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AMC Entertainment [LEAWOOD, Kansas] (NYSE: AMC) announced the hiring of Sean Goodman, currently CFO of Asbury Automotive Group, who will commence working with AMC as Executive Vice President – Finance on December 2, 2019. Current AMC CFO Craig Ramsey will retire on February 28, 2020, in a long-envisioned move. Goodman has more than 30 years of finance experience including leading Financial Planning and Analysis as well as Business Development at Home Depot in Atlanta, was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in London and worked for Deloitte & Touche in South Africa and New York.
Palladio Biosciences, Inc. [NEWTOWN, PA] announced the appointment of Marella Thorell as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer. Most recently, Thorell served as CFO/COO and an Executive Director of Realm Therapeutics which was acquired by ESSA Pharma in July 2019, having previously held a number of other senior positions within Realm. Thorell was appointed a director of ESSA following the acquisition. Thorell also worked at Campbell Soup Company, in several financial and management roles. She began her career and earned her CPA qualification with Ernst & Young LLP.
Kohl’s [MENOMONEE FALLS, WI] (NYSE: KSS) announced that Bruce Besanko has decided to retire from Kohl’s at the end of the fiscal year and will step down from his position as Chief Financial Officer, effective November 1. At that time, Jill Timm, Kohl’s Executive Vice President of Finance, will be promoted to Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Timm joined Kohl’s in 1999, holding progressive leadership positions across several areas of finance, most recently as Executive Vice President of Finance.
Gardner Denver Holdings, Inc. [MILWAUKEE,] (NYSE: GDI) announced the appointment of Emily A. Weaver as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) effective December 1, 2019. Weaver joins Gardner Denver from Fortive Corporation where she is currently its Chief Accounting Officer, and brings to Gardner Denver more than 25 years of experience with companies including Fortive, Danaher and General Electric. Weaver will succeed Neil Snyder, Gardner Denver’s current CFO, who is leaving to pursue other opportunities.
Innovest Global Inc. [CLEVELAND] (OTC Markets: IVST) announced the appointment of Indrani Egleston as the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. Mike Yukich, Innovest Global’s prior Chief Financial Officer will remain on in a consulting role to help ensure a seamless transition through the 2019 financial reporting cycle. Egleston joined Innovest Global as the Executive Vice President, Finance & Controls in August 2019. She has held various strategic leadership financial roles including Internal Audit, Controlling, Financial Planning and Analysis and Mergers and Acquisitions throughout her tenured career at Covia Holdings Corp., Nordson Corporation, and PWC LLP.
GMS Inc. [TUCKER, GA] (NYSE: GMS) announced that Scott M. Deakin has been appointed Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective October 21, 2019. Lynn Ross, who has served as the Company’s Interim Chief Financial Officer, will continue in her role as Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller. Deakin most recently served as the President of the Thermal Acoustical Solutions segment of Lydall, Inc. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President and CFO of Lydall, Inc. Deakin previously served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. Earlier in his career he also held the role of Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at Barnes Group, Inc. and various operating and finance roles during his 12 years at Eaton Corporation. He began his career at Deloitte and Pricewaterhouse Coopers, LLP.
GRAIL, Inc. [MENLO PARK, CA] announced that Matthew P. Young has been appointed Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer effective October 28, 2019. Young joins GRAIL from Jazz Pharmaceuticals, where he most recently served as the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Young worked in investment banking for approximately 20 years in positions at Barclays Capital Inc., Citigroup Global Markets Inc., and Lehman Brothers Inc. Currently, he sits on the board of PRA Health Sciences, Inc., where he currently serves on the compensation and audit committee. He also serves as Lead Independent Director and Chairman of the audit committee of CytomX Therapeutics, Inc.
New York Life [NEW YORK] announced that Eric Feldstein has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Feldstein joins New York Life from Health Care Service Corporation, where he was CFO from 2016 to 2019. From 2010 to 2016, he served as an Executive Vice President with American Express. Feldstein began his career in finance with General Motors where he held a variety of roles with increasing responsibility. He served as Treasurer from 1997 to 2002, and subsequently served as Chief Executive Officer of GMAC Financial Services from 2002-2008. Feldstein replaces Joel Steinberg, who was serving as interim CFO following the retirement of the company’s former CFO John Fleurant earlier this year. Steinberg will resume his full-time role as Chief Risk Officer.
AEON Biopharma [NEWPORT BEACH, CA] announced that it has named Chris Carr as Chief Financial Officer. Carr most recently served as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of Finance and IT and Board Member of Dendreon Pharmaceuticals. Prior to his time at Dendreon, Carr has held financial management positions across the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, including Abbott Laboratories, PerkinElmer and Genzyme Corporation.
