CFOs On the Move: Week Ending September 16

Expedia, Williams-Sonoma, PayPal, Zipline, WalkMe, Grindr, Hyliion, True

  Julie Whalen

Julie Whalen | Expedia

Julie Whalen is the new finance chief of Expedia, where she has served on the board of directors for over three years. Whalen joins the online travel company from home products retailer Williams-Sonoma. She has been part of Williams-Sonoma’s finance organization since joining in 2001, including 11 years as CFO. She succeeds Eric Hart, who is leaving the company after almost three years as chief financial officer. 

Jeff Howie | Williams-Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma promoted Jeff Howie to finance chief, replacing outgoing CFO Julie Whalen. Howie has worked at the retailer for 20 years and has held key executive leadership roles for the Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, and Pottery Barn Teen brands. He was most recently executive vice president, chief administrative officer of Williams-Sonoma.

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  Blake Jorgensen

Blake Jorgensen | PayPal

New PayPal chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen is taking a leave of absence for medical reasons. Jorgensen, who joined the company last month, will be leaving to address a “treatable medical condition” and will return to his role as CFO after his recovery. PayPal appointed Gabrielle Rabinovitch as acting chief financial officer and she will continue in her role as senior vice president of capital markets, investor relations, and treasurer. Rabinovitch was PayPal’s interim chief financial officer before Jorgensen joined the company.

  Deepak Ahuja

Deepak Ahuja | Zipline

Drone delivery and logistics startup Zipline hired Deepak Ahuja as its first CFO. Ahuja is stepping down as CFO at Alphabet’s unit Verily Life Sciences and will start in the new role on September 30. Before that, Ahuja was CFO of Tesla, a position he held from 2008 to 2015 and then again from 2017 to 2019.

Andrew Casey | WalkMe

WalkMe’s CFO Andrew Casey is leaving the company for a new opportunity. Casey joined the company as finance chief in March 2020 from Service Now, where he was senior vice president of finance and business operations. Hagit Ynon, the software company’s executive vice president of finance and operations will serve as interim CFO while the company looks for a permanent replacement. 

  Vanna Krantz

Vanna Krantz | Grindr

Grindr, a dating app for the LGBTQ+ community, appointed Vanna Krantz as finance chief. Krantz was most recently CFO of Passport Labs, a transportation software and payments company. She was previously CFO of e-learning streaming platform Masterclass, video streaming business Disney Streaming Services, and media company Bamtech Media. Krantz also held three different divisional chief financial officer roles at media company Thomson Reuters. 

  Jon Panzer

Jon Panzer | Hyliion

Jon Panzer is the new CFO of Hyliion, a provider of electrified powertrain solutions for Class 8 semi-trucks. Panzer joins the company from Union Pacific Railroad Company, where he worked for 26 years, most recently as senior vice president of intermodal operations. He was previously senior vice president of technology and strategic planning, vice president and treasurer, and vice president of financial planning and analysis. Earlier, he held executive positions in marketing and sales within the Union Pacific’s intermodal and chemicals business segments and served in the United States Navy as a nuclear engineer.

  Kate Vanek

Kate Vanek | True

Talent management platform True named Kate Vanek as CFO and global chief operating officer. Vanek joined the company earlier this year as general manager of its Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and Asia-Pacific businesses, which she will continue to oversee. Earlier, she was CFO of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa and COO of global finance at BlackRock, and senior vice president of finance, CFO of Nielsen’s U.S. media business. 

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