Managing Personal and World Finance

The World Finance 100 honours those individuals and organisations which have achieved the pinnacle of success across a wide range of disciplines, not only in business but also in politics, philanthropy and academia. In addition to this prestigious award, this annual award is presented to people and organisations which have made a lasting positive impact on the global economy, helping to shape the very foundation of today’s global society. This list includes some of the most prominent figures in world finance. It also recognises many lesser known but still significant players who have done remarkably well by keeping their focus on areas where they can make a difference to the betterment of the world.

World Finance has selected ten of the most influential, outstanding and well-standing organisations which will receive the World Finance 100 gold medal, as part of this year’s World Finest Brands. These include the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank, the Bank of England, the European Securities and Exchange Commission, the Royal Bank of Switzerland, the International Business Network, the European Central Bank, the International Finance Institute, the National Bureau for Bankruptcy, the World Trade Organization, the World Trade Organisation, and the European Union. Among the most notable public figures, the World Bank is perhaps the one institution which is probably the most well-known, with its history dating back over a century. Other recipients on this year’s World Finance 100 list include the following:

* Emeritus Professor William D. Phillips, currently a professor at Cornell University, has held various positions at the London School of Economics and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He is currently a member of the UN Security Council for peace and security, and is a senior advisor to the World Bank’s Sustainable Development Initiative. He has also served as an economic adviser to the British government, and as an advisor to the Central and Eastern European Supervisory Authority. William Phillips is recognised as being an important voice on the world finance and personal installment lending issues.

* World Finance Managing Partner and Managing Director of the World Wealth Affair Charitable Trust is John Combs. He currently serves as the Senior Director of Policy and Programs at the Charitable Funds of Middle East Relief, where he is responsible for managing the organization’s international development programs. He has also served as the coordinator for the Cross-Cultural Training programme for developing the capacity of non-profit managers and staff. Prior to this position, Combs was the Senior Communications Director of Global Resorts International, where he was responsible for communications planning, policy, programming, and strategy. He has also served as the communications director for the Palm Beach County, Florida Area Agency on Aging. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California, and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Miami.

* Credit Card Pros and Cons Specialist Janet Phelan is a Certified Management Accountant with a Master’s in Financial Services from American University in Washington, DC. She currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of PGA Insurance Company where she manages the company’s healthcare plans and its global portfolio. Janet is also the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of American Express. She has over twenty-nine years of experience in the credit card industry.

* World Finance Secretary – Jason Green is currently a Principal with Pimco, a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, an Executive Director for the Santa Fe Institute, and he is currently serving on the board of directors of Alston Business Group, a private investment firm, and is a speaker and consultant. Prior to his appointment as Secretary of State, Jason served as the chief financial officer of the State of Maryland. He was also a CFO for Time Warner Inc., serving as CFO for both that company and the Baltimore Orioles baseball team. Prior to that role, he served as the chief financial officer of Xerox. He is a certified public accountant with an MBA from Harvard University.

* Personal Installment Loans and World Finance Secretary – Scott Pelham is currently a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, a partner at the venture capital firm Scopian Fund, and he is currently the CFO of Time Warner Inc. Before that role, Mr. Pelham served as the CFO of BellSouth, where he had responsibility for the company’s sales and marketing divisions. Additionally, he served as the treasurer of the now bankrupt Bell Mobility and served as the president and CEO of Bell Atlantic, one of America’s largest wireless carriers. Prior to being appointed to the governorship of the Maryland state Board of Education, Mr. Pelham was finance director for Alston Realty, where he had responsibility for Bell’s residential properties.

* Credit Card Debt and World Finance Secretary – Ed Goewey is currently the CFO of Credit Cards and Investments for Bank of America, and he is responsible for the bank’s financial division including debt, financing, and collections. Prior to that role, Mr. Goewey was the CFO for JP Morgan Chase Bank, where he had responsibility for the bank’s financing, working with the trucking and transportation industries, among other things. While at Chase Bank, Mr. Goewey was also responsible for the bank’s commercial mortgage operations. As a result of that position, he has a thorough understanding of the trucking and transportation industries in the United States, the impact of recession on them, and how he will handle the problems inherent in doing so as well. He is also very familiar with the debit card and installment loans practices in place at all of the major lending institutions.