CFOs On the Move: Week Ending March 18

Neiman Marcus, Aston Martin, Parachute, Bally's, Red Lobster, ACCO Brands, Spencer Stuart, AuditBoard, Renault,, Mineralys Therapeutics
CFOs On the Move: Week Ending March 18
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   Katie Anderson

Neiman Marcus Group named Katie Anderson as the luxury retailer’s new chief financial officer, effective April 4. Anderson joins the company from retailer Guess?, where she is finance chief. She previously held chief financial officer roles at restaurant chain California Pizza Kitchen and Sprinkles Cupcakes. She started her career in investment banking at Citigroup and then Moelis & Company. Anderson replaces interim finance chief Mark Weinsten.

Doug Lafferty will become finance chief at car maker Aston Martin on May 1. Lafferty replaces Kenneth Gregor, who is leaving for personal reasons. Lafferty joins the company from fuel retailer Vivo Energy, where he was CFO since March 2021. Before that, he spent three years as CFO and executive director for Williams Grand Prix Holdings. Vivo’s group controller Jan-Timo Rebisch and group treasurer Issam Sadiq will lead the finance function on an interim basis until a new CFO is appointed.

   Jeff Barker

Parachute hired Jeff Barker as the home goods retailer’s first chief financial officer. Barker was previously CFO and chief operating officer at JLab Audio. Before that, he was CFO of sporting goods company TaylorMade Golf Company. Barker co-led the sale of TaylorMade from Adidas to a private equity firm. Before becoming CFO, he was finance director at Adidas in Brazil.

Casino-entertainment company Bally’s promoted Bobby Lavan to finance chief. Lavan has been senior vice president of finance and investor relations of Bally’s since May 2021. Lavan was previously chief financial officer of Turning Point Brands. Before that, he was CFO of General Wireless Operations. Lavan replaces Steve Capp, who is leaving the company at the end of April.

   David Schmidt

David Schmidt is the new CFO at Red Lobster. Schmidt joins the restaurant chain from Bloomin’ Brands, where he has worked for the last 16 years. He has been group vice president and CFO of casual dining brands at Bloomin’ since 2019 and was previously president of Bonefish Grill. Before Bloomin’ Brands, Schmidt was controller/vice president of FP&A at Avado Brands and manager of franchise finance at Denny’s. 

Deborah O’Connor will take over as CFO of office products manufacturer ACCO Brands on April 4. O’Connor was previously president and chief financial officer of home improvement and hardware products distributor True Value. Before that, she served in several executive capacities at office supply retailer Office Max/Office Depot, including senior vice president of integration at Office Depot, interim chief financial officer at OfficeMax, and senior vice president and chief accounting officer at OfficeMax. O’Connor succeeds Neal Fenwick, who is retiring.

   Christine Laurens

Christine Laurens is the new finance chief of Spencer Stuart. Laurens spent more than two decades at global management consulting firm Kearney, where she most recently served as CFO and a member of the operating committee. Laurens joined Kearney in 2002 as southwest European finance director in Paris, subsequently assuming increasing levels of EMEA finance leadership. Previously, she was chief financial officer of technology consultancy Keyrus. Laurens succeeds Valerie Harper, who is now head of EMEA and Asia-Pacific.     

AuditBoard appointed Josh Harding as chief financial officer. Harding joins the company after five years at SailPoint, where he was vice president of finance and operations and helped execute the company’s 2017 IPO. Before that, Harding held several leadership roles in finance, operations, and corporate development at RetailMeNot. He previously was a growth equity investor at Austin Ventures as well as an investment banker at Citigroup.

   Duncan Minto

Renault Group appointed Duncan Minto, a 25-year veteran of the automaker, as chief financial officer of its Dacia-Lada business unit. Minto started his career at Renault Group UK in 1997. After holding several finance-related positions, he became chief financial officer of Renault Nissan Portugal in 2006 and was appointed chief financial officer of the Renault Group’s Asia-Pacific region in 2013.

E-commerce seller named its CFO and chief operating officer David Meniane to replace outgoing CEO Lev Peker, who will leave the company in April. Ryan Lockwood, senior vice president of finance, was promoted to CFO. Before joining the company, Lockwood was a portfolio manager and head of fixed income at the Private Management Group, which had about $3 billion in assets under management.

   Adam Levy

Mineralys Therapeutics appointed Adam Levy as the biopharmaceutical’s new chief financial officer and chief business officer. He was most recently CFO at Sanifit Therapeutics until it was acquired by Vifor Pharma in 2022. Levy was previously chief business officer at Brickell Biotech, where he led the organization’s financial operations transition as it became a publicly listed company. He also previously held multiple investment banking positions at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Jefferies Group, and Wedbush Securities.

OceanFirst Financial hired Patrick Barrett as its new finance chief. Barrett joins the bank from First Midwest Bancorp, where he was chief financial officer. Before that, he was the chief financial officer at Fulton Financial. Barrett succeeds CFO Michael Fitzpatrick, who will retire June 1. Fitzpatrick joined the company in 1992 as the bank’s first chief financial officer.