CFOs on the Move: Week Ending March 11

Houghton Mifflin, American Eagle Outfitters, Paramount, SpartanNash, Reinsurance Group, Xylem, Fairmount Santrol, Dana, Crown Castle, Lattice Semic...
Joan UrdangMarch 11, 2016
CFOs on the Move: Week Ending March 11

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has said it has hired Joseph Abbott, Jr., to head finance. He takes over for the retiring Eric Shuman, who will remain an adviser to the publisher until July 1. Most recently, Abbott was an investment banker in the global media and communications group at Morgan Stanley.

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Mary Boland will retire as chief financial and administrative officer at American Eagle Outfitters on April 1. While the company searches for a permanent replacement, chief accounting officer Scott Hurd will become interim CFO.

Real estate investment trust Paramount Group has promoted Wilbur Paes to CFO and treasurer, replacing Michael Walsh. Paes came to the firm in 2014 as chief accounting officer.

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Chris Meyers has been chosen to lead the finance function at food distributor SpartanNash, effective April 11. He had headed finance at natural and organic wholesaler KeHE Distributors.

Todd Larson has been promoted to finance chief at Reinsurance Group of America, effective May 1. He takes over for Jack Lay, who will retire from the company at the end of the year. Larson joined the firm as controller in 1995 and is now chief risk officer.

Water-technology firm Xylem has named Mark Rajkowski CFO, effective March 28. Currently an adviser to WestRock, Rajkowski formerly headed finance at MeadWestvaco.

Fairmount Santrol, which supplies sand and sand-based products to the oil and gas industry, has appointed Michael Biehl to lead the finance function. Biehl, who will succeed interim CFO Mark Barrus by May 1, has held the top finance spot at Chart Industries since 2001.

Jonathan Collins has been selected to head finance at Dana Holding, effective March 28. He replaces interim CFO Rodney Filcek, who will return to his former post of chief accounting officer. Previously, Collins was finance chief at ProQuest.

Crown Castle International has named Daniel Schlanger to lead the finance function. He will join the company, which provides infrastructure to wireless carriers, as senior vice president on April 1 and take over the top finance spot on June 1 when current CFO Jay Brown becomes president and CEO. Schlanger formerly was CFO at Exterran GP.

Vice president of finance Max Downing has been appointed interim CFO at Lattice Semiconductor, effective April 2, succeeding Joe Bedewi. A search for Bedewi’s permanent replacement is under way.