Financial Executives: Keeping Track

Robert Hau; Joseph Reitmeier; Thomas Donohue; Andy Milevoj; David Harris; Tracey Travis; Pamela Strayer; Ray Arthur; Melissa Cruz

TE Connectivity, a $14 billion manufacturing company formerly known as Tyco Electronics, named Robert Hau CFO and executive vice president. He succeeds Terrence Curtin, who was named president of a new industrial solutions unit that includes the company’s industrial, energy, aerospace, defense and marine businesses. Hau, 46, most recently was CFO and EVP at Lennox International. Earlier, he worked at Honeywell, where he served as CFO of the aerospace unit from 2006 to 2006. Lennox International, a $3.3 billion Richardson, Texas, heating, air conditioning and refrigeration company, named Joseph Reitmeier CFO to replace Hau. Reitmeier, 47, was previously CFO and vice president of Lennox’s commercial heating and cooling unit.

Barnes & Noble, the $7.1 billion New York-based bookseller, named Thomas Donohue treasurer and vice president. Donohue, 42, succeeds Maria Florez, who left the company. He joins Barnes & Noble from the Interpublic Group, an advertising and marketing company where he was vice president and assistant treasurer for the international unit. Barnes & Noble also named Andy Milevoj vice president of investor relations. Milevoj joined the company’s finance department in 1999 and most recently served as director of investor relations.

Stater Bros. Markets, the supermarket subsidiary of $3.6 billion Stater Bros. Holdings, appointed David Harris CFO, principal accounting officer and senior vice president of finance. He succeeds Phillip Smith, who retired. Harris, 53, most recently served as senior vice president of finance for  the San Bernardino, Calif., company. He joined Stater Bros. in 2009 as vice president of finance after serving as a partner at accounting firms Ernst & Young and Soren McAdam Christenson.

Estee Lauder Cos., the $1.6 billion skin care company, named Tracey Travis CFO and executive vice president. She succeeds Richard Kunes, who is retiring after working for the company for 26 years and serving as CFO since 2000. Travis, 50, joins the New York City-based company from Ralph Lauren Corp., where she had been CFO and senior vice president since 2005. Travis was CFO and senior vice president of finance for the Intimate Brands unit of Limited Brands from 2001 to 2004 and earlier spent a decade in operations and finance positions at PepsiCo and Pepsi Bottling.

Plantronics, a $713 million Santa Cruz, Calif., maker of telephone headsets, named Pamela Strayer CFO and senior vice president. She succeeds Barbara Scherer, who retired after 15 years in the position. Strayer, 44, previously served as vice president of finance and principal accounting officer at Autodesk, a design, engineering and entertainment software company. She also served as corporate controller and vice president of finance at Epiphany, a customer relationship management software company.

LeapFrog, a $455 million Emeryville, Calif., children’s educational entertainment company, appointed Ray Arthur CFO. He will replace Mark Etnyre, who resigned in early July to pursue personal interests. Arthur, 53, joins LeapFrog from Pep Boys, where he was CFO. Prior to joining Pep Boys, Arthur worked at Toys ’R’ US, where he served as CFO, as controller, and as president and CFO of Earlier, he worked at General Signal Corp., American Home Products Corp. and American Cyanamid. 

Progress Software, a $533 million Bedford, Mass., software company, named Melissa Cruz CFO and senior vice president of finance and administration. She succeeds Charles Wagner, who left the company in late March; the company’s president and CEO, Jay Bhatt, served as interim CFO since then. Cruz, 50, has served as CFO at software companies Picis, which was acquired by UnitedHealth, BladeLogic and Concord Communications. She began her career at Digital Equipment.




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