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Nosal Partners named Susan Oliver partner responsible for senior-level executive search assignments

Nosal Partners of San Francisco, an executive leadership solutions firm, named Susan Oliver partner responsible for senior-level executive search assignments in the advanced technology, consumer products, distribution and pharmaceutical/biotech sectors.

Oliver founded and was senior executive search consultant at Oliver John Partners. Before that, she was senior consultant at 54th Street Partners and held positions at Korn/Ferry International and Heidrick & Struggles.

DaimlerChrysler names Wilfried Aulbur as CEO & MD

DaimlerChrysler names Wilfried Aulbur as CEO & MD

DaimlerChrysler India on Friday announced its new CEO and Managing Director Dr. Wilfried Aulbur who assume his new responsibility from January 1 2006. He takes over from Hans-Michael Huber who headed the Indian operations since April 1 2002.

?At a personal and professional level, the India-experience will remain one of my most cherished memories. I have grown to respect admire and value my relationships and learning in this country? commented Mr. Huber and added ?I now go back to Germany rich with experience and fresh outlook, that will be invaluable in new assignment within the retail organization in Germany.?

Dr. Aulbur outlined the strategic direction of DaimlerChrysler India for the future: ?We have set upon a path of strong and profitable growth for the company.

Huber and our colleagues have been instrumental in setting the right direction. My key objective for the next few years is to provide added momentum to such efforts. We will go all-out to leverage upon sales opportunities, extend highest standards of service-support for our customers and further improve on our time-to-market for product introductions in India.? commented Dr. Aulbur.

Professionally, Dr. Aulbur brings with him a wealth of international experience and extensive business exposure to a variety of functions and activities with the DaimlerChrysler world. Prior to his appointment at DaimlerChrysler India, Dr. Aulbur was the Executive Assistant of the Head of Mercedes Car Group (2003 to 2005). In this position, Dr. Aulbur provided support in various strategic and operational initiatives within the global Mercedes Car Group organization.

Between 2000 and 2002 Dr. Aulbur headed the Business Development and Strategy function at the DaimlerChrysler Research Center India (Bangalore). He has worked in several positions across DaimlerChrysler AG both in Germany at Airbus and DaimlerChrysler Headquarters and in the US at Chrysler Corporation.

Dr. Aulbur did his undergraduate and graduate studies in Europe and the US. He earned his Ph.D in Physics from the Ohio State University, USA in 1996 and subsequently worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California and the Ohio State University in the areas of Semiconductors, Computational Material Science and Solid State Physics. Dr. Aulbur has over 50 presentations and publications to his credit across a range of topics from Knowledge Management, Intellectual Capital Management and Communities of Practice to Computational and Solid State Physics.

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India Infoline News

Datalink names new CEO

Datalink Corp. on Thursday promoted President and Chief Operating Officer Charles Westling as its new CEO.
Westling replaces Greg Meland, who has been named chairman. Current Chairman Robert Price will remain on the board. Westling has also been nominated to the company's board of directors.

Westling, 46, joined Datalink (Nasdaq: DTLK - News) in January 2002 as vice president of business development. He was promoted to president and COO of the Chanhassen-based information-storage company in 2003.

"As CEO, my goal will be to maximize the value we deliver to our customers, shareholders and partners," Westling said. "I am optimistic about where we are as a company today and where our prospects are."

Published December 16, 2005 by The Business Journal

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Datalink names new CEO: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

XTL names CEO

Ron Bentsur will replace chairman CEO Michael Weiss, who has served as acting CEO since February.
Hadass Geyfman 11 Dec 05 17:36

Sources inform ''Globes'' that XTL Biopharmaceuticals Ltd. (Nasdaq:XTLB); LSE: XTL; TASE:XTL) has appointed Ron Bentsur as CEO. He will replace XTL chairman CEO Michael Weiss, who has served as acting CEO since February.
Bentsur previously served as CFO at Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: KERX;). Prior to that, he was director of technology investment banking at Leumi & Co. Underwriters and VP of investment banking at ING Barings Furman Selz in New York. He received his MBA from New York University's Stern Graduate School of Business.

The market believes Bentsur played an important part in the rise of Keryx?s share price from $1 to $13. He is also believed to be largely responsible to the present coverage of Keryx by nine investment houses, including leading investment houses Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan, and Bear Stearns. Given that Weiss is chairman of XTL, he presumably recommended Bentsur?s appointment.

Bentsur is an expatriate Israeli who has resided in New York in recent years. He will apparently manage XTL from the US. This is presumably another step in moving XTL?s center of gravity to the US, following its acquisition of US company VivoQuest and its listing on Nasdaq.

XTL?s research center is in Rehovot, but its clinical center is in the US. The company currently has several drugs undergoing clinical trials. One treatment is HepeX-B is designed to prevent re-infection with hepatitis B, known as HBV, in liver transplant patients. This drug is now undergoing Phase II clinical trials. Its market is estimated at $100 million.

A second drug undergoing clinical trials is XTL-6862, developed to prevent hepatitis C, known as HCV, re-infection following a liver transplant, and for the treatment of chronic HCV. Sales of this drug for preventing re-infection in liver transplant patients are estimated at $400 million, and sales for treatment of chronic HCV are estimated at $3-4 billion. XTL-6862 recently passed a Phase II clinical trial pilot.

Other drugs undergoing clinical trials are two small molecules for treating chronic hepatitis C. One molecule is called XTL-DOS. The target market both drugs is estimated at $3-4 billion.

XTL?s previous CEO, Martin Baker, left the company at the end of 2004. He was succeeded by Elkan Gamzu, who left at the end of February 2005, following a decision by XTL?s general shareholders meeting, after a takeover of the company. XTL chairman Weiss has been acting CEO since then.

XTL?s spokesman declined to comment on the report.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes.co.il - on December 11, 2005

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Globes [online] - XTL names CEO

Netblue names CEO

Netblue Inc. named Art Shaw as its chairman and chief executive officer on Tuesday.

Shaw was most recently CEO and president of MyCFO. Before that, Shaw was at Charles Schwab where he launched www.schwab.com. Also while at Schwab, Shaw was SVP and GM, running the firm's $400 million mass market business, and prior led its strategic planning. In addition, Shaw has held positions domestically and internationally with McKinsey & Co. and Chase Manhattan Bank.

Since its inception in January 2002, Mountain View-based Netblue's online performance-based marketing platform has delivered customers and leads to clients such as Discover, Chase, Netflix, Blockbuster and Columbia House.

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Netblue names CEO - 2005-12-13

Xcel names CEO as chairman

Xcel names CEO as chairman

Wednesday December 14, 4:06 pm ET

Xcel Energy Inc. has named President and CEO Dick Kelly as chairman.
Current Chairman Wayne Brunetti is retiring later this month.

Kelly took over as the Minneapolis-based utility's CEO in July, when Brunetti retired from that post. Kelly has served as president since October 2003.

Kelly previously worked for Public Service Co. of Colorado and New Century Energies, which merged with Northern States Power Co. to form Xcel (NYSE: XEL - News) in August 2000.

Published December 14, 2005 by The Business Journal

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Xcel names CEO as chairman: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

Arkeia Names CEO

Arkeia Names CEO
Carlsbad-based backup softare provider Arkeia said yesterday that it has appointed a new CEO. Alain Pechon has joined the firm as CEO, having previusly served as CEO of Calendra Softare. Pechon also has served at Sun Microsystems, Amdahl, and EMC. Former CEO Phil Roussel remains on the company's board of directors. Arkeia provides Linux-based enterprise backup and restore software for the storage market.
posted on Friday, December 16, 2005

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Arkeia Names CEO

Sweden's AP2 names new chief executive

IPE.com 29/Nov/05: SWEDEN ? Andra AP-fonden, the SEK173bn (?18.2bn) Second Swedish National Pension Fund or AP2, has appointed Eva Halvarsson as chief executive.

She takes the place of Lars Idermark, who resigned in July. The appointment comes after an eventful year for the fund, which along with Idermark?s departure also saw the termination of 16 external mandates in February and the cancellation of a series of hedge fund briefs.

And it comes as the AP buffer funds are coming under scrutiny about investment policy and structure.

Halvarsson joins AP2 from the Swedish Ministry of Industry, Employment and Communications where she was head of state enterprises. ?We are extremely satisfied and pleased to have been able to recruit Eva Halvarsson as the new CEO of the Second Swedish National Pension Fund,? said board chairman Gunnar Larsson.

?She has unique experience in the administration of state-owned companies and knows what is required in combining the need for a competitive return on investment with the responsible administration of public assets. She stands for committed and dynamic leadership, as well as having a close association with Gothenburg.?

