Medtronic Hires New Chief Financial Officer – Wall Street Journal
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Medtronic likely will announce her appointment this week, these people said. Comerica, a Dallas-based financial-services company, disclosed Tuesday that Ms. Parkhill had resigned as its vice chairman and CFO “to pursue other opportunities.’’ She is 50 years old, according to Comerica’s latest proxy statement.
Ms. Parkhill will take over the top finance job from Gary Ellis, who helped orchestrate Medtronic’s recent acquisition of Covidien and has been its CFO since 2005. Mr. Ellis is expected to retire from Medtronic, which sells medical devices and surgical tools.
Medtronic did not comment late Tuesday about the expected Parkhill announcement. Comerica did not respond to requests for comment late Tuesday.
In January 2015, Medtronic closed its $50 billion acquisition of Dublin-based Covidien. That deal allowed Medtronic to move its corporate headquarters from Minneapolis to Dublin, through an inversion, a technique aimed at lowering the company’s tax burden.
Mr. Ellis has been involved in Medtronic’s efforts to take advantage of its new inverted status to transfer some of its overseas cash to the U.S. at lower tax rates than it would otherwise have paid.
Things are in “good order for the company,” so this may be a good time for Mr. Ellis to step down, said Debbie Wang, a Morningstar Inc.
analyst. “Medtronic would be in good standing to do the kind of serial acquisitions that they do to augment internal innovation.”
Medtronic becomes the latest big business to fill the top role with an executive experienced at investment banking. Such executives often offer strong strategic skills.
Among the investment-banking veterans to don a finance chief’s hat recently was Ruth Porat, now CFO of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent. She came to the Silicon Valley giant as finance chief in May 2015 from Morgan Stanley.
With Ms. Parkhill’s departure, Comerica named David Duprey, executive vice president and general auditor, as its new CFO, effective immediately, the company’s announcement said.
—Tatyana Shumsky contributed to this article.
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