Financial Executives: Keeping Track


Ingersoll Rand,
the $13.2 billion manufacturer, named Janet Pfeffer vice president of business development and investor relations. She takes over responsibility for investor relations from Bruce Fisher, who is retiring in July. Pfeffer, 49, joined Ingersoll Rand in 2007 as vice president of finance for its industrial technologies sector and was named vice president of strategy and business development in February. Earlier in her career, she worked at United Technologies.

ABM Industries, a $3.5 billion facility services company, named Dean Chin chief accounting officer, corporate controller and senior vice president. He succeeds Joe Yospe, who left to become controller at Madison Square Garden. Chin, 41, had been ABM's assistant controller since 2008. Before joining ABM, he was director of finance at Reader's Digest Association and a senior manager at Ernst & Young.

Pentair, a $2.7 billion industrial company, hired Sara Zawoyski as vice president of investor relations. She replaces Todd Gleason, who was promoted to vice president of strategy and marketing for Minneapolis-based Pentair. Zawoyski most recently was vice president of investor relations at PepsiAmericas. Earlier, she served as PepsiAmericas' director of financial reporting and compliance and worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Brad Irick was hired as executive vice president of HCC Insurance, a $2.3 billion Houston-based company that provides specialty insurance coverage. The company says Irick will become CFO in August, succeeding W. Tobin Whamond, who will become chief operating officer. Irick, 43, spent 18 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was an audit and advisory partner; HCC was one of his clients at PwC.

TPC Group, a $2 billion Houston-based chemical company, named Miguel Desdin CFO and senior vice president. He succeeds Ruth Dreessen, whose departure was announced in March. Desdin, 44, most recently was CFO and senior vice president at Furmanite. Earlier, he served as controller and vice president of financial planning and analysis at Celanese and as treasurer at Great Lakes Chemical Corp.

Michael Newcity was promoted to CFO of Arkansas Best, a $1.4 billion trucking company in Fort Smith, Ark. He succeeds Judy McReynolds, who became the company's CEO and president in January. Newcity, 40, had been the company's director of economic analysis since 2007. Earlier, he was director of e-systems and emerging technologies for ABF Freight System, Arkansas Best's biggest subsidiary, and manager of e-commerce for ABF. Before joining Arkansas Best, Newcity was a programmer at Data-Tronics Corp.

Par Pharmaceutical, a $1.19 billion generic drug company in Woodcliff Lake, N.J., named Michael Tropiano CFO and executive vice president, effective July 1. He succeeds Lawrence Kenyon, who is leaving to pursue other opportunities. Tropiano, 52, has been Par's treasurer since 2005. Earlier, he was corporate treasurer at Medpointe Pharmaceuticals and assistant treasurer at Carter-Wallace.

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