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Navigator… change agent… integrator. collaborator… sustainability agent…strategic planner… business story teller. Today’s CFO is forward looking and has eyes in the back of her head! She is a key partner to the CEO and executive team to help drive growth while ensuring the company has enough capital to do so. She collaborates when talking to the Street and other external investors as well as internally to management to ensure the company has the appropriate checks and balances, controls and processes to support sustainable growth. Meet our Rockstar CFO’s! In this series of Salons, we will interview CFOs who are the new faces of transformative change.


Judy Kopa Chief Strategy Officer

As Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Judy serves as a key member of the executive team and an active participant in all operational, financial, business development, IT, sales, procurement, and marketing activities of the organization. In the last decade, she has formalized and led company and business unit strategic planning processes for two public technology companies with revenues up to $50B and three smaller, private companies with revenues approaching $30M each.

Judy has been the driving force behind initiatives to deliver meaningful organizational change, forge new working relationships and synergies across organizations, and establish greater transparency and accountability for the teams charged with carrying out those strategies. As a CSO/CFO, financial planning VP, and controller at global enterprises -- at Cisco and SAP as well as the midsize startups Kudelski/OpenTV, Panzura, Gigster -- Judy leverages her deep financial and operational expertise to provide insight about the business while also thinking creatively about opportunities to further grow revenue and expand market share.

Judy serves as an advisory board member to two companies: 99Bridges, which provides an innovative sustainability software solution for reuse and refill, and Optimal Financial Systems, whose solution provides relevant real-time business insight to decision makers.


Carol Coughlin CEO/Founder

Carol Coughlin is an experienced public and PEG company board leader, board and audit committee chair, and is highly skilled in corporate governance, including board refreshment, strategic alternatives and M&A for growth and highly regulated companies. She is a Board Leadership Fellow (NACD) and sits on the boards of the University of MD Medical Center, Hopebridge, GoodCap Pharmaceuticals and Trusty Care. Following an IPO and after nomination to board chair of a public community bank, she led the board through acquisitions that doubled the size of the company, followed by a merger with a larger company. A qualified “financial expert”, she is an accomplished healthcare CFO with a track record of achieving profitability through growth, highly successful turnarounds and M&A. She is known as an energetic, collaborative leader and a quick learner in both organizational and board settings. In 2006, Carol launched BottomLine Growth Strategies, Inc., a growth advisory firm helping CEOs of privately held companies to transform enterprise value through best practice financial and operations strategies. Carol is a graduate of Loyola University in MD (MBA) and Towson University (BS Business), is a Board Leadership Fellow (NACD), and a Certified Public Accountant.

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Rockstar CFO: The Critical Role of the CFO for Growth and Sustainability

Tue, Oct 18 @ 9:00am PT (1 hr)

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