2012 Chief Accountant Rankings

Featured Executive:

Suzanne Patterson

Ms. Suzanne D. Patterson has been Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President and Controller of Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc. (also known as Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc). since May 2009. Ms. Patterson served as Vice President of Internal Audit at Coca-cola Enterprises Ltd. and Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc. since February 27, 2006 and also served as an Executive Officer at Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. She was responsible for all audit functions at Coca-cola Enterprises Inc. Previously, Ms. Patterson served at Sun Microsystems, Inc., as Vice President of Internal Audit. She served as Assistant Controller of Policies and Practices at Sun Microsystems, Inc. Prior to joining Sun in 1997, she held a variety of positions with Deloitte & Touche, LLP. A graduate of Colby College, Ms. Patterson holds an MS and an MBA from Northeastern University.

2012 Chief Accountant Rankings

Share This

There are over 30,000 Chief Accounting Officers and Controllers in the United States. Only the very best are awarded the distinction of being a part of ExecRank’s “Top Chief Accounting Rankings” for 2012. The number one area of focus for Top CAOs in 2012 has been their role in maintaining financial controls and adherence to increasingly difficult reporting compliance. ExecRank also weighed heavily the recommendations provided by the CFOs and CEOs of the finalists, as the accounting process is crucial to analyzing the company’s past and future performance. In addition, we saw a significant uptick in the number of CAOs that served on boards of directors and displayed a skill set that is applicable to multiple industries. The CAOs that made this list represent the best of the best in their field.

Chief Accounting Officers and Controllers were ranked according to our patent-pending proprietary Chief Accounting Officer Ranking Algorithm that calculates points for 24 key categories, in addition to the insights and feedback from evaluation committees featuring some of the world’s most renowned business leaders. Like all of our position specific ranking algorithms, the Chief Accounting Officer Ranking Algorithm serves as an objective standard for executive performance and is designed to produce results that act as leading indicators for future executive and team performance. Feedback from past award winners includes:

Arthur Minson, CFO, AOL“This accolade from ExecRank is a reflection of all of the hard work my five thousand teammates have put in at AOL and I am honored to accept it on their behalf.”

Rob Lloyd, EVP & CFO, Gamestop“I am honored to be included with the outstanding leaders in my field in the ExecRank CFO rankings…”

Jeffery P. Howells, CFO, Tech Data Corporation“It’s an honor to be recognized (by ExecRank) and to be among this distinguished list of financial leaders…”

David B. Wyshner, SEVP & CFO, Avis Budget Group, Inc.“I am honored to be included in ExecRank’s listing of top CFOs, particularly because I consider this to be a testament to the capabilities and accomplishments of Avis Budget Group’s outstanding finance team around the world.”

Michael Short, CFO, AutoNation“I am grateful for the recognition by ExecRank but realize that it is actually an acknowledgement of the stellar work done by the finance staff at AutoNation…”

Daniel Knutson, CFO, Land O’Lakes“It is an honor to be among this distinguished group of financial leaders on ExecRank. It is really a reflection of the expertise and dedication of the entire team at Land O’Lakes.”

Cheryl Beebe, EVP & CFO, Ingredion Incorporated“I am delighted to be included in ExecRank’s 2012 Top CFOs. It is an honor to be among this distinguished group of CFOs.”

Shaun Mara, CFO, Dean Foods“The Dean Foods team has done a tremendous job turning around the business and maximizing shareholder value. It is an honor to be recognized (by ExecRank) as part of this great team.”

