Technology company Harris Corp. has promoted Rahul Ghai to finance chief, replacing Mick Lopez. Ghai joined the firm last March as vice president of finance, integration.

Jeff McCombs

Jeff McCombs

Jeff McCombs has been named to lead the finance function at online restaurant reservations provider OpenTable. Most recently CFO of Flipboard, he also was formerly global head of business operations for the ad division at Facebook.

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions has appointed Melinda Whittington senior vice president of finance, and she will become CFO after the company files its Form 10-K for its 2015 fiscal year. Whittington, previously chief accounting officer and corporate controller at The Kraft Heinz Co., succeeds Rick Poulton, who has been promoted to president.

Denis Cashman has been promoted to the top finance spot at EMC, effective March 1. He takes over for Zane Rowe, who, as reported last week, will become CFO of VMware on the same date. Cashman joined the firm in 1988 and is now CFO of EMC Information Infrastructure, as well as chief accounting officer.

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Trusted Media Brands (formerly The Reader’s Digest Association) has named Dean Durbin to head finance. He succeeds chief operating officer Howard Halligan, who had been interim CFO. Durbin formerly headed finance at Vertis Communications, American Media, and The Thompson Corp.

Cloud-billing provider Aria Systems has selected David Wittenkamp to lead the finance function. Previously, he was involved in the sale of several companies, including TouchWave to Ericsson and Merced Systems to NICE Systems.

FreightCar America has named Matthew Kohnke CFO, treasurer, and vice president of finance, effective Feb. 29. He replaces Charles Avery, Jr., who has left the firm. Kohnke has headed finance at Dorman Products since 2011.

Fashion brand Vince Holding Corp. has promoted David Stefko to the top finance spot. Stefko, most recently interim CFO and treasurer, is a former group CFO at Sun Capital Partners.

David Johnson has resigned as finance chief of FTI Consulting, effective at the end of the month, in order to head finance at the International Rescue Committee. A search is under way for his replacement.

FCB Financial Holdings has promoted Jennifer Simons to lead the finance function, effective March 1. She takes over for Paul Burner, who will become finance director. Simons started at the firm as chief accounting officer in 2014 and was named deputy CFO last July.

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