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Arlene Cairns appointed JDS CFO

Manufacturing company James Donaldson and Sons (JDS) has appointed Arlene Cairns as CFO.

Cairns joins the company from Aviva, where she held the position of chief finance operations officer responsible for leading its global finance operations.

She joined Aviva three years ago from Alliance Trust Savings where she was CFO.

Prior to this, Cairns held several senior finance and strategy roles across the UK, Ireland and Australia working for Westpac Institutional Bank, Allied Irish Bank, RSA and Zurich Financial Services.

She also held the position of management consultant at EY in the UK and Australia.

Cairns will succeed Andrew Donaldson as CFO following his promotion to CEO in April 2020.

Donaldson said: “I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Arlene to the group, where she will undoubtedly drive and modernise our finance operations. Arlene has a proven track record of leading finance functions and driving strategic transformational change and improvements in global organisations. 

“Her extensive corporate experience makes her well suited to take on the role of CFO and an excellent addition to our senior leadership team. I look forward to seeing the impact of her presence as our new CFO.”

Cairns added: “I’m excited to be joining the James Donaldson Group’s leadership team and leading finance, while supporting Andrew and Mike to continue the growth and development of the JDS Group and contribute to the future success of the business.”

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