?Managing the pension assets of the Swedish people is a highly important and responsible assignment. I look forward with pleasure and a sense of true commitment to shouldering my new role,? Halvarsson said.

?It feels particularly stimulating to join an administrative organisation that has established such a professional and innovative reputation.

Halvarsson takes up her new position in February.

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Investment & Pensions Europe - IPE.com

Stewart Title Limited Names New Chief Executive Officer and Opens New Office in London, England

HOUSTON, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Stewart Title Limited has announced the appointment of Steven Lessack as the company's new chief executive officer and the opening of its new executive office in London, England.

Stewart Title Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Title Guaranty Co.

"We are delighted that Steve has accepted this position," said Michael B. Skalka, chairman of the board of directors, Stewart Title Limited. "His experience and track record in the industry, in the United States, Australia and Canada, makes him a great choice as our new chief executive officer."

The new London office will oversee United Kingdom operations as well as the international activities of Stewart Title Limited, which presently include Spain, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Romania and Australia.

"Although we are very excited about the London office, our office in Exeter will remain the foundation of our processing operations for all offices throughout the United Kingdom including the north of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland," said Lessack.

Stewart Title Limited is located at 6 Henrietta St., Covent Garden, London, UK, WC2E 8PS, tel: +44 (0) 20 7010 7820, and on the Web at http://www.stewartuk.com .

About Stewart Title Limited

Stewart Title Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Title Guaranty Co. and Stewart's primary underwriter for European transactions. Stewart Title Limited delivers a host of title indemnity products, streamlining the conveyance process and helping solicitors creatively overcome difficult title situations.

About Stewart

Stewart Title Guaranty Co. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE: STC - News), a technology driven, strategically competitive, real estate information and transaction management company. Stewart provides title insurance and related information services required for settlement by the real estate and mortgage industries through more than 8,000 policy-issuing offices and agencies in the United States and international markets. Stewart also provides post-closing lender services, automated county clerk land records, property ownership mapping, geographic information systems, property information reports, flood certificates, document preparation, background checks and expertise in tax-deferred exchanges. More information can be found at http://www.stewart.com .

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Stewart Title Limited Names New Chief Executive Officer and Opens New Office in London, England: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

New World Pasta Company Names New Chief Executive Officer

Company Successfully Exits From Chapter 11
Leading Lending Institutions Provide New Financing to the Company

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- New World Pasta Company, North America's leading marketer and supplier of branded dry pasta and noodles, today announced that it has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer, that it has successfully emerged from its Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings and that it has completed its new financing and credit agreements with Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc., GE Capital Markets, Inc. and Wells Fargo Foothill, Inc.

Scott Greenwood has been named as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Greenwood's most recent position before New World Pasta was U.S. President of Puratos Corporation, a worldwide supplier to bakery and patisserie customers. Prior to Puratos, Mr. Greenwood served in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility and breadth at Dole Food Company, Inc., including President of Dole Fresh Flowers, Unilever and General Mills Canada, Inc. Mr. Greenwood, age 47, brings with him more than 20 years of leading experience in the food and consumer packaged goods industries.

Paul S. Levy, founder of JLL Partners Inc. and the Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors, said, "We are delighted that Scott has decided to join New World Pasta. He brings to our Company a track record of success, with a demonstrated ability to focus on the operational and functional disciplines which provide the platform for the near-term, while at the same time developing and implementing a longer-range strategic vision."

New World Pasta also announced today that, a little more than eighteen months after filing for a voluntary restructuring under Chapter 11, the Company has successfully exited Chapter 11. As part of the exit, the Company finalized $240 million in new financing from Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc., GE Capital Markets, Inc. and Wells Fargo Foothill, Inc.

"New World Pasta emerges from its restructuring under Chapter 11 as a reinvigorated Company," stated Chief Executive Officer Scott Greenwood. "We will continue to focus on profitable business, efficient operations and disciplined decision-making. Our leading and well-known brands of pasta and noodles like Healthy Harvest�, Ronzoni�, San Giorgio�, Creamette�, American Beauty� and Catelli� make us the largest branded pasta maker in North America, and they provide us further opportunities for profitable growth. This is an exciting time for New World Pasta, and I'm looking forward to being part of it."

Mr. Greenwood replaces Lisa Donahue as the Company's Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Donahue, who joined New World Pasta in June 2004, is a principal at AlixPartners LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in financial restructuring and operational performance improvement.

About New World Pasta

New World Pasta is a leading marketer and supplier of dry pasta and noodles in the United States and Canada. Headquartered in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, New World Pasta has over 700 employees in the United States and Canada.

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New World Pasta Company Names New Chief Executive Officer: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

Calpine names new chief executive

Calpine names new chief executive

By Leonard Anderson
Mon Dec 12, 7:50 PM ET

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Calpine Corp. (Other OTC:CPNL - news) on Monday picked Robert May, who helped steer recoveries at HealthSouth Corp. (Other OTC:HLSH - news) and Charter Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:CHTR - news), to be chief executive officer of the independent power producer.

Peter Cartwright, who founded the company in 1984, was removed as chairman and chief executive by the board of directors two weeks ago after a Delaware judge ruled that Calpine had improperly used proceeds from asset sales to purchase natural gas to fuel its power plants.

The ouster of Cartwright and Chief Financial Officer Robert Kelly raised concerns that California-based Calpine was on the brink of bankruptcy. It is not yet clear if the company will seek such protection as it labors under $17 billion in debt.

May said Calpine needed "to reduce our debt levels, improve our balance sheet and align our business strategy and operational structure with the current economic climate and energy market conditions."

May will also become a director of Calpine.

Kenneth Derr, former chief executive at Chevron Corp.(NYSE:CVX - news) and acting Calpine CEO after Cartwright left, said Calpine needed the kind of improvements May had engineered in previous posts.

May helped guide health-care provider HealthSouth through an accounting scandal and led a turnaround at debt-plagued cable television company Charter Communications as interim

CEO.

The immediate challenge for Calpine is the legal battle now underway in Delaware.

Calpine has said repeatedly that it may be unable to meet a January 22 deadline set by the Delaware Chancery Court to repay noteholders about $312 million it spent to buy gas for its plants.

The company has said that bankruptcy may be an option if the order is upheld.

Wilmington Trust, trustee for certain noteholders, wants to accelerate Calpine's repayment to no later than January 3.

The Delaware Supreme Court is due to hear oral arguments on the case on December 15.

Calpine said in an appeal to the court, filed after the close of business on Friday, that the Chancery Court took an overly narrow view of certain terms of the company's second lien notes, leading to its ruling that Calpine had to repay the asset sale proceeds.

Wilmington Trust, in its appeal, said the Chancery Court abused its discretion in giving Calpine until January 22 to make the repayment.

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Calpine names new chief executive - Yahoo! News

Hindustan Lever names new chief executive for India

MUMBAI, Dec 16 (Reuters) - India's top consumer goods maker, Hindustan Lever Ltd. , on Friday named Douglas Baillie as chief executive officer of India and group vice president of South Asia.
Baillie, a 27-year Lever veteran, currently heads Unilever AMET -- Africa, Middle East and Turkey. His new appointment will be effective March 1, 2006, the company said in a statement.

The company also said Arun Adhikari, managing director of Hindustan Lever's home and personal care division, has been appointed chairman of Unilever Japan.

"India and Japan are key to our long-term sustained growth in the region," said Harish Manwani, president of Unilever Asia & Africa and chairman of Hindustan Lever.

Lever, 52 percent owned by Anglo-Dutch Unilever Plc , makes brands such as Lux soap, Sunsilk shampoo and Surf detergent.

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Hindustan Lever names new chief executive for India

Emdeon Hunts for a New CEO

Emdeon Hunts for a New CEO
Martin C. Daks
NJBIZ Staff
12/16/2005

Concerns over the health of Emdeon (Nasdaq: HLTH) CEO Kevin Cameron has led the company's board of directors to launch a search for a new chief executive. Cameron is expected to continue to head the Elmwood Park-based company, which provides business, technology and information services to health care firms, for the next few months until a new CEO is selected.
Yesterday, the U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina announced the indictment of 10 former officers and employees of Emdeon subsidiary Emdeon Practice Services, which was formerly known as Medical Manager Health Systems. The indictments relate to alleged accounting improprieties involving dealer acquisitions and other revenue recognition issues at the Medical Manager subsidiary from 1997 to 2001.

Those under indictment include Michael A. Singer, the former CEO of Medical Manager Health Systems and an ex-director of Emdeon; John Kang, the former president of Medical Manager; and Lee Robbins, the former CFO of Medical Manager. Emdeon says the U.S. Attorney named no members of its current management. Shares of the company traded up $0.08, or 1.01%, to $8 in early trading.

