Financial Executives: Keeping Track

Michael Gordon has been appointed corporate controller of Pacer International, a $2 billion freight transportation company. Marc Jensen, his predecessor, is leaving the company at the end of March because the position is moving from Pacer's Concord, Calif., headquarters to Dublin, Ohio. Gordon, 43, was a financial consultant at Resources Global Professionals from 2007 until December 2009, and Pacer was one of his clients. Earlier, he was financial controller for North and South America for DHL Exel Supply Chain and was a senior manager at Ernst & Young.

FirstEnergy Corp., a $13.6 billion energy company, named James Garanich vice president of tax. He succeeds Gene Sitarz, who retired in November. Garanich is joining Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy from Ernst & Young, where he was a tax partner. He joined a predecessor firm, Arthur Young, in 1984.

Theresa Messina has been hired as chief accounting officer of Webster Financial, the holding company for Webster Bank of Waterbury, Conn., which has $17.8 billion in assets. Messina, 48, had worked at Fannie Mae since 2006 directing operations related to more than 18 million single-family mortgages. Earlier, she was an audit partner at Ernst & Young from 2000 to 2006 and senior vice president for operations at Fidelity Management Trust from 1995 to 1998.

East West Bancorp, the Pasadena, Calif., parent of East West Bank, which has $20.6 billion in assets, named Irene Oh CFO and executive vice president. She succeeds Thomas Tolda, who resigned for personal reasons. Oh has served as senior vice president and director of corporate finance since joining the company in 2005. Earlier, she worked at Deloitte & Touche and Goldman Sachs.

Infinera, a $309 million digital optical networking systems company in Sunnyvale, Calif., has appointed Ita Brennan as its CFO, effective in June. She will succeed Duston Williams, the company's CFO since 2006, who is resigning in June. Brennan, 43, currently serves as Infinera's corporate controller and vice president. She joined the company in 2006 from Maxtor Corp., where she was vice president of finance and earlier served as European finance and operations director for Maxtor Ireland.

Robert Rout has joined First Commonwealth Financial, an Indiana, Pa.-based holding company for First Commonwealth Bank, which has $6.4 billion of assets, as CFO and executive vice president. He succeeds Edward Lipkus III, who resigned last August to pursue other opportunities. Rout most recently was CFO, chief administrative officer and secretary for S&T Bancorp, where he worked for 20 years.


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