Financial Executives: Keeping Track

Ball Corp., the $7.5 billion provider of packaging materials and aerospace technology, has named Scott Morrison CFO and senior vice president. He succeeds Raymond Seabrook, who has been promoted to chief operating officer for the company's global packaging operations. Morrison, 47, has served as the company's treasurer since 2000 and will retain that title. Before joining Ball Corp. in 2000, he spent 16 years in banking. The company also named Shawn Barker controller and vice president. Barker, 42, has served as vice president of operations accounting since 2006.

Qualcomm, the $10.4 billion provider of wireless devices and services, has named Warren Kneeshaw vice president of investor relations. He succeeds John Gilbert, who has been named vice president of finance at Qualcomm subsidiary FLO TV. Kneeshaw joined San Diego-based Qualcomm in 2003 and most recently served as vice president of finance for its technology licensing division.

Mitchell Scherzer was named CFO and vice president of $4.3 billion Hearst Corp., a New York-based media company. He succeeds Ron Doerfler, who was named senior vice president of finance and administration. Scherzer, 47, a long-time investment banker, most recently headed the media practice at Silverfern Group, a merchant banking firm. Earlier, he headed U.S. media investment banking at J.P. Morgan and worked at Goldman Sachs.

Noble Energy, a Houston-based energy company with $3.9 billion in 2008 revenue, has hired Kenneth Fisher as CFO and senior vice president. He succeeds Chris Tong, who retired earlier this year. Fisher, 47, most recently was executive vice president of finance for Shell's upstream Americas division. Earlier, he served as director of strategy and business development at Royal Dutch Shell and as CFO for Shell Oil Products U.S.

Forest Oil, a $1.6 billion oil and gas exploration and production company, has named Michael Kennedy CFO and executive vice president. He succeeds David Keyte, who has resigned to pursue other opportunities. Kennedy, 35, most recently served as the Denver-based company's vice president of finance and treasurer. He has worked in finance positions since joining Forest in 2001 from Arthur Andersen. Daniel Richardson was appointed to succeed Kennedy as treasurer; Richardson most recently served as managing director of corporate planning.

Cynthia Russo will become CFO of Micros Systems, a $911 million provider of information technology solutions, on March 31. She succeeds Gary Kaufman, who is retiring after almost 16 years as the company's finance chief. Russo, 40, has worked in finance at Columbia, Md.-based Micros since 1996 and currently serves as the company's corporate controller and senior vice president.

Lawson Products, a $485 million maintenance hardware provider in Des Plaines, Ill., has hired Ron Knutson as CFO and senior vice president. He succeeds F. Terrence Blanchard, who has served as the company's interim CFO since 2008. Knutson, 46, most recently was CFO and senior vice president of Frozen Food Express Industries. Earlier, he was vice president of finance at Ace Hardware and CFO and treasurer at Mascal Electric. Knutson started his career at KPMG.

Wright Medical Group, a $465 million company that provides orthopedic medical devices, has appointed Lance Berry CFO and senior vice president. He replaces John Bakewell, who is leaving to join another company. Berry, 37, most recently served as Wright's corporate controller and vice president. Before joining Wright in 2002, he worked at Arthur Andersen.

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