CHICAGO — The chief financial officer of pharmaceutical wholesale company H. D. Smith will take over as CFO of Chicago Public Schools next week.

David Watkins has managed the finances at the privately held Springfield, Ill.-based company since 2009. He previously headed up the Chicago office of the management consulting firm MorganFranklin Corp., was chief operating officer at the marketing and advertising firm Maritz Inc., and was a partner at the accounting firm KPMG.

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