CFOs On the Move: Week Ending October 16

Macy’s, Libra Networks, Squarespace, Urban Outfitters, Superdry, Wrightspeed, TPN, Harmony Senior Services, Realty Income, BMC
Lauren MuskettOctober 16, 2020

Adrian Mitchell

Adrian Mitchell is Macy’s new finance chief. Mitchell joins the retailer from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he was a managing director and partner in the digital BCG and consumer practices. Before joining BCG, Mitchell had wide-ranging retail experiences. This includes serving as board director and member of the audit and finance committee at REI, chief executive officer at home furnishings retailer Arhaus, CFO at Crate and Barrel, and management positions at Target. Mitchell takes over for interim CFO Felicia Williams on November 2. Williams was named interim CFO in May after chief financial officer Paula Price announced she was leaving the retailer after less than two years in the role.

Facebook-backed cryptocurrency project The Libra Association appointed Ian Jenkins as CFO and chief risk officer at Libra Networks. Libra Networks is a subsidiary of the Libra Association and will manage the operations of Libra’s payment system. Jenkins has held chief financial officer, chief risk officer, and chief operating officer positions at international banks including HSBC, Credit Suisse, and Santander. Most recently, he served as the head of business finance and group general manager at HSBC.

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Marcela Martin

Website publisher Squarespace named Marcela Martin as its chief financial officer. Martin has more than 25 years of financial and operations experience at tech and media companies, most recently as senior vice president and CFO at Previously, she spent three years at National Geographic Partners as executive vice president, chief financial officer, and chief administrative officer. Before that she spent 18 years in numerous leadership positions, including executive vice president and CFO at Fox International Channels.

Urban Outfitters promoted chief financial officer Frank Conforti to chief operating officer and co-president. Conforti, who has served as the retailer’s CFO since 2012, will remain finance chief while the company looks for his replacement. Conforti replaces COO Calvin Hollinger. Hollinger has been with the company for 16 years and held the COO position for the last five.

Nick Gresham is stepping down as finance chief at U.K. fashion retailer Superdry. Gresham joined the company in June 2019 after former CFO Ed Barker and seven other directors resigned after the company’s founder Julian Dunkerton returned to the company. The company said a search for a permanent replacement will start while interim arrangements are put in place.

Suzy Taherian

Electric powertrain manufacturer Wrightspeed appointed Suzy Taherian as the company’s CFO. Taherian started her career with Exxon, Chevron, and Accenture and went on to become CFO at eCullet, a national glass manufacturer. She was most recently CFO at engineering and construction company Kinetics, growing it over 100 percent in three years. Taherian currently serves as a board member at NewHold Industrial and guided it through an IPO in July. For the last 10 years, she has been an adjunct professor at the University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management in international business and finance.

Retail marketing agency TPN promoted Kayla Waters to finance chief, effective November 1. Waters has more than 20 years of experience in the finance industry and has served in several roles at TPN over the last 15 years, including financial analyst, accounting manager, vice president and corporate controller, and, most recently, senior vice president of finance. Waters succeeds her boss and mentor Mike Pate, who is retiring from his 17-year post as CFO. He will stay on in a consulting role into early 2021.

Gloria Holland

Harmony Senior Services named Gloria Holland as chief financial officer. Holland was previously the vice president of finance at Capital Senior Living Corporation (CSU), an independent living, assisted living, and memory care communities for senior adults. Holland spent over 16 years at CSU and was involved in all aspects of the company’s M&A program that grew the portfolio from 41 senior housing communities to 129 communities.

Realty Income named Christie Kelly as the company’s chief financial officer, effective January 19. Kelly joined the company’s Board of Directors in November 2019 and currently serves as a member of the audit committee. Kelly is the former global chief financial officer at Jones Lang LaSalle. Before that, she was chief financial officer at Duke Realty, a publicly-traded industrial REIT. Earlier, she was a senior vice president of global real estate with Lehman Brothers.

Software company BMC appointed Marc Rothman as CFO. Before joining BMC, he was chief financial officer at payment platform VeriFone Systems. Before that role, he held a number of finance and operational leadership roles at Motorola Mobility, including chief financial officer. Rothman joins to take on the role held by Steve Solcher, who will become an advisor to the CEO.