• Tire-d of it All? Bridgestone/Firestone CFO and treasurer Tetsuo Ando retired, amid the massive tire recall. Akira Nozawa, treasurer of parent company Bridgestone Corp., will take over. Last month the Nashville, Tenn.-based tire company named a new chief executive, John Lampe to help guide the company through the debacle.
  • Bring on the Major Leagues: Outpost.com‘s Robert Bowman hit a three-run homer with his latest move: He’s leaving his chief executive post to join Major League Baseball as head of new media and Internet operations. At Outpost.com, CFO Katherine Vick will take the CEO spot, while SVP of business development and finance Paul Williams takes over as CFO. Vick made $239,000 last year and exercised $827,000 in options.
  • London Calling: Flag Telecom, the British company that owns the world’s longest undersesa telecoms cable, appointed Larry Bautista as its CFO. Bautista, who was deputy CFO, takes over the role from COO Ed McCormack, who had been performing both jobs.
  • For Your Information: Cahners Business Information named John D. Poulin to the CFO post. He had been serving as acting CFO and SVP of finance at the New York-based buiness information provider.
  • Privately-held E-business consultant Xoriant Corp. named former PricewaterhouseCoopers partner Dave Zechnich as its new CFO. Zechnigh sees big plans ahead for the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company, including a possible IPO. And although the top finance spot is filled, Xoriant says it has other positions open: while other consultants, such as MarchFirst are laying people off, Xoriant is hiring.

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