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NJBIZ.com

German Merck on lookout for new CEO

German Merck on lookout for new CEO

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The family that controls German drugs and chemicals group Merck KGaA has started its search for a new chief executive, a German newspaper reported on Thursday, citing sources close to the matter.

Die Welt said that 59-year-old Michael Roemer, who was named as chief executive on Tuesday after the surprise exit of Bernhard Scheuble, was only an interim choice.

Merck declined to comment.

Merck shares fell nearly 5 percent on Wednesday over uncertainty linked to Scheuble's departure and strategy under the new chief executive.

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German Merck on lookout for new CEO - paper - Yahoo! News

Lloyd's chief announcement set for New Year

Lloyd's chief announcement set for New Year

The search for a new chief executive at Lloyd's is down to the final eight candidates.

It is understood the corporation will make an announcement in the New Year as to the identity of ...

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Post Magazine - Lloyd's chief announcement set for New Year

The Amrop Hever Group

The Amrop Hever Group

Amrop International

Industries: automotive, consumer goods and retail, financial services, information technology and telecommunications, medial, professional services, education, family owned businesses

Functions: board of directors

Locations: USA, Canada, Latin America, Europe, South Africa, Middle East, Asia Pacific

The Amrop Hever Group was formed in the millennium year 2000 to serve more efficiently regional and international clients in light of the growing trend of globalization. As a result of the merger, the Group can now offer decades of combined senior level search experience covering six continents.

The Amrop Hever Group operates as a tight-knit global partnership of individually owned firms that produces client advantage from unsurpassed local market knowledge whether in New Delhi, Malmo or Melbourne. Our policies, strategies and high quality standards all are centrally mandated and monitored. We speak over 100 languages but always with a single voice. Presently operating more than 80 offices in over 50 countries, the Group is the world's largest network of its kind and ranks 7th overall in revenue.

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Battalia Winston International

Battalia Winston International

Industries: consumer, financial services, health care, industrial, non-profit, professional services, technology, international resources

Locations: USA

Battalia Winston International was founded in 1963 and has established an enviable record of providing quality and professional executive search services to its client base. We have consistently been named as one of the top fifteen executive search firms by both Kennedy Publications and the Hunt-Scanlon Report. BWI services the needs of its clients, which range from start-up organizations to members of the Fortune 10 as well as renowned consulting organizations and financial institutions, from its offices in New York, NY; Wellesley, MA; Chicago, IL; Edison, NJ; and Los Angeles, CA.
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Allen & Associates

Allen & Associates

Industries: gaming, hotel/hospitality, financial institutions/services, distribution, high technology, health care, commercial and residential development

Locations: USA

Professionals Placing Professionals Since 1976

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Robert Half International

Robert Half International

Industries: general, legal

Functions: financial services, information technology, creative services

Locations: USA, Canada, Europe, Australia

Founded in 1948, Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE symbol: RHI) is the world?s first and largest specialized staffing firm. RHI is a recognized leader in professional staffing and consulting services, and is the parent company of Protiviti�, a leading independent internal audit and business and technology and risk consulting firm.

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Norman Broadbent International

Norman Broadbent International

Industries:
public sector, non-profit, financial services, legal, manufacturing, retail, consumer goods, media and entertainment, new media, construction and facilities management, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, high technology and e-Business, professional services

Functions: board of directors

Locations: USA, Europe, Asia Pacific

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Ray & Berndtson International Executive Search Firm

Ray & Berndtson, Leading International Executive Search Firm

Industries:
automotive, business and professional services, consumer products, e-business, education, non-profit, energy and utilities, financial services, health care and life sciences, industrial products and services, technology

Locations:
USA, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific

A retained executive search firm distinguished by superior client service.
Ray & Berndtson is a premier top 10 globally international executive search firm, specializing in recruiting services for top-level executives. An executive search firm distinguished by superior client service, Ray & Berndtson understands that leadership capital is the prime source of competitive advantage. Our professionals deliver leadership in the automotive, business and professional services, consumer products and services, e-business, energy and utilities, financial services, healthcare and life sciences, industrial products and services, education/not-for-profit, and technology industries.

EMPLOYMENT SERVICES -> Ray & Berndtson

Solomon-Page Group: Executive Search

Solomon-Page Group: Executive Search

The Solomon-Page Group is an executive search firm specializing in executive recruiting and management recruiting for professional careers.

Industries: banking, e-commerce, financial services, human resources, healthcare, information techology, legal, educational new media, publishing

Functions: accounting and finance, administration, e-commerce, finance, human resources, information technology, legal

Locations: USA

Solomon-Page Group LLC is committed to being the perfect fit for companies and firms seeking to grow through the contributions of talented people.

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Michael Page International

Michael Page International
recruitment of accounting, banking and finance professionals

Functions: corporate enterprise, financial services, sales and marketing, management consulting

Locations: USA, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific

A global organization
Michael Page is one of the world's leading professional recruitment agencies, specializing in the placement of candidates in permanent, contract, temporary and interim positions with clients around the world. The Group has operations in the http://Americas, the UK, Continental Europe and Asia-Pacific and focuses on the areas of Accounting and Finance, Banking and Financial Markets, Marketing, Retail, Sales, Legal, Technology, Human Resources, Engineering, Taxation, Corporate Treasury and Consultancy.
As of June 30, 2005 the Group operated through 112 offices in 16 countries and employed 2,747 employees worldwide.


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The Hunt Group, Executive Search

J.B. Hunt Executive Search, LLC

Since 1983, the partners and associates of J.B. Hunt Executive Search have successfully demonstrated their ability to conduct executive search services unequaled by any other search firm. J.B. Hunt Executive Search, LLC heard loud and clear from our clients that there was a need for a new type of search firm. A search firm that could handle assignments ranging from CEO's to key staff level professionals.

Industries: consumer products, industrial manufacturing

Locations: USA

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Whitney Group

Whitney Group

Functions: executive search

Locations: USA, Europe, Asia Pacific

Whitney Group is an executive search firm specializing in financial services. Industry practice areas include Global Banking & Finance, Global Markets, Asset Management, Real Estate and Insurance/Actuarial, among others.

The Whitney Intelligence Group provides strategic marketplace intelligence on a customized basis for clients looking to gain a competitive advantage in selected markets and product areas.

Whitney Group

Management Recruiters International (MRI)

Management Recruiters International (MRI)

MRINetwork? is one of the largest and most successful recruitment organizations in the world. Every day, we leverage this network of independently owned offices to build the heart of businesses across town or across the globe. Your local office provides you with a single point of contact to over 1,100 offices in more than 35 countries, enabling you to gain access to one of the largest talent pools to locate your next impact player.

MRINetwork Offices within the Management Recruiters division consistently deliver the right candidates for executive, professional and technical positions. Whether fulfilling the recruitment needs for a global firm or a local business, they can provide targeted expertise in every major industry to ensure you not only get your next employee, but also your next star.

Recruiting Pioneers.
In 1965, MRINetwork? planted a seed that would grow into one of the largest and most innovative recruiting networks in the world. As we grew, we created the standards that have come to define modern staffing and recruiting. Our contingency search models and client-paid search service-now standard industry practices-were imagined and implemented by MRINetwork. Today, MRINetwork continues to lead the professional recruitment industry.

We've grown exponentially. With more than 1,100 offices in over 35 countries, MRINetwork Recruiters are currently helping clients place the right candidates, impact players, in the right positions. We're placing candidates in most countries around the world, at every level, in nearly every major industry.

And, we're continuing to grow. Our recruiting experts consistently find the right candidates using our proven recruiting methodologies.

Working in partnership with our parent company, the Philadelphia-based CDI Corporation (www.cdicorp.com; NYSE: CDI), MRINetwork is able to fulfill large-scale and specialized staffing assignments anywhere in the world, at any time.

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TMP Worldwide Executive Search

TMP Worldwide Executive Search

Industries:
consumer products and services, financial services, health care, industrial, technology, internet/e-commerce, human resources, information technology, legal, non-profit, professional services, supply chain management

Functions:
CEO, COO, key senior executives in general management, sales, marketing, engineering, operations, finance, human resources, information technology, legal, non-profit, professional services, supply chain management

Locations:
USA, Canada, Europe, South Africa, Asia Pacific

EMPLOYMENT SERVICES -> TMP Worldwide Executive Search

Idaho Power Company names new CEO

Idaho Power Company names new CEO
LaMont Keen will take over as chief executive officer of Idaho Power Co. effective immediately, replacing Jan Packwood, 62, who will continue as CEO and president of IdaCorp Inc., the electric utility's parent company.

