AIM Member News: DST Systems Appoints Gregg Givens as Chief Financial Officer Effective January 1, 2
DST Systems, Inc., announced last week that it has appointed Gregg Wm. Givens to serve as Vice president, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, effective January 1, 2014. He succeeds Kenneth V. Hager, who will retire from DST Systems as planned after 29 years of service to the Company.
Mr. Givens has more than 30 years of financial and accounting experience and has been with DST since 1996. He has served as Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer for the past 14 years. He has played a key role in the implementation of DST’s strategic plan, including recent non-core asset monetizations, real estate sales and the Company’s recent addition of a separate reporting segment for its Healthcare businesses, which has significantly improved DST Systems’ transparency and visibility with the investment community.
“Following a comprehensive search process, we have determined that Gregg is the right person to assume the role of Chief Financial Officer,” said Steve Hooley, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Gregg’s long tenure at DST gives him a deep understanding of our operating plan, as well as the financial strategy associated with our ongoing execution. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Gregg in his new role, and I am confident that he will continue Ken’s legacy of integrity and strong leadership in the CFO position. On behalf of all of us at DST, we thank Ken for his nearly three decades of service and wish him all the best in his retirement.”
In commenting on his appointment, Gregg Givens said, “I am honored and excited to take on the role of Chief Financial Officer at a time when DST is making great progress in its strategic plan. During my many years at this company, I have been fortunate to have played a role in shaping its business and growth strategy, and I am eager to contribute to DST in this new capacity.”
Mr. Givens serves as First Vice-Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee member of Associated Industries of Missouri and is on the Executive Board of Directors for the Heart of America Council of Boy Scouts. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds a Bachelor of Science Accountancy degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia.
Associated Industries of Missouri president Ray McCarty congratulated Gregg on the news. “Gregg is one has one of the sharpest financial minds of anyone I have ever had the pleasure to meet,” said McCarty. “We are very fortunate he shares his skills with the broader business community through his involvement in Associated Industries of Missouri and we congratulate him on this well-deserved promotion.”