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Lecture 2005

The Current Status and Future Impact of the Sarbanes - Oxley Act

November 17, 2005
Grandézza Country Club
Estero, Florida

Guest Speakers

Charles J. Kleman

Charles J. Kleman, is the Executive Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Chico’s FAS, Inc.

Mr. Kleman started at Chico’s in January 1989, as the Controller. He has held progressively higher positions within Chico’s, including his current position of Executive Vice President of Finance. From December 1996 to November 2003, he assumed the additional responsibility of Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Kleman established all systems and controls for twelve Company-owned stores in 1989 and took Chico’s FAS, Inc. public in 1993. He was critical in establishing the Company’s culture, including the wildly successful Passport Club and the customer friendly bonus system.

Prior to joining Chico’s, Mr. Kleman was an independent accounting consultant. From 1986 to 1988, he was the Vice President/Controller for Electronic Monitoring & Controls, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of energy management systems. Prior to 1986, Mr. Kleman held positions with various public accounting firms, including over four years with Arthur Andersen & Co.

He has a Bachelors of Science degree in Management Science/Economics from the State University of New York at Geneseo (1975) and serves on its Board of Directors.

Mr. Kleman has lived in Southwest Florida since 1986.


Paul O. Morrison

Paul Morrison is General Auditor for Bank of America. He is responsible for auditing all business activities of the company and reports directly to the Board of Directors through its Audit Committee. He is also a member of the company’s Management Operating Committee.

Mr. Morrison leads a large corporate auditing team that provides independent review and testing of the company’s key processes. As a member of the Risk Management organization, he is also an advisor regarding corporate risk and internal control matters.

Mr. Morrison joined the company in 1996 as the auditor for Global Corporate and Investment Banking. He later became the company’s Deputy General Auditor responsible for auditing all business activities exclusive of Consumer and Commercial Banking.

Prior to joining the company, Morrison held various executive roles at JPMorgan & Co., including head of the Capital Markets Auditing group, chief operating officer of the Audit division, and a member of JPMorgan’s Operating Risk Committee. In addition, his experience includes Salomon Brothers Inc., where he had auditing responsibilities for Emerging Markets, Funding, Derivatives, and Operations and Wells Fargo Bank, where he served as chief financial officer for its Commercial Banking division.

Mr. Morrison graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. He later earned his CPA while employed at Ernst and Young.


Steven O. Swyers

Steven O. Swyers has served as the Lead Global Engagement Partner for Bank of America in the Charlotte, North Carolina, PricewaterhouseCoopers office since 2004.

Mr. Swyers joined the PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP St. Louis office in 1973 and was transferred to the National Accounting Services group in New York in 1982. He then served as an Audit Engagement Partner in the St. Louis office from 1985 to 1987. From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Swyers was the Central Region Corporate Finance managing partner. He held various leadership positions including Audit Leader, Consumer and Industrial Products Leader, and Office Managing Partner in the St. Louis Office from 1993-2003.

Mr. Swyers has extensive experience serving large multinational clients in a variety of industries; including Bank of America, Anheuser-Busch, Edward Jones, Kellwood, Sara Lee, Ralston Purina, Eveready, Leggett & Platt, Express Scripts, and Engineered Support Systems.

Mr. Swyers is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Society of CPA’s. He is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Greater St. Louis Area Boy Scouts Council, Arts and Education Council, and Webster University. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement, Center of Contemporary Arts, St. Louis Art Museum Corporate Partnership, SSM Charitable Foundation, University of Missouri – St. Louis Chancellor’s Council, St. Louis Regional Commerce and Growth Association, and the St. Louis Regional Business Council.

A graduate of the University of Missouri – St. Louis, Mr. Swyers also completed the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School Executive Program.

Mr. Swyers and family reside both in St. Louis, Missouri and Charlotte, North Carolina.


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