updated 4/18/2011 1:18:11 PM ET 2011-04-18T17:18:11

NEW YORK, April 18, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Wall Street Journal announced today plans to launch a new executive council – The CFO Network – which will convene leading chief financial officers from the world's top corporations to develop and prioritize tangible actions to deal with the rapidly changing economic and regulatory environments. The inaugural meeting of this invitation-only Network will take place June 20-21 at the Park Hyatt in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will appear for an on-stage interview during the meeting. Additional guest participants include Clayton Christensen, professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Justin Yifu Lin, senior vice president and chief economist, World Bank; Laurence Meyer, vice chairman, Macroeconomic Advisers, LLC; John B. Taylor, professor of Economics, Stanford University, and Senior Economics Fellow, Hoover Institution.

With the mission to develop a strategic agenda for financial leadership in challenging times, the members of The Wall Street Journal CFO Network will meet and deliberate on key issues of interest to corporate finance executives. In order to help facilitate the discussion, senior Journal editors will lead on-stage interviews with Network members as well as top policymakers, CEOs and subject-matter experts. The results of the meeting will be published in a worldwide special report in the Journal and on WSJ.com.

Members of the CFO Network will collaborate in working groups to address a host of concerns for CFOs, including risks in the global economy, promoting growth and innovation in an uncertain environment, and managing conflicting demands from the board and the CEO. Members will assess how to best provide the strategic insights increasingly sought from them. Additional program details and speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Select members of the Journal's CFO Network include:

  • Lewis Booth, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Ford Motor Company;
  • Jeffrey C. Campbell, executive vice president and chief financial officer, McKesson Corporation;
  • Robyn Denholm, chief financial officer, Juniper Networks;
  • Nicholas C. Fanandakis, executive vice president and chief financial officer, DuPont;
  • Gary P. Fayard, executive vice president and chief financial officer, The Coca-Cola Company;
  • Joe Kaeser, chief financial officer, Siemens;
  • Peter N. Kellogg, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Merck & Co., Inc.;
  • Guido Kerkhoff, chief financial officer, ThyssenKrupp;
  • Lars Loddesol, group chief financial officer and chief operating officer, Storebrand ASA;
  • Jim Lusk, executive vice president and chief financial officer, ABM Industries;
  • Rex J. McLennan, chief financial officer, Viterra Inc.;
  • Charles H. Noski, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Bank of America Corporation;
  • Laurence Tosi, senior managing director and chief financial officer, The Blackstone Group;
  • Tracey T. Travis, senior vice president and chief financial officer and principal accounting officer, Polo Ralph Lauren;
  • Scott B. Ullem, vice president and chief financial officer, Bemis Company, Inc.;
  • Henk van Dalen, chief financial officer, VipelCom Ltd.;
  • Robin L. Washington, senior vice president and chief financial officer, Gilead Sciences, Inc.

For more information on the The Wall Street Journal CFO Network and its annual meeting, please visit: http://cfonetwork.wsj.com/ .

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          Ashley S. Huston
          Dow Jones & Company
          (212) 416-2025
          ashley.huston@dowjones.com

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