Guide Dogs for the Blind names new treasurer and chief financial officer

Date Posted: 09/09/2014

Guide Dogs for the Blind—an organization that earlier this year underwent a significant change in leadership when its former chief executive officer (CEO), Paul Lopez, resigned—announced that Cathy Martin has been appointed treasurer and chief financial officer (CFO) of the school. "Cathy has the unique ability to help organizations navigate around challenges and mitigate financial and legal risks. We are delighted to have her join our team," said Christine Benninger, president and CEO of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Ms. Martin has over 25 years of experience with financial management, business planning, corporate development, and equity and debt financing for Humane Society Silicon Valley and a number of technology-based companies and venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, which is located south of San Francisco, in northern California. She also has 13 years of public accounting experience, culminating in "partnership status" at Coopers & Lybrand (now Pricewaterhouse Coopers), an international accounting firm. Ms. Martin earned a master's degree in finance from Stern School of Business, New York University, and a bachelor's degree in accounting and quantitative methods from the University of Oregon.

September 8, 2014, was Ms. Martin's first day in her new position. Barbara Lawson, the Guide Dogs for the Blind interim CFO–chief operating officer for the past 18 months, is aiding her transition. More information about changes in leadership at Guide Dogs for the Blind can be found in this News From the Field item from March 2014. For more information, contact: Guide Dogs for the Blind, P.O. Box 151200, San Rafael, CA 94915; phone: 800-295-4050; e-mail:;website:

Contact: Guide Dogs for the Blind

Phone: (800) 295-4050



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