Phil Cross to leave DreamWorks Animation

Heather O'Connor to take on chief accounting post

DreamWorks Animation chief accounting officer Phil Cross will leave his post in February when Heather O'Connor, the director of SEC reporting, becomes the new CAO, the company said Monday.

O'Connor has been in her current role for nearly four years and previously held a variety of financial positions with DreamWorks. Before that, she was with accounting firm Arthur Andersen.

"Her considerable experience throughout her 14 years with the company make her an ideal candidate to oversee DreamWorks Animation's corporate accounting and financial reporting functions in the near future," DWA president and CFO Lew Coleman said.

Cross has been CAO since September 2007. Once stepping down, he'll remain with DWA as a consultant.