CFO Moves this week include:
|NBCUniversal||SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.||Reader’s Digest Association|
|UniPixel, Inc.||C.H. Robinson||International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.|
|Hawaiian Holdings||Richardson Electronics, Ltd.||Logan’s Roadhouse®|
|Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc.||Calyxt, Inc.||Planview®|
|Madison Marquette||Spiral Toys||Cardinal Energy Group, Inc.|
|CytomX||ANGUS Chemical Company||Cerulean Pharma Inc.|
|IZEA, Inc.||Sonic Corp.||SI-BONE, Inc.|
|Navis||Oakridge Global Energy Solutions, Inc.||MGP Ingredients, Inc.|
|Diego Pellicer Worldwide, Inc.||zuChem, Inc.|
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NBCUniversal announced that Anand Kini has been named Chief Financial Officer. Most recently, Kini served as Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Insights and since February 2015 as interim CFO. Prior to joining NBCUniversal in July 2011, Kini was Senior Vice President, Financial Planning and Analysis for Comcast Cable Communications, LLC. He joined Comcast in 2007 from Activision Blizzard, where he was Vice President of Financial Planning. Prior to that, he was Director of Financial Planning for Disney’s Parks and Resorts division, where he split his time between California and Florida.
SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS) announced the appointment of Marc G. Swanson as interim Chief Financial Officer, effective June 1, 2015. He succeeds James M. Heaney, who has informed the Company that he has accepted a senior position with another company and is returning to the cruise industry. Mr. Swanson, who has served as the Company’s Chief Accounting Officer since 2012, will continue to serve in such capacity and will now also oversee the Company’s financial operations until a new Chief Financial Officer is in place. Previously, Mr. Swanson served as Vice President Performance Management and Corporate Controller of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment from 2011 to 2012, the Corporate Controller of Busch Entertainment Corporation from 2008 to 2011 and the Vice President of Finance of Sesame Place from 2004 to 2008. He is a member of the board of directors of the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and the board of trustees of the Orlando Science Center.
Reader’s Digest Association announced that it has appointed Tom Callahan as Chief Financial Officer, effective June 1. Callahan joins from Forbes Media, where he most recently served as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Forbes Media, Callahan held positions with Ernst &Young and Mahoney Cohen in New York. Howard Halligan, who has been with Reader’s Digest Association since 2000, was serving as interim Chief Financial Officer and will remain with the company as Chief Operating Officer.
UniPixel, Inc. (NASDAQ: UNXL) has appointed Christine A. Russell as chief financial officer, succeeding Jeff Tomz who will continue in the role of director of finance for the next 30 days to assist with the transition. Russell previously served as CFO of Vendavo. Prior to Vendavo, Russell served as CFO of EAG. Before EAG, Russell served as CFO and EVP of business development at Virage Logic, before it merged with Synopsys. Leading up to its acquisition by HP, Russell served as CFO of OuterBay Technologies. Prior to OuterBay, she served as CFO of Ceva. She has also served as CFO of Persistence Software. Prior to Persistence Software, Russell served as CFO of Cygnus Solutions. She earlier served as CFO of Valence Technology. Russell currently serves as director and audit committee chair of QuickLogic Corporation, and previously served as director and audit committee chair of Peak International. She is currently the chairman of Silicon Valley Directors Exchange (SVDX) which affiliates with the Stanford Rock Center.
C.H. Robinson (NASDAQ: CHRW) announced that Andrew Clarke will be joining the company as Chief Financial Officer effective June 1, 2015. Mr. Clarke will report to president and chief executive officer John Wiehoff. Mr. Clarke has served as President and CEO of Panther Expedited Services, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corporation. Mr. Clarke also served as CFO of Forward Air Corporation after roles in investment banking and corporate finance. Currently, Mr. Clarke serves on the board of directors for Blount International, Inc. in Portland, OR, and previously served on the boards of Panther Expedited Services, Inc., Pacer International, Inc., and Forward Air Corporation. Chad Lindbloom, the long-time Chief Financial Officer, will fully transition to the role of Chief Information Officer effective June 1, 2015, as previously announced.
