Sara Lee, a global food and beverage company, has named Maria Henry as chief financial officer (CFO) of Sara Lee’s North American operations. She will serve as the CFO for Sara Lee after the spin-off of the international coffee and tea business is complete in spring 2012.
Henry will have responsibility for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities for the North American business. After the spin-off, she will also lead the accounting, tax, treasury, investor relations, financial shared services and IT functions. Henry will report to CJ Fraleigh, chief executive officer (CEO), Sara Lee North America.
Previously, Henry served as executive vice president (EVP) and CFO at Culligan International, where she led the finance organisation as well as IT, strategy and business development. Prior to Culligan, Henry was the CFO for Vastera, a global trade management solutions company, held various financial and strategic leadership positions for private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice’s portfolio companies and served as CFO for US Office Products. She also served as vice president, investor relations for Wang Global, and began her career at General Electric, where she participated in GE’s Financial Management Training programme.
Henry earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Maryland.
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