CFOs on the Move

Gateway; Rite Aid; Duke Energy; Four Seasons Hotels; Sara Lee Branded Apparel; Allied Defense Group; GE Infrastructure; Sharper Image; Cosi; Big 5 ...
Lisa YoonAugust 26, 2005

• Gateway Inc. named John P. Goldsberry chief financial officer. Goldsberry joined the Irvine, California-based computer company as a result of Gateway’s 2004 acquisition of eMachines, where he was CFO. After the acquisition, he became head of strategy and business development; in February he was promoted to head of operations, IT, and customer care. Goldsberry, who will retain his IT responsibilities, replaces Rod Sherwood, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

• Rite Aid Corp. senior vice president and chief accounting officer Kevin Twomey is taking on additional duties as acting chief financial officer. He will be filling in for John Standley, who left the Camp Hill, Pennsylvania-based drugstore chain to become chief executive officer of retailer Pathmark Stores Inc. Twomey joined Rite Aid in 2000; earlier, he was senior vice president of finance and control for Fleming Companies Inc., a food marketing and distribution company.

• Duke Energy chief financial officer David L. Hauser will become the CFO of the company formed by the next year’s merger of Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke and Cincinnati-based Cinergy. During his 30 years at Duke, Hauser held a variety of positions including senior vice president and treasurer.

• Sandra Wijnberg plans to resign as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc. in March 2006. While the world’s largest insurance broker searches for her successor, Wijnberg will remain until Marsh reports its 2005 results. She will also work closely with her successor “to ensure a smooth transition.”

• Toronto-based Four Seasons Hotels Inc. named John Davison chief financial officer. Davison joined the luxury hotel chain in 2002 after 14 years with Imax Corp., where he was CFO for more than 10 years before becoming president and chief operating officer in 1999. He succeeds Douglas Ludwig, who is taking early retirement.

• Sara Lee Branded Apparel, the Americas/Asia apparel business of Sara Lee Corp. that is expected to complete its spin-off next year, hired E. Lee Wyatt Jr. to the new position of chief financial officer effective September 6. Wyatt joins the Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based company from Sonic Automotive Inc., where he was executive vice president, CFO, and treasurer. Previously, he held senior finance roles at Sealy Corp. and Brown Shoe Co.

• Vienna, Virginia-based Allied Defense Group Inc. named Robert P. Dowski chief financial officer. Dowski was most recently senior vice president and CFO of NeuStar Inc., a provider of shared database management services to telecommunications providers. He replaces Chuck Hasper, who resigned last month to become finance chief of Global Secure Corp.

• Dennis M. Murray was named vice president and chief financial officer of General Electric Co.’s GE Infrastructure, Water, and Process Technologies unit. Murray’s previous roles at the Fairfield, Connecticut-based company include CFO of the infrastructure group.

• Jeff Forgan is returning to San Francisco-based specialty retailer Sharper Image Corp. as chief financial officer, a position he held from 1999 to 2004. He was succeeded by, and now succeeds, Jeff Nachbor, who is leaving to pursue other interests.

• Sandwich-shop chain Cosi Inc. promoted William E. Koziel to chief financial officer. Koziel joined the Deerfield, Illinois-based company last year as controller, a position he held at Galyan’s Trading Co. Inc. and Homelife Furniture Corp. Earlier, he was CFO of retailer Evans Inc. Koziel succeeds Cynthia Jamison, who is leaving the company.

• Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. tapped Barry D. Emerson as senior vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer. Emerson previously served as CFO of U.S. Auto Parts Network and Elite Information Group. At the El Segundo, California-based retailer, he succeeds Charles P. Kirk, who is staying on as a senior vice president.

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