THE INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANTS AND ROBERT HALF HONOR NATIONAL FINANCIAL EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR

Jacqualyn Fouse Of Alcon, Inc. Named National Winner

MONTVALE, NJ and MENLO PARK, CA, November 17, 2005 -- The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and Robert Half today announced that Jacqualyn Fouse, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Fort Worth, Texas-based Alcon, Inc. (www.alconlabs.com), has been selected as the national winner of the 2005 Financial Executive of the Year Award. She was chosen from hundreds of nominations submitted throughout the country for executives demonstrating exceptional achievements in the finance and accounting fields.

 

During her tenure at Alcon, Fouse has implemented numerous cost-saving initiatives that have resulted in significant increases in the company’s gross profit margins. Committed to her community and academics, Fouse serves in a variety of roles with the University of Texas system and is heavily involved in Alcon’s global efforts to save sight and eliminate avoidable blindness.

 

“IMA congratulates Jacqualyn Fouse for her outstanding contributions in helping her organization delivery on its strategies,” said IMA President & CEO Paul Sharman. “Her selection for this award, as well as all of the nominations received, exemplify the extensive value that management accounting and finance professionals deliver within organizations.”

 

“The Financial Executive of the Year Award program enables us to pay tribute to finance and accounting executives who exhibit integrity, leadership and a commitment to excellence within the profession,” said Paul Gentzkow, president and chief operating officer of Robert Half. “We are proud to honor Jacqualyn Fouse and all of the 2005 nominees and regional award recipients.”

 

Jacqualyn Fouse was nominated by the Texas IMA Council and was selected as the national winner from a group of 21 regional winners. She will be honored during a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas on December 12 and will also receive a $2,500 scholarship donated to the school of her choice.

 

Regional Financial Executive of the Year Award winners were also selected by each participating IMA council. For a complete list of award recipients, visit http://feya.rhi.com/winners.htm.

 

With a worldwide network of more than 70,000 professionals, IMA is the world’s leading organization dedicated to empowering managerial finance and accounting professionals to participate within their organizations to create economic value. Through certification, continuing education, thought leadership, networking, and advocacy of the highest ethical and professional practices, IMA equips financial management and management accounting professionals to create value and build quality financial practices into their organizations, helping to ultimately rebalance the accountancy profession. For more information about IMA, visit www.imanet.org.

 

Robert Half was founded in 1948 and is the first and largest specialized staffing firm for accounting and finance professionals. Its financial staffing divisions include Robert Half® Finance & Accounting, Accountemps® and Robert Half® Management Resources, for full-time, temporary and senior-level project professionals, respectively. The company has more than 330 offices worldwide and offers career and employment resources on its divisional websites, all of which can be accessed at www.roberthalf.com.

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