Board of Directors

2017 Board Portrait of Robert Whitaker

Chairman

Robert Whitaker, CTP

Bob Whitaker is Senior Vice President Corporate Finance for DHL in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Prior to joining DHL in 2004, Bob held a number of financial positions of increasing responsibility with AT&T, including CFO for AT&T Capital - Latin America.  He is currently the Vice Chairman and Secretary of the AFP Board of Directors.  Bob has been a member of the AFP Board of Directors since 2014 serving as chairman of the Policy Committee, chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee, and member of both the Finance Committee and Ethics Committee.  Bob has been a member of the AFP Government Relations Committee, serving as the chairman of the Financial Accounting/Investor Relations subcommittee. He also participated on the AFP Annual Conference Planning Committee and has presented at the AFP Annual Conference.  Bob has been a member of the AFP since 2005.


Vice Chairman

Terry Crawford, CTP

Terry Crawford, senior vice president and treasurer for AMC Entertainment Inc, in Leawood, Kansas.  He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2014, serving on the Audit and Finance Committees. He also served on the AFP Annual Conference Planning Task Force and the Treasury Advisory Group, serving at the chair in 2012-2013.  In addition, Terry is a member of the Wells Fargo Retail Advisory Board. At the local level Terry is a past president of the Kansas City AFP.  Terry has been a contributor at the AFP Annual Conference and Retail Industry Roundtable, speaking on various subjects since 2003. He has also contributed to several articles and publications since becoming a Practitioner Member in 1998.


Vice Chairman

Jordan Krugman, CTP

Jordan Krugman has been with Invesco since November 2007 and currently serves as Head of Finance and Corporate Strategy – North America.  Mr. Krugman joined Invesco as a member of the Corporate Treasury group, most recently serving as Treasurer and Head of Investor Relations.  Prior to joining Invesco, Mr. Krugman worked at The Gap, Inc. in San Francisco from 2003 through 2007 and was a member of the company’s international treasury team. At Gap, he was responsible for the management of the company’s foreign exchange hedging program, international cash management and treasury support for international growth initiatives. He has been a speaker at the AFP Annual Conference Executive Institute on leadership development.  Jordan has served on the Annual Conference Task Force Planning Committee and is active in regional Corporate Treasurer Council roundtable discussions.  He has been a member of the AFP since 2007.


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Irena Barisic, FP&A

Irena Barisic is vice president, CFO and treasurer at Brookings in Washington, DC where she is responsible for managing the institution’s financial affairs, and in conjunction with the board of directors and senior leadership team, ensure that the organization make strategic decisions with its resources.  Previously, she held the position of Associate Vice President and Deputy CFO. Irena has been a speaker at the AFP Annual conference as well as a member of the Conference Planning Task Force.  She has been a member of AFP since 2015.

Christopher Fulton, CTP

Chris Fulton is Treasurer of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York, NY. He also serves as the treasurer of the Skadden Foundation and acts as financial administrator of the Skadden, Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies at The City College of New York. Prior to joining Skadden in 2008, Chris worked with Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. as vice president, corporate treasurer. He has been a presenter, as well as an exhibitor, at the AFP Annual conferences and is active in roundtable discussions at the Corporate Treasurers Council. Chris serves on the Audit Committee and has been a member of the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2014 and a member of AFP since 2005.


Jonathan Hall, CTP

Jonathan Hall is Chief Financial Officer, Krause Holdings, Inc., a diversified holding company in Des Moines, IA, with businesses in retail convenience stores, real estate development, transport and wineries. He previously served as Vice President, Finance and Strategy/CFO with Walmart Services in Bentonville, AR. Prior to joining Walmart, Jonathan served as Chief Financial Officer, Supply Chain Business Unit at Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. He has held senior level finance, strategy, treasury/capital markets, corporate development/M&A and accounting positions of increasing scope and leadership responsibility at BWAY Corporation, Sara Lee Bakery, and J. I. Case Corporation. He began his career in banking with The First National Bank of Chicago. Jonathan has written articles on capital structure and corporate performance management for the AFP Exchange Magazine. He serves on the Policy Committee of the Board of Directors. Jonathan has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2014 and a member of AFP since 2012.


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Michael High is current head of Planning, Appraisal and Reporting for the Global Deepwater line of business of Royal Dutch Shell, based in Houston, TX.  Prior to Shell, Michael served as a U.S. Army Officer.  He has served on the FinNext Conference Planning Task Force and served as a panelist at FinNext.  Has been a contributor to the AFP FP&A Guide, contributed to the AFP Conversations podcast series, and contributed to the FP&A Job Task Analysis workshop.  Michael has been a member of AFP since 2016.

