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CFOs on the Move: Week Ending December 17

Continental AG, ZipRecruiter, Dave & Buster's, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Genius Brands, Williams
Vincent RyanDecember 17, 2021

Katja Dürrfeld

Auto parts maker Continental AG named Katja Dürrfeld chief financial officer, effective immediately. Dürrfeld will be responsible for group finance and controlling and group information technology. She will also be responsible for finance in the future automotive group sector beginning in 2022. Dürrfeld started her career at Continental in 1997, holding operational positions in IT, marketing, sales, logistics, auditing, and purchasing. In 2013, she was named head of group audit.

Former chief business officer of ZipRecruiter Timothy Yarborough was named the job aggregator’s finance chief last week. Yarborough takes over for David Travers, who was named president. Yarborough has also held the positions of senior vice president and vice president of finance. He joined ZipRecruiter in 2014. The company also named Amy Garefis chief accounting officer.

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment,  an owner and operator of entertainment and dining venues, announced that it had appointed Michael Quartieri as CFO, effective Jan. 1, 2022. Quartieri will be responsible for accounting, supply chain, and investor relations. He was previously CFO and corporate secretary at live streaming company LiveOne. Before that, Quartieri was finance chief at Scientific Games, a gaming products and systems provider. Quartieri replaces Scott Bowman, who was named CFO of True Food Kitchen, a health-driven seasonal restaurant chain, earlier this month.

The board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG appointed Remco Steenbergen to the position of chief financial officer starting in the new year. His contract will run until Dec. 21, 2023. Steenberg will head up controlling and risk management, corporate finance, accounting and balance sheets, taxes, purchasing, and mergers & acquisitions. Most recently, Remco Steenbergen was CFO of Zurich-based Barry Callebaut Group, a manufacturer of chocolate and cocoa products. He has also worked at Philips and KPMG. Steenbergen replaces Ulrik Svensson, who resigned for health reasons in April 2020.

Said Lufthansa Group Chair Karl-Ludwig Kley: “Remco Steenbergen brings with him excellent financial expertise from various companies as well as industries … Especially now, when the pandemic is having such serious consequences for air travel, an internationally experienced and well-respected CFO is more important than ever for Lufthansa Group: not only to overcome the current crisis but also for the coming years, when we have to — and want to — pay back government stabilization funds.”

Zrinka Dekic

Children’s entertainment company Genius Brands International went outside its organization to appoint Zrinka Dekic as chief financial officer and head of strategy and mergers and acquisitions. A former executive in the investment management division of Goldman Sachs, Dekic held posts in corporate strategy, strategic planning, and business development at The Walt Disney Company. Dekic replaces Bob Denton, who Genius Brands moved to executive vice president of finance and accounting.

Energy company Williams promoted John D. Porter to senior vice president and CFO, effective Jan. 1, 2022. Porter will replace John Chandler, who announced his planned retirement from Williams earlier this year. Formerly, vice president and chief accounting officer, controller, and head of FP&A, Porter started with Williams in 1998, left in 2001 for Forest Oil, and returned in 2005. Mary Hausman will assume the vice president, CAO, and controller role. She currently serves as staff vice president, internal audit.