Nicolas S. Cyprus Awarded The Pinnacle
MADISON, NJ (JUNE 6, 2008) – In ceremonies held June 6 at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham in Madison, NJ, Nicholas S. Cyprus, a resident of Rockaway, NJ, was inducted into the Pinnacle, the highest award the University can bestow upon its alumni. Pinnacle recipients are chosen on the basis of success or distinction in their chosen fields; significant contributions to society and humanity through public or humanitarian service; and outstanding service to the University, or reflection of the unique character of Fairleigh Dickinson in their lives.
Cyprus is Controller and Chief Accounting Officer for General Motors Corporation, the world’s largest automaker. In this role, he is responsible for financial reporting, budget planning and forecasting and oversight of shared services functions for GM worldwide.
In 1999, Cyprus was recognized as “Outstanding Business Leader of the Year” by the New Jersey State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and in 2000, he was named “Financial Executive of the Year” by the Institute of Management Accountants.
Prior to joining GM in 2006, Cyprus was senior vice president, controller and chief accounting officer for Interpublic Group, one of the world’s largest advertising and marketing services companies. At Interpublic Group, Cyprus developed a world- class controllers organization, led the company's compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation and oversaw its financial control processes.
Before Interpublic Group, Cyprus held positions of increasing responsibility at AT&T for more than 22 years. In his most recent role, he served as vice president, controller and chief accounting officer from 1999-2004.
Cyprus is a member of the Financial Executives International’s Committee on Corporate Reporting. He is also a member of the FDU’s Silberman College of Business Board of Advisors.
Cyprus earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a master’s degree in business administration from New York University's Stern School of Business.
In presenting the award, Thomas J. Colligan, Vice Dean of Executive Education, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and retired vice chairman of PricewaterhousCoopers LLP, said, “Colleagues describe you as a natural leader. The reality is people want to be on your team. It’s because you have an innate ability to create collaborative environments where individuals thrive. You are an unparalleled mentor—a trusted advisor, a teacher, a guide and a motivator.
“As a gifted leader and friend, you inspire the best in all of us; your University takes great pride in awarding you THE PINNACLE.”