Pixar Animation Studios has tapped Ann Mather chief financial officer and exec VP of the animation house behind the computer-animated pics “Toy Story” and “A Bug’s Life.”

Mather, 39, will report directly to Pixar chairman and CEO Steve Jobs.

Mather most recently served a seven-year stint as senior veep, finance and administration, at Buena Vista Intl.’s theatrical division.

While there, she was responsible for all strategic planning, budgeting, forecasting and reporting for the division’s European, Asian and Latin American operations.

Mather has also held senior financial management positions at Paramount Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures.

“Ann is a perfect match for Pixar,” Jobs said. “She has strong financial skills and leadership talent combined with a deep understanding of our industry.”

“I’ve always been a Pixar fan, and I’m delighted to be joining this very talented team,” Mather said. “Pixar has an impressive track record and an efficient business model, and I look forward to helping lead the studio into its next phase of growth.”

Pixar and Disney are releasing “Toy Story 2” this Thanksgiving. “Monsters Inc.,” the animation house’s fourth pic, is currently in production and targeted for a 2001 release.