"The educational content and intellectual capacity contained within ICTF is astounding and surpasses any of the groups I've attended in the past."

"ICTF is the superior international group which stands shoulders above any other organization that may attempt to fill the International business needs."

ICTF's Global Credit Professionals Symposium
April 14-16, 2013
The Ritz-Carlton (A Four Seasons Hotel) - Chicago

"Global Credit Management Excellence, Expert Perspectives and Best Practices"






Thank You to ICTF's 2013 Sponsoring Partners and Symposium Sponsors








"Thanks to ICTF for a great conference packed with valuable updates, best practices and the ever important networking opportunities."


"ICTF has emerged as the premier organization serving the sophisticated international credit executives.”



Sunday, April 14th

6:30 - 7:30 pm

Welcome Reception -
Welcome to Chicago and The ICTF Global Credit Professionals Symposium

Monday, April 15th

8:00 - 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast - sponsored by FCIA

8:30 am

Symposium Opening

8:45 - 9:45 am


Keynote Address:
Globalization, The Big Demographic Shift and The World Economic Crisis

Keynote Speaker:
Ted Fishman, Best-Selling Author, Financial and Economic Journalist 

An international best-selling author, Ted Fishman is an accomplished public speaker who has addressed audiences worldwide. He has been featured on ABC World News Tonight, CNN, Fox, NBC's Today Show, CNBC, NPR, The BBC and Sky News. A former floor trader and member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Ted ran his own trading firm until 1992. He has lived and worked in Japan and Indonesia. Ted is a graduate of Princeton University.                          

9:45 - 10:15 am

Networking Coffee Break - sponsored by IAB

10:15 - 10:45 am

The ICTF Speed Networking Session
Meet fellow members and make new contacts in this high energy session. Networking was never so enjoyable! 

10:45 - 12:30 pm

The ICTF Best Practices and Ideas Exchange Forum:
Best-in-Class Global Credit, Collections and A/R Improvement Initiatives

Addressing the corporate ‘dash for cash’ and need for continuous improvement, the ICTF unique Best Practices Forum features top international credit management pros, who present actionable best-in-class business and profitability growth strategies. An open forum to share experience and discuss best practices - equip yourself with actionable ideas and practical solutions.

  • The Land O'Lakes Export Growth Story:
    International Growth - Credit Department and Process Improvements Along the Way

    Hear about Land O'Lakes export journey, how it all started some fifteen years ago and how it's evolved - including  instruments and measurements, ongoing improvements in Customer Financial Services and order-to-cash optimization.

Speaker: Sue Higgins, RGCP, Senior Credit Manager - Land O'Lakes Inc.

  • The Celanese Six Sigma Disputes and Deductions Management Case:
    Leveraging Six Sigma to Manage Disputes and Deductions, and Improve Cash Flow

    Learn how Celanese has successfully tackled deduction issues and their adverse effect on receivables worldwide, thus improving the dispute resolution processes and credit function, increasing cash flow, unlocking working capital and supporting the company’s profitability goals.  

Speaker: Mark Walker, Global Credit Manager - Celanese Corporation

12:30 - 1:45 pm

Networking Lunch

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Compliance Considerations for Doing Business in Emerging Markets
Have you ever accepted a payment from a third party? Identifying, assessing and managing the compliance risks of operating a global business with an emphasis on emerging markets – what can you do to make sure you and your company emerge unscathed
and how do you steer clear of trouble when doing business in China, India, Latin America, Russia, and other markets.

Presenter: Ty Cobb, Partner – Hogan Lovells

3:00 - 3:30 pm

Networking Coffee Break - sponsored by IACC

3:30 - 5:00 pm

Enhancing Sales and Strengthening Liquidity with Competitive Export Financing and Risk Mitigation Tools
Insight on how banks, credit insurers and corporates interact with each other; how banks and credit insurers assess the quality of the portfolio, and the expanding role of the credit department. Overview of the latest innovations in Supply Chain Finance from a credit and sales enhancement standpoint, A/R purchasing and customer financing programs supported by corporate and bank guarantees, and new developments in light of Basel III.

Facilitator: Jeff Jankowiak, Partner - International Risk Consultants, Inc.

Buddy Baker, RGCP, Vice President - Fifth Third Bank
Anthony Barrett, Vice President - Atradius Trade Credit Insurance
Andre Python, Vice President Underwriting - FCIA
Arjan van de Wall, Regional Director (Americas)  - Euler Hermes
Marcus Wunderlich, Vice President, North America Trade Finance - Citi Transaction Services 

7:00 pm

Networking Dinner

Tuesday, April 16th    


8:00 - 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast - sponsored by Coface

8:30 - 10:15 am

Global Economic and Country Risk Review - Insights, Trends and World Market Forecasts
Join Dr. Belcsák and Dan North in a discussion of the current business climate, economic and political outlook, regional and country trends, and major risks shaping global markets in today’s extraordinarily challenging times.
Real-time market intelligence and forecasts with ample time for questions.


Dr. Hans Belcsák, President - S.J. Rundt & Associates
Dan North, Chief Economist - Euler Hermes

10:15 - 10:45 am

Networking Coffee Break

10:45 - 12:00 pm

Latin America: International Credit Risk Management - New Developments and Practical Solutions for the U.S. Exporter

Discussion of international credit risk management practices and issues affecting the way companies conduct business in Latin America today, including assessment of customer creditworthiness, risk mitigation, security instruments, customer visits and due diligence.

Walter Rebello - International Credit, Senior Manager, Ravago Americas

12:00 pm

Symposium Adjourns



The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel)
1160 East Pearson Street at Water Tower Place, Chicago, IL 60611

Room Rate: $199 plus tax (free internet)


By Phone: Call 1-312-266-1000 - Reference Group Name: ICTF Symposium

Reservations must be made no later than March 20, 2013




Early Bird Registration
through February 28, 2013

Member Rate: $625
Non-Member First Time ICTF Event Attendee: $625
Non-Member Rate: $775

Regular Registration
March 1, 2013 and after

ICTF Member Rate: $775
Non-Member First Time ICTF Event Attendee: $775
Non-Member Rate: $925

REGISTER ONLINE or email ICTF at: info@ictfworld.org

Non-Member companies who are first-time attendees may use 'promo code' NMFT13 when registering.



*Registration, Substitution and Cancellation Policy: Please note that in order to receive the 'Early Bird' discounts, both registration and payment must be received by the Early Bird deadline. Substitutions of attendees may be made at any time by providing a reasonable advance notice to ICTF. Unfortunately, we cannot issue a refund or credit for any cancellations received within two weeks of the event start date. ICTF reserves the right to assess an administrative fee of $50 for cancellations.



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