CFOs On the Move: Week Ending June 3

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CFOs On the Move: Week Ending June 3
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  Raj Kalathur

Raj Kalathur | Deere

Raj Kalathur was named chief financial officer of agriculture equipment maker Deere. Kalathur was most recently president of John Deere Financial and chief information officer. He will retain his role for John Deere Financial and have continued oversight of information technology. Kalathur replaces Ryan Campbell, who will now head the company’s construction, forestry, and power systems segment. Campbell takes over for John Stone, who will be joining Allegion next month as its chief executive officer.

Donald Allan Jr. | Stanley Black & Decker

Stanley Black & Decker President and CFO Donald Allan Jr. will take over as CEO on July 1. Allan, a 23-year veteran of Stanley Black & Decker, will retain his title as president. Allan succeeds James Loree, who has been CEO of the tools manufacturer since 2016. Corbin Walburger will become interim chief financial officer while the company looks for Allan’s permanent replacement. Walburger has worked at the company for 14 years and is currently vice president of corporate business development.   

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  Moses Ike

Moses Ike | Woebot Health

Woebot Health appointed Moses Ike as CFO of the digital therapeutics platform. He joins the company from Paradigm Corporation, where he was vice president and head of M&A and corporate development. Before that, Ike was director of venture investments and corporate development for Blue Shield of California. He is a board director on several venture capital and private equity-backed digital health companies and in the last decade has completed transactions valued at more than $5 billion.

Gary Mick | Six Flags

Six Flags hired Gary Mick as finance chief. Mick joins the theme park company from commercial ice machine maker Ice-O-Matic, where he was president and CFO. Earlier he was group president for kitchen equipment manufacturer Middleby Corporation. Mick replaces Steve Purtell, who has been interim CFO since March 2022. Purtell will continue the role of senior vice president of corporate communications and investor relations and treasurer. 

  Pamela Hunt

Pamela Hunt | BRIX Holdings 

BRIX Holdings, the restaurant franchising company that includes Friendly’s Restaurants and Red Mango, appointed Pamela Hunt CFO. Hunt was most recently vice president of finance and accounting at headwear manufacturer Bioworld Merchandising. Before that, she oversaw the accounting operations of On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, a chain of casual dining restaurants, as the brand’s vice president and controller. 

Jonathan Baliff | Redwire

Jonathan Baliff is the new chief financial officer of aerospace manufacturer Redwire. Baliff succeeds Bill Read, who is stepping down following the company’s transition to a public company. Baliff was most recently the president of Genesis Park Acquisition Corporation, the special purpose acquisition corporation that merged with Redwire.  Baliff has served on the Redwire Board of Directors and as Chair of the Audit Committee since September 2021. 

  Charles Mwangi

Charles Mwangi | Freenome

Charles Mwangi was named CFO at Freenome. Mwangi joins the biotech company from Western Digital, where he was senior vice president and chief financial officer for its Flash division. Earlier, he worked at Cepheid, where he was senior vice president and chief financial officer. He has also held financial leadership roles at Lam Research, Diageo, Broadcom (formerly Avago), and Affymetrix (acquired by Thermo Fisher).

Jason Kiviat | Outbrain

Web recommendation platform Outbrain CFO Elise Garofalo will step down after eight years in the role, effective June 30. Garofalo will remain at the company as a special advisor to the CEO and CFO through the end of the year. Jason Kiviat, the company’s vice president of FP&A and investor relations, was named Garofalo’s successor, effective July 1. Kiviat joined the company from accounting and auditing firm KPMG in 2013 and helped lead Outbrain through its IPO. 

  Julie Peffer

Julie Peffer | named Julie Peffer as finance chief. Peffer joins the artificial intelligence and machine learning company from MedeAnalytics, a healthcare analytics company, where she was chief financial officer since January 2021. Before that, she was vice president of finance at Amazon. Peffer replaces Josh Kinley, who will take a new role as chief corporate development officer. 

Tamra Koshewa | LLFlex

Tamra Koshewa was hired as chief financial officer of specialized packaging materials company LLFlex. Tamra Koshewa joins the company from glass manufacturer HMI Glass, where she was CFO. She has previously held finance leadership positions at ISCO Industries, AAF International, and General Electric Company.