Here’s the Dish: Roxanne Austin was promoted to president of DirecTV, the satellite television unit of Hughes Electronics Corp. The former CFO of Hughes succeeds Odie Donald who left the El Segundo, Calif.-based company “to pursue other personal and professional interests.” The move comes at a time when Hughes has been caught up in drawn-out merger talks with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. and rival EchoStar Communications. In May, Chairman and CEO Michael Smith resigned, possibly over frustration with how the merger talks were going.
Shoot For the Stars: Constellation Energy Group named E. Follin Smith to the SVP and CFO position. Before joining the Baltimore-based energy holding company, she was CFO of flooring-maker Armstrong Holdings Inc. She has also been CFO of General Motor’s Delphi Chassis Systems division. Constellation is planning to separate into two publicly traded companies, a merchant wholesale energy company and a retail energy business. Smith will continue as CFO of the new merchant energy company.
Ditto: Real estate investment trust iStar Financial Inc. appointed Spencer Haber to the additional role of president. He is currently CFO of the New York-based REIT.
Finding a Gem: Charles & Colvard Ltd., a Morrisville, N.C.- based supplier of precious stones, named James R. Braun to the position of CFO. He was formerly CFO of Webcraft Inc., a manufacturing and database company.
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