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Career moves round up: Dunelm, Verallia and more

A round-up of career moves of FDs and other senior personnel in the UK and elsewhere.

Dunelm CFO Keith Down departs homewares retailer

Dunelm’s CFO, Keith Down, has announced that he will be stepping down from the role and will leave the FTSE listed-company in June. Dunelm chairman, Andy Harrison, confirmed that Down is resigning from the role to take up another role closer to his family home. He also went on to confirm that the company plans on appointing a replacement before 15th June. He also stated that in the event that they don’t find a replacement by then, David Stead, Down’s retired predecessor as CFO of Dunelm, will take on the role.

Luceco hires Ferguson Finance Director as CFO

Listed electrical product group Luceco has made Matthew Webb its new CFO, replacing David Main, who has stepped down from the role to pursue other opportunities. Prior to joining Luceco, Main served at Ferguson as the finance director for its US plumbing and heating business. He also served as a financial reporting manager at BPB. Speaking about Webb’s appointment, chairman Giles Brand said “I’m delighted that Matt is joining the group. I have no doubt that his strong experience of working in FTSE 100 businesses with international operations will be of great benefit to Luceco as we continue to invest in the future growth of the business.”

David Galan appointed CEO of Zinc Media

David Galan, CFO and COO of TV production group Zinc Media Group, has stepped up to become its CEO. Zinc Media has also appointed Katie O`Reilly as part-time interim Director of Finance. Speaking about Galan’s appointment, Zinc Chairman, Peter Bertram said “Since joining Zinc Media in January 2016, David has very clearly demonstrated his leadership qualities and has applied himself to help reshape the group. The board wishes him every success in his new role as CEO.”

Nomad Foods bags P&G exec as new CFO

Packaged food company Nomad Foods has recruited Samy Zekhout as its new CFO, effective from April. Zekhout spent 30 years at Procter and Gamble, most recently as CFO and Vice President of Global Grooming over the past 11 years. Stefan Descheemaeker, CEO of Nomad Foods, said “Samy is a talented finance executive with global experience and a proven track record of unlocking value and integrating acquisitions within large consumer product portfolios. We look forward to his contributions as we enter the next phase of our growth strategy.” Zekhout added: “The business has made significant strides under Stefan’s leadership and has a bright future ahead. I look forward to leveraging my experience and creating additional value for all of our stakeholders in the years to come”.

James Chatterjee joins Claims Consortium as finance director

Insurance claims group Claims Consortium has hired James Chatterjee as its new financial director. Prior to joining the firm, Chatterjee served as a financial controller at the Joint Information Systems Committee. Jeremy Hyams, chief executive of Claims Consortium, said: “We’re delighted to welcome James to the directorial team and believe his skills and experience will help us plan for future growth. Since technology is at the heart of our offering, his previous focus on digital will enable us to capitalise on our strong position in the claims sector and beyond.” Chatterjee added “I am looking forward to helping the company consolidate its position in the insurance claims market, and expand its client base in the area of digital services.”

David Goulden arrives at Summit

Digital marketing agency Summit has recruited David Goulden as its new CFO / COO. Goulden will be working alongside Summit’s founder Hedley Aylott and other members of the senior leadership team to develop their expansion programme. He will also be responsible for all aspects of Summit’s finance, operations and information technology functions, including leadership of risk management, financial planning and analysis, controllership, treasury, tax, audit, mergers and acquisitions and investor relations.

Speaking about his appointment, Goulden stated “I’m looking forward to working with Hedley and the Summit team as it enters its next growth phase and moves into new territories.” Hedley Aylott, CEO of Summit, added “We’re delighted to welcome David to the executive team.”

Old Mutual chairman to head Saga

Over 50 services provider Saga Group has appointed Patrick O’Sullivan as its new chairman. Prior to joining Saga, O’Sullivan served in multiple roles such as chief executive of UK general insurance and group chief financial officer. O’Sullivan also worked at companies such as Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and Barclays/BZW. Speaking about his appointment, O’Sullivan said “I am very pleased to be joining at a pivotal moment in the development of the company as it focuses on sustaining profitability and growth across the businesses. I look forward to working with management and the Saga Board to build on recent investments and initiatives to deliver profitable growth”.

Orna Ni-Chionna, Saga’s senior independent director, spoke about O’Sullivan’s appointment and said “We are delighted to welcome Patrick to the board of Saga. He brings many years of highly relevant commercial and board experience, working with companies in the financial services and insurance sectors. His wisdom and leadership will be invaluable as we invest in growing the customer base to deliver profit growth across the business.”

Verallia has appoints Didier Fontaine as CFO

French glass packaging group Verallia has announced the appointment of Didier Fontaine as its new CFO. Prior to joining Verallia, Fontaine served at Zodiac Airspace as an administration and financial director where he was responsible for overseeing the company’s IT and Legal functions.

In his new role at Verallia, Fontaine will be responsible for finance, purchasing and IT duties. He will also become a member of the Executive Committee. Speaking about Fontaine’s appointment, Michel Giannuzzi, chairman and CEO of Verallia, said “I am delighted to welcome Didier onto Verallia’s Executive Committee. His financial and industrial expertise and experience will make a valuable contribution to the deployment of our company’s business strategy.”

Glassdoor hires James Cox as CFO

James Cox has joined corporate US review website Glassdoor as its new CFO. In his new role, Cox will be responsible for the company’s financial operations and strategy to support the company’s global business. Prior to joining Glassdoor, Cox served as CFO at Lithium Technologies. Cox also served as CFO at Advent Software for 6 years. Speaking about Cox’s appointment, Robert Hohman, Glassdoor CEO and co-founder, said: “We are pleased to welcome Jim to Glassdoor as our new CFO as he brings a proven track record of building and managing financial operations and teams at high-growth technology companies. Jim’s leadership, vision and rich expertise in both public and private financial matters will prove invaluable, particularly as Glassdoor continues to experience significant business expansion.”

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