Tenet Healthcare Corporation [DALLAS] (NYSE: THC) announced that Brendan Strong has been appointed Chief Financial Officer for the company’s Massachusetts market. Strong will lead the finance and accounting functions at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester and Metro West Medical Center with locations in Framingham and Natick. Strong is currently Tenet’s Vice President of Investor Relations and has served in this role since 2015.
Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. [DULUTH, GA] (NYSE: ABG) announced that Sean Goodman provided notice of his intention to resign from the position of Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of the Company effective November 15, 2019, to accept the position of Chief Financial Officer of another publicly-traded company outside of the auto retail industry. The Company also announced that William Stax, Vice President, Corporate Controller & Chief Accounting Officer of the Company, was appointed interim Principal Financial Officer effective November 16, 2019.
Eastside Distilling, Inc. [PORTLAND, Oregon] (NASDAQ: EAST) announced the resignation of Steve Shum as the Company’s interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer.
Franworth [ANN ARBOR, MI] named David Taccolini as chief financial officer. Taccolini began his career at Domino’s Pizza, assisting franchisees with obtaining financing and later went on to serve as CFO of Service Brands International (SBI) for 14 years.
Target Corporation [MINNEAPOLIS] (NYSE: TGT) announced that Michael Fiddelke has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective Nov. 1. In more than 15 years at Target, Fiddelke has served in a variety of roles across finance, merchandising, human resources, and operations. Most recently he served as Senior Vice President of Operations. Prior to Target, Fiddelke worked at Deloitte Consulting, LLP.
Blackboard Inc. [WASHINGTON] announced the appointment of Edwin Scholte as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Edwin will join the company on November 4, 2019. He joins Blackboard from Best Merchant Partners, where he served as Managing Director. Prior to joining Best, Edwin served as CFO and as COO of the higher education, professional and international divisions of McGraw-Hill Education. Earlier he held senior finance and operating executive roles at LexisNexis/Reed Elsevier, Wolters Kluwer, as well as a privately-owned boutique incubator of Internet and corporate services start-ups in The Netherlands.
Port Tampa Bay [TAMPA, FL] announced the hiring of David M. Delac as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Delac most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer/Budget Officer for Galveston County, Texas. Prior to that role, Delac served as the Controller for WFN Consulting in Marietta, Georgia, as Budget Manager of West Palm Beach as well as the Deputy of Finance Director /Treasurer for the City of Roswell, Georgia.
Galera Therapeutics, Inc. [MALVERN, PA] announced Christopher Degnan has been named Chief Financial Officer, effective October 21, 2019. Degnan most recently served as Chief Financial Officer at Verrica Pharmaceuticals. Previously, Degnan held senior positions at Endo International plc, most recently as Vice President of Finance, Corporate FP&A and International Pharmaceuticals Segment Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Endo, Degnan spent more than 10 years at AstraZeneca plc, in roles of increasing responsibility which culminated in the position of Senior Finance Director, U.S. Commercial Finance.
Synaptics Incorporated [SAN JOSE, CA] (NASDAQ: SYNA) announced the appointment of Dean Butler as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), to be effective on October 21, 2019. Butler most recently served as VP of Finance at Marvell. Butler also held key financial positions at Broadcom and Maxim Integrated. Effective October 21, 2019, Kermit Nolan has resigned his role as interim Chief Financial Officer and will resume his previous role as Corporate Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer.
NexTech AR Solutions Corp. [NEW YORK & TORONTO] (OTCQB: NEXCF, CSE: NTAR) announced that it has appointed Kashif Malik as Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) of the Company. Kashif began his professional career working at Deloitte in Ottawa, Canada specializing in technology and public entities. After leaving Deloitte, Kashif went to work for Merck in Bermuda leading the transition of their operations to different international locations. Kashif then joined Real Matters in Toronto, Canada. Prior to joining NexTech, he worked consulting various SaaS organizations which led him to joining Leonardo as Vice President Finance and Board Member through a restructuring.
Northwest Pipe Company [VANCOUVER, Washington] (NASDAQ: NWPX) announced that Robin Gantt will retire as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) on March 31, 2020. The company appointed Aaron Wilkins to succeed Ms. Gantt as CFO on April 1, 2020, in connection with Northwest Pipe’s planned succession process. Gantt joined Northwest Pipe Company (the “Company”) in 2010 and has served as CFO since 2011. Wilkins has served as Corporate Controller since joining the Company in 2014 and Vice President of Finance since 2016.