"Eventually, Jan Packwood will retire at some point, and so this is just one of the steps that is taken to ensure that there is a skilled and experienced leadership in place when that day comes," said Jeff Beaman, an IdaCorp spokesman. Packwood has not said when he will retire, Beaman said.

Prior to Friday's announcement, Keen, 53, served as president and chief operating officer at Idaho Power. His chief operating officer duties will be divided among three Idaho Power senior vice presidents ? Darrel Anderson, James Miller and Daniel Minor.

"As a 31-year veteran of Idaho Power with more than 17 years of service as an officer, LaMont possesses the knowledge and experience necessary to successfully guide our company," Packwood said in a statement. "His operational and financial management skills and complementary abilities in strategic planning and issue management will be key to Idaho Power's success."

Idaho Power serves more than 450,000 customers in southern Idaho and southeastern Oregon.

The management transition came as no surprise to James Bellessa, an analyst with D.A. Davidson Co.

"We would have expected LaMont to take over the reins of the utility, and when Jan Packwood retires, he will likely take over the reins of the holding company," Bellessa said. "This is a normal evolution that the company has had ? a pattern of promoting within and developing its management talent and grooming individuals to take over the top spot."

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Business - The Idaho Statesman - Always Idaho

EVP and CFO Danny C. Herron to Leave Swift & Company

GREELEY, CO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 11/16/2005 -- Swift & Company, the world's second-largest processor of fresh beef and pork products, today announced that Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Danny C. Herron has decided to leave the company by September 19, 2006, the end of his current employment agreement.

"Danny has indicated his intention to pursue leadership opportunities outside of Swift & Company," said Sam Rovit, Swift & Company's president and chief executive officer. "We are extremely grateful for his many significant contributions over the past seven years, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors."

"In particular, I'd like to thank Danny for his role in creating the infrastructure that enabled Swift to stand on its own when it was acquired from ConAgra by Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst and Booth Creek Management in 2002, and for his co-leadership of the company in the two months following my predecessor's resignation," concluded Rovit.

"I feel that my work at Swift is largely done," commented Herron. "I have been able to build and lead an extremely strong finance team that positions Swift well for the future. My eventual goal is to lead a company, and the timing of my decision seems right."

A search for a new chief financial officer will begin immediately. Herron has agreed to serve in his current capacity until the employment of his successor, and he is expected to remain with the company for a short period of time subsequently to assist with transition efforts.

Herron served as Swift & Company's co-chief executive officer from April to May of 2005. He joined ConAgra Beef Company, Swift & Company's predecessor, in April 1998 as vice president and senior financial officer. In September 2002 he became Swift & Company's executive vice president and chief financial officer.

About Swift & Company

With nearly $10 billion in annual sales, Swift & Company is the second-largest processor of fresh beef and pork products in the world. Founded in 1855, Swift employs over 20,000 people and serves customers in retail, further processor, international, and foodservice channels. For more information, please visit www.swiftbrands.com.

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PRESS RELEASE EVP and CFO Danny C. Herron to Leave Swift & Company

Kayak Builder Names New CFO

Johnson Outdoors (JOUT:Nasdaq - news - research - Cramer's Take), a seller of kayaks, tents and diving gear, named David W. Johnson the company's vice president and chief financial officer.

Johnson had been serving as interim CFO of the Racine, Wis., company since August. He joined Johnson Outdoors in December 2001.

"The depth of expertise and strong leadership Dave brought to the role on an interim basis is exactly what we are looking for from our future CFO," the company said Monday. "He was a clear first choice for the job."

Shares of Johnson Outdoors added 2 cents to $16.40.
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Ballard looking for new CEO with technology company experience - Yahoo! News

Ballard Power Systems Inc. is looking for a new chief executive with a technology background to ensure the fuel cell maker meets its development targets, the company's interim chief said Wednesday.

John Sheridan said the new boss doesn't have to be an executive with specific fuel cell or automotive experience, but "we're talking about technology experience more broadly."

"For someone coming into this role that has not had experience in technology sectors, technology companies, I think that would be a big jump."

The search is expected to take about six months and will include both internal and external candidates, Sheridan said Wednesday in a conference call a day after Ballard reported a loss of $8.9 million US, or seven cents a share, for the three months ended Sept. 30.

The Vancouver-based fuel-cell developer, which keeps its records in U.S. dollars, said that was down markedly from a loss of $52.6 million, or 44 cents a share, a year ago.

Dennis Campbell left the top job at Ballard earlier this month on a decision by the board of directors. His departure followed a significant restructuring including the sale of Ballard Power Systems AG and a decision to cut about 100 jobs in a cost-cutting effort that the company expects will reduce its annual operating costs by 12 per cent.

Campbell joined Ballard from Home Care Industries, which describes itself as "the world's leading manufacturer of vacuum cleaner filter bags and related filtration products."

Though an aerospace engineer by training, Campbell's business experience had focused on manufacturing, sales, marketing and distribution and he was widely seen as the executive who would bring fuel cells into commercial production.

The Vancouver-based company, which has lost hundreds of millions of dollars over the years, had once predicted it would break even by 2007.

"If you do go back in time with this company it is clear people in the company and experts in the field and pundits globally thought the fuel cell sector was going to develop faster than it has. The reality is it hasn't developed that fast," Sheridan said Wednesday.

Ballard's new chief executive will have to focus on meeting what the company describes as its technology road map and a target of 2010 for commercially viable fuel cell technology for hydrogen-powered vehicles.

"Over the next three years the critical thing to Ballard is execution, executing the technology road map, executing our product road maps. That's more product development than it is manufacturing," Sheridan said.

Helping boost Ballard's quarterly results was a $17.8-million gain from the sale of its German subsidiary Ballard Power Systems AG.

Quarterly revenue slipped to $16.1 million, down from $23.6 million in the third quarter last year.

The market cheered Tuesday's results sending the stock up 29 cents or about five per cent to $6.17 on the Toronto Stock Exchange in Wednesday afternoon trading.

At Sept. 30, Ballard had $203.8 million in cash and cash equivalents. In 2006, it expects operating cash burn to be in the range of $50 million to $70 million.

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Johnson Outdoors Inc. Announces Appointment of Chief Financial Officer

RACINE, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 21, 2005--Johnson Outdoors Inc. (Nasdaq:JOUT), a leading global outdoor recreation company, today announced the appointment of David W. Johnson to the position of Vice President - Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Johnson has served as interim chief financial officer since August 2005 during which time the Company conducted an extensive executive search process.


Mr. Johnson brings a broad range of financial experience to his new role, with a twenty-year career that spans the banking, consumer packaged goods and outdoor recreation industries. Before joining Johnson Outdoors in December 2001, Mr. Johnson held a number of financial positions of increasing responsibility, first with The Northern Trust Company and later with The Procter & Gamble Company. At those companies he led financial efforts and teams in new business development, brand and operational restructuring, and cost-saving and analysis, among others. Mr. Johnson was Director of Treasury Services and Financial Analysis at Johnson Outdoors before becoming interim chief financial officer in August. Since assuming that role, he has led all aspects of the Company's finance department, including financial and tax planning, financial reporting, investor relations and financing efforts. Mr. Johnson holds a B.A. in Economics from DePauw University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

"The depth of expertise and strong leadership Dave brought to the role on an interim basis is exactly what we are looking for from our future CFO. He was a clear first choice for the job. We congratulate Dave on his promotion which recognizes his many contributions to the Company, and demonstrates our respect, trust and confidence in his ability to provide the financial leadership we need going forward," said Ms. Helen Johnson-Leipold, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

ABOUT JOHNSON OUTDOORS INC.

Johnson Outdoors is a leading global outdoor recreation company that turns ideas into adventure with innovative, top-quality products. The company designs, manufactures and markets a portfolio of winning, consumer-preferred brands across four categories: Watercraft, Marine Electronics, Diving and Outdoor Equipment. Johnson Outdoors' familiar brands include, among others: Old Town(R) canoes and kayaks; Ocean Kayak(R) and Necky(R) kayaks; Escape(R) electric boats; Minn Kota(R) motors; Cannon(R) downriggers; Humminbird(R), Bottomline(R) and Fishin' Buddy(R) fishfinders; Scubapro(R) and UWATEC(R) dive equipment; Silva(R) compasses and digital instruments; and Eureka!(R) tents. In 2005, Johnson Outdoors reported annual sales of $380.7 million and 1,300 employees across 23 locations in 17 countries.

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Legend Davies joins headhunting team

Legend Davies joins headhunting team

WELSH rugby legend Gerald Davies has been hired to repeat his on-pitch successes as a boardroom headhunter.

