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CFOs On the Move: Week Ending October 14

XPO Logistics, Comcast, Tripadvisor, Squarespace, Affinity, Dawn Foods, MagniX, Skillsoft 
Lauren MuskettOctober 14, 2022

  Carl Anderson

Carl Anderson | XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics named Carl Anderson as CFO ahead of the transportation and logistics service provider’s spinoff of its brokerage business later this year. Anderson was previously chief financial officer of auto parts supplier Meritor. His 25-year career in transportation includes earlier positions with Meritor, including group vice president of finance, treasurer, and director of international capital markets. Earlier, he worked at General Motors Acceptance Corporation, where he was senior manager of structured finance and senior financial analyst for the financial planning group. Anderson replaces Ravi Tulsyan, who was named CFO in July 2021.

  Mike Cavanagh

Mike Cavanagh | Comcast

Comcast CFO Mike Cavanagh will take on the additional role of president. Cavanagh has been finance chief of the media and technology company for the last seven years. He joined the company from global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group, where he was briefly co-president and co-chief operating officer. He previously worked at JPMorgan Chase, where he held several roles including six years as its CFO, co-CEO of its corporate and investment bank, and chief operating officer of middle market banking.

  Michael Noonan

Michael Noonan | Tripadvisor

Michael Noonan will take over as chief financial officer of Tripadvisor on Oct. 31. Noonan joins online travel company from digital weight loss company Noom, where he has been CFO since October 2020. Before that, Noonan was senior vice president of finance for online travel company Booking Holdings. Noonan worked in several capital markets roles at RBC Capital Markets, NYSE Euronext, J.P. Morgan, and Bear Stearns & Co. Noonan takes over for Ernst Teunissen, who is retiring. 

  Nathan Gooden

Nathan Gooden | Squarespace

Nathan Goode was named finance chief of Squarespace. Gooden joins the website development company from Amazon, where he was CFO of Amazon Alexa WorldWide for the past five years. He previously held CFO roles at payments company SpacePointe and now defunct commerce platform Solavei. Gooden succeeds Marcela Martin, who left the company in the summer to become president of media company BuzzFeed.

Josette Leslie | Affinity

Affinity hired Josette Leslie as the relationship intelligence platform’s new CFO. Leslie was most recently vice president of finance at Squarespace, where she helped scale the company from $100 million of revenue to over $700 million culminating in its 2021 initial public offering. Before that, she spent 11 years with E-Trade Financial in several leadership positions within brokerage finance and five years at Instinet managing the financial planning and analysis function and supporting its IPO.

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  Jennifer Cloherty

Jennifer Cloherty | Dawn Foods

Global bakery manufacturer and ingredients distributor Dawn Foods hired Jennifer Cloherty as its new chief financial officer. She was most recently CFO for Kellogg North America. Before that, Cloherty held financial leadership roles with Aptiv, Owens Corning, and GE. She spent 19 years working at GE and held several operational and commercial finance roles across the U.S. and Europe. Cloherty replaces Karl Brown, who moves into an advisory role for the company. 

  Jilinda Crowley

Jilinda Crowley | MagniX

Jilinda Crowley was appointed CFO of MagniX, an electric propulsion solution manufacturer for aviation. Crowley joins the company from Electra.aero, where she was chief financial officer. Before that, she held several leadership roles over a 14-year tenure at Rolls-Royce, including senior vice president of civil aerospace programs. She has also held senior roles in government and investor relations, overseeing international projects in the U.K. and Germany.

  Rich Walker

Richard Walker | Skillsoft 

Richard Walker, current chief corporate strategy and development officer of Skillsoft, will take over as finance chief on Oct. 28. Walker joined the learning experience platform in 2021 and will maintain his corporate strategy and development responsibilities. Walker previously held CFO roles at information services and analytics provider IHS and B2B digital sales company ServiceSource. Gary Ferrera, Skillsoft’s current CFO, is stepping down and will stay with the company through the end of the year.