The 8th Annual CFO Forum

Ralph E. Bennett, '93

President and Chief Financial Officer
Waterworks, Inc.

Ralph E. Bennett

Ralph Bennett, president of Waterworks, grew up in a family of engineers and entrepreneurs. After graduating from Indiana University, he earned his MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and joined Pepsi, where he worked on great brands such as Quaker Oats and Gatorade. Seeking to follow his entrepreneurial passions, he joined Dell in 1999 where he led global finance and operations organizations and was instrumental in starting two new businesses that globalized the Dell business model.

Ralph joined Waterworks in 2007. He was instrumental in positioning Waterworks for success after the housing market collapse and economic recession of 2009. Ralph is leading efforts to grow the accessibility of Waterworks products beyond its core markets, enhance its global supply partnerships, and deliver a client experience that matches the Waterworks product offering.

Waterworks is a design, product, and service leader in the luxury bath and kitchen marketplace. Waterworks sells its proprietary fittings, fixtures, surfaces, and accessories through 14 US and European showrooms, a commercial channel, more than 100 exclusive boutique partners in 20 countries, and a retail channel served by an online store, Bloomingdales, Nordstroms, and Neiman Marcus. The Waterworks value proposition remains focused on creating an experience that reflects its clients’ visions.

Ralph and his family reside in the New York City area.

Day 1: Wednesday Evening (March 8, 2017)

  • 5:30 pm · Registration & Welcome Reception
  • 6:30 pm · Guests are seated for dinner
  • 7:10 pm · Keynote Address: Undersociality
  • 8:30 pm · Cocktails and Conversation

Day 2: Thursday (March 9, 2017)

  • 7:30 am · Breakfast and CFO Networking
  • 8:15 am · Opening Remarks
  • 8:30 am · Sessions 1: Technology and Digitization: Making Marketing More Accountable
  • 9:45 am · Break
  • 10:00 am · Session 2: Booth-led Survey Research
  • 11:15 am · Group Photo
  • 11:30 am · Lunch and Session 3: Millennial Point of View
  • 1:00 pm · CFO Index Presentation
  • 1:15 pm · Break
  • 1:30 pm · Session 4: Board Interactions: Governance, Committees and Communication
  • 2:45 pm · Break
  • 3:00 pm · Session 5: The Outlook for Tax Reform
  • 4:15 pm · Closing Remarks