AT&T, the $124 billion Dallas-based telephone giant, appointed John Stephens as CFO and senior executive vice president, effective June 1. He will replace Richard Lindner, the company's CFO since 2004, who plans to retire. Stephens, 51, was previously AT&T's controller, a position he held since 2001, and senior vice president. Stephens has worked at AT&T for 19 years in various finance positions, including a stint as vice president of taxes, overseeing corporate tax matters.
Nielsen Co., the $5.1 billion market research company that went public in January, appointed Liz Zale as senior vice president of investor relations. She replaces Rich Nelson, who is now in charge of Nielsen's M&A initiatives in North America. Zale, 42, comes to Nielsen from Moody's Corp., where she was vice president of investor relations. Prior to joining Moody's, she held investor relations and communications positions at DealerTrack Holdings and worked for Columbia University, IBM and Time Warner.
Alliant Energy, a $3.4 billion utility in Madison, Wis., named Thomas Hanson CFO in addition to his current role as treasurer. He succeeds Patricia Kampling, who was promoted to president and COO. Hanson, 57, is a 30-year veteran of Alliant. For the past year, he served as chief accounting officer and treasurer. For three years before that, Hanson was chief accounting officer and controller. Alliant's controller, Robert Durian, 40, will take on the additional title of chief accounting officer.
MF Global Holdings, a $2.1 billion broker-dealer in New York that specializes in derivatives, promoted Henri Steenkamp to CFO, chief accounting officer and executive vice president. He replaces Randy MacDonald, who was named global head of the company's retail operations. Steenkamp, 34, joined MF Global in 2006 as vice president of external reporting and was promoted to chief accounting officer later that year. Prior to joining MF Global, Steenkamp spent eight years at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Hill-Rom Holdings, a medical equipment manufacturer in Batesville, Ind., that had $1.4 billion of 2010 revenue, promoted Michael Macek to treasurer. He succeeds Mark Guinan, who was named CFO and senior vice president in December. Macek, 39, had served as Hill-Rom's executive director of treasury since 2008. Prior to joining the company in 2005, he worked for Ernst & Young and Guidant Corp., a medical device company acquired by Boston Scientific.
Gentiva Health Services, a $1.2 billion home healthcare services company, named David Gieringer chief accounting officer. He replaces Eric Slusser, who was promoted to CFO last year. Gieringer, 48, will continue to serve as the Atlanta-based company's controller and vice president. He has been controller since 2002. He joined Gentiva in 2000 as assistant vice president of accounting after working for 13 years in accounting at Olsten Health Services, Gentiva's former parent.
Papa John's International, a $1.1 billion chain of pizza restaurants in Louisville, Ken., appointed Lance Tucker CFO. He succeeds David Flanery, who is retiring. Tucker, 42, was most recently the company's chief of staff, a role he assumed in 2009. Earlier, he spent six years as CFO of Evergreen Real Estate, a firm owned by Papa John's founder, John Schnatter. Tucker worked in finance positions at Papa John's from 1994 to 1999, after starting his career at Ernst & Young.
Vitamin Shoppe, a $752 million retail chain based in North Bergen, N.J., named Brenda Galgano CFO. She replaces Michael Archbold, who was named president and COO. Galgano, 42, was previously CFO and treasurer at Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. She spent 12 years at A&P and was named CFO in 2005. Earlier, Galgano spent almost three years as the grocery chain's controller. She joined A&P as director of corporate accounting in 1999 after working at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Carlyle Group, the New York-based private equity firm with $98 billion in assets under management, hired Adena Friedman as CFO. She replaces Peter Nachtwey, who left last year to join Legg Mason as its CFO. Friedman, 41, was formerly CFO and executive vice president of corporate strategy at NASDAQ OMX Group. She began her career at the exchange in 1993, and held various roles, including director of product management and marketing manager. She was named CFO in 2009.
Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, one of 12 district banks in the Federal Home Loan Bank System, appointed Kirk Malmberg as CFO. He succeeds Steven Goldstein, who is retiring. Malmberg, 50, has been the bank's chief credit officer since 2007. Earlier, he was senior vice president of mortgage products. Malmberg joined the bank in 2001 as senior vice president for asset and liability management after working for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago and Lehman Brothers.
Willis North America, a Nashville, Tenn.-based unit of $3.3 billion Willis Group Holdings, the global insurance broker based in London, named Sharon Edwards CFO. She replaces Derek Smyth, who left in March to pursue other opportunities. Edwards, 45, has served as chief administrative officer for Willis North America since 2009. Earlier, she served as its North American controller and as regional finance officer for the company's midwest region. Edwards joined Willis in 1991.
Calix, a $287 million broadband communications company in Petaluma, Calif., named a board member, Michael Ashby, CFO and executive vice president. He succeeds Kelyn Brannon, who is stepping down. Ashby, 61, is coming out of retirement to resume his former role as Calix's CFO, a position he held from 2002 to 2008. Earlier, he was vice president of finance at Cisco and CFO at Cerent, which was acquired by Cisco. Ashby was also CFO at Ascend Communications and Pacific Telesis.