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CFOs on the Move: Week Ending Nov. 27

Owens-Illinois, HomeServe, CoStar, Essendant, Copart, InvenTrust Properties, Foresight Energy, Harmonic, Merit Medical Systems, Startek,
Joan UrdangNovember 25, 2015
CFOs on the Move: Week Ending Nov. 27

Jan Bertsch has been selected to head finance at Owens-Illinois. She takes over for acting CFO John Haudrich, who will become chief strategy and integration officer. Bertsch joins the company from Sigma-Aldrich, where she also held the top finance spot.

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Rich Gannon has been appointed finance chief of HomeServe USA, which provides coverage for home emergencies. He comes to the firm from Consumer Reports, where he was chief operating officer for the past two years, and before that, CFO for 10 years.

CoStar Group, a provider of commercial real estate information, has appointed Scott Wheeler to lead the finance function. Most recently, he worked at Experian, were he was CFO of Experian North America and of Experian Global Technology Services.

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Office-supplies distributor Essendant has named Earl Shanks to fill the top finance spot. He replaces Todd Shelton, who is leaving the company at the end of January. Shanks, who formerly led the finance function at Convergys, is now a director at Verint.

Copart, which conducts vehicle auctions online, has named Jeffrey Liaw CFO and senior vice president of finance, effective Jan. 4. He succeeds William Franklin, who will remain in his other post as executive vice president. Most recently, Liaw headed finance at FleetPride.

Michael Podboy, executive vice president-chief investment officer of real estate investment trust InvenTrust Properties, will add the posts of CFO and treasurer to his role. As such, he takes over for Jack Potts, who has resigned.

Oscar Martinez, finance chief at Foresight Energy, has resigned. Chief accounting officer James Murphy will become principal financial officer.

Video-delivery infrastructure provider Harmonic has named Harold Covert to lead the finance function, replacing Carolyn Aver. Covert, who has resigned from Harmonic’s board of directors, is a former CFO of several companies, including Openwave and Adobe.

Bernard Birkett has been promoted to the top finance spot at Merit Medical Systems, succeeding Kent Stanger. Birkett has been at the firm since 1997 and has been controller for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa since 2000 and vice president of international finance since 2010.

Business-process outsourcer Startek has named Don Norsworthy CFO and treasurer, replacing Lisa Weaver. Most recently, Norsworthy headed finance at Accent Marketing Services, which Startek acquired in May.