Odgers Ray & Berndtson, one of Britain's biggest executive search companies, has opened an office in Cardiff to exploit a recruitment market buoyant through jobs created by the Assembly Government.

Mr Davies, best known for his 46 caps for Wales, will work as a non-executive director. He has previously been the chairman of HTV Wales and of the Wales Youth Agency.

A spokeswoman said devolution had fuelled the creation of top-level jobs, saying, "In the first instance, the Assembly itself is creating jobs - high-profile public sector positions, reflecting the increased spending allocation and power of the Assembly. In the second instance, businesses themselves are realising the advantages of establishing a presence in Cardiff to strengthen their own voice in the decision-making process for Wales."

Chairmen appointed by Odgers include Sir Michael Grade of the BBC, Allan Leighton of the Royal Mail, and Paul Myners of Marks & Spencer. Its revenues over the past 12 months were £30m, with a turnover of more than £40m.

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Air NZ names new chief executive

Air New Zealand has appointed former banker Rob Fyfe as its new chief executive to replace its previous head Ralph Norris.

Fyfe who has been Air New Zealand group general manager, since 2003 was the favoured candidate to replace Norris, who left the company in August to become head of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

"I'm certainly very excited and very proud to be given this opportunity," Fyfe said at a media conference in Auckland.

Chairman John Palmer said Fyfe appointed on merit after an extensive and rigorous selection process, which attracted high quality overseas candidates through to the final stage.

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Nortel names new chief executive

Nortel Networks named Mike Zafirovski, a former Motorola executive, to take over as chief executive succeeding Bill Owens who worked to restore the Canadian telecommunications equipment manufacturers’ credibility following an accounting scandal.

Mr Zafirovski, who helped turn around Motorola’s mobile-phone unit, left the US electronics and mobile phone group in January after being passed over for the chief executive’s job. At Nortel his biggest challenge will be reviving equipment sales to telephone service providers following the telecommunications crash and an accounting scandal at the Brampton, Ontario-based company that dated back to 1999. “Bill re-established stability within Nortel and credibility with all its stakeholders,” said Harry Pearce, Nortel’s chairman. “Mike can now build for the future on the strong foundation Bill Owens has given us.”


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Recruitmax signs Allison International

Human resource technology provider’s Staffing Edition is selected over seven other applications by major international executive search firm.
Recruitmax, a global company in technology and services for building great workforces, announced today it has added Allison International to its rapidly expanding list of European-based clients. The London-based executive search firm selected Recruitmax’s highly regarded Staffing Edition (SE) in a competitive tender. SE will help Allison International’s search professionals find, screen and hire employees faster to fill high-level, financial technology jobs around the world from its three offices in London, New York and Silicon Valley. Allison International’s search professionals consult on a variety of management hiring issues.

Designed to meet the specific needs of staffing and recruiting agencies, for several years SE has been helping some of the world’s largest companies improve their recruiting efficiency. In addition to managing the entire recruiting and placement process from beginning to end, SE also includes robust CRM, contact and sales management tools that streamline the placement process. This reduces resource input, associated with front-office tasks, enabling customers to make high quality placements, faster.

Peter Bennett, managing director for Allison, said he conducted "an in-depth evaluation of eight leading recruitment offerings" before determining that Recruitmax was "superior to all others in terms of its technology, ease of use and screen layouts. From the outset, everyone I have dealt with at Recruitmax has been incredibly professional, attentive and has always delivered what was promised," he said. "This is the third recruitment software implementation we have undertaken and it has been by far the most straight-forward, best documented and well-structured approach. We look forward to a long and successful relationship with Recruitmax."

"Being selected by one of the world’s leading executive recruiting firms reflects Recruitmax’s surging visibility throughout Europe. With every day our stature rises throughout the world as a company that ensures our clients have the most efficient recruiting, onboarding and performance management processes around" said Darren Jaffrey, general manager EMEA for Recruitmax. "Recruitmax and Allison International share the same passion for ensuring companies build the best possible workforces - workforces that differentiate themselves."

Recruitmax’s other products target major human resources processes, including onboarding - the process of getting employees into their new jobs, and performance management.

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Few boards ready for change in CEO

Preparing for the day a chief executive officer says goodbye is a key job for any corporate board, but directors say it is too often relegated to the back burner.

Two-thirds of Canadian directors who took part in a recent study said they felt their board was spending too little time thinking about who their next CEO would be.

Close to 20 per cent said their company is not prepared or would find it tough to respond to a change at the top.

Patrick O'Callaghan, a Vancouver-based consultant who works with boards, says it is clear there is work to be done.

"This is the human asset that drives the corporation . . . Hiring, firing, this is the most important thing the board does," said Mr. O'Callaghan, whose firm conducted the study along with recruiting firm Korn/Ferry International. "If this is the most important thing the board does, why are they not spending more time on succession planning?"

Jeff Rosin, managing director of Korn/Ferry's Canadian operations, said one of the reasons directors shy way from picking a successor to their current leader is that it is such a tough thing to do.

Their actions can cause hard feelings among internal candidates who are passed over -- executives who they may know and respect, but who may decide to leave when it becomes clear they will not be the next CEO.

Rob Grandy, Korn/Ferry's Canadian board practice leader, said directors may be neglecting this issue just because they have so many other pressing matters fighting for their time.

"When you go to talk to these people, they have piles of material on their desk . . . binders and binders," he said.

The challenge, he said, is to keep the issue of future leadership top of mind. Directors need to see rising executives in action and get a feeling for how they work with people and handle difficult situations.

In fact, Mr. O'Callaghan and his colleagues say Canadian boards in general are better prepared for a transition in the corner office than they have ever been. They say most large firms have some plan for succession. Many have thought about who would take over in the case of an unexpected event, with one CEO even putting his directions in a sealed envelop for the board to open in an emergency.

Still, they say they found many directors, especially at small and medium-sized firms, who did not feel they were doing enough. Barely more than half of the 165 directors and CEOs they interviewed for the study said their companies were well prepared for a sudden change at the top.

Among the studies were other findings:

42 per cent of small companies said succession planning was not on their board's radar.

Half of those with formal succession plans said they were linked to their company's strategic plan.

58 per cent of CEOs in large companies were internal placements, compared with 32 per cent in mid-sized firms and 17 per cent in small firms.

More than half said the human resources committee of the board takes the lead in succession planning and 10 per cent said it was the CEO.

In spite of all the findings, 73 per cent said they were satisfied with the succession process they had in place.

By ELIZABETH CHURCH

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Citizens Gas & Coke Utility Names New CEO

Indianapolis-based Citizens Gas & Coke Utility has promoted Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Carey B. Lykins to president and chief executive officer.

Lykins succeeds David Griffiths, who has retired.

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Saks names new executive

Saks Inc. has appointed Michael G. Archbold as executive vice president/chief financial and administration officer of its Saks Fifth Avenue Enterprises business segment.

Archbold will begin his new job Monday, reporting to Kevin Wills, the company's executive vice president (EVP) of finance and chief accounting officer, Saks said in a statement.

A certified public accountant, Archbold has almost 20 years financial experience in the retail industry. Most recently he served as EVP and chief financial officer (CFO)of AutoZone, the nation's leading retailer of automotive parts and accessories. He joined AutoZone in 2002 as senior vice president and CFO. Archbold's has also held financial positions at the booksellers division of Barnes & Noble, Woolworth Corp. (now Foot Locker) and Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).

Saks Fifth Avenue Enterprises consists of 55 Saks Fifth Avenue Stores, 50 Saks Off 5th stores and Saks.com. Saks Inc. also owns 181 department stores under the names Parisian, Younkers, Herberger's, Carson Pirie Scott, Bergner's, Boston Store and 53 Club Libby Lu specialty stores.

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American Airlines names new head of GLBT outreach

American Airlines officials said Monday they have named 11-year company veteran George Carrancho to national sales and marketing manager–GLBT community. The personnel move comes as the airline carrier was recently given a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2005 Corporate Equality Index, the HRC’s barometer on how fairly companies treat their gay employees.

Carrancho and fellow sales and marketing manager Betty Young now make up the airline’s Rainbow TeAAm, a marketing group begun in 1994 to specifically target gay and lesbian travelers. According to Carrancho and Young, the Rainbow TeAAm is recognized as the first GLBT national marketing unit at a Fortune 100 company and is the only group of its kind at any of the domestic carriers.



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Korn/Ferry Names Jocelyn Dehnert to Board Services Leadership Role in Europe

LONDON, September 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Korn/Ferry International (NYSE: KFY), the
premier provider of executive search, outsourced recruiting and leadership
development solutions, today announced that Jocelyn Dehnert has joined the
leadership team of its Board Services practice in Europe. Based in London, she
will focus on strengthening the firm's service delivery to plc Boards of
Directors in the UK and across Europe, with special emphasis on the recruitment
of executive and non-executive directors.

