CFOs On the Move: Week Ending October 23

Carrier Global, Rockwell Automation, Deep Instinct, Nasdaq, Tata Communications, ChaosSearch, Absolute, PSSI, Beacon Management Services
Lauren MuskettOctober 23, 2020

Patrick Goris

Patrick Goris was named finance chief at heating, ventilation, and air conditioning company Carrier Global, effective November 16. Goris comes to the company from Rockwell Automation, where he has held several senior roles since joining in 2006 including, vice president of investor relations, vice president of finance for the company’s architecture and software segment, and, most recently, CFO. Goris succeeds Timothy McLevish, who remains with the company as a special advisor until his retirement on February 15.

Steve Etzel, who currently serves as vice president, finance, was named interim CFO at Rockwell Automation. Etzel has worked at Rockwell for more than 30 years in several finance roles, including vice president, risk management and financial planning, and vice president, treasurer and investor relations. The company has started a search to find a permanent CFO.

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Heather Bellini

Deep Instinct appointed Heather Bellini as the cybersecurity company’s CFO. Bellini was formerly a managing director and partner at Goldman Sachs, leading its technology research group as well as an equity research analyst covering the software sector and select Internet-related companies. At Goldman Sachs, she led the research diligence and investor education IPO process for over 20 companies with their initial public offerings, including Atlassian, Crowdstrike, Dropbox, Facebook, MongoDB, Slack Technologies, VMware, and Zoom Video Communications.

Nasdaq promoted Ann Dennison to CFO. Dennison, who is currently senior vice president, controller, and chief accounting officer, will take over as chief financial officer on March 1. Dennison has been with Nasdaq for five years and has more than 20 years of experience in financial reporting and analysis. Before joining Nasdaq, Dennison worked at Goldman Sachs as managing director, head of financial reporting. She takes over for Michael Ptasznik, who will retire on February 28.

Kabir Ahmed Shakir

Tata Communications named Kabir Ahmed Shakir as its chief financial officer. He joins the Indian telecommunications company from Microsoft India, where he was CFO. Before Microsoft, he spent 23 years at Unilever in leadership roles, including international funding director in the Netherlands, global supply chain finance director in the U.K., CFO of the home and personal care business in India, and global CFO for the skincare category in the U.K.

Software company ChaosSearch named Melinda Smith as chief financial officer. Smith was most recently CFO for PayPal’s Venmo business unit. She previously held CFO positions at Paydiant, Expressor Software, and edocs, all of which she helped grow and ready for acquisitions that occurred during her tenure. Paydiant was acquired by PayPal, Expressor by Qlik, and edocs by Siebel Systems and then Oracle. Smith also held finance leadership roles at Aspen Technology and Gradient Technologies.

Steven Gatoff

Steven Gatoff will take over as finance chief at software company Absolute on November 10. Gatoff joins Absolute from Voice over IP company 8×8, where he served as chief financial officer. Before 8×8, he was CFO at several high-growth companies, including Elementum, PagerDuty, Rapid7, and iPass. He previously held senior finance roles at United Online, Sterling Commerce, and VeriSign. He began his career as an auditor at Deloitte.

PSSI named Emily Weaver as the food safety solution provider’s CFO. Weaver was most recently CFO at Gardner Denver. Before that, she was chief accounting officer at Fortive. She has more than 25 years of experience as a leader at industrial companies, including Danaher and General Electric. Weaver succeeds Craig Hart, who is retiring after seven years as CFO. 

Beacon Management Services appointed Scott Manspeaker as the real estate management company’s new chief financial officer. Before Beacon, Manspeaker was the CFO at American Painting & Renovations. Before that, he was vice president and chief operating officer at Inwood Holdings for 11 years and then was the vice president of operations at The Sterling Group for ten years.