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This list showcases the top Illinois based CFO’ operating in the Finance space. If you think a CFO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected].
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
EVP, CFO & Treasurer of Cboe Global Markets
Brian Schell joined BATS as Chief Financial Officer in March 2011 and is also an Executive Vice President of the firm. Mr. Schell oversees all financial activities for the firm including accounting, finance, forecasting, strategic planning, and deal analysis. A 20-year veteran of the financial services industry, Mr. Schell spent 16 years at H&R Block Inc. where he held various senior leadership positions, concluding his tenure as senior vice president, operations, support, and development for the firm’s Tax Services division. Mr. Schell also served separately as chief financial officer of the Tax Services and H&R Block Financial Advisors units, holding the former position for seven years. During Mr. Schell’s tenure at H&R Block, he led several merger and acquisition assignments, while directing financial operations and strategic planning initiatives that led to significant revenue growth and operational efficiencies. Most recently, Mr. Schell was chief financial officer at Pollen Inc., a Kansas City-based technology company working with large companies redeploying cash in their accounts payables. Mr. Schell began his career as an analyst at JP Morgan & Co. in New York and also spent five years in Washington, D.C., at KPMG Peat Marwick and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, facilitating regulatory-assisted banking transactions. Mr. Schell graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an emphasis in finance. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from The George Washington University.
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About Cboe Global Markets: Cboe Global Markets is an operator of stock and options markets in the U.S. and Europe.
R. Mark Graf
Executive VP & CFO of Discover Financial Services
R. Mark Graf joined Discover in 2011 as executive vice president, chief financial officer. Prior to joining Discover, Mark was an investment advisor with Aquiline Capital Partners, a private equity firm specializing in investments in the financial services industry. Prior to that, he was a partner at Barrett Ellman Stoddard Capital from 2006 to 2008. Mark was executive vice president and chief financial officer for Fifth Third Bank from 2004 to 2006, after having served as its treasurer from 2001 to 2004. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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About Discover Financial Services: Discover Financial Services is a direct banking and payment services company.
Chief Financial Officer of Victory Park Capital
Olibia Stamatoglou joined VPC in 2019 and is the Chief Financial Officer. She oversees business and fund operations, including finance, compliance and accounting. Previously, Olibia Stamatoglou served as vice president of finance at Valor Equity Partners where she managed all firm and fund finance activities. Prior to Valor, she served as chief operating officer and chief financial officer of First National Assets, a specialty finance private equity group specializing in tax lien purchases and real estate owned ventures. She joined First National Assets from Aurora Investment Management where she progressed through several accounting roles. Olibia Stamatoglou was recognized as one of Crain’s Notable Women in Finance for 2019. Olibia Stamatoglou received a B.S. in accounting and finance from DePaul University. She is a registered Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois (inactive).
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About Victory Park Capital: Victory Park Capital Advisors focuses on providing privately negotiated debt and opportunistic equity solutions.
D. Craig Mense
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of CNA Insurance Company
Craig has overall responsibility for CNA’s Corporate Finance Department, which provides asset and capital management, financial planning and analysis, investor relations, treasury services, corporate accounting, financial reporting, corporate tax, ceded reinsurance, financial regulation, internal audit and compliance, corporate development, and shared services to the organization. He is also responsible for Enterprise Risk Management and CNA’s non-core operations which include Life & Group Operations and Global Resource Managers which oversees CNA Re and other run-off operations. Craig holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in accounting from Georgetown University. He is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU).
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About CNA Insurance Company: CNA is an Insurance Company, selling insurance products and services.
Steven E. Cunningham
Chief Financial Officer of Enova International
Steven E. Cunningham has served as senior vice president and chief risk officer since May 2013. He is also responsible for Discover’s Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review and Resolution Planning program offices. Steve joined Discover in 2010 as senior vice president and treasurer. Prior to joining Discover, Steve held senior management roles with Harley-Davidson Financial Services, Capital One Financial and the FDIC. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree from The George Washington University.
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About Enova International: Enova provides reliable, real-time financial options for people facing immediate cash demands.
Karina B. Stahl
Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer – Investment Funds of Monroe Capital
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About Monroe Capital: Monroe Capital is a provider of senior and junior debt and equity co-investments to middle market companies in the U.S. and Canada
Stephen H. Haworth
Chief Financial Officer of Flexpoint Ford
Stephen H. Haworth is a Principal and Chief Financial Officer of Flexpoint Ford. Prior to joining Flexpoint Ford, Mr. Haworth was a partner at the accounting firm of Ernst and Young LLP. Mr. Haworth began his career in 1985 in the Chicago office of Ernst and Young LLP. From 1992 to 1994 Mr. Haworth was a member of Ernst and Young’s National Tax Department in Washington D.C.
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About Flexpoint Ford: Flexpoint Ford is a private equity firm specializing in financial services and healthcare investments.
Senior Managing Director, CFO of RJ O’Brien and Associates
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About RJ O’Brien and Associates: The oldest and largest independent futures brokerage and clearing firm in the United States.
Kevin M. Killips
Executive Managing Director & Chief Financial Officer of PrivateBancorp
Kevin M. Killips is Executive Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer for The PrivateBank. In this role, Killips is responsible for the financing planning, treasury, accounting, reporting and management functions for the Company. He also oversees comprehensive operations, including information technology. Killips most recently served as Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller with Discover Financial Services since March 2008, responsible for comprehensive accounting, reporting, planning and tax functions. Prior to that, Killips worked for nearly 10 years at LaSalle Bank and its then-parent company, ABN AMRO, serving as Executive Vice President, North American Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller. He also was director of Internal Audit, and then Vice President-Finance at Transamerica Corporation. Killips began his career at Ernst & Young, where he served from 1979-1993. Killips serves as vice chair of the Board of Trustees for Dominican University.
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About PrivateBancorp: PrivateBancorp as a Delaware corporation in 1989 to provide highly personalized financial services.
Founder, Chief Strategy Officer & Interim CFO of Paro
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About Paro: Paro is a startup that offers a curated professional services marketplace for finance professionals.
Chief Financial Officer of Clearent
Brent Coles is the Chief Financial Officer at Clearent.
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About Clearent: Clearent provides payment processing services to financial institutions, ISOs and agents, developers, and merchants.
Nimish S. Bhatt
CFO & SVP of Calamos Investments
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About Calamos Investments: Calamos Investments is a global investment firm committed to excellence in investment management and client services.