Mission Woods, Kansas-based Layne Christensen (NASDAQ:LAYN) has a new Chief Financial Officer.

On Friday, the heavy construction company announced it has hired former SEH Offshore Ventures CFO, and Seahawk Drilling CEO, James R. Easter to become its own new CFO. A graduate of University of Texas, Austin, with an M.B.A. from the Thunderbird American Graduate School of International Management, Easter will replace outgoing CFO Jerry Fanska, who announced his retirement in December.

Easter will take office bright and early Monday, May 6. Fanska will stay on with the company for a short time thereafter, to help with the management transition and with the company's relocation to Houston.

Layne Christensen has not yet filed details on Easter's compensation plan with the SEC.