CFOs On the Move: Week Ending November 5  

McCann Worldgroup, WWE, Glossier, Loews Corporation, Motif FoodWorks, Provention Bio, TemperPack, MediaAlpha, Epiq, Strava
Lauren MuskettNovember 5, 2021

Nicoline O’Rorke

McCann Worldgroup named Nicolina O’Rorke as global chief financial officer. O’Rorke joins the marketing company from NBC Sports, where she was senior vice president of NBC Sports Enterprises and general manager of sports betting and gaming. She previously was CFO of NBC Sports Regional Networks. O’Rorke joined NBC Sports from NBC News, where she served in a variety of senior finance roles, most recently as chief financial officer of NBC News. Before joining the news group, O’Rorke served in various finance positions within the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group, most notably working on the acquisition and integration of Oxygen Media. O’Rorke replaces Gary Lee, who is retiring and will serve in a transitional role over the next few months.

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) named Frank Riddick as its new CFO. Riddick has served as a member of the WWE Board of Directors for more than 13 years and was interim CFO in 2020. He takes over for Kristina Salen, who is leaving the company. Salen joined the media company in August 2020 from Etsy, where she was finance chief. 

How Startup CFO Grew Food Company 50% YoY

How Startup CFO Grew Food Company 50% YoY

This case study of JonnyPops’ success highlights the unusual financial and operational strategies that enabled rapid expansion into a crowded and highly competitive frozen treat market. 

Seun Sodipo

Seun Sodipo will join direct-to-consumer beauty brand Glossier in February 2022 as finance chief. Most recently, Sodipo led product finance and strategy at online billing and payments company Stripe after working in private equity and mergers and acquisitions. Sodipo takes over for Vanessa Wittman, who is retiring next spring and will become an adviser to the company. Wittman has played a significant role at Glossier, most recently securing its $80 million Series E fundraising round from Lone Pine Capital in July that valued the company at $1.8 billion. 

Loews promoted Jane Wang to CFO. Wang, a vice president at Loews, joined the company in 2006 as a member of the corporate development group. Wang is a member of the board of directors of CNA Financial, a publicly-traded subsidiary of Loews. She also sits on the boards of Boardwalk Pipelines and Altium Packaging. Before joining Loews, Wang worked at Morgan Stanley in the investment banking division. Wang succeeds David Edelson, who is stepping down in May 2022 after serving as CFO since 2014.

Saloni Sanghvi Varma

Food-technology company Motif FoodWorks named Saloni Sanghvi Varma as CFO. Varma has more than 20 years of experience in strategic, operational, and acquisition-related finance across a range of consumer packaged goods companies, most recently as chief financial officer of baby nutrition company ByHeart. Varma is currently a board member of Thorne Healthtech and has previously served in leadership roles at Chobani, Unilever, UBS, and KPMG. She also serves as the co-treasurer of Common Denominator, an education-focused non-profit, and is a co-chair of the Wharton CFO Affinity Group.

Thierry Chauche will take over as CFO at Provention Bio on December 1. He joins the biopharmaceutical company from Alexion Pharmaceuticals, where he was the head of strategic financial planning and analysis. Before Alexion, Thierry served in roles of increasing responsibility at Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Novartis, and Rothschild & Cie. Chauche succeeds Andrew Drechsler, who is retiring. Drechsler will continue to serve as a special adviser to the CEO and consultant through the middle of 2022.

Shawn Meredith

Packaging company TemperPack appointed Shawn Meredith as chief financial officer. Most recently, she was vice president and CFO of White Cap, a concrete accessories and specialty construction product distributor. Before joining White Cap, Meredith was chief financial officer of Innovative Therapies, where she led the company through its acquisition by Cardinal Health. She was previously senior vice president and chief financial officer of the Watsco subsidiary Gemaire Distributors. She currently serves on the advisory board of the CFO Forum in Atlanta. 

Patrick Thompson will join MediaAlpha as CFO and treasurer on December 6. Thompson joins the company after 11 years at online travel company Expedia Group, where he was chief financial officer of retail and previously interim head of investor relations. Thompson’s professional experience also includes working as a management consultant at Bain & Co. and as an associate at Bain Capital.

Jason Juranek

Legal services provider Epiq hired Jason Juranek as finance chief. Juranek was most recently CFO of technology transformation company Red River. Before that, Juranek was both CEO and CFO of Globecomm, an integrated technology solution provider. He has previously held senior financial management roles at Tribalco, L3Harris, Vangent, General Dynamics, and DynCorp. 

Strava hired Lily Yang as the fitness platform’s new CFO. Yang was most recently chief accounting officer at Pinterest, a role she has held since joining the social media platform in 2017. In 2019, Yang helped take Pinterest public. She previously held senior finance roles at drugmaker Gilead Sciences and biopharmaceutical company Medivation. Yang replaces Christine Park, who left the company at the end of 2020 after serving as CFO for a year and a half. Michael Horvath, the company’s co-founder and CEO, has been serving as interim CFO.