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF) announced that Alison A. Cornell will join its management team as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective July 8, 2015. She joins IFF from Covance Inc., where she was Corporate Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. During her 10-year Covance career, she held successively senior roles in finance, including positions in Global Financial Planning & Analysis, and Finance for Late Stage Development Services. Prior to joining Covance, Ms. Cornell spent 19 years with AT&T, where she held leadership roles of increasing responsibility.
Hawaiian Holdings (NASDAQ: HA), and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Hawaiian Airlines, announced the appointment of Shannon Okinaka as executive vice president and chief financial officer. She has been serving as senior vice president and interim chief financial officer since January 2015, filling a vacancy left by the departure of CFO Scott Topping. Okinaka has served as vice president – controller of Hawaiian Airlines since 2011. She joined the company as a senior director in charge of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and special projects. Prior to joining Hawaiian Airlines, Okinaka worked for Hawaiian Electric Co. and Coopers & Lybrand/PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Logan’s Roadhouse® announced James J. Hagan has been named Chief Financial Officer Hagan has more than 30 years’ experience, including leadership positions with Central Parking Corporation, Dollar General and Benihana restaurant company.
Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: PPBI), the holding company of Pacific Premier Bank, announced that E. Allen Nicholson has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of both Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. and Pacific Premier Bank effective June 22, 2015. He will succeed Kent J. Smith, who has served as Chief Financial Officer of both companies since September 2009. Mr. Nicholson started his career as a certified public accountant and auditor with Coopers & Lybrand LLP. Mr. Nicholson subsequently served in various finance roles at Mellon Financial and its successor, BNY Mellon, in functional areas such as commercial banking, private banking, mortgage banking, wealth management, insurance services (life company, commercial agency, consumer agency) and brokerage services. Mr. Nicholson concluded his career at BNY Mellon as the Chief Financial Officer of Mellon 1st Business Bank, and as the Chief Financial Officer of BNY Mellon Wealth Management’s National Banking Business Line. In mid-2008, following the sale of Mellon 1st Business Bank to U.S. Bank Corp., Mr. Nicholson joined then two-year-old 1st Enterprise Bank as its Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Nicholson most recently has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pacific Enterprise Bank.
Calyxt, Inc. announced the appointment of Gregory R. Smith as Chief Financial Officer. Previously Mr. Smith served in high-growth technology companies as CFO of Image Sensing Systems, Inc. and VP of Finance for Digital River, Inc., and began his career at Ernst & Young.
Planview® announced the appointment of Vic Chynoweth as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO). Prior to joining Planview, Chynoweth served as vice president of finance and accounting at Vertafore Inc. Previously, he served as vice president and treasurer for Cray Inc.
Madison Marquette announced John Elliott as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer. Prior to joining Madison Marquette, Elliott was Senior Vice President/Controller and Acting CFO at New Tower Trust Company, a division of Bentall Kennedy. Prior to New Tower, he worked as a Controller at both national and regional real estate companies including ING Clarion, The John Akridge Companies, CarrAmerica and Ronald Cohen Investments.
Spiral Toys (OTC: STOY) has appointed Gina Fabiano as interim chief financial officer, succeeding Robert Stewart. Fabiano has been serving as a business development and financial consultant to Spiral Toys since April of 2014. Prior to Spiral Toys, Fabiano worked at Process Drive Trading, a proprietary quantitative trading group within Morgan Stanley, since renamed PDT Partners.
Cardinal Energy Group, Inc. (OTCQB: CEGX) is pleased to announce that John Jordan has rejoined CEGX management as Chief Financial Officer. Gary Peterson will move to the Controller position. Mr. Jordan spent over 36 years with Unocal Corporation and its successor Chevron Corporation in various assignments within the Comptroller’s Department.
CytomX announced the appointment of Bob Goeltz as chief financial officer. Prior to joining CytomX, Goeltz was chief financial officer of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, an Amgen subsidiary. Earlier in his career, he served as director of finance for Tularik. Goeltz began his career as an audit manager for Ernst & Young.
