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CFOs On the Move: Week Ending October 7

Spanx, Sesame Workshop, Cars.com, Rent-A-Center, Imaginuity, Accord Financial, Kura Sushi USA, CACI
Lauren MuskettOctober 7, 2022

Kim Jones

Kim Jones | Spanx 

Womenswear brand Spanx promoted its president and CFO, Kim Jones, to chief executive officer. Jones has a 15-year tenure with the company and was named CFO in 2016. Before Spanx, she was the CEO of Sweetwater Brewing, and, earlier in her career, she held finance positions at Ernst & Young, Coca-Cola, and EarthLink. Martin Elliott was named CFO to replace Jones. He joined the company in April from toy manufacturer MGA Entertainment, where he was CFO. 

Brett Robinson

Brett Robinson | Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, named Brett Robinson CFO and executive vice president of finance, technology, and facilities. Robinson was most recently chief financial officer and chief operating officer of the nonprofit organization UNICEF USA. Before that, Robinson spent five years as CFO and executive vice president of finance and administration of Brooklyn Public Library. He has held executive positions at the NYC department of information technology and telecommunications and the NYC mayor’s office of management and budget.

Sonia Jain

Sonia Jain | Cars.com

Cars.com reappointed former executive Sonia Jain as CFO, effective October 17. Jain resigned as chief financial officer of the digital automotive marketplace platform in April to join digital freight startup Convoy. She initially joined Cars.com as finance chief in July 2020. Jain was previously CFO of Redbox and vice president of finance and treasurer of Outerwall. She replaces Jandy Tomy, who has been interim CFO since Jain left. Tomy will remain at the company as executive vice president of finance and treasurer.  

Fahmi Karam

Fahmi Karam | Rent-A-Center

Fahmi Karam will take over as CFO of rent-to-own company Rent-A-Center on October 31. Karam was most recently CFO of Santander Consumer USA, which provides automotive financing services. Karam previously spent 12 years at the investment bank J.P. Morgan, where he was an executive director. Before that, he was a senior associate in audit & assurance services at Deloitte. Karam succeeds Maureen Short, who left the company last month. 

Chelsea Navarro

Chelsea Navarro | Imaginuity

Chelsea Navarro was promoted to finance chief of Imaginuity. Navarro has been the director of finance of the marketing agency since 2018. She joined the company after seven years of working with the public accounting firm Whitley Penn, where was an audit manager.

Irene Eddy

Irene Eddy | Accord Financial

Irene Eddy was promoted to finance chief of Accord Financial. Eddy joined the commercial finance company in 2019 as senior vice president of capital markets and has been interim chief financial officer since earlier this year. Before joining Accord, she spent more than 20 years at GE Capital, most recently as senior vice president of capital markets. 

Jeff Uttz | Kura Sushi USA

Jeff Uttz was hired as CFO of Japanese restaurant concept Kura Sushi USA. Uttz has previously held chief financial officer roles at Shake Shack and American sports bar chain Yard House. At Shake Shack, he helped prepare the restaurant chain for its initial public offering in 2015. Earlier, he held several financial leadership positions at CKE Restaurants.  

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Jeffrey MacLauchlan

Jeffrey MacLauchlan | CACI

Jeffrey MacLauchlan will take over as CFO of defense contractor CACI on November 1. MacLauchlan joined the company in May 2022 as a senior vice president on the finance team. MacLauchlan spent 32 years in several roles at Lockheed Martin, most recently as vice president of corporate development. Before joining CACI, he was a founding partner of SPAC company First Light Acquisition Group and was a senior vice president of corporate development for Rockwell Collins. MacLauchlan succeeds Thomas Mutryn, who is retiring after more than 16 years at the company.