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In its ninth year, the FEI Hall of Fame continues to provide recognition to senior-level financial executives who have epitomized the performance, leadership and integrity of the most exemplary financial professionals throughout their careers and in doing so, have made significant contributions to the betterment of their respective organizations and to the profession as a whole.

The 2014 inductees will be formally honored during an induction ceremony at the Hall of Fame black-tie gala on November 17 at Gotham Hall in New York City, in conjunction with FEI’s 33rd Annual Current Financial Reporting Issues (CFRI) Conference. The celebration will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception followed by dinner and the induction ceremony.This year’s inductees include:

Robert T. Blakely serves on the board of Ally Financial Inc., Westlake Chemical Corporation, Greenhill & Co., Inc. and Natural Resource Partners, LP and was a former trustee of the Financial Accounting Foundation, the oversight board for the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). He has more than 30 years of experience in corporate finance, notably serving as the CFO of WorldCom/MCI and the former executive vice president and CFO of Fannie Mae, where he led the financial restatement and implementation of SOX controls. He previously held the position of executive vice president and CFO of Tenneco Inc., and of Lyondell Chemical, and as a managing director of Morgan Stanley.

Gaylen N. Larson served on the FASB Board from 1996 to 2001. Mr. Larson’s extensive financial career includes positions with Coopers & Lybrand as a director and more than 15 years at Household International, Inc., where he served as group vice president and chief accounting officer. He was also a partner at Deloitte, Haskins & Sells (now Deloitte & Touche LLP) for nearly two decades. In addition to FASB, Mr. Larson is a member of FEI and has served as chairman of its Committee on Corporate Reporting; as a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council, as chairman of the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission on Fraudulent Financial Reporting and as a member of the AICPA's Special Committee on Financial Reporting. In his post retirement, he has served as director of a private company that used the “publicly-held company” governance model.

Robert L. Ryan is a retired financial professional with a professional career spanning nearly three decades. He most recently served as senior vice president and CFO of Medtronic where he was responsible for overseeing the treasury, tax, controllership, internal audit, investor relations, corporate development, public and media relations, IT, facilities, and strategic sourcing functions. Mr. Ryan was previously a vice president and CFO at Union Texas Petroleum Corporation, a vice president at Citicorp and a management consultant for McKinsey & Company. He is currently on the board of directors of Citigroup/Citibank, General Mills, and Stanley Black and Decker.

“Leadership and mentorship are attributes which have remained at the cornerstone of our organization for more than eight decades,” said Marie N. Hollein, CTP, President and CEO of Financial Executives International. “This year’s inductees are outstanding professionals, representing a wide range of industries, who have effectively led their companies in the face of adversity. Moreover, they have also contributed to the profession through their services on various boards, associations and advocacy groups. We commend these individuals on their accomplishments and look forward to officially welcoming them into the FEI Hall of Fame.”

All proceeds from the 9th Annual Hall of Fame Gala benefit Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF).

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The FEI Hall of Fame provides recognition to financial executives who have epitomized the performance, leadership and integrity of the most exemplary financial executives throughout their professional careers and in doing so, have made significant contributions to the betterment of their respective organizations and to the finance profession as a whole.


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