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.


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