CFOs on the Move: Week ending July 24, 2015

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07/24/2015
  • Tony Tripeny has been promoted to finance chief at Corning, effective Sept. 1. As CFO he takes over for vice chairman and CFO James Flaws, who will resign as CFO on Aug. 31 and will retire from the company in November. Tripeny, who has been at Corning since 1985, has been corporate controller since 2005 and principal accounting officer since 2009.
  • Celanese has appointed Chris Jensen to the top finance spot. Jensen joined the company in 2005 and had been interim CFO since May of last year.
  • Retail Properties of America has appointed Heath Fear CFO and treasurer, effective Aug. 17. He will join the company from General Growth Properties, where he is now senior vice president, head of capital markets.
  • Technology provider Intralinks Holdings has chosen Chris Lafond to head finance, replacing Derek Irwin. Previously, Lafond was finance chief at Gartner.
  • Business-surplus marketplace Liquidity Services has chosen Jorge Celaya as its next finance chief, effective Aug. 10. He will take over for Jim Rallo, who will become president of the firm’s retail supply-chain group. A co-founder of investment company Avanz Capital, Celaya also previously led the finance function at FTI Consulting.
  • Marin Software has named Catriona Fallon to fill the top finance spot. Most recently, she was chief of staff for the CFO of Cognizant Technology Solutions.
  • D. Michael Parker, who has been CFO, secretary and treasurer of Kewaunee Scientific for the past 20 years, intends to retire by year-end. The company plans to undertake a search for his successor.
  • The Institute of Internal Auditors has selected Ann Cohen to lead the finance function, effective Aug. 31, replacing David Polansky. Cohen is now head of finance at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton and is a former CFO of Bainbridge.
  • Software and cloud-services provider Interactive Intelligence Group has named Ashley Vukovits to the posts of CFO, secretary and treasurer, effective Aug. 1. As CFO, she succeeds Stephen Head, who is retiring. Vukovits has been at the firm since 2003, most recently as vice president of finance.
  • Joseph Ragan, who heads finance at Globe Specialty Metals, will continue in that role once the firm has merged with Grupo FerroAtlantica. The merger is expected to be finalized in the fourth quarter of this year.
  • Domino’s Pizza has promoted treasurer Jeffrey Lawrence to the top finance spot. He takes over for Michael Lawton, who is retiring. Lawrence joined the company in 2000.
  • Off-road-vehicle designer and manufacturer Polaris Industries has named Michael Speetzen CFO and executive vice president, finance, effective Aug. 3. He succeeds Mike Malone, who is retiring. Speetzen has headed finance at Xylem since 2011.
  • Centrus Energy has promoted Stephen Greene to the posts of CFO and treasurer, effective July 24. He replaces John Barpoulis, who is leaving the firm. Greene has been treasurer and vice president, finance, since 2007.
  • Retailer Conn’s has selected Thomas Moran to lead the finance function, effective July 27. He takes over for interim CFO Mark Haley, who will stay on as chief accounting officer. Most recently, Moran held the top finance spot at West Marine.
  • Steven Noreika has been promoted to finance chief at Fifth Street Finance and Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate, succeeding the departing Richard Petrocelli. Noreika had been chief accounting officer of Fifth Street Asset Management.
  • Cloud-management platform provider CliQr has named Aidan Cullen to head finance. A former CFO of Gigamon, most recently he was a consulting CFO at Kranz & Associates.
  • Raymond Cook has been named to lead the finance function at AeroVironment, which designs and produces unmanned aircraft systems. He replaces Teresa Covington, who has been interim CFO since February and will stay on as vice president, finance. Most recently, Cook was finance chief at Silicon Image.
  • Atlas Holdings has promoted Cheri Reeve to the top finance spot. She has been at the company since 2010 and previously was vice president of finance.
  • Dennis Loughran has been named finance chief of Synalloy. He succeeds Richard Sieradzki, who will become chief accounting officer. Loughran is a former CFO of Rogers Corp. and of Citadel Plastics.
  • Defense contractor Vencore has appointed Jennifer Felix to head finance, effective July 20. Most recently, she held the top finance spot at Sotera Defense Solutions.
