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Citrin Cooperman Hosts 2nd Annual CEO Evolution in Philadelphia

October 21, 2015
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Business leaders share how they succeeded amidst an ever-changing global (and local) market.

PHILADELPHIA (October 21, 2015) Increasing profitability and building a stronger internal corporate culture starts at the top. However, as the rules and roles of every industry change, so do the roles and competencies of the individuals sitting at the head of the boardroom table. As such, accounting and consulting firm Citrin Cooperman has invited three (3) of Philadelphia’s most dynamic business leaders to discuss their strategic visions and the executive challenges they have faced in order to achieve success at the 2nd Annual CEO Evolution, taking place on Monday, November 2, 2015, 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Union League of Philadelphia.
With co-moderators Mark S. Carrow, Citrin Cooperman’s Philadelphia managing partner; and Dr. Erwann O. Michel-Kerjan, management author, renowned risk management expert, and executive director of Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania executive director, at the helm, attendees will hear firsthand the tools needed and skills acquired in order to be a CEO successful making an impact in a global economy.
“Today’s CEOs run companies with considerably flatter hierarchies than those of 50-60 years ago; and they come armed with experiences and a variety of work roles at several different kinds of companies,” said Carrow. “Yet as competent and skilled as they may be, today’s CEOs face challenges that their predecessors never dreamed of. For current leaders, agility is the watchword du jour. Gone are the days of the reliable five-year strategic plan; in many industries, strategy making is a process marked by continual evaluation and reevaluation. In an unpredictable world where market conditions can change in a nanosecond, this year’s CEO Evolution looks to educate leaders on not only how to get to the top, but how to stay there.”
Scheduled to speak about their experiences as CEOs/Business Leaders are:
Jami Wintz McKeon, Chair at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, who directs the firm’s strategic growth. In her practice, she counsels clients in high-stakes crisis litigation and investigations involving business disputes, fraud, class and mass action cases, including controversies arising from mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and divestitures. Before her election as Chair, Jami led the firm’s global litigation practice, which is also its largest practice. She played a central role in many of the firm’s most important developments, including expansion across the United States and into key international markets. Under her stewardship, the global litigation practice earned accolades for its outstanding results and service to clients. With Jami’s election as Chair, Morgan Lewis is now the world’s largest law firm led by a woman.
Robert S. Schimek, CEO of the Americas for AIG, who, in his position, is responsible for the division’s insurance business in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Previously, Robert was located in London where he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of EMEA. Before that, he was Chief Financial Officer of AIG’s property casualty business, responsible for all worldwide financial operations. Before joining AIG, Robert was a partner at Deloitte & Touche L.L.P. where, for 18 years, he used his public accounting experience to serve global financial institution clients, including MetLife, The Prudential, and Merrill Lynch.
Jay H. Shah, CEO of Hersha Hospitality Trust, who is a leader in all areas of the business with a particular emphasis on strategic relationships, capital transactions, asset management, and acquisitions. Prior to his appointment, Jay was principal in the law firm of Shah & Byler, LLP, which he founded in 1997. He previously was a consultant with Coopers & Lybrand LLP, served the late Senator John Heinz on Capitol Hill, and was employed by the Philadelphia District Attorney's office and two Philadelphia-based law firms.

Attendance to CEO Evolution is free. Visit here to RSVP.

Citrin Cooperman is among the largest, nationally recognized full-service CPA firms in the United States – currently ranked in the top 25. With locations in Philadelphia, PA; New York, NY; White Plains, NY; Livingston, NJ; Norwalk, CT; Plainview, NY; and Bethesda, MD, Citrin Cooperman has steadily built its business serving a diverse and loyal clientele since 1979. Our daily mission is to help our clients “focus on what counts.” We enhance the business and personal lives of our clients through our customized approach which includes offering a wide range of attest, assurance, tax, and business advisory services, including valuation and forensic services, across the globe. Citrin Cooperman has deep experience in a variety of industries, including entertainment, financial services, franchising, health care, private equity, real estate, and technology. Citrin Cooperman is an independent firm associated with Moore Stephens International Limited.