CFOs On the Move: Week Ending September 17

Denis Coleman

Denis Coleman will take over as finance chief of Goldman Sachs on January 1. Coleman joined the bank in 1996 as an analyst in the bank loan group and has served as co-head of the global financing group in the investment banking division since 2018. He is also co-chair of the firmwide capital committee and is a member of the European management committee, the firmwide investment policy committee, the firmwide asset liability committee, and the firmwide conduct committee. Coleman takes over for Stephen Scherr, who is retiring from the bank. Scherr joined Goldman in 1993 and has served as chief financial officer for the last three years.

Lowell Singer

Acrisure appointed Lowell Singer as finance chief. Singer joins the insurance brokerage following 14 years working at The Walt Disney Company, where he served as senior vice president of investor relations. At Disney, he played an integral role in positioning key acquisitions, including Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 21st Century Fox. Disney’s market capitalization increased 375%, from $70 billion to $335 billion, when Singer led the company’s investor relations function. Before that, he worked as an equity research analyst for both Cowen and Company and Robertson Stephens. Singer previously served as a brand manager with Kraft Foods. He began his career at J.P. Morgan as an associate in corporate finance.

Rebecca Shooter-Dodd

Semiconductor equipment manufacturer Revasum promoted Rebecca Shooter-Dodd to president, CEO, and executive director. Shooter-Dodd, currently CFO, chief operating officer, and company secretary, joined the company in 2019 as corporate controller. ​​She was previously an auditor in BDO’s assurance practice in Sydney and London. The company will start an executive search to find its new chief financial officer.

Patrick Guido was named chief financial officer of clothing retailer Chico’s FAS. Guido was most recently senior vice president and chief financial officer at Asbury Automotive Group. Before that, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Lululemon Athletica. David Oliver, who has served as interim CFO since February 2020, has been reappointed to his prior role of senior vice president finance – controller and chief accounting officer. 

John Toth is stepping down as chief financial officer of Bark and will continue in his role until his successor is named. Toth joined the dog-centric retailer in 2006 as CFO. Before joining BARK, he was CFO of HotChalk. He previously served as the CFO of ARC Document Solutions, Bell-Carter Foods, and Fresh Express. 

John Canning

John Canning joined streaming company Cinedigm as chief financial officer. Canning spent two years as CFO of ad-tech startup Firefly Systems, where he worked to secure funding, working capital, and equipment financing. He also served as interim CFO of the mobile advertising company, Tapjoy. Canning previously worked at Discovery Channel, where he was group vice president of finance for the network. Earlier in his career, he held finance leadership roles at Clear Channel Outdoor and The Walt Disney Company.  

Renren appointed Chris Palmer as its new CFO. Before joining the SaaS business operator, Palmer was vice president of finance at Twist Bioscience, a synthetic DNA manufacturer. He was previously chief financial officer and chief innovation officer at Televerde, an outsourcer of demand generation and inside sales services. He has also worked at several semiconductor businesses, including Intel, where he served in a variety of roles spanning M&A, finance, and general management. Palmer succeeded Lucy Yang, who will continue to serve as chief financial officer of Kaixin Auto Holdings.

Robert Krakowiak

Used car buying platform Vroom appointed Robert Krakowiak as chief financial officer. For more than five years, Krakowiak was CFO of Stoneridge Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of electronic vehicle systems. Before that, he held roles in finance and investor relations at Visteon Corporation and Owens Corning. Krakowiak succeeds David Jones, who will remain as a non-executive employee of the company through November.

Digital media studio hired Xavier Kochhar as its first chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Kochhar was previously head of strategy and business development of HBO Max and most recently worked within the corporate strategy and development group of its parent company AT&T. Before that, Kochhar was the founder and CEO of video personalization engine company The Video Genome Project, which was acquired by Hulu. Kochhar was also a corporate executive at both The Walt Disney Company and L.E.K. Consulting. 

Jason Cavalier was hired as chief financial officer of Lyra Therapeutics. Cavalier was previously managing director, head of life sciences mergers and acquisitions at Cantor Fitzgerald, where he led transactions across the medical technology, diagnostics, and biopharma sectors. Before that, he held several senior-level positions at RBC Capital Markets, including director of mergers and acquisitions. He also held investment banking roles of increasing responsibility at Barclays Capital, Bear Stearns, and Lehman Brothers. Cavalier replaces Don Elsey, who is retiring and is expected to serve in an advisory role. 

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