Shire plc (LSE:SHP; NASDAQ:SHPG) named Thomas Dittrich CFO, effective early 2018. He is CFO at machinery manufacturing firm Sulzer Ltd. (SIX:SUN). In August, Shire said Jeff Poulton will depart as CFO at year end (see BioCentury Extra, Aug. 21). Oncology company Aveo Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:AVEO) hired Nikhil Mehta as SVP of regulatory and quality assurance. He was EVP and chief regulatory strategist at Tang Capital Management LLC (San Diego, Calif.).