Arlene Cairns, James Donaldson Group new chief financial officer

FIFE-headquartered timber specialist, James Donaldson and Sons Ltd (JDS), has announced a new chief financial officer.

Arlene Cairns has joined the group from Aviva where she was chief finance operations officer responsible for leading global finance operations as well as leading their global finance transformation.

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

Mr 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.”

Arlene commented on her appointment: “I’m excited to be joining the James Donaldson Group’s leadership team and leading finance, while supporting Andrew and chairman Michael Donaldson to continue the growth and development of the JDS Group and contribute to the future success of the business.”