2010 Duke MBA Finance Symposium - Navigating the New Financial Landscape

Speaker Bios

Keynote Speaker

Graham Goldsmith – Head of Global Loans and Special Situations Group

Graham Goldsmith is a managing director and head of Global Loans & Special Situations Group. The group is responsible for positioning, originating, structuring and trading Distressed Debt, Emerging Markets Credit, Leveraged Loans and CLO Structured Credit Groups for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The group has over 150 trading, origination and analytical professionals located in 12 offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. The group works closely with counterparts across Global Markets, Global Capital Markets, Global Research and Global Wealth Management.

Before re-joining the company in 2008, Mr. Goldsmith was a Partner at Strategic Value Partners a $5BN distressed debt and private equity investment firm.

Prior to Strategic Value Partners, Mr. Goldsmith worked at Merrill Lynch for 13 years holding a number of positions of increasing scope and responsibility within fixed income including Global Head of Distressed and High Yield Trading. He joined Merrill Lynch in 1994 as an associate in the Global Distressed Products Group.

Mr. Goldsmith holds a Masters in Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He graduated from Middlebury College in 1989 with a major in economics.

Opening Speaker

John Graham - Finance professor at The Fuqua School of Business and a Faculty Co-Director of Fuqua’s Center for Financial Excellence

Professor Graham received his Ph.D. in finance from Duke University and has served on the faculties of the University of Utah and Duke University. He is a past winner of the “best teacher” award and also a recipient of Fuqua’s overall Outstanding Faculty award.  Professor Graham was recently named the VP-elect of the Western Finance Association, a prestigious professional organization serving academicians and practitioners with a scholarly interest in the development and application of research in finance.

Professor Graham’s research focuses on corporate finance, including the cost of capital, payout policy, capital structure, financial reporting, and taxes.  He has published more than three dozen scholarly articles in finance and accounting academic journals. Professor Graham has served on the Board of Directors of the Financial Management Association, the American Finance Association, and the Western Finance Association, the three largest finance professional organizations. Professor Graham is co-editor of the Journal of Finance and a past or current Associate Editor of the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, Financial Management, and Finance Research Letters. Since 1997 Professor Graham has been the director of the Global CFO Business Outlook, a quarterly survey of financial executives about the business outlook around the world and topical economic issues.

Panel 1: Raising and Deploying Capital in the Current Environment

Moderator: Seth Gardner – The Fuqua School of Business, Executive Director of the Center for Financial Excellence

Cavan Yang, Bank of America Merrill Lynch - Vice President, Investment Banking

Andreas Bubenzer-Paim, Deutsche Bank – Vice President, Corporate Banking

Annemarie Schovee, M&T Bank – Managing Director, Investment Banking

Tomer Cohen-Friedman, Intel – Director, Finance Org Structure

Blaine Crissman, Prism Capital – Partner and Founder

Panel 2: Redefining the Scope of Risk Management

Moderator: David Robinson – The Fuqua School of Business, Professor of Finance

Neil Wolitzer, Goldman Sachs - Vice President, Investment Banking

Warfield Price, J.P. Morgan – Executive Director, Investment Banking

Ha Yeager, Procter & Gamble - Finance Manager, Global Beauty

Tracy Rucker-Wilson, Vanguard – Sr. Manager, Risk Management & Strategic Analysis

Tom Spitzfaden, John Deere – Assistant Treasurer

John Wahr, Bank of America Merrill Lynch – Director of Cross Product Sales

Panel 3: Assessing the Impact of Financial Regulation

Moderator: Bill Mayew – The Fuqua School of Business, Associate Professor of Accounting

Taryn Widen, Barclays - Vice President, Investment Banking

Matt Moore, J.P. Morgan – Managing Director, Private Bank

Jason Hafener, Wells Fargo - Director, Investment Banking

Donald Lamson, Shearman & Sterling - Counsel