ANGUS Chemical Company announced the appointment of Scott Hinkle as chief financial officer. Prior to joining ANGUS, Hinkle spent 14 years at Nalco, an Ecolab company. During his time there, Hinkle held a variety of leadership positions, including financial director for the company’s Paper Division, then subsequently their Water Division. In 2006, he relocated to the Netherlands to become Nalco’s regional CFO for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Hinkle returned to the U.S. in 2010 to take the position of corporate controller. When Nalco merged with Ecolab in 2011, Hinkle led the global finance team through a successful integration and soon after joined the Water and Process Services Division as divisional CFO. Hinkle’s other professional experience includes GE, where he also served as a financial director.
Cerulean Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ: CERU) announced the appointment of Gregg Beloff as Interim Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Beloff joins Cerulean as a member of Danforth Advisors. Previously, Mr. Beloff served as the CFO of two public and three privately held companies, in addition to his consulting clients.
IZEA, Inc. (OTC: IZEA) announced the addition of Jill Golder to the company’s Board of Directors and appointment as Audit Committee Chair of the Board. Ms. Golder serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Ruby Tuesday. Prior to joining Ruby Tuesday, she was the Chief Financial Officer for Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants. Ms. Golder spent 23 years at Darden Restaurants, holding progressively responsible positions in finance. During her last 10 years with Darden, Ms. Golder held the position of Senior Vice President, Finance. Ms. Golder has also served as Director of Strategic Planning & Corporate Analysis at Dominos Pizza and she earlier served as a Manager of Finance at Walt Disney World.
Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ: SONC) announced that Stephen C. Vaughan, the company’s Executive Vice President of Franchise Operations, Finance and Planning, will resign from the position effective June 19, 2015. Vaughan will continue to serve SONIC in a transition role through that date. Vaughan is leaving Sonic to be President and Chief Financial Officer of Café Rio. Vaughan joined Sonic in 1992, serving in various roles including internal auditor, controller, treasurer and vice president of performance analysis, as well as chief financial officer, prior to his most recent role.
SI-BONE, Inc. announced that Laura Francis has joined the company as chief financial officer. Prior to joining SI-BONE, Ms. Francis was chief financial officer for Auxogyn, Inc. Prior to Auxogyn, she was vice president of finance, chief financial officer and treasurer for Promega Corporation. Before joining Promega, Ms. Francis was the chief financial officer of Bruker BioSciences Corporation. Earlier in her career, Ms. Francis was an engagement manager with consulting firm McKinsey & Co., and an audit manager with accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Oakridge Global Energy Solutions, Inc. (OTC: OGES) announced the appointment of Sean C. Kruuv to serve as Chief Financial Officer, replacing Executive Chairman Stephen J. Barber as the Company’s previous acting Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Kruuv began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and later joined Maytag Corporation where he held various positions in Finance and General Management functions. He also served as the Vice President and Corporate Controller of publicly traded Frozen Food Express Industries before joining ISGN Corporation as its Vice President of Finance and Global Controller.
Diego Pellicer Worldwide, Inc. (PINK: DPWW) announced the appointments of David Wells as Chief Financial Officer. Current CFO, Nick Roberts, will be stepping down. David R. Wells has served as CFO of several public and pre-public companies and led multiple public offerings, private placements, and M&A transactions: Sionix Corporation, Voyant International Corporation, PowerHouse Technologies Group, Inc. (now Migo Software, Inc.). He has served in numerous other companies as a consultant, including BroadStream, Inc., Hollywood Stock Exchange, and Cord Blood America, Inc.
zuChem, Inc. announced the appointment of Jeffrey A. Whitnell as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mr. Whitnell was most recently CFO at ReliefBand Medical Technologies. Prior to ReliefBand, he served as CFO for Akorn, Inc., Vice President of Finance and Treasurer for Ovation Pharmaceuticals, and Vice President of Finance and Treasurer for MediChem Life Sciences. He currently serves as a Director for Elite Pharmaceuticals, Inc.