Financial Executives: Keeping Track

a $14.6 billion biotechnology company in Thousand Oaks, Calif., hired Jonathan Peacock as CFO and executive vice president. He succeeds Robert Bradway, who was promoted to president and chief operating officer in June; Michael Kelly had served as acting CFO. Peacock, 52, had been CFO and administration officer of Novartis Pharmaceutical since 2005. Earlier, he was a partner and co-leader of the corporate finance practice at McKinsey & Co.

Spirit AeroSystems, a $4 billion maker of components for commercial airplanes, named Steve Sharp corporate controller, treasurer and vice president. As controller, he succeeds D. Randolph Davis, who left the company in June. Hector Cortez, Spirit AeroSystems' assistant controller, has served as interim corporate controller. Sharp, 48, most recently headed the company's global facilities team and earlier served as controller for the fuselage systems unit.

Steven Douglas was appointed CFO, director of accounting and finance and executive vice president of General Growth Properties, a $3.1 billion owner and manager of shopping malls. He succeeds Ed Hoyt, the company's interim CFO since 2008. Douglas most recently was president of Brookfield Properties and earlier served as senior managing partner at Brookfield Asset Management. From 2003 to 2006 he was CFO of Falconbridge Limited, and from 1996 to 2003, he was CFO of Brookfield Properties.

Rent-A-Center, a $2.7 billion chain of stores offering rent-to-purchase agreements on furniture and appliances, promoted Maureen Short to vice president of finance for analytics and reporting. Short joined the Plano, Texas-based company in 2008 as director of financial planning and analysis after spending five years in the same position at Blockbuster. Earlier, she worked in corporate finance at Sprint and Vartec Telecom.

Sanjiv Khattri was appointed CFO and executive vice president of Covanta Holding, a $1.5 billion owner of renewable energy programs. He succeeds Mark Pytosh, who left the Fairfield, N.J.-based company in March. Thomas Bucks, Covanta's chief accounting officer, had served as interim CFO. Khattri, 45, served as CFO of GMAC from 2004 to 2007, and as GMAC's executive vice president of corporate development from December 2007 to May 2008. Earlier, he spent 15 years at General Motors, where his final position was assistant treasurer.

CEC Entertainment, the $818.4 million operator of Chuck E. Cheese restaurants, named Tiffany Kice CFO, treasurer and executive vice president. She replaces Christopher Morris, who left the Irving, Texas-based company in July. Kice, 43, is joining CEC from KPMG, where she had worked for the last 14 years and served as an audit partner since 2006.

Lisa McNeely was named CFO and executive vice president of Citizens Republic Bancorp, a $636 million financial services company in Flint, Mich. She succeeds Charles Christy, the company's CFO since 2002, who left in June. McNeely, who had served as interim CFO since June, joined the bank in 2003 and was named director of financial management and credit analytics and senior vice president in 2008. Before joining Citizens, she served as CFO of Education One Group, a subsidiary of Sallie Mae, and worked for 15 years at Bank One, where her final position was finance director of the consumer lending division.

Grubb & Ellis, a $535.7 million commercial real estate management company in Santa Ana, Calif., appointed Michael Rispoli CFO and executive vice president. He succeeds Richard Pehlke, who left the company in May. Matthew Engle, the company's chief accounting officer, who served as interim CFO, has been promoted to executive vice president of finance. Rispoli, 38, has served as CFO of the company's investment subsidiaries since 2008. Earlier in his career, he was corporate controller at Conexant Systems and a predecessor company, Globespan Virata.


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