United States Steel Corporation [PITTSBURGH] (NYSE: X) announced that Kevin Bradley has informed the company of his intention to resign from his position as Chief Financial Officer of U. S. Steel effective Nov. 4. Bradley will remain with the company as Executive Vice President and Adviser to the CEO through year-end. Bradley will be succeeded by Christine (Christie) Breves, currently Senior Vice President, Manufacturing Support and Chief Supply Chain Officer. Breves joined U. S. Steel in 2013 to oversee the enhancement and execution of the company’s global procurement and sourcing strategy. Since then, Breves has assumed responsibility for the company’s logistics services organization; Transtar, U. S. Steel’s short-line railroad subsidiary; sales and operations planning (S&OP); information technology; commercial support; engineering; corporate quality; and leadership of U. S. Steel’s asset revitalization and reliability centered maintenance programs. Prior to joining U. S. Steel, Breves spent fourteen years at Alcoa, culminating with her role as Chief Procurement Officer from 2004 through 2012. Prior to Alcoa, Breves held positions in accounting, maintenance, and procurement at Alumax, Inc., an integrated aluminum manufacturer that was acquired by Alcoa in 1998.
American BriVision Holding Corporation [FREMONT, CA] (OTCQB: ABVC) announced that Chihliang “Andy” An was appointed as the Company’s new Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. An served as the Managing Director – Investment Team at Yinyai Investment in Hong Kong. Before that, he served as a Senior Director of Sales and Operations at Goertek and as a consultant and Director of Finance at BioKey, Inc., which is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. Additionally, he was also a Global Program Manager at Flextronics (now Flex Ltd.), an Investment Banking Analyst at Chardan Capital, and a Financial Analyst at Optoplex.
CU Service Network [LAKEWOOD, Colorado] announced that it has selected Diane Parham as its new CFO. Most recently as the SVP at Members Choice Credit Union in Houston, Texas, Parham has held positions of both CFO and CLO. Previously, Parham was the Finance Manager at American Airlines Federal Credit Union in Fort Worth, Texas.
CPG Beyond Inc. [ASHBURN, VA] announced that Ben Pawson has joined CPG as its new Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Ben most recently served as Chief Accounting Officer and Controller at Presidio.
Unico Properties LLC [SEATTLE], a subsidiary of Unico Investment Group LLC, announced that Bruce Snyder was named Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Recently, he served as CFO for the Qiddiya Investment Company, a wholly-owned closed joint-stock company of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), leading the finance team.
Vida Ventures [BOSTON] announced that Jean-Philippe (“JP”) Kouakou-Zebouah has joined in the dual role of Chief Financial and Chief Operating Officer. JP joins Vida from Versant Ventures where he was Senior Vice President of Finance. Prior to Versant, he served as Senior Director and Head of Finance for the U.S. Bio-Oncology Business Unit at Genentech.
Crescent Capital BDC, Inc. [LOS ANGELES] announced that the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, Mike Wilhelms, is departing the Company for personal reasons and has appointed Gerhard Lombard, currently Chief Financial Officer of Crescent Capital Group LP, to succeed Mr. Wilhelms and serve as the Chief Financial Officer of Crescent BDC. Lombard will also remain Chief Financial Officer of Crescent Capital. Gerhard Lombard joined Crescent Capital in 2016 as its Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Crescent Capital, Mr. Lombard served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Whitehorse Finance Inc., a publicly traded business development company that is managed by H.I.G. Capital. Prior to his time with H.I.G. Capital, Mr. Lombard was Group Controller and Chief Accounting Officer for Churchill Financial Group. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lombard spent approximately 11 years at Ernst & Young LLP, rising to the level of Senior Manager.
Collabra Technology [SPOKANE] hired James Rouse as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Rouse’s recent experience includes serving for six years as division CFO at Cumulus Media. James joined the company as interim CFO in Q2.
RedSeal [SAN JOSE, Calif.] announced the appointment of Greg Straughn as its chief financial officer (CFO). He was previously CFO of A10 Networks. Additionally, he held CFO positions at Kabira Technologies and AT&T/Pacific Bell Internet Services. Straughn also served as a principal at Meridian Business Systems.
Silvergate Bank [La Jolla, CA] named Antonio “Tony” Martino as Chief Financial Officer. Martino was most recently Chief Financial Officer of LendingPoint. He began his professional career at Ernst & Young where he was responsible for audit, tax, and consulting services. Martino then transitioned to a senior manager role at BMO Bank of Montreal, followed by 17 years with Citigroup, Inc. in various senior finance and chief financial officer roles in North America, Europe, and the Middle East.
BioDerm, Inc. [LARGO, FL], announced the appointment of Marc Garofani as Chief Financial Officer. Garofani has worked with several respected companies including PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC, First Advantage Corporation and Chromalloy Casting Tampa, Corp. Prior to BioDerm, Inc., Garofani worked with TouchPoint Medical, Inc. as Americas Finance Director. Garofani also worked with STERIS Corporation as the Global Finance Director & Director of Customer Economic Support. Additionally, Garofani held the position of Global Finance Director with Synergy Health PLC.