May 18, 2024


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CFOs On the Move: Week Ending October 29

Valen Tong

Streaming education platform MasterClass appointed Valen Tong as chief financial officer. Tong previously served as CFO and most recently as chief business officer of Beauty for All Industries, a beauty subscription company that includes brands IPSY and BoxyCharm. She helped scale the company to over $1 billion in revenue and 20 million community members. Tong has more than two decades of global experience including working at Brookstone and Procter & Gamble. Tong succeeds Vanna Krantz, who joined the company in January. Krantz left MasterClass last month to take over as CFO at Passport, a transportation software and payments company. 

Media measurement company Comscore hired Jon Carpenter as CFO. Carpenter has served as chief financial officer at Publishers Clearing House since 2016, where he has partnered to transform and grow the digital business. Before that, he served in senior divisional CFO roles for Nielsen, Sears Holdings, and NBC Universal. He started his career with General Electric in their financial management program.

Vivian Liu

Mobile e-commerce platform Wish named Vivian Liu as chief financial officer. Liu was most recently chief financial officer and senior vice president of Shutterfly. Before that, she was CFO at laser printer manufacturer Lexmark. Previous roles include vice president of finance at Enterprise BG at Huawei Technology and director of finance, U.S. enterprise segment sales, and service of Cisco Systems.

Mike Eklund

Shutterfly hired Mike Eklund as senior vice president and CFO. Eklund most recently was executive vice president, chief financial officer, treasurer, and corporate secretary for Scientific Games. Before that, he was chief financial officer of market research company IRI. He previously spent more than 20 years at Dell Technologies in both financial and operational roles, including leading the value creation and integration function for the $67 billion Dell-EMC combination and serving as chief financial officer of Dell’s $40 billion-plus client solutions business unit and global operations organization.

Robert Barbieri, who has been serving as Inseego’s interim finance chief, has been appointed chief financial officer on a permanent basis. Barbieri has been serving as interim CFO since April. He previously was a partner with TechCXO since 2019. Before joining TechCXO, he led his own firm, CxO Advisory Services, which provided strategic and functional consulting services. Barbieri has previously served as CFO at Lawson Software, TriZetto, ABILITY Network, Converge One, and Textura.

Alexander Pease

Alexander Pease is taking over as CFO of packaging company WestRock. Pease was most recently chief financial officer at CommScope Holding Company. He previously spent more than 10 years with McKinsey & Company in a wide range of advisory roles before departing as a partner in 2011. He also served as a US Navy SEAL from 1994 to 2000, eventually departing as a Platoon Commander in 2000. Pease succeeds Ward Dickson, who is retiring. 

Green Dot named George Gresham as the fintech’s new CFO and chief operating officer. Gresham previously served on the boards of directors of both Green Dot and Green Dot Bank from 2016 to 2019, and was chief financial officer at NetSpend Holdings from 2010 to 2013. He held CFO roles at Global Cash Access and EFD. He also served on the Board of EML Payments.

Bob Hrivnak

Bob Hrivnak has been named interim CFO of Orion Engineered Carbons while the company searches for a permanent finance chief. Hrivnak joined the company in 2020 as chief accounting officer with over 30 years of experience as a financial executive. He replaces Lorin Crenshaw, who is leaving the company to become finance chief at ​​Compass Minerals. He will remain with Orion as an adviser until November 21.

Mark Olson will join Farmers & Merchants Bancorp as CFO on November 1. Olson has held financial leadership positions in the banking sector for the past 32 years. Most recently, he was CFO for Altabank, a $3.6 billion community bank headquartered in Utah. Olson succeeds Stephen Haley, who is retiring after 18 years with Farmers & Merchants Bank of Central California. Haley will remain with the company until December 31 to assist with the CFO transition.

AIG named Shane Fitzsimons as its new CFO, replacing Mark Lyons, as it prepares to spin off its life and retirement business. Fitzsimons joined AIG in 2019 as global head of shared services and was most recently serving as chief administrative officer. Lyons, who has served as CFO since December 2018, will move into the newly created role of global chief actuary and head of portfolio management.

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