CFO Moves this week include:
|Viacom Inc.||Jones Lang LaSalle||ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc.|
|Penguin Computing||INRIX®, Inc.||Market America, Inc.|
|Victory Energy Corporation||Provident New York Bancorp||CareTech Solutions|
|Healogics, Inc.||Ignite Restaurant Group||Brinker International, Inc.|
|Sibling Group Holdings, Inc.||The Fresh Market, Inc.||Brightstar Corp.|
|Bluefly, Inc.||Virtual Piggy, Inc.||Regis Corporation|
|Deltek, Inc.||Farmer Bros. Co.||Communications Systems, Inc.|
|CytoSorbents Corporation||USA Synthetic Fuel Corporation||TESSCO Technologies Incorporated|
|OPEL Technologies Inc.|
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Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA) appointed Wade Davis as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Davis previously served as Viacom’s Executive Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development. He succeeds Jimmy Barge, who, after a transition period with Mr. Davis, will leave the company to pursue other opportunities. Mr. Davis joined Viacom in December 2005 as Senior Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions and assumed the additional duties of Strategic Planning and Corporate Development in 2009. Previously, Mr. Davis was an investment banker in the technology and media sectors for more than a decade at firms including Wasserstein Perella & Co and Lazard Freres & Co. Additionally, Mr. Davis served as EVP of Operations for Americas Choice, Inc.
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL) announced that Lauralee Martin, currently Chief Operating and Financial Officer, will become CEO, Americas. Martin joined Jones Lang LaSalle in 2002 as Chief Financial Officer and was appointed to the additional position of Chief Operating Officer in 2005. Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, Martin led the real estate businesses at Heller Financial, Inc. and General Electric Capital Corporation. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Kaiser Aluminum, and HCP, Inc. She previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of KeyCorp, , and Gables REIT. She is a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute, a Trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers, and a member of the Executives’ Club of Chicago and the Chicago Network.
ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZLTQ) announced the appointment of Patrick F. Williams as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Williams has spent more than 5 years at NuVasive, Inc., most recently as Vice President of Strategy and Investor Relations and previously as Vice President of Finance and Investor Relations. Prior to NuVasive, he was Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at Callaway Golf. Prior to Callaway, Mr. Williams held senior finance positions at Kyocera Wireless.
Penguin Computing announced that Lisa Cummins has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Cummins previously served for five years at Adept Technology as senior vice president and CFO. Prior to Adept, Cummins served as assistant corporate controller with Pacer International, Inc., and a number of various financial positions with APL & APL Logistics, both independent units of Neptune Orient Lines Limited, a global transportation and logistics company.
INRIX, Inc. announced that John Connors, a partner at Ignition Partners and former chief financial officer of Microsoft Corporation, was elected to the INRIX board of directors as a new, independent board member. Prior to joining Ignition Partners, Mr. Connors served in various management positions at Microsoft Corporation, including as senior vice president and chief financial officer from 1999 to 2005. Mr. Connors also has served on the board of directors of NIKE, Inc. since 2005 and Splunk, Inc. since 2007. Ignition Partners is not an investor in INRIX.
Market America, Inc. announced that D. Kirk Wall has joined the company as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Market America, Mr. Wall worked for ARAMARK for over 8 years as the Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of ARAMARK Healthcare and, most recently, as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer for ARAMARK Healthcare Technologies. Mr. Wall has also held financial leadership positions with CSX World Terminals (subsidiary of CSX); Staffmark; PL Industries and Deloitte.
Victory Energy Corporation (OTC: VYEY) announced the resignation of its Chief Financial Officer, Mark Biggers, for family and personal reasons. Mr. Biggers’ will serve as the Company’s interim chief financial officer during the anticipated short transition period.
Provident New York Bancorp (NYSE: PBNY), parent company of Provident Bank, announced the appointment of Luis Massiani as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Provident New York Bancorp and Provident Bank effective December 15, 2012. Most recently Mr. Massiani served as director of the investment banking department of Credit Suisse Securities, LLC. Prior to Credit Suisse, he was with Citadel Securities LLC. Earlier, Mr. Massiani held positions in the financial institutions group at Citigroup Global Markets Inc. Mr. Massiani will succeed Stephen V. Masterson, who is leaving the organization in mid-December due to family considerations.
CareTech Solutions announced the appointment of Robert M. Johnson as Chief Financial Officer. Johnson was most recently the Chief Financial Officer for Palace Sports & Entertainment.
Ignite Restaurant Group (NASDAQ: IRG) announcedthat Michael J. Dixon has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Dixon will succeed Jeffery L. Rager, who has resigned from Ignite Restaurant Group to pursue other opportunities. Most recently, Dixon served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Pinkberry. Prior to his role at Pinkberry, Mr. Dixon served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at The Cheesecake Factory, Inc., from 2004 to 2008, as well as Controller from 2000 to 2004. In 2000, Mr. Dixon was Vice President and Controller of Petsmart.com, and prior to that, he served as Director, Finance and Business Development at The Walt Disney Company from 1994 to 2000. Mr. Dixon also served recently as a member of the board of directors of Brinker International, the owner, operator and franchisor of the Chili’s Grill & Bar and Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant brands.
Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) announced the resignation of Michael Dixon from its board of directors following his appointment as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. Dixon joined the Brinker board in April 2011. In addition to the board at large, he served on the audit committee during his tenure.
Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. (OTC: SIBE) announced the appointment of Neal Sessions as the new Chief Financial Officer. His career includes roles in accounting and internal audit with the Coca Cola Company from 1988 to 2001. From 2001 until 2012 he held a number of senior positions in finance with SunTrust Bank, Atlanta Georgia, including as Chief Financial Officer of their GenSpring Family Offices subsidiary.
The Fresh Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: TFM) announced that Lisa Klinger has tendered her resignation as the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in order to accept a similar position with a private equity-backed apparel retailer. In the interim, Sean Crane, the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, will assume the role of interim Chief Financial Officer, and in that capacity will act as the Company’s interim principal financial officer. Jeff Short, the Company’s Vice President and Controller, will act as the Company’s interim principal accounting officer.
Brightstar Corp. announced that Thomas J. Seifert has joined the company as executive vice president and chief financial officer. He replaces Dennis J. Strand, who has been named president of Brightstar Financial Services, a new business unit. Prior to joining Brightstar, Mr. Seifert served as chief financial officer and senior vice president at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Earlier, he was CFO and COO of Qimonda AG. He also worked as group vice president and general manager of the Memory Products Group at Infineon Technologies AG, as CEO and COO of Wireline Communications Business Group, and held executive positions at Altis Semiconductor.
Bluefly, Inc. (NASDAQ: BFLY) announced that James Gallagher has joined the Company as Chief Financial Officer. Most recently, Mr. Gallagher was CFO at Vertro. Prior to his experience at Vertro, Gallagher owned and operated Gallagher Enterprises, a strategic financial and management consulting firm he founded in 2001. Prior to Gallagher Enterprises, Gallagher held senior financial and operations positions at a number of growth oriented entrepreneurial entities including Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary at VRex, Inc., and Chief Financial Officer at Viz-rt, Inc. Mr. Gallagher has also held senior-level financial positions at companies including Infocus Employee Services (a XEROX spin-off), Medsite, Inc., Sony Music Entertainment, Inc., and Reiss Media Enterprises, Inc.
Virtual Piggy, Inc. (OTC: VPIG) announced the appointment of Joseph Dwyer as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Dwyer is an experienced executive with over twenty years of experience at the CFO and CAO level for both public and private companies, including OpenLink Financial, Energy Solutions International, Capstone Advisory Group, AXS-One, Synergen and Caminus Corp.
Regis Corporation (NYSE: RGS) announced the appointment of Steven M. Spiegel as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Spiegel most recently served as Vice President, Finance and Corporate Controller of Unilever Group (formerly Alberto Culver) from 2010 to May, 2012 and as Vice President Commercial Finance – Americas, Asia Pacific and Africa of Alberto Culver from 2007 to 2010 and Vice President Commercial Finance, US Branded Beauty of Alberto Culver from 2005 to 2007. Brent Moen will step down as CFO but will continue his employment with Regis Corporation through January 4, 2013 to facilitate a smooth and orderly transition.
Deltek, Inc. announced that current Deltek president and CEO Kevin Parker will be leaving the company shortly. Following Kevin’s departure, Deltek CFO Mike Corkery will lead the company as acting CEO.
Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCS) announced today that David T. McGraw, the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, advised the Company that he intends to retire at the end of 2013. Mr. McGraw has served as Chief Financial Officer since January 2008. Prior to that, from September 2002 to December 2007, he served as President and General Manager of the Company’s Suttle business segment and, from May 2001 to August 2002, he served as Chief Operating Officer of JDL Technologies, Inc.
CytoSorbents Corporation (OTC: CTSO) announced today that it has appointed Thomas Bocchino as Chief Financial Officer. Most recently, Bocchino was the CFO of New Brunswick Scientific Co., Inc., (NBS). Prior to that, he held a number of financial positions, including the CFO of IVC Industries.
USA Synthetic Fuel Corporation (OTC: USFC) announced the appointment of Daniel W. Dixon as Chief Financial Officer, effective January 1, 2013. Mr. Dixon has served as the CFO for Comair Airlines since 2006.
OPEL Technologies Inc. (TSX-V: OPL) announced that Michael McCoy has resigned as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Company and its subsidiaries in order to pursue new personal ventures. Mr. McCoy served as CFO of the Company since January 2007 and of OPEL Solar, Inc. since 2006. Kevin Barnes, the current Controller of the Company has agreed to take-on the additional responsibilities of Treasurer and CFO. Mr. Barnes has been serving as Controller since 2007.