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CFOs On the Move: Week Ending March 11

Applied Materials, Del Monte, Accurate Background, Ted Baker, Bluebird bio, Evoque, TRG, Yext, Hickory Farms, Madison Reed, Arcfield, Mount Frankli...
CFOs On the Move: Week Ending March 11
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  Brice Hill

Chip equipment maker Applied Materials hired Brice Hill as its new CFO. Hill joins the company from semiconductor company Xilinx, where he was chief financial officer during its $50 billion acquisition by Advanced Micro Devices. He previously worked at Intel for more than two decades, where he was most recently CFO and chief operating officer of the technology, systems, and core engineering group. Before Intel, Hill worked at General Motors Corporation in various finance positions. Hill replaces interim CFO Bob Halliday, who will go back to his previous role as a corporate vice president and advisor. 

Monica Vicente will take over as the new finance chief of Del Monte Produce when Eduardo Bezerra steps down at the end of the month. She will also become the produce giant’s principal accounting officer, taking the new role on April 1. Vicente has worked at Del Monte since 1998 and has been vice president of corporate finance since 2003. She started her career at Ernst & Young. 

  Bryan Fujioka

Accurate Background promoted Bryan Fujioka to chief financial officer. Fujioka joined the employment background screening company as a financial operations leader and has been interim CFO since November 2021. Before joining Accurate, Fujioka worked at National Pen for more than a decade, most recently as vice president, controller. Fujioka began his career at global accounting firms KPMG and Deloitte.

British retailer Ted Baker appointed Marc Dench as CFO. Dench joins the company from digital health platform Health Hero, where he was chief financial officer. Before that, he spent over five years as CFO and director of retail brand Joules Group, where he supported the company through its IPO. He was previously CFO of the global brands and international retail division of Walgreens Boots Alliance. Dench succeeds David Wolffe, who is leaving the company after two years in the role.

  Jason Cole

Bluebird bio‘s finance chief Gina Consylman will resign in April amid growing concerns the company needs to raise additional money to survive more than a year. Jason Cole will take on the role of principal financial officer after Consylman’s departure. Cole has been serving as chief business officer since last November and has previously held chief operating and legal officer roles at the company.

Khozem Lokhandwala was named finance chief at Evoque. Lokhandwala joins the cloud, connectivity, and data center solution provider from Amazon Web Services (AWS), where he was global vice president of data center planning and delivery. Lokhandwala spent 17-years at Amazon, and previously was vice president of finance for all infrastructure functions at AWS. Before that, he directed finance departments across a wide range of business units, including worldwide retail marketing functions, U.S. consumer electronics, and Appstore.

  Michelle Gardner

Advertising agency TRG appointed Michelle Gardner as chief financial officer. Most recently, Gardner was finance director for Fujitsu America. Before that, she was CFO of Venturity Financial Partners. Gardner previously held leadership positions in the finance organizations at NTT DATA and Hewlett-Packard. She began her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Gardner replaces Scot Dykema, who retired after nearly four decades as finance chief.

Yext promoted Darryl Bond to CFO, effective March 25. Bond, who joined the AI search company in 2015, has been its chief accounting officer since 2017. Before that, Bond worked at Ernst & Young for 12 years, most recently as senior manager of transaction advisory services. He succeeds Steve Cakebread, who is leaving the company. Cakebread has been CFO since 2014 and managed the company’s IPO in 2017. 

  Harlan Kowitt

Hickory Farms interim chief financial officer Harlan Kowitt, who joined the company in October, will take over the CFO role permanently. Before joining the food gift retailer, Kowitt held several senior finance roles at US Foods, including senior director of corporate financial planning and analysis and finance lead of supply chain finance. His experience also includes time at Unilever in a variety of finance and purchasing roles, including finance director of logistics.

Jose Zuniga was named CFO at Madison Reed. Zuniga joins the hair care and color company from Dollar Shave Club, where he held the same role. During his seven-year tenure at the razor company, he led the company through its $1 billion acquisition by Unilever and its omnichannel expansion. Zuniga previously worked at Google, most recently as finance director of sales finance and FP&A, and at Yahoo, most recently as senior director of operations finance, Europe, Middle East, and Africa. 

  Lori Becker

Defense contractor Arcfield hired Lori Becker as chief financial officer. Becker joins the company from Sierra Nevada Corp., where she was finance chief. She has held a variety of leadership roles across the government contracting industry, including CFO roles at Deltek and LMI. She was previously vice president of finance systems and transformation and compliance at Peraton and vice president and corporate controller at Akima. 

Mount Franklin Foods promoted Mayela Soto, senior vice president of accounting and finance, to finance chief. Soto joined the food manufacturer in 2015 as financial planning and analysis and special projects manager. She was promoted to director of finance and accounting-U.S. a year later and then stepped into the role of vice president of accounting and finance.