The Alumni Association featured a CFO Panel at this year's Class of 2000 Distinguished Speaker Series on October 25. The three panelists, all current parents, included Peregrine Broadbent P '29 (CFO of Jefferies), David Granville-Smith P '21, '25 (CFO and COO of A+E Networks) and Jane Nielsen P '18 (CFO of Ralph Lauren).
The evening began with an alumni donor roundtable in the Wilson Room, where an informal half-hour was spent discussing a variety of topics with the three CFOs. The many challenges that each one faces within their respective industries, particularly in light of the digital world and the current political climate, were touched on.
The panelists and alumni donors were then joined by more alumni, as well as current and past parents, in the Kurani Gym for the panel presentation. Head of School John Botti introduced each CFO and then turned things over to Mr. Granville-Smith, who acted as moderator. The three panelists spoke about their backgrounds and how they ended up in their current roles. Mentors, education experiences, and the balance between professional and personal lives were also discussed. Questions from the audience highlighted some of the ways in which the CFOs manage corporate culture, operations in different countries and company strategy. Following the panel and audience Q&A, a reception was held for all guests in the lobby.
The Alumni Association extends its sincerest gratitude to Mr. Broadbent, Mr. Granville-Smith and Ms. Nielsen for giving so much time and effort to make this evening possible for our community.