  • Paulo Basilio will become finance chief of The Kraft Heinz Co. once the merger between the two firms is complete. He has headed finance at Heinz since joining the company in 2013. James Kehoe, CFO of Kraft, will leave the combined firm.
  • PepsiCo has named CFO Hugh Johnston to the additional role of vice chairman. He has been at the company since 1987 and was appointed to the top finance spot in 2010.
  • Jeffrey Davis has been selected to serve as finance chief of Darden Restaurants, effective July 16. He takes over for Brad Richmond, who is leaving the company after 32 years. Previously, Davis was CFO of the Walmart U.S. division of Walmart Stores.
  • Brokerage Convergex Group has appointed Frederick Arnold to lead the finance function. A former CFO of Capmark Financial Group, he is now a director of Lehman Brothers Holdings and of Corporate Capital Trust.
  • Layne Christensen has named J. Michael Anderson to the top finance spot, replacing Andrew Atchison, who has been interim CFO at the water management, drilling and construction firm since August of last year. Most recently, Anderson headed finance at Southcross Energy Partners, a role he had held since 2012.
  • Apparel retailer Express has promoted Perry Pericleous to CFO and treasurer. He replaces Paul Dascoli, who has left the company. Pericleous, who has been at Express for 15 years, had been vice president, finance.
  • Sterling Construction has appointed Kevan Blair interim CFO. Blair, who had been senior vice president, corporate finance, takes over for Thomas Wright.
  • Chad Cohen has resigned from the top finance spot at Zillow Group, effective Aug. 7. A search is under way for his successor.
  • Plastic-film manufacturer Tredegar has said that CFO and treasurer Kevin O’Leary has resigned. D. Andrew Edwards, who held those posts from 2003 until 2009, will replace him, effective at the end of the month.
  • Jeffrey Pritchett has been named to lead the finance function at marketing-execution company InnerWorkings, effective in August. He comes to the firm from Cerberus Operating and Advisory, where he has been senior operating executive since 2013 and head of the finance/CFO practice since earlier this year. Interim CFO Ryan Spohn will return to his role as controller after InnerWorkings files its second-quarter reports.
  • Jeffrey Boyer will lead the finance function at Pier 1 Imports, effective July 27, replacing interim CFO Laura Coffey. He joins the firm from Tuesday Morning, where he had been CFO and chief administrative officer since 2013. Before that, he was CFO and then chief operating officer at 24 Hour Fitness.
  • Peabody Energy has selected Amy Schwetz as its next finance chief, taking over for the departing Michael Crews. Schwetz has held several positions at Peabody, including senior vice president of finance and administration – Australia, vice president of investor relations and senior vice president of finance and administration – Americas.
  • Real-estate investment trust W.P. Carey has promoted Hisham Kader to the posts of CFO and managing director. As CFO, he succeeds Katy Rice, who has been promoted to the newly created position of senior managing director. Kader started at the firm in 2011 as global corporate controller and was named chief accounting officer the following year.
  • Mead Johnson Nutrition has appointed Michel Cup to head finance, effective Sept. 1. He will replace interim CFO Charles Urbain, who will become chief operating officer at that time. Cup comes to the firm from Netherlands coffee-and-tea company D.E. Master Blenders 1753, where he also led the finance function.
  • Tiptree Financial has chosen Sandra Bell to hold the top finance spot. Formerly, she was finance chief at Prospect Mortgage.
  • Mark Brody has been named interim CFO at fashion company Vince Holding. He takes over for Lisa Klinger, who has resigned. Previously, Brody, a member of the company’s board since 2008, was managing director and group CFO at Sun Capital Partners.
  • Twin Disc has named Jeffrey Knutson CFO and treasurer, in addition to his posts as vice president of finance, secretary, and corporate controller. He joined the marine and heavy-duty power-transmission equipment designer, manufacturer, and seller in 2005 as controller of its North American manufacturing division.
  • Chelle Adams has been appointed to the top finance spot at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. She started at the resort as chief internal auditor, and then became vice president of finance and corporate controller before being named to her new post.

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