See more praise and media mentions for ExecRank’s rankings…

1. Suzanne Patterson, The Coca-Cola Company 2. Michael Debs, Kelly Services, Inc.
3. Marc Levine, Hewlett-Packard Company 4. Mia Scholz, Walgreen Co.
5. Nick Cyprus, General Motors 6. Greg Smith, The Boeing Company
7. Susan Grafton, Best Buy Co. Inc. 8. Michael Berry, Starwood Property Trust, Inc.
9. John Merino, FedEx Corporation 10. Gary Kabureck, Xerox Corp
11. Lawrence Salva, Comcast Corporation 12. Loretta Cangialosi, Pfizer Inc.
13. Thomas Colan, Computer Sciences Corporation 14. Wendy Foss, Lear Corporation
15. Dean Chin, The ABM Industries Incorporated 16. Frank Brod, Microsoft Corporation
17. Jeffrey Brown, H&R Block Inc 18. Larry Freedman, Carnival Corporation & plc
19. Jon Ramsden, Abercrombie & Fitch 20. Doug Donley, Rite Aid Corporation
21. Margaret Smyth, 3M Company 22. Robert Selwood, MGM Resorts International
23. Jenifer Mohney, Universal Health Services, Inc. 24. David Cornish, American Express
25. Fred Bleier, International Paper Company 26. Linda Walker, Thomson Reuters
27. Erja Jackson, American International Group (AIG) 28. Denis Cashman, EMC Corporation
29. Peter Sayre, Prudential Financial, Incorporated 30. Robert Blanchard, National Oilwell Varco Inc.
31. Jay Levine, Ascena Retail Group 32. Reed Brimhall, URS Corporation
33. Christ Kiernan, Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated 34. Jerome Rouquet, Federal-Mogul Corporation
35. Jeffrey Totusek, Union Pacific Corporation 36. Chris Carroll, Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc.
37. Jim Hilger, DaVita, Inc. 38. Ryan Siurek, Sprint Nextel Corporation/
39. Peter Hornstra, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. 40. Giovanna Cipriano, Foot Locker
41. John Gallina, WellPoint, Inc. 42. Jackie Friesner, Burger King Corporation LLC
43. Steven Green, Pitney Bowes Inc. 44. Nick Rossi, Wyndham Worldwide Corp.
45. Phil Depaul, eBay Inc. 46. Keith Plowman, The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
47. John Murphy, DIRECTV 48. David Torre, Qualcomm Incorporated
49. W. Ron Hinson, The Southern Company 50. Tim Poche, The Shaw Group Inc.
51. Jeffrey Basch, Progressive Corporation 52. Bob Fishman, NCR Corporation
53. Ellie Bowdish, Boyd Gaming Corporation 54. Manny Korakis, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
55. John Wozniak, Motorola Solutions, Inc. 56. Michael Ciskowski, Valero Energy Corp
57. Richard Brown, Covidien 58. Tyler Largey, EXL Service Holdings Inc
59. Bill Weil, Leggett & Platt, Incorporated 60. Steven Young, Duke Energy Corporation
61. Wally Cooney, The Washington Post Company 62. John Waldron, Campbell Soup Company
63. Thomas Dittrich, Amgen Inc. 64. Jason Berg, AMERCO (UHAUL)
65. Derrick Jensen, Quanta Services, Inc. 66. Joe Householder, Sempra Energy
67. David Gieringer, Gentiva Health Services, Inc. 68. Kevin Howard, Charter Communications, Inc.
69. Donald Levis, Dynamics Research Corporation 70. James Agnew, Joy Global Inc.
71. Chris Froggatt, NextEra Energy, Inc 72. Don Daniels, JetBlue Airways Corporation
73. David Tacka, The Hershey Company 74. Jeffrey Hackman, Kforce
75. George Newman, Alaska Air Group, Inc. 76. Jerry Richards, Weyerhaeuser Company
77. Michael Johnson, Chesapeake Energy Corporation 78. Chris Cade, The Jones Group, Inc
79. Beau Swenson, The Finish Line, Inc. 80. James Johnson, Werner Enterprises, Inc.
81. Jennifer Peter, Harman International Industries, Inc 82. Joe Del Preto, Groupon Inc.
83. Mark-Allen Cox, Key Energy Services, Inc. 84. John Virgo, Seaboard Corporation
