United States Federal Reserve Chaiman Ben Bernake, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s Peter Oppenheimer, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Brent Callinicos and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) George Zinn were included in the list of 100 Most Influential People in Finance by Treasury & Risk, a multi-platform platform community magazine providing a blend of editorial, strategic insights and tactical solutions to readers about the financial industry.
According to the magazine, the most influential individuals in the financial sector were chosen based on their ability to implement innovative approaches and strategies in elevating the global economic recovery in the midst of ongoing financial regulatory reforms and alarming debt crisis within the Eurozone.
Chairman Ben Bernanke was able to manage the United States political stand-off on the debt ceiling, sovereign debt downgrade, the potential blow-up of the euro and most importantly he increased transparency within the Federal Reserve Board. U.S Treasury Secretary Timothy Geitner was also instrumental in pushing for radical solutions to solve the economic crises and warned the Obama Administration that severe budget cut will lead to economic disaster.
The Financial Executives within the technology industry were also among the movers and shakers in the financial world. Peter Oppenheimer, CFO and SVP of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is recognized as a strategic CFO with strong people skills. He made a decision for Apple to issue a dividend for the first time.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Treasurer and Vice-president Brent Callinicos implemented the automation of Google’s treasury functions and reporting system and initiated the expansion of payments infrastructure to non-treasury payment. He also accepted additional responsibilities to supervise the company’s worldwide accounting and tax.
On the other hand, George Zinn, Treasurer and Corporate Vice-president of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) together with his team implemented solutions to resolve treasury issues including cash visibility and risk tracking, which made Microsoft the overall recipient of the Alexander Hamilton Award for the fourth time.
Paul Simpson, Head of Global Transaction Banking of Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Diane Reyes, HSBC Global Head of Payments and Cash Management; Steve Ellis, Wells Fargo & Co. EVP and Head of Wholesale Services and Paul Camp, Managing Director and Global Management Executive of JPMorgan Treasury Services were also include in the list.