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CFOs on the Move: Week Ending September 12

Brunswick, DineEquity, Caribou Coffee, Quadrangle, FairPoint, Pacer International, Moxie Interactive, Southern Star Energy, GreenChek, Boart Longye...
Kate Plourd and Gabor TaroczySeptember 11, 2008

On September 15, Peter Hamilton will once again become CFO of Brunswick Corporation, replacing Peter Leemputte, who is leaving to be finance chief at Mead Johnson Nutritionals. Hamilton previously ran finance at Brunswick from 1995 to 2000 before moving to operations side, where he served as president of Brunswick Bowling & Billiards, Life and Fitness, and the Boat Group.

Applebee’s and IHOP brands owner Dine Equity has announced that CFO Thomas Conforti is leaving immediately to pursue other opportunities. Until a permanent replacement is found, controller Greggory Kalvin will be interim CFO. Conforti was with the company for six years.

Timothy Hennessy has been named CFO for coffeehouse operator Caribou Coffee. Most recently, he was executive vice president and CFO for the European-based global travel management company Carson Wagonlit Travel. He also spent nine years in acquisitions and strategic planning for Carlson Companies, Inc.

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The New York-based private investment firm Quadrangle Group LLC has named Steven Davidson as its CFO. Davidson’s background includes private equity, banking, and accounting. He was previously managing director at Mourant Limited, a global third-party fund administrator.

Alfred Giammarino is the new CFO of the phone company FairPoint Communications Inc. Most recently, he was a senior financial consultant at Sensus Metering Systems, where he at one time was CFO. Fairpoint’s former CFO, John Crowley, resigned last month to join an international finance firm.

Pacer International has promoted Brian Kane to CFO, starting September 15. Since 1999 Kane has held multiple finance positions at the North American logistics and transportation provider. Most recently, on June 30, he was named senior vice president of corporate finance after serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the company’s intermodal segment for almost two years.

The interactive marketing agency Moxie Interactive has named Russell Kowalski as its finance chief. He had been CFO at the interactive agency Studiocom. He also served as vice president of financial operations at the international advertising agency Adair Greene Inc.

On September 22 Christopher Taylor will take over the reins of the Southern Star Energy finance team. Taylor was hired away from his job as assistant treasurer for Noble Drilling Services. Earlier in his career he spent 12 years at Grant Thorton and Arthur Anderson in consulting roles.

The hydrogen injection technology maker GreenChek Technology Inc. has hired Antoinette Boquiren as its CFO. She spent 15 years in business management and accounting as a CPA and a partner at Global Forensic Consultants Ltd.

Joseph Ragan will begin a new job as CFO of Boart Longyear Limited on September 29. His 25-year career in financial and business management includes a stint as CFO for GTSI Corp.

Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever passed up several internal candidates, including finance director Jim Lawrence, to appoint Nestlé CFO Paul Polman as its new chief executive. Before his two years at Nestlé he spent more than 20 years at Procter & Gamble. He is the first outside CEO appointment in the company’s history.

Nokia Siemens Networks appointed Luca Maestri as its new CFO. He will replace Eric Simonsen, who oversaw a restructuring program after a merger between the telecom network operations of the Finnish and German companies. Simonsen will retire.

Mobile operator Vodafone announced a major shake-up of its emerging markets businesses, splitting up its sprawling EMAPA (Europe, Middle East, Asia-Pacific, and affiliates) division. Former France Telecom finance chief Michel Combes was named head of the European unit.

U.K.-based private equity firm 3i promoted Julia Wilson to finance director, replacing Simon Ball, who will retire at the end of November.

Media group ITV announced Ian Griffiths as its new finance director. He joins from publisher Emap, which was recently broken up. Griffifths will report to COO John Cresswell, who previously held financial duties.

Energy group Drax appointed Tony James Quinlan, previously director of financial control at retailer Marks & Spencer, as its new finance director.