Mark McCollum has resigned as head of finance at Halliburton. The company is searching for McCollum’s successor; in the meantime, general counsel Robb Voyles will take over as interim CFO.

Naveen Chopra

Naveen Chopra

Morningstar has announced that finance chief Stéphane Biehler has resigned, effective March 10. CEO Kunal Kapoor will become interim CFO while the company searches for a permanent replacement.

Music platform Pandora has named Naveen Chopra to fill the top finance spot. He succeeds Mike Herring, who became president in 2016. Chopra served as head of finance at TiVo from 2012 to 2016 and the company’s interim CEO from January 2016 until its acquisition by Rovi Corp. in September.

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Matthew Ostrower has been appointed CFO and treasurer of DDR Corp., a real estate investment trust. He most recently held the same roles at Equity One. Prior to that, he held several posts at Morgan Stanley, including head of U.S. REIT equity research and associate director of European research.

DineEquity, parent company of IHOP and Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, announced that finance chief Thomas Emrey has resigned. Corporate controller Greggory Kalvin will become interim CFO while the company searches for a permanent replacement.

Douglas Ludwig has been named CFO and treasurer of Red Lion Hotels. He takes over for interim CFO David Wright, who will return to his post as vice president of accounting, tax, and external reporting. Previously, Ludwig headed finance at Baha Mar Resorts.

Medical-device outsource manufacturer Integer Holdings has named Gary Haire to head finance, replacing the retiring Michael Dinkins. Haire, currently finance chief at Rexel North America, will join Integer in May. Corporate controller and treasurer Tom Mazza will be interim CFO until then.

Tractor Supply has promoted Kurt Barton to CFO and treasurer. He takes over for Anthony Crudele, who has retired. Barton joined the firm in 1999 and was named controller in 2009.

Nu Skin Enterprises has named Mark Lawrence to lead the finance function, effective March 27. He succeeds Ritch Wood, who will become CEO. Lawrence formerly held the top finance spot at Amazon-Lab126.

Paul Kopsky, Jr., has been appointed CFO and treasurer of RAIT Financial Trust. He will take over for James Sebra, who will continue in his posts until the company files its Form 10-K at the end of the month. Kopsky had been chief operating officer at Hunt Cos. since 2013.

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