M&A Man

Former Evoke CFO joins Credit Suisse First Boston as co-head of media M&A.
Michelle GabrielleApril 20, 2001
  • Does the Name Terry Kawaja Come to Mind? Former dot-com executive Terry Kawaja has taken a new position with Zurich- based Credit Suisse First Boston Corp. as co-head of media mergers and acquisitions with Michael Wildish. Kawaja joins CSFB after a year-long stint as CFO at Louisville, Colo.-based Evoke Communications Inc., a Web-conferencing and communications company. Kawaja had resigned from Evoke in January.
  • Today’s Special: CKE Restaurants Inc., which operates the Hardees and Carl’s Jr. restaurant chains, hired former bank officer Dennis Lacey as CFO. Lacey, who had been CFO at Imperial Bancorp, succeeds Carl Strunk, who was named EVP of finance, to focus primarily on the company’s credit facility, banking relationships and capital restructuring.
  • The latest withdrawal at Silicon Valley Bancshares? CFO Christopher Lutes, who resigned from the owner of Silicon Valley Bank to spend more time with his family. The bank’s risk management group manager Marc Verissimo will step in as acting CFO until the company finds a replacement.
  • Former Coopers and Lybrand partner Frank Reeves, scored high with biological testing technologies firm Luminex Corp. The Austin, Tex.-based company named him CFO, to succeed James Persky, who is retiring. Reeves had co-led the development of the technology practice for the Austin office of Coopers, before its merger with Price Waterhouse.
  • How many executives can you fit in a telephone booth? Canadian computer and phone franchiser Hartco Corp. made room for new CFO Marc D’Amour. D’Amour joins the Montreal-based company, which runs retail chains including Compucentre and The Telephone Booth, from Wyant Corp., where he was VP of finance and CFO.