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Mary A. Winston, Family Dollar Stores

Mary Winston
Source: Family Dollar Stores, Inc.

Mary Winston is best known as a highly successful executive with a unique balance of core financial expertise and strong leadership skills. A seasoned CFO with extensive public and private company experience, she is known for achieving results that enhance financial performance and increase corporate value. Winston is experienced in all financial and accounting functions, as well as leading major cost reduction/restructuring programs, managing sourcing/procurement functions, raising capital, implementing/maintaining strong internal control and corporate governance programs and building strong financial organizations. She has global experience in a number of industries, including retail, publishing/education/media, pharmaceuticals, consumer products and manufacturing, demonstrating a unique ability to apply financial knowledge to many different business environments. She is a strong leader who has led large financial groups and served as a key member of senior executive teams.

Winston served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Family Dollar Stores (NYSE: FDO), a leading discount retailer with about $10 billion in revenue, 7,600 stores and 59,000 team members. In this role, she lead the finance and communications functions and was a valued financial and strategic adviser to the company's CEO and its president and COO, as well as a key member of the company's senior executive committee. Prior to joining Family Dollar Stores, Winston served as senior vice president and CFO for Giant Eagle, a leader in grocery and fuel retail with over $10 billion in revenue. Before joining Giant Eagle, she was executive vice president and CFO for Scholastic Corp., a global leader in publishing, education and media. Prior to joining Scholastic, Winston held several vice presidential and executive-level positions with broad, global financial responsibility at Visteon Corp., a multibillion dollar global automotive supplier; Pfizer, the world's largest global pharmaceutical company; and Baxter International, a global diversified health care company. She began her career in public accounting as an auditor with Arthur Andersen & Co.

In addition to several other honors, Winston was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business by Black Enterprise magazine, one of the 40 Women of Excellence by the Pittsburgh Courier, and one of the 100 Most Influential People in Finance by Treasury & Risk Management magazine.

Winston sits on the board of directors and is chairwoman of the audit committee of Dover Corp. (NYSE: DOV), an $8 billion diversified manufacturer of industrial products. She also sits on the board and audit committee of Plexus Corp. (NASQ: PLXS), an electronics contract manufacturer.

A certified public accountant, she earned an MBA degree from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin.

Winston, her husband and two children reside in Charlotte, N.C.