BAKER Hughes has appointed Kimberly Ross as its senior vice president and chief financial officer.

The appointment will become effective on 22 October.

Ms Ross currently serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Avon Products.

She served as executive vice president and CFO of Royal Ahold from 2007 to 2011 and held various other finance positions at Royal Ahold from 2001 to 2007.

Ms Ross earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from the University of South Florida and became a certified public accountant after graduation.

Baker Hughes chairman and chief executive Martin Craighead said he was pleased to welcome Ms Ross to the company.

“She is an accomplished executive with more than 22 years of outstanding global experience in finance,” he said.

“Her extensive record of accomplishments spans several industries and is a testament to her effective partnering with operational leaders in various geographies and business environments.”

Ms Ross replaces Peter Ragauss, who will continue with the company serving as senior vice president and CFO until she assumes those responsibilities in October.

“I once again want to thank Peter for his leadership and dedication to Baker Hughes,” Mr Craighead said.