Our selection committee for these awards is an independent group from local businesses and academia. These highly respected leaders bring critical judgement, enthusiasm and wisdom to this event.
Former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ingredion Incorporated
Ms. Beebe is a 30+ year veteran of the company and has served in a number of positions including senior advisor to the CEO, chief financial officer, vice president finance and corporate treasurer since the inception of Corn Products International in 1998. Cheryl joined the company when it was part of CPC International in 1980 and served in various positions in CPC’s U.S. consumer food business, North American audit group and worldwide corporate treasury group.
Margaret Shân Atkins
Professional Corporate Director and the Co-founder of Chetrum Capital LLC
Ms. M. Shân Atkins has served as an independent board member of numerous North American public companies for over a decade. Her background is in the consumer, retail and healthcare sectors, where she has worked as both an executive and a consultant prior to her current full-time service as an independent director.
Peter J. Bensen
Former CAO and CFO of McDonald’s Corporation
Mr. Bensen currently serves on the Boards of Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:LW), a leading supplier of frozen potato and other food products to restaurants and retailers around the world and CarMax, Inc. (NYSE:KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used vehicles. Pete is chair of the KMX Audit Committee and a member of the LW Audit Committee. He previously served as a Director of Catamaran Corporation (NASDAQ:CTRX), a pharmacy benefit manager, from December 2011 to July 2015 (when company was sold to UnitedHealth Group), during which time he was Chair of the Compensation Committee.
Kelly Richmond Pope
Professor School of Accountancy and MIS at DePaul University
Kelly Richmond Pope is a professor in the School of Accountancy and MIS at DePaul University. She received her doctorate in accounting from Virginia Tech and she is licensed certified public accountant. She worked in the forensic accounting practice at KPMG, LLP on anti-money laundering engagements, insurance fraud investigations and fraud risk management projects.