Elisha Finney was named vice president, finance and CFO of Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) in April, 1999. In January, 2005, she was promoted to Senior Vice President and given the additional responsibility of managing the Corporate Information Systems group. She was named Executive Vice President in February, 2012. Today, Ms. Finney manages a staff of approximately 400 people worldwide. Her management responsibilities include corporate accounting; corporate communications and investor relations; internal audit; risk management; tax and treasury, and corporate information systems.
Ms. Finney joined Varian as risk manager in 1988 and has assumed a wide variety of finance functions over her last 25 years with the company. Prior to joining Varian, Ms. Finney was with the Fox Group in Foster City, California and Beatrice Foods in Chicago, Illinois.
She holds a BA degree in risk management and insurance from the University of Georgia as well as an MBA degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco where she received the 1992 "Outstanding Graduate Of The Masters Programs in Finance" award.
Ms. Finney served on the Board of Directors of Laserscope (NASDAQ: LSCP) based in San Jose, California from August, 2005 until July, 2006 when Laserscope was sold to American Medical Systems (NASDAQ: AMMD). She served on the board of Thoratec (NASDAQ: THOR) based in Pleasanton, California from July, 2007 until May, 2013. Ms. Finney was elected to the board of Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) based in San Jose, California in September, 2011.