CFOs On the Move: Week Ending April 14

Air Canada, Hasbro, Orange, Pilot, Groupon, U.S. Bank, and more.
CFOs On the Move: Week Ending April 14


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  John Di Bert

John Di Bert | Air Canada

John Di Bert, currently the CFO of Clarios International, will take over as finance officer for Canada’s largest airline, Air Canada. He replaces Amos Kazzaz, who will retire in June. Di Bert also served in a CFO role for aerospace manufacturers Bombardier and Pratt & Whitney during his career. Kazzaz steps down after holding his position at Air Canada for 13 years.

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 John Stern

John Stern | U.S. Bank

U.S. Bank has promoted John Stern, an employee of nearly 25 years, to the CFO position. He has served as the bank’s corporate treasurer and most recently as president of global corporate trust and custody. Stern replaces Terry Dolan, who will become U.S. Bank’s vice chair and chief administrative officer once the current position holder retires at the end of June. Dolan will continue to be CFO until September 1, when Stern takes over. 

Laurent Martinez | Orange 

French Telecom giant Orange named Laurent Martinez as its new finance officer. Jean-Michel Thibaud, deputy CFO of Orange, will act as interim manager during this transition period. Martinez joins Orange from Alstom, a French multinational rolling stock manufacturer operating in rail transport markets. Martinez’s experience includes nearly 20 years in leadership roles at the business service unit of Airbus, the European airplane manufacturer. 

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 David Michaels

David Michaels | Soluna Holdings

Soluna Holdings, a green data-center company, named David Michaels as interim CFO. Effective April 21, the company said that current CFO Philip Patman Jr. will step down to take a role closer to home. Michaels is a Soluna director and chair of the audit committee. He has more than a decade of CFO experience, including a 10-year stint with the American Institute for Economic Research. 

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Gina Goetter

Gina Goetter | Hasbro

Toy and gaming company Hasbro has brought on Gina Goetter, formerly CFO of motorcycle company Harley Davidson, as its new CFO. After over two decades of experience with General Mills and a senior vice president of finance role at Tyson Foods, Goetter took her first full-time CFO role with Harley Davidson in October 2020. She succeeds Deborah A. Thomas, who announced in November that she was retiring after nearly 25 years with Hasbro. Harley-Davidson announced that David Viney, vice president and treasurer, will serve as its interim finance chief.

Joe Lillo | Pilot Company

Knoxville, Tennessee, petroleum company and owner of America’s largest truck stop chain, Pilot Company, has named Joe Lillo its new CFO. The move comes after Berkshire Hathaway’s majority takeover of the company in January. Both Lillo and newly appointed CEO Adam Wright are former Berkshire Hathaway executives. 

Jiri Ponrt

Jiri Ponrt | Groupon

Groupon named Jiri Ponrt its new chief financial officer, succeeding Damien Schmitz. Ponrt joins the e-commerce marketplace from Pale Fire Capital, where he was a partner and group CFO. Ponrt has also served as CFO at, one of the largest e-commerce players in Central and Eastern Europe. Before that, he spent 15 years at Danone’s baby food division, Nutricia. Private equity firm Pale Fire Capital made an investment in Groupon in January, and Dusan Senkypl, the chairman and CEO of Pale Fire, was named interim CEO of Groupon in March.