The Cheesecake Factory Inc., the CalabasisHills, Calif., restaurant chain with 2007 sales of $1.56 billionnamed W. Douglas Benn, 54, executive vicepresident and CFO, replacing interim CFO CherylSlomann, 43, who is vice president, controller and chiefaccounting officer. She stepped into the interim position afterMichael Dixon, 46, resigned in July. Benn mostrecently served as CFO of Rare Hospitality International, whichowned the LongHorn Steakhouse and The Capital Grille, prior to its2007 sale to Darden Restaurants.

Columbia Sportswear Co., based in the Portland,Oregon, with 2007 sales of $1.36 billion, promoted ThomasB. Cusick, 41, to the post of executive vice president,CFO and treasurer. Cusick, who joined Columbia in 2002, mostrecently served as chief accounting officer and was corporatecontroller before that. He replaced Bryan L. Timm,45, who was promoted to chief operating officer in May 2008 and wasnamed executive vice president in October. Before coming toColumbia, Cusick held various financial positions at Cadence DesignSystems.

Barnes Group Inc., the Bristol, Conn.-basedaerospace and industrial components maker and logistical servicescompany with 2007 sales of $1.44 billion, appointedChristopher J. Stephens Jr. senior vice presidentof finance and CFO. He takes over from acting CFO FrancisC. Boyle Jr., vice president and controller, who was namedvice president of finance and chief accounting officer. Stephenshas more than 20 years experience with Fortune 500 companies,including serving as president of Honeywell's consumer productgroup, CFO of Honeywell's transportation systems business and CFOof Boeing Satellite Systems.

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