Fermilab welcomes a new chief financial officer

Teresa Nightengale will begin her role as CFO at Fermilab on Feb. 27 Photo: Teresa Nightengale

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Laboratory announced today that Teresa Nightengale has been named Fermilab’s new chief financial officer and senior director of the finance and procurement division, effective Feb. 27, 2023.

Nightengale comes to Fermilab with more than 35 years of experience at DOE sites and corporate environments. She brings a wealth of knowledge in strategy, financial system implementations and upgrades, best business practices and management of all aspects of a large finance organization to her new position.

“I am delighted to have Teresa Nightengale join Fermilab in leading the finance and procurement aspects of our lab,” said Fermilab Director Lia Merminga. “Her proven record of success, including 20 years in leadership roles, positions Fermilab for continued improvement of these key areas of laboratory operations and for growth in leading projects and strategic initiatives.”

Most recently, Nightengale was the chief financial officer at Consolidated Nuclear Security, where she led all enterprise-wide accounting, financial internal controls, payroll and budget development, as well as the implementation of a complex new financial system. Prior to that, she was the deputy CFO and controller for Lawrence Livermore National Security. She has an extensive and impressive background leading successful teams, working closely with boards of directors and senior leadership and implementing best business practices.

“I am honored to have been selected to join the leadership team at a time when Fermilab is positioned for an exciting future,” said Nightengale.

In her role as Fermilab’s CFO, Nightengale will be responsible for all budgeting, accounting, payroll, finance and procurement systems.

For the last year, Suzanne Hansen has served as Fermilab’s interim chief financial officer. The lab is grateful for her outstanding dedication and service over the past year.

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