Fazal Merchant will join DreamWorks Animation as the company's chief financial officer, starting Sept. 15.
Merchant will replace current DWA chief financial officer Lew Coleman, who has been promoted to the role of vice chairman where he will focus on global growth initiatives.
Merchant comes to DreamWorks Animation from DirectTV, where he was most recently senior vice president and chief financial officer of DirectTV Latin America; until April, Merchant also held the title of senior vice president, treasurer and corporate development.
Prior to joining DirectTV in July 2012, Merchant was a managing director and group head at the Royal Bank of Scotland and also spent time in the Investment Banking division of Barclays Capital and at Ford Motor Company.
“As we transition and augment our executive leadership team to best fit the needs of the company, I'm thrilled to welcome Fazal into the role of CFO," says Coleman. “He brings with him not only passion for our business, but also experience drawn from senior leadership roles across multiple industries, which will be an incredible asset as we continue to grow and diversify."