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Irv Rothman    

President & CEO of HP Financial Services

With over forty years of executive experience, Irv Rothman is a renowned financial services expert and has an acknowledged track record of excellence. Whether engaging in start-ups, large mergers, joint venture and M&A activities, turnaround situations, or global operations, Rothman’s Gutsball mentality has fueled his undeniable success and powerful execution.

Rothman started his assent with leadership positions at U.S. Leasing International and Thomson McKinnon Securities before joining AT&T in 1985. As group president, he helped build AT&T Capital into a $9 billion corporation. Now, as President and CEO of HP Financial Services, Rothman leads over 1500 employees and oversees $12.5 billion in assets by championing a culture of trust, collaboration, autonomy and ethical behavior that works to better serve their customers.

Prior to joining HP, Rothman was president and CEO of Compaq Financial Services (CFS). As leader of the company’s 1997 start-up, he built CFS into a global business across 43 countries, ultimately achieving $3.4 billion in assets, and $1 billion in revenue through joint ventures, acquisitions, and creating new operations. In 2002, Rothman cemented his Gutsball ethos with his influence on the HP/Compaq merger, a deal that married Compaq’s global reach with HP’s technological prowess and resulted in a state-of-the-art finance and leasing company now producing over $3.5 billion in annual revenue.

Irv Rothman did his undergraduate work at Rutgers and later received his MBA from Pepperdine. He is the author of Out-Executing the Competition: Building and Growing a Financial Services Company in Any Economy, an engaging and lively account of his career focusing on his work at financial services companies. As a speaker, Rothman’s consistent record of success and insider perspective make him the perfect guide to the art of building and growing a financial services company. He offers audiences a glimpse into his numerous accomplishments and provides takeaways they can apply to their own companies, whatever the industry.

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The Next Natural Progression, Irv walks corporate executives through the struggles and lessons he learned transitioning from a CFO to CEO, and what it takes for existing CFO’s to make the switch.

Play Gutsball

Out-execute the competition takes an interpersonal look at how to ignite the passion to succeed and the courage behind intelligent risk taking

Straight from the CEO

Does your business model invite or impede innovation? breaks down the necessary skills and forward thinking mindsets to help companies and professions adapt and survive in the face of an uncertain future

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