Good Food for Thought: Campbell Soup said EVP and CFO Basil Anderson has decided to retire on April 30, after five years at the Camden, N.J.-based food company. Anderson, who is also on the board of Staples Inc., plans to pursue opportunities “for personal growth and development” before committing to any business opportunities. Newly named Campbell President and CEO Douglas Conant said Anderson confirmed his decision to leave after the company’s announcement earlier this week that it is buying Unilever Plc’s European soup and sauce businesses. Conant, who joined Campbell last month, said a successor to Anderson would be announced shortly. In 2000, Basil took home $695,000 in salary, bonus, and other compensation.
Finger on the Pulse: San Diego, Ca.- based biotech company BioPulse International announced the appointment of John M. Allen as the company’s CFO. Allen brings over 20 years of financial experience, including a 12 year tenure with Xoma Corp., where he was controller and held responsibility for all treasury and financial reporting and analysis. Prior to that, Allen was the audit senior, CPA at Deloitte & Touche.
Sure Thing: OraSure Technologies, a medical devices and diagnostic products company, named Richard Hooper as its new CFO. Hooper replaces the retired Charles Bergeron, who stepped down in the wake of OraSure’s mergers with Epitope and STC Technologies. Hooper, who was the CFO of STC from October 1997 until last September, last served as VP of finance for OraSure.
Cashing Out: ACE Cash Express, the nation’s largest check-cashing chain, announced that Debra Bradford, SVP and CFO, has resigned. The company said Bradford is leaving to join First American Payment Services as CFO. First American, a private company based in Fort Worth, Texas, specializes in electronic credit card transaction processing. The company said it has begun actively recruiting for a new CFO.
Trip to the Zoo: Zoologic, provider of online learning for financial professionals, announced that John Cook has been named CFO. Cook joins Zoologic from Screenvision, where he was CFO, and orchestrated the sale of the company to Technicolor, now a division of Thomson Multimedia. Prior to that role, he was the CFO for Bohler Engineering, a privately held engineering firm and VP/general manager of Jet Aviation Teterboro, a corporate aircraft management company based out of Zurich, Switzerland.
Crossing the Atlantic: Robert A. Renaud has been promoted to VP and CFO of Atlantic American Corp., an insurance holding company. Renaud joined Atlantic American in 1997 as VP, secretary and treasurer for its life and health insurance subsidiary, Bankers Fidelity Life Insurance Company. In 2000, he assumed the same role for Georgia Casualty & Surety Company, one of Atlantic American’s primary property and casualty subsidiaries. Renaud brings to his position over 18 years of experience in the insurance industry.
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