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Deputy Treasurer Fran Lawrence Named CFO of the Year Award Winner

Award recognizes excellence in corporate financial stewardship

Raleigh, N.C.—The Department of State Treasurer announced today that Fran Lawrence, the Department’s Chief Financial Officer, was named a CFO Award winner by the Triangle Business Journal. Lawrence, along with the other winners, was honored at a lunch in Raleigh on Thursday.

The CFO Awards honor outstanding financial executives who exemplify excellence as corporate financial stewards. Lawrence received the CFO Award for Government.

At the Department, Lawrence serves as Deputy Treasurer overseeing the Financial Operations Division, which is charged with properly accounting for, and reporting on, all funds that are deposited, invested, and disbursed through the State Treasurer. The Division also performs the State Treasurer's role of serving as the state's banker, and to ensure that efficient banking services are provided to all state agencies and institutions.

“I rest easier knowing that Fran Lawrence is the CFO at the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer,” said State Treasurer Janet Cowell. “She is an experienced financial professional who has brought the operations of the state's bank and the back office accounting and reporting for over a $100 billion state investments to the next level. She is a manager who makes sure her team has the tools and training they need to achieve excellence and grow in their own careers.” 

Lawrence joined the Department in 2011, having previously worked with Progress Energy and Deloitte. She possesses both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting from North Carolina State University. Lawrence stayed in Raleigh following graduation, where she currently lives with her husband, three sons and mother.

“The 2014 class of winners shows the experience and expertise we have in the financial sector in this community,” says Bryan Hamilton, publisher of Triangle Business Journal. “Not only are they providing sound fiscal oversight for their companies, they are impacting how they grow.”

View the full list of winners

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View a high-resolution photo of Fran Lawrence with Treasurer Janet Cowell at the awards lunch on July 10, 2014 in Raleigh