The Carolina Hurricanes have made a big organizational change, replacing longtime chief financial officer Mike Amendola.
Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos said Amendola, who has been with the franchise since 1981, would be replaced by Dennis Moore, a former financial CPA with Compuware, the Detroit-based software firm that Karmanos co-founded. Moore also was president and chief financial officer for the Plymouth Whalers, the junior hockey team once owned by Karmanos that ended its operations this year.
"This is something that happens in an organization," Karmanos said Thursday in an interview. "Mike did a good job for us and gave us years of dedicated service. It was time to make a change. It was a mutual decision.”
A year ago, Jim Rutherford stepped down as Hurricanes general manager after 20 years with the franchise, and was succeeded by Ron Francis. Amendola had served as senior accountant, controller, treasurer and vice president of finance and administration for the team, which was relocated to Raleigh in 1997 from Hartford, Conn.
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In July 2005, Amendola was named an alternate governor, allowing him to represent the franchise at NHL board of governors meetings. He was the longest-tenured front-office employee in the organization.
Hurricanes president Don Waddell said Amendola’s last day was Wednesday. Moore will start his new job Monday, Waddell said.
Amendola could not be reached for comment Thursday.