Previously, Ms. Dehnert was a Vice Chairman and a Regional Managing Partner for
Northern Europe at Heidrick & Struggles. Throughout her career, she has handled
numerous senior appointments for investment and major retail banks, as well as
other professional services and financial institutions.

"Competition for qualified executive and non-executive directors has become
increasingly fierce, and boardrooms across Europe are undergoing rapid and
exciting change," said Chris van Someren, president of Korn/Ferry Europe. "I
feel confident that Jocelyn -- together with Didier Vuchot, Mina Gouran, and
our other Board Services practitioners in Europe -- make a formidable team who
will enhance Korn/Ferry's already strong reputation for board services in this
market. We are all delighted that she has decided to join our firm."

Before joining Heidrick & Struggles, Ms. Dehnert served as the National
Administration Manager for Barclays Australia (Finance) Limited. Previously,
she was the Australian Investment Manager for FNBC-Waltons. Ms. Dehnert began
her career as a Systems Analyst with Woolworth's. She earned both her MBA and
Ph.D at the University of New South Wales, and has an arts degree in economics
from the University of Sydney.

About Korn/Ferry International

Korn/Ferry International, with more than 70 offices in 35 countries, is the
premier provider of executive search, outsourced recruiting and leadership
development solutions. Based in Los Angeles, the firm partners with clients
worldwide to deliver unparalleled senior-level search, management assessment,
coaching and development, and recruitment outsourcing services through its
Futurestep subsidiary. For more information, visit the Korn/Ferry International
Web site at www.kornferry.com or the Futurestep Web site at www.futurestep.com.


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CDI Corp. Welcomes New Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Nominee

CDI Corp. (NYSE: CDI) is
pleased to announce that Mark A. Kerschner has joined the company as Executive
Vice President effective Tuesday, September 6. Additionally, he is expected
to be elected as Chief Financial Officer by the CDI Board of Directors
following the filing of the company's SEC Form 10-Q for the third quarter.
Kerschner's distinguished background includes senior financial roles with
leading firms and consortiums in the chemical, process and pharmaceutical
industries. His most recent past positions have included Vice President &
Assistant Controller of Schering-Plough Corporation, Chief Financial Officer
of Elemica, Inc. and Senior Vice President & Treasurer of BASF Corporation.
"We are excited to welcome Mark to the CDI team. He has valuable
experience with a broad group of firms that are current CDI customers and with
those that are potential customers in critical CDI verticals. Additionally,
he has a solid base in internal and external auditing experience from past
positions with Price Waterhouse and the ITT Corporation," said President and
Chief Executive Officer Roger H. Ballou.
Kerschner is a graduate of Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. He will be
located at CDI's corporate headquarter offices at 1717 Arch Street in
Philadelphia.

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Ford Lio Ho Motor names new CEO at Mazda Taiwan

Ford Lio Ho Motor Co (福特六和) yesterday named Jason Liu (劉宗信) as the new chief executive officer (CEO) of Mazda Taiwan, hoping the new appointment will help boost the brand's domestic market share.

Ford Lio Ho is 70-percent owned by the Detroit-based Ford Motor Co, which controls the Mazda brand along with brands such as Volvo, Land Rover and Jaguar.

"I hope to bring Mazda to further heights," Liu told a press conference yesterday at which the company announced changes to its top management.

While more concrete plans will be ironed out after he assumes the new post on Oct. 1, Liu said that he will continue to promote the Japanese cultural spirit of Mazda among local consumers, while at the same time delivering products that exceed customers' expectations.

He added that in addition to increasing market share, he will realize Mazda's vision of building up profitable retailing systems for channel partners.

Liu was general manager of Mazda Taiwan in 1999 before leaving for Vietnam in 2001 to take charge of operations there. He helped boost the market share of Ford vehicles in Vietnam to 17 percent from 5.3 percent during his three-year tenure, according to the company's statement.

His latest position was Ford's deputy general manager of marketing for the Asia-Pacific region, which required him to be stationed in Thailand.

Mazda Taiwan's outgoing chief executive, Hu Kai-chang (胡開昌), will be promoted to president of Ford's Premier Automotive Group in China. He will oversee luxury brands such as Volvo, Lincoln, Land Rover and Jaguar in China.

According to Ford Lio Ho president Jeffrey Shen (沈英銓), around 40 senior Taiwanese officials are currently based in China to increase Ford's visibility there.

"Promotions await them when they return to Taiwan," he said, adding that Ford Lio Ho will leverage Liu's expertise in products and marketing to lead Mazda brands in Taiwan.

Mazda currently controls a 6.1-percent share in the local automotive market, up from 4.3 percent in 2001 and 0.7 percent in 1997, the year Ford acquired distribution rights for Mazda in Taiwan, Liu said.

The company aims to sell around 32,000 Mazda vehicles by the end of the year, general marketing manager Frank Wang (王偉明) said.
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Korn/Ferry: CEOs prediction of growth in Malaysia on track

Malaysia was on track to becoming one of the top three countries in the Asia Pacific region with the best growth potential, said premier provider of executive search, outsourced recruiting, and leadership development, Korn /Ferry International.

Korn /Ferry country head and managing director Malaysia Reza Ghazali said this correlated with the results of a survey done by the company last December of 185 CEOs in the region where 33% of them said Malaysia had the best growth potential in the next five years, after China and India.

He said proof of Malaysia’s growth had been demonstrated in Korn /Ferry’s recruitment for executive and mid-management level staff among conglomerates and government-linked companies (GLCs).

In the survey, 8% chose Singapore as the country with the best growth potential.

The American-based company said impending mergers of Malaysia’s local banks would drive demand for top talent and industry specialists. In 2004, Malaysia was ranked third most attractive location for outsourcing after China and India.

Korn/ Ferry regional director for marketing communications for Asia Pacific, Marta Grutka said the majority of outsourced jobs to Malaysia were of high-level ones. This is because the country is well-suited for new business outsourcing services demanded by companies across Asia Pacific.

Its president for Asia Pacific Charles Tseng also said the biggest challenge facing 80% of the CEOs surveyed was gaining and retaining human talent.

“We find that very relevant and actually resonates against what we are experiencing here is that developing and encouraging talent is strong in Asia,” Tseng said.

In the survey, 61% stated the solution to adequately gain and retain talent was by offering competitive compensation while 58% said the answer was in stimulating professional growth and development and providing constant motivation.

“As skills get moved up the value chain, people need to be motivated and not challenged,” Reza said.

The company said demand for Malaysian talent had steadily increased in the region because Malaysians come from multicultural societies which enabled them to adapt well abroad.

Reza said demand for local talent was also high among Malaysian companies. For the past 20 to 30 years, Malaysia has exported professional, home-grown talent and the government-implemented measures to encourage Malaysians to return in 2001 had not been not successful.

He said this had been due to left a lack of candidates who could fill up mid- to top-level managerial roles.

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IMD International Search and Consulting announced the appointment of Epsen Fuller & Associates

IMD International Search and Consulting announced the appointment of Epsen Fuller & Associates as its lead North American partner firm. Epsen Fuller & Associates, a leading retained executive search firm headquartered in Morristown, NJ with offices in New York City, has deep expertise in recruiting senior executives in the technology, consumer products, life sciences, and financial service industries.

This confirms the position of IMD International Search and Consulting as one of the largest network of independent search firms in the world and as a sharp competitor of the integrated global search firms. This also lays the foundation for Epsen Fuller & Associates to offer its clients a more extensive global reach while strengthening the US and North American presence of IMD International Search and Consulting.

“With an estimated search force of over 150 senior consultants based in 40 offices throughout the world, IMD International Search and Consulting is ranked in the Global Top 20 and provides the best of both worlds to clients.” said Sherilyn Shackell Board Director of IMD and CEO of UK Partner Highfield Human Solutions “We bring our clients a truly global reach with a competitive edge of entrepreneurial drive, in-depth local expertise and a sense of superior quality ownership. With Epsen Fuller & Associates we found a highly professional partner firm with an enviable quality reputation in the USA. This will provide our UK based clients with a highly respected strategic stronghold in the US. It is a new partner with whom we can share our mission, our multicultural values and our passion for search, for quality and for trust-based client relationships. This partnership begins for us a very important expansion in the Americas and we are very encouraged by the opportunities this relationship presents.”

