KANSAS CITY, MO, May 23, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) - H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB), the world's largest tax services provider, today named Gregory J. Macfarlane as the company's Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Macfarlane will lead all aspects of the company's finance and reporting functions, effective June 4, 2012.
"The Board and I are extremely pleased to have a finance executive of Greg's caliber complete our senior management team. We are confident that he will be a major contributor to our success as we focus on creating value for our clients and shareholders," said Bill Cobb, H&R Block's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Greg brings a wealth of experience from his years of managing corporate finance for multi-billion-dollar corporations and he has an impressive track record of leadership and results both domestically and abroad. We look forward to leveraging his extensive experience in operations, financial strategy, capital markets, and real estate management to drive higher margins and improved shareholder returns."
Mr. Macfarlane joins H&R Block after most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ceridian Corporation from 2007 to 2011. Prior to that, Macfarlane had more than 13 years of executive and financial experience at General Electric Company, most recently serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for WMC Mortgage, GE Money from 2004 to 2007.
Prior to his role at GE Money, Macfarlane served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at GE Partnership Marketing Group from 2001 to 2004. From 1999 to 2001, he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer 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 program in 1994.
Macfarlane obtained his undergraduate degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
As previously announced on April 25, in connection with Mr. Macfarlane's appointment, Jeff Brown, the company's current Chief Financial Officer, will transition on June 4 to the position of Chief Accounting and Risk Officer, where he will oversee all aspects of the company's accounting function and coordinate its enterprise risk management approach.
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