Computer Associates ( CA), a software maker hounded by an accounting scandal, announced Thursday that it has hired Compaq Computer's former CFO to fill the same post at its company. Jeff Clarke, 42, comes to Computer Associates after serving as CFO at Compaq before its merger with Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ) and then becoming executive vice president of global operations at H-P. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the tech industry, starting at Digital Equipment Corp. in 1985. CA has been looking for a permanent CFO ever since it fired former CFO Ira Zar and two other finance executives after an internal investigation found the firm recognized revenue earlier than it should have in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2000. That internal probe came in response to investigations launched by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. attorney's office. Clarke takes over the position from interim CFO Douglas Robinson, who will continue at CA as a senior vice president of finance, reporting to Clarke. Shares of CA rose 56 cents, or 2.08%, to $27.42 in recent trading.