Thomas Fuller, General Managing Partner of Espen Fuller & Associates commented, “All of us at Epsen Fuller are energized about the expansion of our global reach and joining an organization whose partners exemplify the strongest independent firms in their respective countries. IMD has an especially wide window on the world and that’s critically important to an international firm such as ours, serving clients with global needs. Currently the 14th largest Executive Search firm in the world as ranked by Kennedy Information, IMD International Search and Consulting continues to build its global presence including the expansion of their North American, Asia Pacific and Nordic regions. This will enable us to provide our clients the same service and quality on a global basis.”

Epsen Fuller managing director Berthe De Vos added that she and her partners “took a serious look around for a global partnership” before choosing IMD. “They are in an aggressive growth mode and have a very well thought out strategy. For Epsen Fuller, this was critically important. We’ve selected to join IMD International Search & Consulting because we see it as a truly working partnership that executes the highest quality international work,” she said. “It has high membership standards, excellent business strategies and best practices, as well as sophisticated global communications systems.”

Over the past year, other new members have included GSI Consultants in Shanghai, Executive Network in Warsaw, Bubenik Partners in Prague and Mellaart International in Istanbul.

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Sun.Star Manila - Convergys names new president

CONVERGYS Corporation, a global leader in providing customer care, human resources, and billing services, has announced that David F. Dougherty, executive vice president of Convergys' Global Information Management Group (GIMG), has been named president and chief operating officer (COO) of Convergys.

In his new role, Dougherty is responsible for the company's Customer Care and Information Management businesses. Dougherty, a 15-year veteran of the company, continues to report to Convergys chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) James F. Orr.

Under Dougherty's leadership since 2003, Convergys GIMG returned to revenue growth and improved operating margins.

Previously, Dougherty was the chief development officer for Convergys from 2000 to 2002 and the president of the company's Customer Management Group (CMG) from 1995 to 2000. While president of CMG, Dougherty more than quadrupled CMG's annual revenues with an operating margin of 12.3 percent in 2000.

"Dave's track record of revenue growth combined with strong profitability performance in both Customer Care and Information Management reflects his deep knowledge of the business and the needs of our clients," said Orr.

"While we are making good progress in 2005 and we remain comfortable with our 2005 revenue and earnings guidance, Dave's leadership will allow us to continue to build our growth and profitability while further leveraging our unique customer care and billing value proposition," Orr added.

Jack Freker, CMG president, is leaving Convergys on September 9 to pursue other interests.

Steven G. Rolls, Executive Vice President of Global Customer Management and Employee Care, becomes executive vice president. In his new role he will be responsible for Employee Care and Convergys' recently acquired F&A outsourcing business. Rolls will continue to report to Orr.

Convergys Corporation is a global leader in providing customer care, human resources and billing services. Convergys combines specialized knowledge and expertise with solid execution to deliver outsourced solutions, consulting services, and software support. Clients in more than 60 countries speaking nearly 30 languages depend on Convergys to manage the increasing complexity and cost of caring for customers and employees.

Convergys serves the world's leading companies in many industries, including communications, financial services, technology, and consumer products.

Convergys is a member of the S&P 500 and a Fortune Most Admired Company. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Convergys has more than 62,000 employees in 67 customer contact centers, three data centers, and other facilities in the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. For more information visit www.convergys.com

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Blue Cross names new president

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has promoted Colleen Reitan to president and chief operating officer, the company announced Friday.
Reitan, formerly Blue Cross' executive vice president of operations, joined the Eagan-based health insurer in 1982.

"Colleen Reitan has developed a broad background in health-plan management over her 20-year Blue Cross career," CEO Mark Banks said in a statement. "Her new role provides important depth to our organization's leadership, enhancing our ability to focus on new areas of product and service leadership."

Banks had previously served as Blue Cross' president, in addition to his role as CEO. He will now focus on the nonprofit's long-term strategy and on key external relationships, while Reitan handles the day-to-day operations.

Blue Cross also promoted Denise McKenna to senior vice president of operations from vice president of enterprise service; Roger Kleppe to senior vice president from vice president of human resources and facilities services; Mark Manley to vice president and medical director of population health from executive director of the Blue Cross Center for Prevention; and Sanne Magnan to vice president and medical director of consumer health from medical director of the Blue Cross Center for Prevention.

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Sears Names New CEO, CMO

Sears Holdings, the retail giant that was created as a result of the merger earlier this year between Sears Roebuck and Kmart, has announced a new organizational and executive lineup effective Sept. 30.

The changes give Edward S. Lampert—the billionaire investment wizard and founder of ESL Investments, Greenwich, Conn., which orchestrated the merger—an increased role in marketing and merchandising, and elevate Alywin B. Lewis to the CEO position.

The announcement was made in Sears Holdings' Second Quarter 2005 Financial Statement, released yesterday.

Lampert, Sears Holdings' chairman, will lead the company's initiatives to become more responsive to its customers, including the marketing, merchandising, design and online businesses of Sears Holdings as well as Lands' End.

Lewis, former head of Kmart and Sears' retail business, will assume the position of CEO and president of Sears Holdings, with responsibility for the company's 3,900 stores, as well as home services, finance, legal, supply chain, information technology and human resources. Lewis is a fast-food industry veteran who came to Kmart from Yum Brands last October.

The company posted a disappointing profit of $161 million for the quarter, which ended July 30. Revenues totaled $13.19 billion. Sears's domestic sales declined 3% during the period; comparable store sales dropped 7.4%.

Kmart comparable store sales and total sales decreased 0.3% and 3.2%, respectively, for the period. Total sales were negatively impacted by a reduced number of Kmart stores in operation.

Sears Holdings, with approximately $55 billion in annual revenues, is the third-largest broadline retailer in the U.S., selling home appliances, tools, lawn and garden, home electronics and automotive repair and maintenance products. Key proprietary brands include Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, and a broad apparel offering including Lands' End, Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Apostrophe and Covington brands, as well as Martha Stewart Everyday.


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Korn/Ferry Torpedoed

Profits rise, predictions disappoint, but the hull is sound.

It never fails.

No matter how well a company reports doing in a given fiscal quarter, if its numbers don't "beat estimates," or if its forward guidance doesn't align perfectly with analysts' pipe dreams, the stock takes a hit. And if, heaven forbid, a company both fails to beat the current quarter's estimates and predicts lower earnings than Wall Street wants to see -- look out below.

Case in point: Headhunter Korn/Ferry(NYSE: KFY)announced a 38% year-on-year increase in profits yesterday, notching $0.27 per diluted share for its fiscal first quarter of 2006. Unfortunately, that was precisely the number that a consensus of analyst estimates predicted, so the company got no boost from "making its numbers."

Worse, Korn/Ferry hedged its bets considerably when forecasting next quarter's numbers, naming a range of $0.22 to $0.27 per share. Analysts had already agreed amongst themselves that only $0.27 would be acceptable, and the risk that Korn/Ferry might have reason to be more cautious helped the stock drop by 7% yesterday.

Never mind that profits grew twice as fast as the 19% revenue growth in the first fiscal quarter. Or that operating margins increased 110 basis points year on year, to 15.3% (besting, by the way, the operating margin for full-year fiscal 2005 by 80 basis points, as well). Or that net margins grew 120 basis points year on year, to 9%.

Overall, the company issued disappointing guidance for next quarter and failed to beat the Street in this quarter. Apparently, that's all that counts on Wall Street.

Not so on Fool Street, however. We're encouraged not only by the past quarter's stellar results (echoed, by the way, at other employment firms, such as Kforce(Nasdaq: KFRC), which reported similarly strong earnings last month), but also by Korn/Ferry's feeling the need to increase its consulting headcount by 7% to keep pace with booming demand for its business.

Then add to that mix the fact that Korn/Ferry has finally begun to rein in the rampant stock dilution, for which we've roundly criticized the company in past quarters. In contrast to last year, when Korn/Ferry diluted its outside shareholders by 14.6%, Q1 saw only a 1.7% year-over-year rise in diluted shares outstanding.

Combine its recent success with a bright future, expanding margins, and an apparent commitment to let outside shareholders share more equally, and this looks like one stock that could really float investors' boats.

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Korn/Ferry International "outperform," estimates reduced

Analysts at Robert W Baird maintain their "outperform" rating on Korn/Ferry International (KFY.NYS), while reducing their estimates for the company. The target price is set to $23.

In a research note published this morning, the analysts mention that the company's investment spending is likely to be higher than expected. Korn/Ferry’s ongoing investment spending initiatives are expected to boost the company’s long-term growth prospects, the analysts say. The hiring of an additional 10-15 search consultants is likely to exert pressure on the company’s average revenue per consultant in the near term, Robert W Baird adds. The EPS estimates for FY06 and FY07 have been reduced from $1.10 to $1.07 and from $1.26 to $1.23, respectively.

