Corporate Development (CD) Forum

 "CD Forum"  is a quarterly dinner meeting/ discussion forum for Corporate Development Officers (CDOs) and other M&A, Transactional and Strategy executives, generally from larger corporations.  Over the 15 years of the Forum more than 200 CDO's have attended, with many current "regulars."  A typical dinner discussion group has a CDO leading the discussion on an important topic of interest, with 15 to 25 CDOs attending.

Value proposition:  This exclusive, strictly peer-to-peer, meeting is an excellent forum for Corporate Development Officers and other corporate transactional executives to share experiences and best practices while developing relationships in a convenient, enjoyable and relaxing setting. 
       "Since its inception, over 10 years ago, the CD Forum has been for me a great vehicle for exchanging ideas and insights with many other CD executives." Joe Dunning, Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions, J.M. Huber Corporation. 
       "The CD Forum is an intimate and valuable venue for business development professionals to discuss openly topical issues and best practices, and to network for new ideas. I have developed relationships with high-level colleagues from other companies here who I never would have met otherwise," George Koutsaftes, Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions, Honeywell Specialty Materials. 

Attendees:  Prior attendees of the CD Forum include Hercules Angelatos, SVP-Administration/Finance, Hapag-Lloyd (America); David Blaskey, SVP, Development & Integration, Avis Budget Group; Brian Buchert, Director, Corporate Strategy and M&A, Church & Dwight; Pierce Cleary, Manager of Business Development, Metal Improvement Co., Subsidiary of Curtiss-Wright; Pat Fetaya, New Business Development, Ethicon, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Company; Kevin Kilroy, Head of Business Planning, RBU NA, Linde Group; Mitch Koppelman, VP, M&A & Planning, Minerals Technologies;  John Lillis, VP, Acquisitions and Strategic Alliances, Pitney Bowes Management Services; Bob Lurie, VP North American Business Development, Ocean Power Technologies; Koshi Okamoto, Executive Director, Corporate Business Development, Hitachi Metals America; Laurent Paty, Director of Customer Programs and Market Development, Petra Solar; and Rick Surett, SVP, Financial Planning & Analysis, Ports America.

The CD Forums are kindly supported by IntraLinks and EisnerAmper LLP.

2024 Forum Dinners:
May 16, 2024 - 5:30 to 8:30pm

For more information, contact PLEASE NOTE: If you are qualified to attend this forum, please register via the link in the email invitation or email  This event is invitation-only and therefor the registration link is not public on the website.  Click for Covid Policy/Protocol


INTERESTED IN SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES?  Contact Lou Halstead ( or Diane McLevy ( to learn more. 
Click on the following link to view the ACG NJ CD Sponsors Package: ACG NJ CD Forum Sponsorship Packages