Women Who Win Atlanta

by: Smith and Howard

March 31, 2016

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March is a month of many activities – Pi Day, St. Patrick’s Day, the first day of spring, Good Friday and more. The month of March is also recognized as National Women’s History Month. There are many influential women serving the Atlanta community and as the month of March comes to a close we thought it seemed fitting to highlight a few of these impactful women who happen to have strong financial backgrounds. 

Hala Moddelmog, President and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber 

Hala Moddelmog joined the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) in 2014 as the first female president and CEO, following a career in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Moddelmog is quite an accomplished woman and here is why:

She became the first women to lead an international restaurant company in 1995, Church’s Chicken – the world’s third largest chicken brand. In 2006, she served as president and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure where she established a Scientific Advisory Board and the Susan G. Komen Advocacy Alliance. Before joining MAC, she served as president of Arby’s Restaurant Group where her achievements are unmatched. To learn more about Moddelmog and her involvement in the Atlanta community, click here

Carol B. Tomé, CFO and Executive Vice President of Corporate Services of The Home Depot

Home Depot’s CFO and Executive Vice President of Corporate Services, Carol Tomé, has been named one of the most powerful women in business. Tomé manages the company’s $83 billion in revenue and has been ranked as the No. 2 CFO in the country by The Wall Street Journal. 

In 1995, Tomé joined the Home Depot family and in 2001 she began serving as the Chief Financial Officer. By 2007, she was named Executive Vice President of Corporate Services and CFO.  Tomé oversees and leads areas of real estate, financial services, strategic business development, growth initiatives and more. 

Tomé is active on various boards and committees including the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, the American Red Cross, the Atlanta Botanical Garden and more. To learn more about Carol Tomé, click here

Kathy N. Waller, Executive Vice President and CFO of The Coca-Cola Company 

In 1987 The Coca-Cola Company welcomed Kathy Waller as a Senior Accountant in the Accounting Research Department. Before joining The Coca-Cola Company, Waller worked for Deloitte. She holds her bachelor and MBA degrees from the University of Rochester and is a Certified Public Accountant. 

Since joining Coke, Waller has assumed various roles within the company and now serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer overseeing M&A Investor Relations, Tax, Treasury, Audit, Accounting and Controls, Reporting and Analysis, Real Estate and Risk Management.

Outside of the Coca-Cola family, Waller serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Rochester, Energy Company, Delta Air Lines, Inc., Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V. and the Board of Trustees of Spelman College. In addition, she serves on the advisory board of Catalyst, a leading nonprofit whose mission serves to expand opportunities for women and business.

Virginia Hepner, President and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center  

Virginia Hepner joined the Woodruff Arts Center in 2012 after a 25 year run in the corporate finance world. A native of Arkansas, Hepner earned her B.S. in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania and her MBA from Northwestern University. In 2005, she considered retirement, but decided she wasn’t finished serving her community just yet. 

Hepner demonstrates leadership in both her career and her community. In addition to fulfilling her role at the Woodruff Arts Center, Hepner currently serves on various boards including the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Midtown Alliance and the Woodruff Arts Center.

And there you have it! These are just a few women that have created a large impact in the Atlanta community. 

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