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The First 90 Days by The Boston CFO Leadership Council

The First 90 Days hosted by: The Boston CFO Leadership Council 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM Networking | 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Program Join us for drinks afterwards! The Offices of Goodwin, Boston

When: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
4:30-6:30 pm
Where: The Offices of Goodwin
100 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA  02210
United States
Contact: Caroline Boyce

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Program Description 
The first 90 days is a critical time for any CFO taking on a new role.  While you want to hit the ground running, there are many challenges to take on during the transition process including learning a new organization, working with a new CEO, managing a new team, and implementing change in a new culture. 

Join our panel of experts as they discuss “The First 90 Days: How the CFO Successfully Navigates Change.”  The panel will discuss their experiences and give practicable advice on getting productive quickly. 


Afterwards, join us for a drink at a nearby restaurant!


Learning Objectives 

Through this session, attendees will learn: 
• How to take advantage of the transition period before starting a new CFO role
• How to engage with and evaluate your new team 
• The skill sets needed to learn a new culture and introduce change 
• Best practices in setting goals and objectives in a new role 
• How to build critical relationships within the business to ensure that you are a good strategic business partner 




To register for this program, simply click on the green tickets button. All CFO Leadership Council members can attend this event for free.

Non-member senior financial executives who are CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Directors of Finance and Controllers (or the like) are welcome to attend this program for $85.

Please note that service providers or any executives who are not senior financial executives (CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Controllers, Directors of Finance, etc.) will not be admitted attendance to this event. The CFO Leadership Council reserves the right to decline any registration.

More Information

For more information about this program or The CFO Leadership Council, please contact Caroline Boyce, Marketing Director, Boston Chapter at

Cancellation Policy

If you would like to cancel your ticket or request a refund, please email Refunds are available up to 24 hours prior to the program.

CPE Information

The CFO Leadership Council is registered with the National Association of State Boards-of-Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors (Sponsor ID 109063). State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Website:

About Our Speakers


Deb Busser, MA, PCC, President & Executive Coach

As an executive coach for more than a decade, Deb partners with C-suite and senior level leaders who are committed to their own evolution as they adapt to change — within new roles, new markets, and new businesses. A trusted and visionary thought partner, she has coached executives from more than 45 countries and is adept in working with fast-growing, innovative organizations.

Deb founded Energy Spring Leadership in 2003 and was a Partner at a boutique executive career management firm. She previously held leadership roles in Corporate HR and Product Marketing at a global financial services firm where she defined and developed an online HR product and service offering, partnered with the senior leadership team and finance organization on annual and on-going business planning, and managed a multi-million-dollar product implementation budget and cross-functional team of 40 employees.

Deb has been published or quoted in multiple publications on issues related to leadership, talent management, and workplace trends, and has facilitated programs and workshops in the US, UK, Ireland, Cyprus, and Israel.

Joseph Falcao, Chief Financial Officer, JSI Store Fixtures (Moderator)

Joe Falcao is an accomplished executive, having served as a senior financial leader in several businesses over the last 20 years. Recognized as a strategic partner who delivers results in fast-paced organizations at different stages of their life cycle: start-up’s, high-growth and turnaround. Joe was exposed to several complex industries and business models. He began his career with global chemical company – Solvay. It was there that he first developed his passion for understanding and enhancing business value though detailed analysis and a defining path towards execution. Later, Joe was hired by Cabot Corporation (Boston, MA). With Cabot, Joe had ex-pat assignments in Brazil, Malaysia and Belgium. In Boston, Joe was able to work for well-known Boston and US based companies across industries and business models: Global Companies: Cabot Corp (Chemical), Dunkin Brands; Invensys (Technology) ; and Middle Market Companies: iBasis (Technology); McCue Corporation; Microline Surgical and JSI Store Fixture (Manufacturing; Private Equity Backed).Joe is an active member of four non-profits: a. Board of Directors of MIT CFO Summit (10 years), b. CFO Leadership Council (7 years), c. St. John's Seminary (3 years); d. IERG (International Executive Resource Group) – 7 years.


Emily Neill, Managing Director, Robert Half Executive Search

Emily Neill is a Managing Director for Robert Half Executive Search. Based in Robert Half’s Boston location, Emily brings 25 years of leadership and consulting experience into every search she manages.

In her role, she manages a group responsible for helping clients build strong leadership teams that, in turn, give them a sustainable competitive advantage within their industries. Emily has a rich background in finding and expediting the hiring process for clients looking for critical financial positions such as CFOs, Controllers, Group Directors of Finance, SVPs of Finance and Operations, and Directors of Risk Management and Audit Services.

Prior to joining Robert Half Executive Search, Emily was the President of Junior Achievement of Northern New England, a non-profit focusing on financial literacy for K-12 students. Before that, she held the role of Regional Vice President of Constellation NewEnergy, Inc., a Fortune 150 energy company, which led to a national role as Vice President of Associations.

She has held management roles in several luxury hotels, both in the USA and abroad, and taught courses on the subject at Newbury College in Brookline, MA. At different points throughout Emily’s career, she has also been engaged in consulting projects within the hospitality, energy and healthcare industries.

Emily is a frequent public speaker and spokeswoman on various topics, including networking skills, nonprofit leadership, and women’s challenges in the workplace


Gil Zimmermann, Head of Cloud Security GTM, Cisco

Gil is Head of Cloud Security Go-To-Market for the Cloud Security division at Cisco. He is the former CEO and Co-Founder at CloudLock, which was acquired by Cisco in 2016. Under Gil’s leadership, CloudLock grew into the market leader for cloud cybersecurity with more than 10 million daily enterprise users secured by CloudLock’s platform.

Prior to founding CloudLock, Gil was an Entrepreneur-In-Residence (EIR) at Cedar Fund. Gil has over 20 years of experience and has held key leadership positions at industry pioneering companies such as EMC Corporation and Sun Microsystems. Gil began his career in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) with several technology leadership positions in the Military Intelligence Elite Software Unit.

Gil was named 2015 EY Entrepreneur of The Year New England winner and is a frequent speaker at key cloud cybersecurity and industry events. He has presented at the Dreamforce Conference, The CFO Technology Conference and the Israeli Cyber Security Showcase. He has been featured in Forbes, Talkin’ Cloud, SecurityWeek, BetaBoston, and more. Gil is the organizer of the Boston branch of, the world’s largest group of Israel-related entrepreneurs, executives and investors helping advance Israeli startups.

Gil has a High-Tech MBA from Northeastern University and holds a double major BA in Computer Science and Philosophy from Tel Aviv University, and is a graduate of MAMRAM (Elite software developer program at IDF Computer & Technology Unit).

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