Financial Executives: Keeping Track

Kroger Co.,
the $76 billion Cincinnati-based grocery chain, named Carin Fike assistant treasurer. She is switching jobs with Cindy Holmes, who was appointed director of investor relations. Holmes, 42, had been the company's assistant treasurer for 10 years. She began her career at Kroger in 1990 in the information systems and services department. Fike, also 42, has been Kroger's director of investor relations since 2003 and has worked at the company for more than 10 years.

Anixter International, a $5 billion electric wire and cable company in Glenview, Ill., named Theodore Dosch CFO and executive vice president. He replaces Dennis Letham, who is retiring. Dosch, 51, has served as the company's senior vice president of global finance since 2009. Prior to joining Anixter, Dosch worked in finance at Whirlpool, where his final position was CFO of the North American region.

People's United Financial, a Bridgeport, Conn.-based holding company for People's United Bank, named Kirk Walters CFO and senior executive vice president. He replaces Paul Burner, who resigned. Walters, 55, was previously senior executive vice president at Santander Holdings USA, the parent company of Sovereign Bank. He joined Sovereign as its CFO three years ago, after serving as CFO of Chittenden Corp., another Northeast regional banking company, from 1996 to 2008. People's has $25 billion in assets and reported $998 million in 2010 revenue.

Christopher & Banks, a $455 million women's clothier, promoted Michael Lyftogt to CFO and senior vice president. He had been interim CFO since July 2010, when he replaced Rodney Carter, who left the company. Lyftogt, 42, joined the Minneapolis-based company in 1998 as controller and was named chief accounting officer and vice president of finance in 2006.

Millwood, a $200 million packaging and pallet company in Vienna, Ohio, promoted Bridget Rettger to controller, which is a new position for the company. Rettger, 37, joined Millwood in 2003 as a senior accountant. Earlier, she spent seven years as an accounting supervisor at Hill Barth & King, an accounting firm in Youngstown, Ohio.

Howard Hughes Corp., a Dallas-based real estate development and management company recently spun off by General Growth Properties as part of its bankruptcy, named Andrew Richardson CFO. Grant Herlitz, the company's president, served as interim CFO. Richardson, 44, had been CFO of NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. since 2006. For six years prior to that, he was head of the capital markets group for iStar Financial. Richardson joined iStar from Salomon Smith Barney, where he was an investment banker focused on real estate. He began his career at Ernst & Young.


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