Ferdinand Jahnel, CTP

Ferdinand Jahnel is Vice President, Treasurer for Marsh & McLennan in New York, NY. Ferdinand most recently served as Vice President, Corporate Treasurer for Henry Schein, Inc., in Melville, NY. He has held various Corporate Finance positions at CA Technologies, Inc., Steelcase, Inc., and at the MAN Group in Europe and the U.S. He has been a contributor at a number of the AFP Annual Conferences and an active member of the Corporate Treasurers Council. Ferdinand has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2012 and has served as a member of the Finance Committee, Strategic Alliance Committee and currently serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. He has been a member of AFP since 2005.


Joan Piscitello, CTP

Joan Piscitello is Treasurer at Iowa State University in Ames, IA. Her responsibilities at Iowa State University include Treasury Operations, Investments, Debt Management, and Compliance. Joan has been a member of the AFP Board of Directors since 2012, has served on the Audit Committee and is currently a member of the Finance Committee and Ethics Committee.  She is a member of the Big Ten (University) Treasury Managers group and has served on the Treasury Institute of Higher Education Board of Directors.  Joan has been a speaker as well as facilitator of industry roundtables at the AFP Annual conferences and a faculty member at the College Business Management Institute at the University of Kentucky. Joan has been named to the AFP 300 from 2004-2008. She has been a member of AFP since 1988.

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Tamara Saront-Eisner, CTP

Tamara Saront-Eisner is the Vice President and Treasurer for the USA and America’s Hub at Air Liquide where she is responsible as the lead to the treasury functions in all the Americas. Prior to joining Air Liquide in 2015 she was at Repsol where she held strategic and operational finance positions in international and domestic assignments.  She currently serves as Immediate Past President of the Houston chapter of Women’s Energy Network. She was named, by Houston Woman Magazine, as one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2016, Tamara has served on the Annual Conference Task Force in 2011 and 2012 and was a speaker in 2017. She has been a member of AFP since 2007.

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Fred Schacknies

Fred Schacknies is currently Senior Vice President and Treasurer at Hilton Worldwide, Inc. in McLean, Va.  Prior to joining Hilton, he held various treasury roles with Constellation Energy and Lucent Technologies.  Fred has been an active member of AFP having served as a Pinnacle Award Judge and co-chair of the Annual Conference Task Force.  He has been a contributor on several AFP webinars and panels.  His team at Hilton received the 2015 Pinnacle Award Grand Prize.   He has been a member of AFP since 2009.

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Matthew Skurbe, CTP

Matt Skurbe is Treasurer and Managing Director at Blackstone in New York, NY. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2009, Mr. Skurbe was with Merrill Lynch for 10 years, most recently serving as the CFO for Merrill Lynch Bank & Trust Co. Matt has served as a speaker at the Global Corporate Treasurers Forum, was a member of the Annual Conference Planning Task Force, and was a speaker at the Annual Conference on two occasions. He is an active member of the regional Corporate Treasurers Roundtable. Additionally, Matt authored an article on investment management for the AFP Exchange. He has been a member of the AFP Board of Directors since 2014 and has served on the Audit Committee. He has been a member of AFP since 2009.

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Gaileon Thompson, CTP, FP&A

Gaileon Thompson is currently Senior Vice President / FP&A Group Manager for CitiBank’s US Retail Bank Operations in Irving Texas.   Previously, she has held multiple FP&A roles at both Citi and SunTrust Bank, where she has a combined 15 years of experience in financial services.  Gaileon is past-Chairwoman and current member of the FP&A Advisory Council.  She also served on the Conference Planning Task Force and was a keynote speaker at the Inaugural FinNext Conference.  She was a founding board member and treasurer of the North Florida AFP, and is currently a member of the Dallas AFP.   Gaileon has been a member of AFP since 2010.

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Meredith Vance, CTP

Meredith Vance is Senior Vice President and Treasurer at NTT DATA Services in Plano, Texas.  Prior to joining NTT DATA, she was Assistant Treasurer at PayPal, Inc. and eBay Inc.  Meredith has deep expertise across global treasury management in both a corporate and advisory capacity. She has served on the AFP Treasury Advisory Group and has been a speaker at several AFP Annual Conferences.  In 2016, she was awarded the highly commendable Best Liquidity Management Solution from Treasury Today.  Meredith has been a member of AFP since 1998. 

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Jeff Johnson, CTP, CPA

Jeff Johnson is Chief Financial Officer at Amesbury Truth in Edina, MN. He was most recently COO with Davenport Group in St. Paul, MN and prior to Davenport group he was Treasurer and Vice President, Investor Relations at Deluxe Corp. in Shoreview, MN where his responsibilities included treasury operations, investor relations, retirement plans, and risk management. Jeff has served as Vice Chairman, Treasurer/Chairman of the Finance Committee as well as Vice Chairman, Secretary/Chairman of the Policy Committee and has served on the Strategic Planning Committee of the Board of Directors. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2010. He presented at the 2006 AFP Annual Conference as the Strategy Category winner of Pinnacle, and was a session presenter in 2008. He served on the Treasury Management Forum Task Force in 2010. Jeff has been active in roundtable discussions at the Minneapolis Treasurer's group and has been a member of AFP since 2005.