CFOs On the Move: Week Ending June 4

AstraZeneca, Celonis, Mercedes-Benz, Tillamook, Mesirow, Great Panther Mining, Frontier Communications, HeidelbergCement, Deluxe, Piedmont Lithium

Aradhana Sarin

Aradhana Sarin will become CFO at AstraZeneca when its takeover of Alexion Pharmaceuticals is completed later this year. Dr. Sarin is currently executive vice president and chief financial officer of Alexion. She joined Alexion in November 2017 and was chief business and strategy officer before becoming CFO. Before joining Alexion, Dr. Sarin was managing director of healthcare corporate and investment banking at Citi Global Banking. She was previously managing director of healthcare investment banking at UBS and worked at JP Morgan in the M&A advisory and healthcare groups. Before her banking career, she trained as a medical doctor in India and spent two years practicing in both India and Africa. Dr. Sarin replaces Marc Dunoyer, who will become CEO of Alexion and chief strategy officer of AstraZeneca.

Carlos Kirjner joined software startup Celonis as its new chief financial officer. Kirjner was most recently vice president of finance at Google, where he led finance for business and product areas generating about $150 billion annually in revenue. He covered Google’s advertising business, including engineering and sales, Google Search, and Google Maps. Before Google, he worked at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. as an equity research analyst covering the internet sector. He started his career at McKinsey & Co., where he was a partner in the tech and telecom practices.

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Tobias Rist

Mercedes-Benz USA appointed Tobias Rist as CFO. Rist joined the car manufacturer’s parent company Daimler AG in 2004 and was most recently CFO at Mercedes-Benz cars sales Germany. Before that, he was CFO of Mercedes-Benz Thailand and then CFO of Mercedes-Benz Russia. Rist succeeds Christian Struwe, who was appointed head of sales controlling at Mercedes-Benz cars Europe.

Tillamook County Creamery Association named Peggy Han its new executive vice president and CFO. Han joins the farmer-owned dairy cooperative from supplement and vitamin retailer Vitamin World USA, where she has served as CEO since September 2020 and CFO for a year prior. Before that, she headed FP&A at Roche Molecular Diagnostics, an arm of biopharmaceutical company F. Hoffman-La Roche.

Natalie Brown

Mesirow Financial Holdings promoted chief financial officer and chief administrative officer Natalie Brown to president. Before joining Mesirow in 2018, Brown spent 18 years at Nuveen, where she held senior accounting, finance, and investor relations roles. She spent the early part of her career in finance and accounting at Kraft Foods and KPMG. Jesse Keig, who has been with the firm since 2006, most recently as financial controller, will take over as finance chief.

Great Panther Mining Limited named Sandra Daycock as finance chief. Before joining the gold and silver producer, Daycock served as director of corporate development at Methanex Corporation, the world’s largest producer and supplier of methanol. While at Methanex she also held leadership positions in investor relations, treasury, tax, and FP&A.

Scott Beasley

Frontier Communications hired Scott Beasley as chief financial officer, effective June 14. Beasley was most recently chief financial officer of Arcosa, an infrastructure products and solutions provider, where he helped lead its public spinoff in 2018. From 2017 until Arcosa’s spin-off, Beasley was group CFO of Trinity Industries, having served as Trinity’s vice president of corporate strategic planning since 2014. Before joining Trinity, he was an associate partner at McKinsey & Company. Beasley succeeds Sheldon Bruha, who is leaving the company.

HeidelbergCement promoted René Aldach to group chief financial officer at the cement maker. Aldach joined the company in 2004 and was most recently director of group reporting, controlling, and consolidation. He was previously CFO for Hanson Australia. Aldach replaces Lorenz Naeger, who is retiring after 17 years.

Scott Bomar

Business-payments company Deluxe named Scott Bomar its new CFO, effective June 14. Bomar joins Deluxe from the Home Depot, where he held senior executive finance and operating leadership roles of increasing responsibility for 15 years. Most recently, he was senior vice president of home services, a $5 billion business unit. Previously, he served as vice president of payments and treasurer. He also ran the company’s retail operations in China, serving as president of that business. Before joining Home Depot, he worked at SEI Investments and Deloitte Consulting.

Clean energy company Piedmont Lithium hired Michael White as its new chief financial officer. White joins Piedmont from ChampionX, formerly Apergy Corporation, a chemistry solutions manufacturer, where he was vice president, chief accounting officer, and corporate controller. In this role, White provided financial leadership related to mergers and acquisition activities, including a successful IPO. Before that, he was senior vice president, chief accounting officer, and corporate controller for Aegion Corporation.