CHICAGO-The largest US multifamily REIT has gone outside the industry to find its chief financial officer. Donna Brandin, now senior vice president and treasurer of Cardinal Health, joins Equity Residential next month as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

The job opened when David J. Neithercut moved up to executive vice president of corporate strategy. Before joining the $50-billion pharmaceuticals and medical supplies distributor, Brandin held finance-related positions with Campbell Soup, Emerson Electric Co., Peabody Holding Co. and McDonnell Douglas Co. She is a certified public accountant.

“Her diverse financial background and over 20 years of experience at public companies will be a great asset,” says Equity Residential president and chief executive officer Bruce W. Duncan. His company used Ferguson Partners, Ltd. in its search for a chief financial officer.

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