Lowe's Cos., a $22.1 billion chain of home improvement stores based in Wilkesboro, N.C., promoted Robert Hull Jr. to CFO and senior vice president. He replaces Robert Niblock, who was promoted to president. Hull, 38, joined the company in 1999 and most recently was vice president of financial planning and analysis.

Quebecor World Inc., a $6.3 billion printing and graphics services company based in Montreal, named Claude Helie CFO. He succeeds Christian Paupe, who plans to pursue other interests. Helie, 60, had been the CFO and executive vice president of the company's parent, Quebecor Inc., since April 2000. Previously he served as CFO of Donohue Inc., a Canadian newsprint company, and as vice president of finance of Societe Generale De Financement Du Quebec.

Host Marriott Corp., the $3.79 billion hotel chain based in Bethesda, Md., promoted W. Edward Walter to CFO. He succeeds Robert Parsons Jr., who had been CFO since 1995 and is leaving the company to pursue other interests in the second quarter. Walter, 47, most recently served as Host Marriott's chief operating officer and previously was treasurer, after joining the company in 1996 as senior vice president of acquisitions. Host Marriott also announced that Larry Harvey rejoined the company as corporate controller and senior vice president, replacing Donald Olinger, who left to become CFO of MeriStar Hospitality Corp. Harvey, 38, had been CFO of Barcelo Crestline Corp., which was spun off from Host Marriott in 1998.

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