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13th Annual AFP Executive Forum in NYC To Focus On Making Treasury More Strategic

Exclusively sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the event gathers leading global treasurers from around the world.

April 20, 2017 -- Bethesda, Md. -- Building a more strategic treasury function is the theme of the AFP Executive Forum, May 21-23, at the Lotte New York Plaza in New York City. The event, exclusively sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, covers such topics as global treasury structures, payments in the fintech world, capital structure and share buybacks, hedging FX and interest rates, investments in the post-money market fund reform era, and perhaps most timely—corporate tax reform.

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Mario Manna and Birgir Haraldsson, co-founders of Nightberg, will keynote the AFP Executive Forum. Manna and Haraldsson work with Predata, a firm staffed by former national security analysts who scour social media to look for patterns and trends in words and topics and make predictions on them. Most notably, Predata uncovered a spike in the “leave” vote leading up to the Brexit referendum.

Other AFP Executive Forum speakers include:

  • Drew Wolff, Treasurer, Starbucks Coffee Company
  • Johann Nystedt, Treasurer, Conagra Brands
  • Joel Campbell, Treasurer, H&R Block
  • Brian Begg, Treasurer, WESCO International
  • Christian Meissner, Global Head Corporate and Investment Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • David Barstow, three-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, The New York Times

“With the global terrain shifting on a daily basis, it’s important for treasurers to take a step back and assess matters,” said Jim Kaitz, president and CEO of AFP. “The AFP Executive Forum is the perfect place for treasurers to network with their peers and develop a more strategic framework for their operations.”

“We are pleased to help lead important dialogue around the challenges and opportunities facing corporate treasurers around the world,” said Ather Williams, head of Global Transaction Services at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “We look forward to sharing our insights with this audience and generating dialogue that will be critical to advancing our innovation strategy for the next generation of treasury solutions.”

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Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) is the professional society committed to advancing the success of its members and their organizations. AFP established and administers the Certified Treasury Professional and Certified Corporate FP&A Professional credentials, which set standards of excellence in finance. Each year, AFP hosts the largest networking conference worldwide for over 6,500 corporate finance professionals.

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