Financial Executives: Keeping Track

Valerie Haertel; Victoria Harker; Steven Kober; Scott Dickison; Mel Tang; David Miller

State Street Corp., the $10 billion Boston investment management company, appointed Valerie Haertel senior vice president of investor relations. She succeeds Kelley MacDonald, who is retiring after more than a decade in the position. Haertel joins State Street from Medco Health Solutions, where she served as vice president of investor relations. Previously she held positions at Alliance Bernstein, RCN Corp. and NASDAQ.

Gannett Co., the $5.2 billion media and marketing company that publishes USA Today, appointed Victoria Harker CFO effective July 23. Harker will replace Paul Saleh, 55, who left in May to become CFO and vice president at Computer Sciences Corp. Harker, 47, previously served as CFO and president of global business services at AES Corp., a global power company. Earlier, she was treasurer and acting CFO at MCI.

Sony Corp. of America, the $4 billion New York-based subsidiary of Sony Corp., named Steven Kober CFO and executive vice president effective June 27. He succeeds Robert Wiesenthal, who was named president, international, at Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Kober, 57, currently serves as SCA’s vice president of finance. He worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers before joining SCA as assistant controller in 1989.

Scott & White Health Plan, a division of $1.4 billion Temple, Texas-based Scott & White Healthcare, named Scott Dickison CFO. Dickison, 46, was previously CFO of Renown Health-Hometown Health. Earlier, he served as vice president at Geisinger Health System and worked in financial support and analysis at Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente.

Demand Media, a $324 million Santa Monica, Calif., content and social media company, named Mel Tang CFO effective August 16. He succeeds Charles Hilliard, the company’s current president and CFO, who resigned and will become a special adviser to the board of directors. Tang, 37, is currently Demand Media’s senior vice president of finance and treasurer. He previously worked at UBS Investment Bank, Prime Ventures and Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette.

Centerline Capital Group, a $28 million New York real estate finance and asset management provider, promoted David Miller to treasurer. He succeeds Michael Larsen, 33, who became CFO and managing director in April. Miller, 35, joined Centerline a year and a half ago after working in treasury operations at National Financial Partners, UBS and Datek.


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