Financial Executives: Keeping Track

Philip Anderson was named CFO and senior vice president of Spirit AeroSystems, a Wichita, Kansas-based provider of commercial airplane parts with $3.7 billion of 2008 revenue. He replaces Ulrich Schmidt, who retired in October. Anderson, 45, the company's treasurer and vice president of investor relations, had served as interim CFO since then. He joined Spirit in 2006 from Boeing, where he was director of corporate finance and banking.

Idex Corp., a $1.5 billion provider of fluid and metering, health and science technologies and dispensing equipment, has named Mike Yates chief accounting officer and vice president. It is a new position for Northbrook, Ill.-based Idex. Yates, 44, most recently served as the company's controller. Before joining Idex in 2005, he worked at KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

ICF International, a Fairfax, Va.-based company that provides consulting and technology solutions, named Ronald Vargo CFO and executive vice president. He succeeds Alan Stewart, who is retiring. Vargo, 55, was CFO and executive vice president of EDS until it was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2008. Before joining EDS as treasurer in 2004, Vargo spent 12 years with TRW, where he served as treasurer and vice president of strategic planning and business development. Earlier, he worked at Standard Oil and British Petroleum.

Farmer Bros., a Torrance, Calif.-based provider of coffee, cocoa mixes and spices, which had 2009 revenues of $341 million, hired Jeffrey Wahba as CFO and treasurer, effective June 1. He succeeds John Simmons, who resigned in December; Peter Knepper of Tatum Associates is serving as interim CFO. Wahba, 53, will join Farmer Bros. from software provider Nero, where he serves as CFO. Earlier, he was CFO of HireRight and played a role in its 2007 IPO, and also served as CFO of Henry Group and Vault Corp., and as international controller at Max Factor.

Adrian Dillon has been named chief financial and administration officer at Skype, the Luxembourg-based provider of software for making voice calls over the Internet. He succeeds Laura Shesgreen, who will now serve as vice president of finance for $381 million Skype. Dillon, 56, most recently was CFO and executive vice president of finance and administration at Agilent Technologies. Earlier, he spent 22 years at Eaton Corp., where his final position was CFO and executive vice president.

Anne Brennan was named CFO of Openwave Systems, a Redwood City, Calif.-based software company with $191 million of 2009 revenues. She replaces Karen Willem, who is resigning. Brennan, 44, most recently served as the company's vice president of finance. She joined Openwave in 2001 as the controller of a European subsidiary after working in finance positions at Racal Group.


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