Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI), announced today that Mark Schmitz, the company's executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) since September 2014, will be stepping down from the position, effective immediately. The company has engaged a firm to conduct an external search for qualified candidates to fill the position. During the transition, Robert Farrow, Itron's current vice president, strategic planning and treasury, will serve as interim CFO of the company until the search for a permanent replacement is complete. Schmitz will remain available for one month to ensure a smooth transition during the first quarter accounting close. "During Mark's tenure as CFO, he was instrumental in helping Itron begin its business transformation to a more predictable, profitable and growing company," said Philip Mezey, Itron's president and chief executive officer. "The board and I would like to thank Mark for his many contributions, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors." "As Itron continues its business transformation, we are seeking an executive finance leader who builds upon Itron's strong financial foundation as we develop a nimble finance organization focused on enabling our corporate strategy and achieving our next phase of growth," continued Mezey. Robert Farrow will serve as interim CFO. Farrow, age 59, joined Itron in October 2015 with 35 years of finance and treasury experience. Before joining the company, he served as vice president, financial services and treasury and as corporate treasurer for Alghanim Industries, which he joined in June 2009. From 1994 to 2009, Farrow held positions of increasing responsibility in finance and treasury at General Electric, including CFO of GE Hydro. "We are fortunate to have Rob, a highly qualified finance professional, on staff to serve as our interim CFO while we recruit Mark's replacement," said Mezey. "Rob will lead the internal efforts currently underway to ensure that we are improving predictability, profitability and growth."