Speaker Bios - April 21, 2009
The Motley Fool
Ollen Douglass joined The Motley Fool in 2001 as the director of budgeting and financial planning, and was promoted to chief financial officer in 2004. During his tenure, Ollen has played a key role in shaping the strategic direction of the company and implementing the structure and processes necessary to grow the company and achieve fiscal responsibility. In addition to his finance duties, Ollen also oversees the company's UK operations. Prior to joining the Fool, Ollen worked as vice president of finance for First Nationwide Mortgage, a division of California Federal Bank (now Citibank), where he was responsible for financial planning for a $100 billion mortgage-servicing portfolio, as well as strategic analyses of the company's fair lending activities. From 1995 to 1998, he worked for First Horizon Home Loan Corporation in Dallas, Texas, managing portfolio valuations and analyses and assisting in related risk management. Ollen began his professional career an auditor with KPMG Peat Marwick in Baltimore. He received a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Baltimore in 1989 and is a CPA.
David J. Lynch
Staff Writer/Global Business
David J. Lynch covers global business issues for USA TODAY. He joined the paper in 1994 as a staff writer in the Money section before becoming the founding bureau chief in both London (1997) and Beijing (2002). David covered the war in Kosovo and the invasion of Iraq as an embedded reporter with the U.S. Marines. In 2001, he was a Nieman fellow at Harvard University. He has reported from more than 50 countries. Before joining USA TODAY, David covered the aerospace industry for The Orange County Register in southern California. In the 1980s, he was the editor of a trade publication focused on national security issues in Washington, D.C., called Defense Week. David has a masters degree in international relations from Yale University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.