Joe Natoli Wins South Florida Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Award

Joe Natoli, the University of Miami’s Senior Vice President for Business and Finance and Chief Financial Officer and Interim Chief Operating Officer for the Miller School and UHealth, has won South Florida Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Award in the Nonprofit Company category.

Natoli manages the University’s accounting and finance functions, including endowment and other long-term investments, as well as human resources and employee benefits, information technology, procurement, risk management, real estate planning and construction, buildings and grounds, and auxiliaries, including the BankUnited Center, and campus police.

Before joining the University, Natoli spent 30 years with Knight Ridder, at the time the nation’s second largest newspaper company, where he served as chairman and publisher of the company’s largest newspapers, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News. He previously was president and publisher of the San Jose Mercury News, and president of The Miami Herald Publishing Company. He joined the University in September 2006 following the purchase of Knight Ridder by the McClatchy Company and subsequent divestiture of The Inquirer and Daily News. Most of his newspaper career was spent in Miami, on the Knight Ridder corporate staff and at The Miami Herald, where he held many positions, including controller, vice president of operations, general manager and president.

Natoli earned his B.A. in accounting from the University of South Florida and his M.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University. He also attended the Harvard Advanced Management Program and passed the CPA exam.

Listing UM President Donna E. Shalala and former Miami Herald executives Alberto Ibargüen and Dave Lawrence as his mentors, Natoli says he learned much about management and community service from each of them. Lawrence also taught the then-young accountant how to write.

An enthusiastic supporter of UM athletic events who enjoys running, basketball and community service, Natoli took up cycling to prepare for the 170-mile Dolphins Cycling Challenge to benefit UM’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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