Navigant announced today the appointment of Lucinda (Cindy) Baier to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Baier will replace Thomas Nardi, who will be retiring from the firm effective March 18, 2013.
Baier brings more than 25 years of experience in executive leadership roles, serving most recently as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administration Officer for Central Parking Systems, Inc., where she led the transformation of all financial/field support operations through a restructuring and business process reengineering for the company. In recognition for her efforts at Central Parking, she received Nashville Business Journal’s 2012 CFO Award. Baier has a broad range of finance, operations and administrative experience, including capital and debt-raising, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and integrations.
“Cindy’s accomplishments at Central Parking, as well as Sears, Roebuck & Company, Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) and General Dynamics Corporation, have demonstrated her ability to lead financial organizations through transformative change,” said Julie Howard, Navigant’s Chief Executive Officer. “She has a consistent record of success in enabling businesses to realize enhanced long-term value creation, and her diverse experience provides a strong strategic, financial and operational skill set to leverage at Navigant. Cindy will play a critical role in the evolution of our strategy to Perform, Bank and Innovate.”
At Navigant, Baier will have overall leadership responsibility for the finance, investor relations and corporate development functions and will serve on the firm’s Executive Committee.Baier graduated from Illinois State University with Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., a $3 billion publicly traded department store retailer. Baier serves in leadership roles in various professional and civic organizations. She is also a frequent speaker on corporate governance and financial reporting.