On July 28, 2011, Financial Executives International (FEI), the association of choice for chief financial officers and other senior-level finance executives, announced that Robert C. Butler, former senior vice president and CFO of Celgene Corp., Judy C. Lewent, retired executive vice president and CFO of Merck and Co., and David B. Rickard, former executive vice president, CFO and chief administrative officer of CVS Caremark Corp., have been selected as inductees for the 2011 class of the FEI Hall of Fame.
Now in its sixth year, this annual award recognizes individuals who epitomize the performance, leadership and integrity of the most exemplary financial executives throughout their careers.
FEI's Hall of Fame was established in 2006 in celebration of FEI's accomplishments as a professional organization. Past inductees of this prestigious honor include Dennis R. Beresford (2006), Susan Schmidt Bies (2008), Frank J. Borelli (2006), F. Gorham Brigham, Jr. (2006), Dennis D. Dammerman (2009), Karl M. von der Heyden (2010), Thomas E. Jones (2007), Ulyesse J. LeGrange (2010), Robert W. Moore (2006), Donald T. Nicolaisen (2009), Charles H. Noski (2006), John F. Ruffle (2008) and Samuel Siegel (2007).
Mr. Butler, Ms. Lewent and Mr. Rickard will be formally honored during an induction ceremony at the FEI Hall of Fame black-tie gala on Nov. 14, 2011 at Gotham Hall in New York City. The gala is held in conjunction with FEI's Current Financial Reporting Issues (CFRI) Conference, which takes place on Nov. 14-15, 2011.
"As FEI celebrates its 80th anniversary as a professional association, it is our pleasure to induct three dedicated and well-deserving individuals who represent FEI's core values into our FEI Hall of Fame," said Marie Hollein, president and CEO of Financial Executives International. "These executives have demonstrated excellence throughout their professional careers, a result of their dedication and outstanding performance at their respective firms, and continue to serve as mentors to others in the finance profession. We are excited to applaud the tremendous achievements of Mr. Butler, Ms. Lewent, and Mr. Rickard and celebrate this honor on a historic evening that also allows us to reflect the accomplishments of our organization."
"For the fifth consecutive year, Microsoft takes pride in sponsoring FEI's Hall of Fame and we extend our sincere congratulations to this year's inductees," said Frank H. Brod, corporate vice president, Finance and Administration and chief accounting officer, Microsoft Corp. "Our corporation recognizes the important role that financial executives play in leading their organizations, and these inductees have made significant contributions to the financial profession as a whole. We join in honoring them for this prestigious achievement."