85. Jennifer Ackart, Raymond James Financial, Inc. 86. Scott King, Eastman Chemical Company
87. Mark Mossing, Steelcase Inc. 88. Richard Rowley, Adobe Systems Inc
89. Lou Martinez, Exide Technologies 90. Katherine Gill-Charest, Viacom Inc.
91. Muneera Carr, Comerica Incorporated 92. Jay Gilmore, Denny’s Corporation
93. John Zachary, Oceaneering International, Inc. 94. Lance Soliday, Expedia, Inc.
95. Robert Jackson, Scholastic Corporation 96. Seamus Brennan, Analog Devices, Inc.
97. Cg Saffer, Sonic Automotive, Inc. 98. Walter Fitzgerald, CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
99. Tom Kiel, Toyota 100. June Howard, AFLAC, INC.
101. John Beals, Clean Harbors, Inc. 102. Dorenda Weaver, Total System Services, Inc.
103. Dan Boudreaux, Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. 104. Jim Cruckshank, The Greenbrier Companies, Inc.
105. Andrew Okun, PerkinElmer, Inc. 106. Robert Recchia, Valassis Communications Inc.
107. Luke Migalla, Siemens AG 108. Richard Keller, Hill-Rom, Inc.
109. T. Cory Bleuer, BMC Software Inc 110. Tom Johnson, The Clorox Company
111. Kathy Johnson, Brady Corporation 112. Mike Yates, Idex Corp
113. Mark Haley, Coldwater Creek, Inc. 114. Linda Hill, Cumulus Media Inc.
115. Ken McCuskey, Sauer-Danfoss, Inc. 116. Chris Loffredo, CIBER, Inc.
117. Bryan Seas, AGL Resources, Inc. 118. Michael Sharp, AAR Corporation
119. Jeffrey Cole, Carmike Cinemas, Inc. 120. Jessica Huff, Harte-Hanks, Inc
121. Michael McGuinness, Monster 122. M.R. Foos, Waste Connections, Inc.
123. Matt Kelpy, Aol Inc. 124. Mark Osterberg, Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc.
125. Brian Harris, Griffon Corporation 126. Jeffrey Schwaneke, Centene Corporation
127. David Fallon, CLARCOR Inc. 128. Angela Lacour, Stewart Enterprises, Inc.
129. Daniel Finnegan, Priceline.com 130. John Reyes, Public Storage, Inc.
131. Derek Reiners, ONEOK, Inc. 132. Andrew Edwards, Owens & Minor, Inc.
133. Jeffrey Fleming, First Horizon National Corporation 134. Ken Klipper, FMC Corporation
135. Mark Schoppet, Vail Resorts, Inc. 136. Ted Timmermans, Williams Companies, Inc.
137. David Elder, Glatfelter Company 138. Sharon Keck, Air Methods Corporation
139. Greg Leiter, Cott Corporation 140. Don Robertson, SanDisk Corporation
141. Jeffrey Makal, Sensient Technologies Corporation 142. Chris Herbold, Plains All American Pipeline, L.P.
143. Daniel O’Keefe, Global Payments Inc. 144. Michael Stivila, Suburban Propane Partners, L.P.
145. Tom Novosel, Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. 146. Scott Forbes, OGE Energy Corp.
147. William Fazio, Standard Motor Products, Inc. 148. Craig Shular, GrafTech International Ltd.
149. Brian Allman, Bristow Group Inc. 150. Kevin Daly, Motorcar Parts of America
151. Olga Tsokova, City National Corporation 152. Dennis Moore, J&J Snack Foods Corp.
153. Michael Maher, Flagstar Bancorp, Inc. 154. Donald “Mickey” McMillan, A. Schulman, Inc.
155. Stephanie Biehler, NYSE Euronext, Inc. 156. John Rodriguez, F5 Networks
157. Lance Culbreth, MedAssets, Inc. 158. Jill Stuart, TW Telecom, Inc.
159. Jerry Kanaly, Integrated Healthcare Holdings, Inc. 160. Mike Miles, Tellabs, Inc.
161. Charles Obert, Forest City Enterprises, Inc. 162. Lynn Blake, Entegris, Inc.
163. Joan Kissel, Old National Bancorp 164. Greg Swalwell, Valhi, Inc.
165. Robert Poirier, Select Comfort Corporation 166. Phil Schlom, Parker Drilling Company
167. Laura Kowalchik, Kaydon Corporation 168. Tim Driggers, EOG Resources, Inc.
169. Scott Behrens, ACI Worldwide, Inc. 170. Jim Deidiker, Calpine Corporation
