Supply chain software provider Lawson Software has announced that Stefan Schulz is being promoted to its chief financial officer.

He succeeds Robert Schriesheim, who is departing Lawson the same date to become CFO of Illinois-based Hewitt Associates.

Schriesheim will continue to serve on the Lawson board as a non-employee director, outlined a statement.

Schulz, currently senior vice president of finance and chief accounting officer, joined Lawson in October 2005 from BMC Software, where he worked for 12 years in various finance roles, including vice president of revenue operations and corporate controller.

"Since joining Lawson's board, Rob has been a strong strategic partner for more than three years, and as CFO, he played a key role in our successful business transformation," said Debes. "I wish him well at Hewitt and look forward to continuing to work with him on our board. At the same time, I am very pleased that Stefan will be our CFO.

"Stefan is a highly experienced public company executive with deep accounting, governance and financial management skills and more than 15 years of experience in the software industry.

"He has proven his ability to be our CFO and is already a key member of our senior executive team. In addition, he has worked closely with Rob the past three years, making us well-prepared for a seamless transition."