CFO Recognition Awards 2012: Lori Beaudoin, Duckhorn Wine Co.

Senior vice president and chief financial officer

[caption id="attachment_59611" align="alignleft" width="220" caption="Lori Beaudoin"][/caption]Duckhorn Wine Company1000 Lodi Ln., Saint Helena 94574, 707-963-7108,

Employees: 150

Professional background: CPA, public accounting, business valuation, personal care, software and wine industries

Education: B.S. Accounting, University of Idaho

Age: 30 years of experience -- let’s leave it at that!

Comment about Lori Beaudoin: "She has offered some incredible insight into our small privately owned company from her public-accounting background and understands the value of even the smallest decisions as it relates to our very customer-centric premium wine business." --Alex Ryan, president, Duckhorn Wine Co.

Questions for Ms. Beaudoin:

What do you see as the essential role of a financial leader in the current environment?

A CFO must take a leading role in determining short-term and long-term corporate strategy, improving day-to-day operations and driving bottom-line results. In the current economic environment, a financial leader has to appreciate and assess the changing business conditions to help guide the organization past today’s challenges and contribute to the strategic decisions necessary to sustain growth and create value as economic conditions improve.

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