171. Mark Kalvoda, Titan Machinery, Inc. 172. Heather O’Connor, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.
173. Marlo Platz, Callaway Golf Company 174. William Muckian, GATX Corporation
175. Steven Walker, Protective Life Corporation 176. Henry Lyon, Cbeyond, Inc.
177. Patrick Anderson, A. M. Castle & Co. 178. James Thurston, General Growth Properties, Inc
179. Les Vines, Texas Industries, Inc. 180. James Laughlan, Lydall, Inc.
181. Heath Hill, Cloud Peak Energy Inc 182. Brad O’Connor, Hovnanian Enterprises, Incorporated
183. John Phillips, Pegasystems Inc. 184. Lori Palazzolo, ProLogis
185. Kara Bellamy, QAD Inc. 186. Robert Low, Chindex International, Inc.
187. Jeffrey Foster, Crown Castle International Corp. 188. Mitch Silberman, IDT Corporation
189. John Nelson, Maidenform, Inc. 190. Janet Quick, Heartland Financial USA, Inc.
191. James Cox, Advent Software, Inc. 192. Steven Schneider, Century Aluminum Company
193. Bill Hollinger, KB Home 194. Jeffrey Park, Catamaran Corporation
195. Steven Barkauskas, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP 196. Elizabeth Gulacsy, Cross Country Healthcare, Inc.
197. Jami Bradshaw, First Merchants Corp 198. Tom Gallagher, Culp, Inc.
199. Karen McGinnis, Cymer, Inc. 200. Maria Scheker, BankAtlantic Bancorp, Inc.
201. Madalyn Behneman, Intersections Inc. 202. Brian Mueller, BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Inc.
203. Charles Fairchild, Cray Inc. 204. David Rottino, Linn Energy, LLC.
205. Mark Wilcox, RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd 206. Denise Maksimoski, Oxford Resource Partners LP
207. Mark Denien, Duke Realty Corporation 208. Robert Cantwell, B&G Foods Inc
209. Esther Blum, Taubman Centers, Inc. 210. Barry Giarraputo, Apollo Global Managemen…
211. David Neal, Transaction Network Ser… 212. Brad Conrad, Cardtronics, Inc.
213. Hilla Sferruzza, Meritage Homes Corporation 214. Jeffrey Knutson, Twin Disc, Incorporated
215. Frank Serpe, WWE 216. David Reynolds, CBOE Holdings, Inc.
217. Gregg Kalvin, j2 Global Communications Inc. 218. David Outtrim, PartnerRe Ltd.
219. Greg Hambly, Douglas Emmett 220. Johnna Kokenge, Flotek Industries Inc.
221. Robert Brehl, Ventas, Inc. 222. Daniel Clemmens, Highwoods Properties, Inc.
223. Tony Krug, Mack-Cali Realty Corporation 224. William Backus, Balchem Corporation
225. Richy Brezski, InterDigital Inc. 226. Barry Turcotte, Swift Energy Company
227. Lloyd Hajdik, HELIX Energy Solutions Group, Inc. 228. David Travis, Healthcare Realty Trust Incorporated
229. David Pitts, Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. 230. Kent Renner, XPO Logistics, Inc.
231. Dean Shigenaga, Alexandria Real Estate … 232. Kieran Caterina, GAMCO Investors
233. Arthur Hamilton, Spectrum Group International, Inc. 234. Ian McMahon, Salisbury Bancorp, Inc.
235. Greg Hullinger, Vaalco Energy Inc. 236. Deborah Cheek, Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust
237. Jay Matalon, Presidential Life Corporation 238. Lester Johnston, FelCor Lodging Trust Incorporated
239. Robert Lazar, Steiner Leisure Limited 240. James Reilly, Pegasystems Inc.
241. Andrew Fienberg, Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. 242. Jamie Miller, General Electric Company
243. Nancy McGurk, Atlas Energy, L.P. 244. Aaron Schroeder, INTL FCStone Inc.
245. Anthony Christon, Jaclyn, Inc. 246. Phil Reinsch, Capstead Mortgage Corporation
247. Melissa Brooks, Bresler & Reiner, Inc. 248. Ken Dwyer, Triad Guaranty Inc.
249. Beverly Smiley, Badger Meter, Inc.