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The Path to CFO: From the Lens of Board Members

March 22, 2017

Silicon Valley Capital Club
50 West San Fernando Street
San Jose, CA  95113
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Jill Weiner
(415) 490-3217
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Please join your fellow FutureCFOs for a quarterly discussion on current issues and best practices that are critical to your path to becoming a CFO. This is a great opportunity to exchange information and seek guidance from your peers who may have experience with similar challenges.

This quarter, we’ve invited board members, Cathy Lego, Beatriz Infante, Christine Heckart and Ron Codd, to provide their perspectives on success strategies and tips to provide value by building relationships and trust with your board.
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM - Registration and Breakfast

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM - Roundtable Discussion
Catherine P. Lego has served as a member of the board of directors and as the chair of the audit committee of SanDisk Corporation, a global developer of flash memory storage solutions. She also serves as a member of the board of Lam Research a leading semiconductor equipment provider, she is the chair of its compensation committee and is a member of its nominating and governance committee. She was chair of Lam’s audit committee from 2009-2014.  From 2013 until 2016 when the company was merged with On Semiconductor she was on board of Fairchild Semiconductor, a fabricator of power management devices and sat on its nominating and governance and compensation committees. In July, 2016 she joined the board of IPG Photonics and serves on its audit and compensation committees. She also currently serves on the NACD Audit Committee Chair Advisory Council, and is a member of the E&Y Tapestry Audit Chair Roundtable and the Compensia Compensation Chair Network.

She has previously served on the board of directors of the following public companies: ETEC Corporation, a producer of electron beam lithography tools, from 1991 through 1997; Uniphase Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of components and modules for the fiber optic based telecommunications industry and laser-based semiconductor defect examination and analysis equipment, from 1994 until 1999, when it merged with JDS-Fitel; WJ Communications, Inc., a broadband communications company, from October 2004 to May 2008 when it was sold to Triquint; MicroLinear, a fabless analog semiconductor company in the early 90s and Zitel Corporation, an information technology company, from 1995 to 2000.  Ms. Lego also served as a member of the board of directors and as the chair of the audit committee of the Cosworth Group, a private United Kingdom-based precision engineering products and services company, from March 2011 to June 2013. Through her venture capital activities she served on the boards of a dozen private company including StrataLight Communications, Inc., a private fiber transmission subsystems developer, from September 2007 to January 2009.
 

Beatriz Infante has served on more than 10 public and private company boards as well as the boards of two non-profit organizations, and currently serves on the boards of Liquidity Services (NASDAQ: LQDT), Sonus Networks (NASDAQ: SONS), and Ultratech (NASDAQ:UTEK), and also serves as an advisor and board member at several private companies.  For the past 20 years, she has served on the Advisory Committee to the Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science.  Prior to her current roles, Ms. Infante was a four-time public and private company CEO and executive leader of high-growth technology businesses ranging from inception thru $2B in annual revenues, with roles including Chairman, President and CEO of Aspect Communications, CEO of ENXSuite, CEO of VoiceObjects, and CEO of Sychron, and senior vice president and business unit leader at Oracle Corporation, reporting directly to Larry Ellison.
 
Ms. Infante is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and is a prolific speaker at NACD events on a broad range of topics, including governance, cyber security, and the need for diversity and digital expertise at the board level.   In 2016, she was named to the NACD’s Directorship 100, honoring directors who “exemplify knowledge, leadership, and excellence in corporate governance.”  Additionally, she was named by Financial Times to its 2013 Top 50 Digital Directors list.

Ms. Infante holds a Bachelor of Science and Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University and holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Science from California Institute of Technology.  She is also the author of The Mandate for Corporate Renewal: A Leader’s Guide, and contributing author to Profitable Customer Relationships: The Keys to Maximizing Acquisition, Retention and Loyalty.
 

Christine Heckart is Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Brocade. A 25-year veteran of the technology industry, Christine brings a wealth of experience in technology marketing, business strategy, and general management. She is a member of the board of directors at Lam Research, and was recently named as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council.

Christine oversees global marketing with a focus on reinforcing Brocade’s #1 position in storage area networking, driving preference and demand for Brocade’s New IP offerings, and increasing the company’s visibility as a leading network provider for data centers worldwide.

Prior to joining Brocade, Christine served as Executive Vice President of Strategy, Marketing, People, and IT at ServiceSource, a provider of cloud applications and services for managing recurring revenue. Previously, she was Chief Marketing Officer at NetApp and Juniper Networks.  She was also general manager of Microsoft’s TV, video, and music business and President of TeleChoice, Inc. Christine specializes in creating new markets and categories, positioning companies for growth in highly competitive industries, and developing differentiated business strategies.
 

Ronald E. G. Codd serves as a member of the board of directors of Veeva Systems Inc, ServiceNow, Inc., Rocket Fuel Inc. and FireEye, inc. He has been an independent business consultant since April 2002. From January 1999 to April 2002, he served as president, chief executive officer, and a director of Momentum Business Applications, Inc., an enterprise software company. From September 1991 to December 1998, he served as senior vice president of finance and administration and chief financial officer of PeopleSoft, Inc., a provider of human resource management systems. Additionally, he previously served on the boards of directors of numerous information technology companies, including most recently DemandTec, Inc., Interwoven, Inc. and Data Domain, Inc. Ronald holds a B.S. in accounting from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.M. in finance and M.I.S. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
 

MODERATOR

Hitesh Shah has over 25 years of experience spanning startup through venture financing and eventual M&A exits in multiple high technology companies. In depth experience in people management, finance, venture capital, business development, product management, business planning and customer service. Hitesh has raised over $100M in venture capital for four different startups.

Hitesh has served in multiple executive roles as CFO, COO and CEO.  Prior to joining BDO, Hitesh was the Chief Operating Officer at Solum an Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures and Google Ventures funded company which was acquired by Monsanto.  Hitesh also served as CEO and COO at Fat Spaniel Technologies acquired by Power-One and CFO at iPolicy Networks which was acquired by Tech Mahindra in India.