Finance Executives: Keeping Track

The Cheesecake Factory Inc., the Calabasis Hills, Calif., restaurant chain with 2007 sales of $1.56 billion named W. Douglas Benn, 54, executive vice president and CFO, replacing interim CFO Cheryl Slomann, 43, who is vice president, controller and chief accounting officer. She stepped into the interim position after Michael Dixon, 46, resigned in July. Benn most recently served as CFO of Rare Hospitality International, which owned the LongHorn Steakhouse and The Capital Grille, prior to its 2007 sale to Darden Restaurants.

Columbia Sportswear Co., based in the Portland, Oregon, with 2007 sales of $1.36 billion, promoted Thomas B. Cusick, 41, to the post of executive vice president, CFO and treasurer. Cusick, who joined Columbia in 2002, most recently served as chief accounting officer and was corporate controller before that. He replaced Bryan L. Timm, 45, who was promoted to chief operating officer in May 2008 and was named executive vice president in October. Before coming to Columbia, Cusick held various financial positions at Cadence Design Systems.

Barnes Group Inc., the Bristol, Conn.-based aerospace and industrial components maker and logistical services company with 2007 sales of $1.44 billion, appointed Christopher J. Stephens Jr. senior vice president of finance and CFO. He takes over from acting CFO Francis C. Boyle Jr., vice president and controller, who was named vice president of finance and chief accounting officer. Stephens has more than 20 years experience with Fortune 500 companies, including serving as president of Honeywell's consumer product group, CFO of Honeywell's transportation systems business and CFO of Boeing Satellite Systems.

Carter's Inc., the Atlanta infant and children's apparel maker with 2007 sales of $1.41 billion, hired Richard F. Westenberger as executive vice president and CFO. He replaces Michael D. Casey, who last June was named chief executive of Carter's after Frederick Rowan II retired. Westenberger joins the company from Hewitt Associates, where he was vice president of corporate finance and treasurer since 2006. Before that, he was senior vice president and CFO of Land's End Inc.

Pioneer Drilling Co., the Spokane, Wash., contract drilling services provider with 2007 sales of $416 million, selected Lorne E Phillips, 37, to be executive vice president and CFO. William D. Hibbetts, who will continue his role as a senior officer in the finance and accounting department, previously served in that position. Phillips, with 14 years experience in the oil services industry, spent the last 10 years at Cameron International Corp., where he was vice president and treasurer.


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