ChampionScott Partners Finds New CFO for Kony

September 6, 2018 – ChampionScott Partners, which specializes in senior-level appointments for technology and technology-enabled companies, recently placed Kathy Crusco as executive vice president and chief financial officer at Kony in Austin, TX. Founding partner and CEO Geoff Champion led the assignment.

Ms. Crusco has more than 30 years of experience leading both small and large-scale businesses in the software and technology industries. She joins the company from Epicor Software Corp., a global ERP software company serving small to mid-sized companies. During her 10 years there she was chief operating officer and CFO, leading a team of roughly 1,500 and being responsible for $500 million of revenue from the automotive aftermarket segment, cloud services businesses, global customer support and hardware operations, as well as the global functions of IT, HR, M&A, logistics, procurement, order management, facilities, legal, tax, treasury, finance and accounting. In the past, Ms. Crusco served as CFO of Activant, VP of finance of Polycom, VP of finance and accounting of Documentum and director of finance of Adaptec (now Microsemi). She began her career PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she worked for 10 years.

Kony is a cloud-based digital application and low-code platform solutions company and a low-code and mobile application development platform provider. It helps organizations of all sizes accelerate digital success by transforming ideas into innovative and secure omni-channel applications.

ChampionScott Partners is a leading retained executive search firm focused on delivering leadership solutions for technology and technology-enabled companies, globally. Throughout every search the firm undertakes, it applies the strategic insights of an experienced search partner, the operating skills of an internationally expert management team, and the recruiting abilities of a premier executive search firm.

Mr. Champion works at the most senior C-levels for large scale and middle market companies in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He has conducted board, CEO and senior executive appointments for leading edge companies in the digital media, business-to-business services, telecommunications, consumer, educational services and financial technology sectors. His extensive international experience has allowed him to develop client and firm-wide relationships based on a comprehensive and unique understanding of the critical success factors for building and growing businesses globally.

Finding CFOs

CFOs continue to be in high demand. Finding them is keeping many of the nation’s top recruitment operations busier than ever. In recent months, search firms of all varieties have placed CFOs at various companies. Here’s a look at a few from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Russell Reynolds Associates has been selected to find a new CFO for Greenwich, CT-based XPO Logistics. CFO John Hardig recently stepped down to spend more time with his family, the company said. Sarah Glickman, SVP, corporate finance, assumes the role of acting chief financial officer. 

New York-based executive recruiter Herbert Mines Associates recently placed Paula A. Price as CFO for retail giant Macy’s. Ms. Price has 30 years of finance experience, mostly from retail and consumer-facing businesses. Most recently, she served as CFO of Ahold USA.

Houston-based search firm The Alexander Group placed Joshua Brumm as CFO of Kaleido Biosciences, a clinical-stage biotechnology company. Managing director Beth Ehrgott led the assignment. Mr. Brumm, an accomplished CFO with extensive financial and operational experience, has more than a decade of experience in the life science industry.

Caldwell Partners International placed Bradley Wear as the new executive vice president and CFO of Compassus, a nationwide network of community-based hospice. Neal Maslan and John Blank, both partners in the firm’s life sciences and healthcare practice, led the search. Mr. Wear has more than 20 years of experience in senior financial leadership roles in healthcare.

TalentRISE placed Laura Witter-Johnson as CFO of Prism Healthcare Partners. The assignment was led by J. James O’Malley, partner and executive search practice leader, and Beth Gordon, director for executive search. “We were looking for a sitting controller or director of accounting within a professional services firm,” said Mr. O’Malley. 

Sports and entertainment recruitment firm Turnkey Search placed Daniel Fumai as the CFO of the Milwaukee Brewers. In his new role, Mr. Fumai will provide direct, hands-on leadership for the financial operation of the Brewers organization and related entities, including the direction of all finance, accounting, reporting and treasury duties.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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