Financial Executives: Keeping Track

Kimberly Ross; Maria Henry; Erica McLaughlin; Pamela Knous; James Shaw; Michael Galvin

Avon Products, the New York-based cosmetics company with $10.9 billion in 2010 revenue, named Kimberly Ross CFO and executive vice president. She replaces Charles Cramb, who will remain vice chairman of the developed market group. Ross, 46, is joining Avon from Royal Ahold, where she most recently served as CFO and executive vice president. She joined Royal Ahold in 2001 after working at Ernst & Young and Anchor Glass Container Corp.

Maria Henry was named CFO of the North American operations of Downers Grove, Ill.-based Sara Lee, succeeding Aaron Alt, who was named brand general manager for the company’s Ball Park Franks business. Once Sara Lee spins off its international coffee and tea business in 2012, Henry will become CFO of the company, which had $10.8 billion in 2010 revenue. Henry, 44, joins Sara Lee from Culligan International, where she was CFO and executive vice president. Prior to joining Culligan, Henry was CFO at Vastera and U.S. Office Products, and served in leadership positions at companies owned by private equity firm Clayton Dubilier & Rice.

Cabot Corp., a $2.9 billion specialty chemical company, named Erica McLaughlin director of investor relations. She succeeds Susannah Robinson, who is taking a position in the company’s HR organization. McLaughlin most recently served as director of strategy, planning and finance for Cabot’s core segment. She has worked in finance since joining the Boston-based company in 2002.

Chico’s FAS, the women’s clothing retailer based in Fort   Meyers, Fla., named Pamela Knous CFO, chief accounting officer and executive vice president. She replaces Kent Kleeberger, who was named COO and executive vice president earlier this year. Knous, 57, had been CFO of Supervalu from 1997 until 2010. Earlier, she was CFO, treasurer and executive vice president at Vons Cos., which is now part of Safeway, and a partner at KPMG. Chico’s had $1.9 billion in 2010 sales.

Donaldson Co., a $1.87 billion filtration system manufacturer in Minneapolis, named James Shaw CFO and vice president, effective Nov. 1. He succeeds Thomas VerHage, Donaldson’s CFO since 2004, who is leaving the company. Shaw, 42, is the company’s corporate controller and principal accounting officer. He joined Donaldson in 2004 as director of corporate compliance and global audit, after serving as a senior audit manager at Deloitte & Touche.

Aruba Networks, a Sunnyvale, Calif., provider of network access solutions, named Michael Galvin CFO. Galvin, the company’s vice president of finance, served as interim CFO since April, when Steffan Tomlinson left to work in venture capital. Galvin, 45, joined Aruba in 2005 after working at BEA Systems in positions including vice president of finance and corporate controller. Earlier, he was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch.



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