Ridge Global Executives Address National CFO Conference

May 14, 2009

“Creating Enterprise Value: The Net Gain of Security in a Risk-Based World” was the subject of remarks by Secretary Tom Ridge, president and CEO of Ridge Global, as he spoke to attendees of the National CFO conference held by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

“A risk-intelligent enterprise is one that views risk management as a core business function,” said Ridge. “Growth in tough times means that companies early on must determine its points of interconnectedness, identify its most pressing risks and then set priorities and manage aggressively. It requires identifying approaches that can achieve business outcomes in more creative and cost-effective ways.”

Other Ridge Global speakers at the conference included Sandra Baer, Principal, Business Development, who addressed how chief financial officers can build relationships within the financial community to enhance their company’s corporate development platform. “It’s important to build trust with the analysts that regularly review your industry,” said Baer. “The information that is communicated must resonate with your company, your shareholders and with Wall Street.”

Luke Ritter, Principal, Risk Management and Global Trade Security, discussed how to turn security and resiliency investments from a net cost to a net benefit. “Businesses can create value today by treating security as an investment rather than an expense. Process management using metrics is a critical component of a successful enterprise security strategy.”

Held in San Diego, California, the AICPA conference hosted CFOs, investment bankers and other members of the national corporate financial community.

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