Blythe McGarvie Expert on going global, finance and leadership

Blythe J. McGarvie is one of the world’s leading authorities on global financial ethics, women in business, and corporate leadership. Directorship cites Blythe McGarvie as one of the “Most Influential People on Corporate Governance and in the Boardroom.” Her latest book, Shaking the Globe: Courageous Decision-Making in a Changing World (published by John Wiley & Sons) was available in bookstores January 2009. The book draws on McGarvie’s expertise in understanding what is required to succeed in the global marketplace and how to respond to worldwide economic trends.

Ms McGarvie is founder and C.E.O. of LIF Group, a firm offering a global perspective for clients seeking profitable growth & providing customized seminars for corporate and academic groups. She has a pulse on responding effectively to changing global markets as a result of her extensive experience and service on several boards including Accenture, Pepsi Bottling Group, The Travelers Companies, and Viacom.

McGarvie was appointed Senior Fellow for Northwestern’ University’s Kellogg Innovation Network. She was a pioneering CFO, and in 1995, was one of only ten female CFOs in the Fortune 500. Prior to LIF Group, from 1999 to 2002, Ms. McGarvie was Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of BIC Group, a publicly-traded French consumer goods company. Prior to joining BIC and moving to Paris, Ms. McGarvie was CFO of Hannaford Bros. Co., a $4 billion supermarket retailer, acquired by the DelHaize Group in 1999.

She launched her international career at Sara Lee Corporation, serving as the Chief Administrative Officer-Pacific Rim, where she was responsible for the finance, strategy, information technology and human resources functions for the personal product business in Asia Australia and South America, growing the division from $124 million to $600 million in sales over a three-year period ending in 1994. Ms. McGarvie is a Certified Public Accountant. She was featured in the video for the Kellogg Graduate School of Management Centennial kick-off event in October 2008. Visit to learn more about Shaking the Globe.

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