December 15, 2014

Lorenz Capalad
(732) 868-0000 x118

SOMERSET, NJ – On December 12th 2014, Francis “Fran” Shammo, CFO of Verizon Communications, Inc. was honored at the CFO Studio reception celebrating the launch of the Fourth Quarter issue of CFO Studio magazine. The event was attended by prominent finance executives and was held at the Westin Governor Morris Inn in Morristown, NJ. Guests enjoyed cocktails, food and a special visit from Santa Claus, who came bearing sweet treats for all.

The evening was hosted by CFO Studio and Real Estate Strategies Corporation and sponsored by Deloitte, JP Morgan Chase, Robert Half International, and Revelwood.

Mr. Shammo addressed the group and spoke about the risks that fueled his professional success. “You can’t have success as a CFO without some failure,” he said. “Because you can’t have success without taking risk.” Fran introduced members of his team and went on to speak about some of the bold moves he has supported at Verizon, including taking aggressive measures to elevate Verizon to become a world-class organization, supporting innovation and investing capital in incubation business.

Mr. Shammo also spoke about the importance of recognizing talent and getting that talent on your team. “I know I’m not the smartest person in the room,” said Mr. Shammo. “But as one of my mentor’s once said to me, you don’t have to be the smartest person in the room. You just have to be smart enough to recognize who are the smartest people in the room.”

To read more about Mr. Shammo’s venturesome risks and management philosophies, visit Francis is featured in the Fourth Quarter 2014 issue of CFO Studio magazine.

The next CFO Studio event will be an Executive Dinner meeting held on January 20th, 2015. Kevin Lenahan, CFO of Atlantic Health System, will lead a discussion on “CFOs, Inspiring Management and Employees to Benefit Under the ACA.” To request an invitation, please contact Lorenz Capalad at

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In 2015, CFO Studio and its affiliates will be expanding to serve major markets outside the Tri-state Region. Plans are underway to share information with and facilitate connections between finance executives in more cities across the country.

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As part of our commitment to helping members of the CFO community find opportunities for career advancement and professional development, CFO Studio is creating a directory to help connect CFOs interested in serving on boards with companies looking to offer finance executives this opportunity. If you or someone you know is actively looking to participate on a board, please contact Lorenz Capalad at

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