Disney/ABC Names New CFO

Peter Seymour to take over new consolidated position

Peter SeymourThe Disney/ABC Television Group, the television, radio and publishing arm of the $40 billion Burbank, Calif.-based Disney, named Peter Seymour CFO and executive vice president (left), a new consolidated position. He replaces Jim Hedges of ABC and Jewell Engstrom of Disney Cable. Seymour has been executive vice president of strategy and research at Disney Media Networks since 2008. He joined the group as senior vice president in 2005 after working in strategic planning for Walt Disney. Prior to that, he worked at the LEK/Alcar Consulting Group.

The AES Corp., the $17.2 billion Arlington, Va.-based power producer, named Thomas O’Flynn CFO and executive vice president. He succeeds interim CFO Mary Wood, who filled the position after the Victoria Harker joined Gannet Co earlier this year. O’Flynn served as senior advisor at Blackstone’s private equity group and was CFO of the Public Service Enterprise Group for eight years. Previously, he headed Morgan Stanley’s North American Power unit.

Ecolab, a $6.7 billion St. Paul, Minn. cleaning, sanitation and maintenance company, named Daniel Schmechel CFO. He succeeds Steven Fritze, who will retire at the end of the year after 10 years with the company. Schmechel, 52, has worked in almost every area of finance for Ecolab since he joined in 1995. Most recently he has been the executive vice president of finance. He previously served as senior vice president of finance services and systems, as well as corporate controller treasurer.

FMC Technologies, a $5 billion Houston-based energy services company, named Richard Clark treasurer. Clark joined the company as financial manager, and has served as controller for various units since 1997.

CNO Financial Group, a $4.1 billion Carmel, Ind. life insurance company, named Tom Barta senior vice president of finance and business development and Erik Helding senior vice president of treasury and investor relations. Barta joined CNO as senior vice president of financial planning and analysis after spending 20 years at Allianz. Helding was previously vice president of financial planning and analysis. He spent 10 years at GE’s Employers Reinsurance Corporation and CNA Insurance.

Penske Truck Leasing, a $1.59 billion Reading, Penn. commercial truck operator, appointed Scott Cebul treasurer and vice president. He succeeds Wayne Angelbeck, who will retire in 2013. Cebul has been treasurer for the Penske Corporation since 2009. He formerly worked as treasury management officer and commercial relationship manager at JP Morgan Chase.

FalconStor Software, an $82 million Melville, N.Y. data protection software company, named Louis Petrucelly CFO, vice president and treasurer. He has been acting in the position since late May, when Bryan Urquhart resigned. Petrucelly, 37, joined the company in 2007 as director of financial reporting, and later served as director of finance. Previously, he was corporate controller at Granite Broadcasting. 

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