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Chicago Booth offers new program for prospective CFOs

February 27, 2013

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business announced today that it will offer a new, one-week course to help prospective chief financial officers bring their careers to the next level. The program will be offered May 20-24 at the school’s Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago.

Faculty director of the Executive Program for Prospective CFOs is Randall Kroszner, the Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics at Chicago Booth and a former governor of the Federal Reserve System.

"The Executive Program for Prospective CFOs will draw upon Booth’s global expertise in finance and strong focus on economic research to analyze the most pressing issues facing finance executives today," said Kroszner, who also served as a member of President George Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers.

"My goal as faculty director is to make this the premier program for senior finance executives who want to sharpen analytics, build strategic leadership and communication skills, and manage the changing regulatory environment," he said.

"I hope to attract a select group of executives who will become the next generation of leaders in finance and who will continue to benefit from this high-caliber network long after the program is over," said Kroszner, who will teach a session on strategic risk management and financial fragility.

Others who will teach in the program include:

  • Robert Gertner, Deputy Dean and Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance, will teach a session on strategic capital allocation and portfolio management.
  • Ray Ball, Sidney Davidson Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting, will cover current developments in financial reporting.
  • Kevin Rock, Clinical Professor of Finance, will teach sessions on financing strategy, acquisition strategies and merger implementation, and performance measurement.
  • Douglas Skinner, John P. and Lillian A. Gould Professor of Accounting, will cover strategic communications management.
  • Susan Annunzio, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for High Performance, will teach high performance leadership and straight talk in tough times.
  • James Schrager, Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management, will cover strategy formulation and implementation.

Participants in the program will learn to identify the attributes needed to create a high-performance environment that will drive innovation and financial results. They also will learn to analyze patterns in strategic thinking and apply a strategy framework to identify a logical path for growth.

Tuition for the five-day program is $9,300, which includes all educational materials and some meals.

For more information, call 312-423-8040 or visit