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Christian & Timbers Acquires Premier Firm Specializing in Human Resource Executive Search

With Acquisition of New York-Based Feehan Barr Partners, Christian & Timbers Adds Highly Specialized Capabilities to Meet Fortune 500 Demand for Global Chief Human Resources Officers

Christian & Timbers, the performance-based executive search firm, announced today that it has acquired New York-based Feehan Barr Partners, a premier executive search firm specializing in human resource executive search. With the acquisition of the Feehan Barr, Christian & Timbers expands its New York headquarters and adds to the firm's growing list of highly specialized global practice groups.

Brian Sullivan, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Christian & Timbers said, "Both Bill and Dan have extensive experience running high-impact human resources functions in a variety of industries and over the past four years they have leveraged this experience to build a highly successful boutique search practice. They have been on the client side in top flight organizations such as J.P. Morgan Chase and Pepsi. They have personal experience working with CEOs to build high-performing human resources teams and bring this knowledge and expertise to their clients."

Bill Feehan, co-founding partner of Feehan Barr Partners said, "Christian & Timbers is committed to achieving a new level of accountability within the search industry, the principle upon which we founded our firm four years ago. We are convinced that this approach differentiates Christian & Timbers from their larger competitors and will continue to fuel their ascendancy as a premier executive search firm."

"Hiring extraordinary HR leaders is critical to organizational success and not easy to do. Our continued mission is to help companies build world-class human resources organizations through our ability to locate and evaluate superior HR talent," said Dan Barr, co-founding partner of Feehan Barr.

Some of Feehan Barr's clients include: Capital One, Lehman Brothers, Limited Brands, Nielsen Media Research, Schering-Plough, Walt Disney and Wachovia Securities.

About Christian & Timbers

Christian & Timbers consultants are well qualified to discuss hiring trends and issues regarding board of directors, CEOs, and other senior-level functional and diversity assignments. Since 1980, Christian & Timbers has been a performance-driven executive search firm serving Fortune 1000, NASDAQ, and pioneering venture-backed companies. The firm's proven strategic search methodology strives to exceed client expectations and is supported by industry-best service, intelligence, and proprietary technology tools.

With expertise in technology, financial services, life sciences, consumer products, manufacturing, professional services, and demonstrated success in Board Services and serving Private Equity and Venture Capital clients, Christian & Timbers always provides clients top candidates for their leadership roles.

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Christian & Timbers buys NY firm

Executive search firm Christian & Timbers has acquired Feehan Barr Partners, a New York firm specializing in human resource executive search.

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Faber Ross - the Executive Search Company announces change of direction

Faber Ross, the 15 years old Executive Search Company has announced a complete change of direction for its business. This Management Consultant firm was until recently wholly and successfully involved in finding Senior Executives for the IT and Pharmaceutical industries. With changes in the recruitment market becoming more pronounced, in particular the growing use of on-line job-boards, Faber Ross has taken the initiative to capitalise on their expertise in coaching senior candidates in readiness for their new roles. The competitive market for senior positions means that it is even more important for candidates to have their own clearly defined career-plan and the means to stay in front.

Peter Fisher, Faber Ross’ Managing Consultant said “The key factor in our success was in preparing candidates to meet the prospective client; but with those same clients becoming more able to source their own candidates - using on-line services, we have decided to adopt a candidate focused approach using the same on-line technology. Faber Ross Executive Coaching & Personal Profiling is the result of that decision.”

What they now offer is a facility for candidates to be coached individually and assessed over the internet. Faber Ross has teamed up with one of the world’s leading workplace behavioural analysts, Thomas International, and uses their trusted on-line Personal Profiling questionnaires.


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Sears Holdings names Lewis as new CEO, president

Sears Holdings, Hoffman Estates, Ill., the entity created by the merger of Sears and Kmart, today also announced several organizational and executive changes that are effective Sept. 30. As of this date, Aylwin B. Lewis will assume the position of CEO and president of Sears Holdings, with responsibility for the company's 3,900 stores, as well as home services, finance, legal, supply chain, information technology and human resources. Edward S. Lampert, Sears Holdings' chairman, will lead Sears Holdings' initiatives to become more responsive to its customers. Lampert will direct the marketing, merchandising, design, and on-line businesses of Sears Holdings, as well as Lands' End, to ensure that these initiatives are clearly focused on responding to customer needs. William C. Crowley, Sears Holdings' CFO, will assume additional responsibilities associated with the newly created role of chief administrative officer. Alan J. Lacy will continue to serve as vice chairman and a director and as a member of the office of the chairman. Lacy will also continue to serve as the chairman of the board of directors of Sears Canada and, together with Lampert, will focus on merger integration and strategic issues.

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NCR Names Nuti As New CEO

NEW YORK - Filling the hole in the wall, you could say. NCR (nyse: NCR - news - people ), the world's largest maker of automated teller machines, has named William Nuti chief executive and president, effective Aug. 8. Nuti, who has served as president and CEO of bar-code scanner maker Symbol Technologies (nyse: SBL - news - people ) since December 2003, has also been elected to NCR's board of directors.

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Johnson retires; Moore steps in as new CEO of Home Bank

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A long-time Home Bank CEO is set to retire at the end of the year, and will be succeeded by Dan Moore, who is currently executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Home Bank SB has announced that James E. Johnson will retire as president and CEO effective Dec. 31.

Johnson joined the bank 1971 as chief financial officer and was elected in 2001 to the Board of Directors. During his 34-year tenure with the organization, Home Bank has grown from $16.5 million to $190 million in assets. Johnson also researched and implemented the bank’s first on-line computer processing system in 1974.

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BCE names new executives

MONTREAL — BCE Inc. is shaking up its executive office, CEO Michael Sabia announced Friday.

The Montreal-based conglomerate said the new management appointments are designed to strengthen the operation “at a time of transition in the industry and intense competition in the marketplace.”

Pierre Blouin, group president of consumer markets, is leaving to pursue other activities, the company said.

Meanwhile Kevin Crull has been named president, residential services and Robert Odendaal has been appointed president, Bell Mobility and Bell Distribution Inc.

In addition, Alek Krstajic has been appointed to the office of the CEO, to assume a new senior executive assignment that will be announced over the coming period, the company said.

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Telcordia Names New CEO

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Telcordia announced today that Daniel J. Carroll has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr. Carroll will also serve as a member of the Telcordia Board of Directors. Matthew J. Desch will serve the company as Non-Executive Chairman. With the transformation of Telcordia into an independent, global OSS and network services leader complete, these moves will enable the company to seamlessly continue its evolution and global expansion into new markets.

Most recently, Mr. Carroll was Chief Operating Officer of the Business Communications Services Division at Lucent Technologies, where he was responsible for a $7 billion global business that provided telecommunications systems to large and small business enterprises. Mr. Carroll, a professional engineer who played an instrumental role in the development of the first VOIP switch for the Lucent division that later became Avaya, spent 35 years with the AT&T, Western Electric and the Lucent family of companies.

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Nokia Names New Group Executive Board Members

STOCKHOLM -(Dow Jones)- Finnish mobile communications company Nokia Oyj (NOK) Friday said it has appointed two new members to the Nokia Group Executive Board.

The company said Kai Oeistaemoe has been named head of Mobile Phones business group and Robert Andersson appointed to lead Customer and Market Operations.

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Medisyn Technologies names new CEO

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Medisyn Technologies Inc. has named Thomas Ingolia as its new CEO, effective immediately, the company announced Tuesday.
Ingolia comes to the Minnetonka-based drug discovery company from Salt Lake City-based Prolexys Pharmaceuticals Inc., where he was CEO. He has also worked as an executive at Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) and several biotech start-ups.

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Segmentz, Inc. Names New Chief Financial Officer

Segmentz, Inc. Names New Chief Financial Officer; Company Also Relocates Headquarters; Announces Change to Board of Directors

BUCHANAN, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 1, 2005--Segmentz, Inc. (AMEX: SZI) announced today that it has named Mark Patterson as its new chief financial officer. Patterson, who brings nearly 20 years of finance experience to the role, replaces Andrew Norstrud.


Most recently, Patterson served as Director of Corporate Reporting for SIRVA, Inc. (NYSE: SIR), a multi-billion-dollar relocation services provider that operates a variety of brand names, most notably North American Van Lines. At SIRVA, he was responsible for SEC reporting and compliance issues. Prior to that, Patterson, 42, was Corporate Controller and Director of Financial Planning and Analysis with transportation company CRST International, Inc. Patterson also was previously Chief Financial Officer of Schilli Transportation Services, Inc., a transportation, warehousing and logistics company with annual sales in excess of $100 million. Prior to Schilli, he was Director of Treasury and Finance with US Xpress Enterprises.

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