Hitachi Capital America’s Terry Hatfield Named to Operational Excellence Role; Industry Vet Valerie Pagliaro Hired as SVP and CFO

Hitachi Capital America (HCA), a leading specialty finance company providing equipment, working capital, and structured financing, has named Executive Vice President Terry Hatfield as Operational Excellence Leader and hired Valerie Pagliaro as Senior Vice President and CFO.

Terry Hatfield

In her newly-created position, Hatfield, who previously served as HCA’s CFO, is charged with spearheading a company-wide initiative to drive customer experience, process, and operating infrastructure improvements across the company. By focusing on key value drivers and data-driven decision making, Hatfield will build the capabilities and culture needed to continue HCA’s marketplace success and business growth trajectory.

“Terry has been an integral member of the team here at Hitachi for nearly 30 years,” said HCA President and COO Ryan Collison. “Her in-depth knowledge of finance, IT, process, and compliance make her the perfect leader for our company’s excellence initiative.”

Replacing Hatfield as CFO is Valerie Pagliaro, who comes to HCA from The Alta Group. In her new role, she is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for all HCA accounting and finance functions. Pagliaro, a finance industry veteran, held many senior positions at GE Capital including operating business CFO roles for the core equipment financing, vendor finance, and trade finance businesses.

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Valerie Pagliaro

“We’re very excited to welcome Valerie to the team,” adds Collison. “She brings decades of industry leadership experience, the demonstrated ability to drive superior results, and a track record of implementing sound financial processes. Her skills and abilities will prove invaluable as we embark on this next phase of HCA’s strategy.”

Pagliaro holds an MBA in finance from Pace University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bryant University. She serves on the board of directors for The W Connection, a nonprofit focused on helping widows with the knowledge and skills they need to rebuild their lives.    

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