Nortel Gets New CFO
Nortel Networks appointed senior executive Peter Currie as CFO effective February 14, 2005.
Currie has more than 30 years of financial experience and was most recently vice chairman and CFO of RBC Financial Group.
“Nortel has recently achieved a very significant financial reporting milestone and is committed to the ongoing transformation of its Finance organization and financial systems in a manner which will meet the highest professional standards and support shareholder value creation,” Currie said. “I am very pleased to join this leadership team in working aggressively to grow the Company’s business and position Nortel well for the future.”
This appointment was made following the decision by William Kerr, the current chief financial officer, to step down from this position, which he had assumed last year to lead the completion of the restatement. At the request of president and CEO Bill Owens, Kerr has agreed to serve as senior advisor to the CEO. In addition to assisting Currie in the transition to his role and the ongoing transformation of the Company’s finance organization, Kerr will also make a strategic contribution to the Company’s plans for market expansion and growth.
Separately, Nortel also announced that its controller, MaryAnne Pahapill, has accepted a financial position outside the company. Karen Sledge will assume the role of controller on an interim basis, effective February 7, 2005 and the Company has initiated a search process to fill the position permanently.
“As we look toward the future with a focus to growing our business and extending our industry leadership globally, I am delighted to have Peter in such a key role,” Owens said. “He is an extremely experienced and highly regarded addition to our senior management team, bringing significant depth in both statutory and management reporting in Canada and the United States. I also want to personally thank Bill and MaryAnne for their extraordinary commitment and dedication in completing the Company’s restatement. It was a mammoth task and both of these leaders came into their respective roles with a specific focus on the completion of the restatement. The Board of Directors and management owe them a huge debt of gratitude.”
Currie has also been appointed chief financial officer and Sledge, interim controller, of Nortel Networks Limited, the Company’s principal operating subsidiary.
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