Kraft Heinz has announced the promotion of David Knopf to finance chief, effective Oct. 1. Knopf, now category head of the firm’s Planters division, takes over from Paulo Basilio, who will become zone president of the company’s U.S. business.

Early-childhood education provider Learning Care Group has appointed Douglas Baker to the top finance spot, effective Sept. 29. He replaces Mark Bierley, who has served as interim CFO since being promoted to president and chief operating officer at the beginning of the fiscal year. Baker is a former CFO and COO of Discovery Networks International.

Gregory Larson plans to retire as head of finance at Host Hotels & Resorts in November. Succeeding him will be Michael Bluhm, previously head of western region real estate and global head of lodging and leisure investment banking at Morgan Stanley.

Lineage Logistics has named Matthew Hardt finance chief. He comes to the international warehousing and logistics firm from Cooper Standard Automotive, where he also held the top finance spot.

Douglas Baker

Douglas Baker, Learning Care Group

Mark Ruh has been selected to head finance at financial-services firm HomeStreet. He joined the company in January as senior vice president, corporate development & strategic investments, and has been interim CFO since April, following the resignation of Melba Bartels.

Ethanol producer Green Plains has appointed John Neppl to lead the finance function. He takes over for Jerry Peters, who has retired. Neppl previously was finance chief at The Gavilon Group.

John Wall has been promoted to the top finance spot at Cadence Design Systems, effective Oct. 1. Wall, now corporate vice president of finance and corporate controller, will succeed Geoff Ribar, who will become a senior adviser to the company until he retires in March.

Paylocity Holding, which provides cloud-based payroll and human capital–management software solutions, has chosen Toby Williams to head finance, effective Sept. 18. He formerly was chief product and strategy officer at Ellucian.

Oilfield-services firm Patterson-UTI Energy has named C. Andrew Smith to lead the finance function. He previously was finance chief at Kirby.

Multibank holding company Arrow Financial has appointed Edward Campanella as its CFO and treasurer, as well as CFO of its lead subsidiary, Glens Falls National Bank and Trust. He most recently was finance chief at National Union Bank of Kinderhook.

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