Tuesday, September 18, 2012

POLB Exec Wins CFO Award

Port of Long Beach Chief Financial Officer Sam Joumblat won Chief Financial Officer of the Year honors in the Government Entity category at the Los Angeles Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Awards event on Sept. 12.

The LABJ’s CFO Awards honors top financial professionals in the Los Angeles region for outstanding performance in their roles as corporate financial stewards.

Joumblat, who was appointed CFO in December 2006, oversees the port’s financial responsibilities. Before coming to the port as an employee six years ago, Joumblat worked on financial and revenue audits for the port as a deputy city auditor with the City of Long Beach.

Prior to local government, he spent most of his career in industry. He was a senior manager with the Arthur Andersen accounting firm and worked 15 years with the Atlantic Richfield Co., where he held a number of managerial positions, including supervising internal audit, general accounting, contracting, information technology, health and safety. He began his career as an engineer at Rockwell International, where he worked on the Space Shuttle and other space programs.

Joumblat earned an MBA degree in finance and accounting from the University of Southern California, along with two master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and industrial engineering. He is also a California-licensed Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor.