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Business Continuity Planning from a CFO’s Perspective (How to Avoid the Common Pitfalls)
Author            : Judy Bell
Designation    :CEO
Company        :Disaster Survival Planning Network (DSPN)
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Judy Bell, is the founder and CEO of Disaster Survival Planning Network ( She is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) through the International Association of Emergency Managers, and a member of the American Society of Professional Emergency Planners (ASPEP). Ms. Bell holds a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Northridge, and an MBA from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.

As a Division Manager for Pacific Bell, Ms. Bell directed the activities of some 2400 employees and was responsible for all central offices and data services within area codes 213 and 310 (Los Angeles), as well as all long distance services within Southern California. During the Whittier Earthquake of 1987, Ms. Bell, as EOC Chair, coordinated the overall restoration of the Pacific Bell public telephone network. She has participated with industry associations at national and international levels, and, in 1991, authored the first book on business continuity for the private sector, Disaster Survival Planning: A Practical Guide for Businesses.

Ms. Bell founded DSPN in 1988. During the last 16 years, DSPN has provided planning expertise to more than 60 clients throughout the United States, including major businesses, utilities, government agencies, colleges and universities, and community organizations. Current DSPN projects being led by Ms. Bell include those at Federated Department Stores, Macy’s, Bon-Macy's, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), Art Center College of Design, and Discovery Communications, Inc.

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