Financial Executives: Keeping Track

Swift Energy, a Houston-based exploration and development company with $821 million of 2008 revenue, promoted Barry Turcotte to controller and vice president of accounting. He succeeds David Wesson, the company's controller since 2001, who is resigning to pursue other interests. Turcotte, 39, joined Swift in 2001 and served as assistant controller since 2005.

Michael Lavey was named controller and vice president of A.H. Belo, a Dallas newspaper company with $733.5 million in 2008 revenue. Lavey, 52, has been controller for the company's flagship paper, the Dallas Morning News since June. He joined the paper from imc2, a digital advertising company where he was vice president of finance. Lavey has also worked as a consultant for Alliance Data Systems and as CFO of Lighting Science Group.

DreamWorks Animation, the $650 million entertainment company, named Heather O'Connor to succeed Phil Cross as chief accounting officer after he steps down in February. O'Connor has been the Glendale, Calif.-based company's director of SEC reporting since 2006. Earlier, she worked in accounting and financial planning positions at DreamWorks and was an auditor at Arthur Andersen.

Seth Bagshaw was named CFO and vice president of MKS Instruments, a $647 million provider of instruments and process control solutions in Andover, Mass. He succeeds Ronald Weigner, who will continue to serve as treasurer and vice president of finance. Bagshaw, 50, has been the company's vice president and corporate controller since 2006. He was CFO of Vette Corp. from 2004 to 2006, and corporate controller of Varian Semiconductor from 1999 to 2004.

RailAmerica, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based operator of regional freight railroads with $508 million in 2008 revenue, named Randy Pianin corporate controller, principal accounting officer and vice president. He succeeds Harold Tynes, who was appointed treasurer and vice president of financial services. Pianin, 47, is joining RailAmerica from Office Depot, where he most recently was senior vice president of the design, print and ship business and earlier served as controller and senior vice president of finance. Tynes was CFO at QualServ Corp. and controller at Great Lakes Transportation before signing on as RailAmerica's controller in 2007.

David Glass was named CFO and executive vice president of finance at Veeco Instruments, a $442 million provider of LED and solar process equiopment and data storage process equipment. He replaces John Rein Jr., who is retiring. Glass, 50, most recently worked at Rohm and Haas, where he served as CFO of its electronic materials division in Shanghai and also as CFO of the Asia-Pacific region. From 2003 to 2007, he was the company's corporate controller.

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