David Jones has welcomed more staff changes as finance director Stephen Goddard announces his retirement and Brad Soller is appointed the company’s new chief financial officer (CFO)

After 15 years at the company and nine years on the board, Goddard has given notice of his retirement that will be effective on 31 October 2012.

Chairman Robert Savage said: “In early 2010 Stephen raised with me his intention to give notice of his resignation later that year, however following the mutual termination and sudden departure of Mark McInnes as CEO in June 2010, Stephen agreed to extend his stay with the company to assist in the transition of Paul Zahra as the new CEO”.

Meanwhile, Brad Soller from Lend Lease will be joining David Jones in his new role as CFO on 2 April 2012.

“We are delighted that Brad is joining David Jones. Brad is a highly credentialed and very experienced ASX Top 50 CFO. He joins David Jones from Lend Lease Corporation where he has been the Group CFO since 2009. Prior to that Brad held a number of senior financial positions with Lend Lease in both Australia and the United Kingdom, including Deputy Group CFO, CFO Asia Pacific and Americas and CFO of Real Estate Solutions,” Paul Zahra, David Jones CEO, said.

These announcements come a day after David Jones’ created a new group executive role and saw one its other fellow non-executive directors retire.