H&R Block Names Gregory Macfarlane as CFO

H&R Block, a large tax services provider, has named Gregory Macfarlane as chief financial officer (CFO). Macfarlane will lead all aspects of the company’s finance and reporting functions, effective 4 June 2012.

Most recently Macfarlane served as executive vice president (EVP) and CFO of Ceridian from 2007 to 2011. Prior to that, he had more than 13 years of executive and financial experience at General Electric (GE), most recently serving as senior vice president (SVP) and CFO for WMC Mortgage, GE Money from 2004 to 2007.

Prior to his role at GE Money, Macfarlane served as the SVP and CFO at GE Partnership Marketing Group from 2001 to 2004. From 1999 to 2001, he served as vice president and CFO of GE Fleet Services, Japan. Before that, Macfarlane received multiple promotions to the level of senior audit manager in GE’s Corporate Audit Staff, after his completion of GE’s financial management programme in 1994.

Macfarlane obtained his undergraduate degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Jeff Brown, the company’s current CFO, will transition to the position of chief accounting and risk officer, where he will oversee all aspects of the company’s accounting function and co-ordinate its enterprise risk management approach.


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