility in Europe, Asia and North America.
She sits on the board of directors of Park Hotels and Resorts and Kite Realty Group, and previously served on the boards of the Butler Business School, Park Tudor and the National Bank of Indianapolis.
She is also a Board member of the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, World Business Chicago, and the Executives Club of Chicago.
Christie earned her degree in economics from Bucknell University
Mr. Lyons was elected Executive Vice President and President, Rail North America in August 2018. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2012 to August 2018, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2007 to 2012, and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2004 to 2007. Mr. Lyons joined GATX in 1997 and was promoted through the treasury and investor relations departments before being elected Vice President, Investor Relations in 2002. Prior to joining GATX, Mr. Lyons worked for the Financial Relations Board and in the corporate banking division of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi. Mr. Lyons received his BA from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1986 and his MBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame in 1988. He is a CFA charter holder and a member of the Investment Analysts Society of Chicago. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Packaging Corporation of America (NYSE:PKG