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CFOs on the Move: Week Ending March 7

Apple,, Symantec, American Greetings, Sykes Enterprises, AutoNation, CECO Environmental, Hurco, Innophos
Joan UrdangMarch 7, 2014
CFOs on the Move: Week Ending March 7

Peter Oppenheimer will retire as finance chief of Apple at the end of September, but he will be succeeded in June by Luca Maestri, currently vice president of finance and corporate controller. Before joining Apple last year, Maestri headed finance at Xerox and at Nokia Siemens Networks. has announced that CFO Graham Smith will retire in March of next year. Smith has been at the company since 2007 and has headed finance since 2008. The firm will begin a search for his replacement.

Software provider Symantec has named Thomas Seifert to the top finance spot, effective March 17. Most recently, Seifert headed finance at Brightstar; before that, he worked at Advanced Micro Devices, where he held posts including CFO, chief accounting officer and interim CEO.

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American Greetings has promoted Gregory Steinberg to head finance. He takes over from Stephen Smith, who is resigning. Steinberg joined the greeting-card company in 1996 and became corporate treasurer, his most recent position, in 2006.

Mike Kipphut, who holds the top finance spot at Sykes Enterprises, will retire on April 15. He will be replaced by John Chapman, finance and operations director for Europe Middle East & Africa.

Automotive retailer AutoNation has named Cheryl Scully to lead the finance function. Scully, who has been interim CFO since January, joined the company in 2009 as treasurer.

CECO Environmental has promoted Ed Prajzner, vice president of finance and chief accounting officer, to the top finance spot. He succeeds Neal Murphy, who has resigned.

John Oblazney has resigned as CFO, secretary and treasurer of industrial technology firm Hurco. Corporate controller and principal accounting officer Sonja McClelland will take over those roles on an interim basis.

Specialty phosphates manufacturer Innophos Holdings has selected Robert Harrer to head finance. Previously, he was CFO and chief administrative officer at Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker).