Financial Executives: Keeping Track

Staples, the $24.3 billion office products retailer, promoted Lisa Scopa to treasurer and vice president. She succeeds Nick Hotchkin, who was appointed senior vice president of finance for the company's U.S. retail business. Scopa, 39, was named director of corporate financial planning and analysis for Framingham, Mass.-based Staples in 2005. Before joining Staples in 2001, she worked in finance and corporate development at IBM, IBM Lotus Software, Hearst and Sterling Winthrop.

First American Corp., a Santa Ana, Calif.-based business information company with $5.9 billion in 2009 revenue, named Dan Smith senior vice president of investor relations for its information solutions group. Smith most recently was CFO and vice president for Freddie Mac's multifamily business unit. Earlier, he worked for five years in Freddie Mac's investor relations department, served as director of corporate development at Teligent, and worked in investment banking at Banc of America Securities and SBC Warburg Dillon Read.

Jeffrey Hoersch was named vice president of financial planning and analysis at U.S. Cellular, a Chicago-based mobile phone company with $4.2 billion of 2009 revenue. The title is a new one that resulted from the company's combination of its strategic and financial planning groups. Hoersch, 43, most recently served as senior director of financial planning and analysis. In his 17 years with U.S. Cellular, he has also served as director of business planning and analysis for the central region.

NCR Corp., a $4.6 billion provider of ATMs and other technology, named Robert Fishman CFO. He had served as interim CFO since Anthony Massetti left in October to become CFO at Avaya. Fishman, 46, NCR's corporate controller since 2006, also served as interim CFO in 2007. Since joining Duluth, Ga.-based NCR in 1993, he also served as vice president of corporate planning and CFO of the payment solutions business. Earlier, he worked at Price Waterhouse.

David Rodgers was appointed CFO and senior vice president of Briggs & Stratton, a Milwaukee-based maker of engines for outdoor power equipment that had $2 billion in 2009 revenue. He succeeds James Breen, who will remain a senior vice president until he retires in December. Rodgers, 39, was named vice president of finance in January after serving as the company's controller since 2006. Before joining Briggs & Stratton, Rodgers was corporate controller at Roundy's Supermarkets and worked at Deloitte and Arthur Andersen.

Global Industries, a $914.3 million company that provides offshore construction and support services to the oil and gas industry, named C. Andrew Smith CFO and senior vice president. He succeeds Jeffrey Levos, who resigned from the Carlyss, La.-based company in November. Smith, 39, spent the last 10 years at Natco Group, where his final position was CFO and senior vice president. Earlier, he worked at Comfort Systems USA and Price Waterhouse.

Jeff Favret was named chief accounting officer of Trico Marine Services, a $642 million provider of marine support vessels and services to the offshore industry. He succeeds Lisa Curtis, whose departure from The Woodlands, Texas-based Trico was announced in November. Favret, 49, most recently was a senior manager at Postlethwaite & Netterville, an accounting and advisory firm, and earlier worked at Ernst & Young.

Playboy Enterprises, the $240 million media company, named Christoph Pachler CFO and executive vice president. He succeeds Linda Havard, the company's CFO for 12 years, who left the company at the end of 2009. Pachler, 43, is joining Playboy from Sony Pictures Entertainment, where he most recently served as senior vice president of strategy and operations. Pachler joined Sony in 1997 as finance director, was named vice president of strategic planning in 2002 and divisional CFO in 2005.

Kyocera International, the North American operations of Japan's Kyocera Corp., a manufacturer of electronics components, promoted William Edwards to CFO and executive vice president, which is a new position for the company. Edwards most recently served as the company's treasurer and vice president. He has worked at Kyocera since 1984 in finance, accounting and administrative positions.


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