Packaged Ice’s Hot new Finance Chief

WebLink Wireless, BakBone Software, and ZymeTx also hire new CFOs.
Michelle GabrielleApril 2, 2001
  • Cool Move:
    Packaged Ice Inc., a Houston, Tex.-based ice company, announced the appointment of Leonard A. Bedell to the position of EVP and CFO. He succeeds Steven J. Janusek, who resigned to accept another position. Bedell has served as SVP of Packaged Ice’s central operations since January 1998. The company also announced the appointment of Mark A. Steffek to the position of VP of finance and treasurer. Steffek, a CPA, joined Packaged Ice in September 2000 after serving as a senior audit manager with Deloitte & Touche.
  • Putting Things in Order:
    Categoric Software, a Sterling, Va.-based infrastructure technology company, named Steve Bennetts as its new CFO. Most recently, Bennetts was CFO of Content Technologies. Prior to that, he was a financial manager at Ernst & Young LLP.
  • The Substitute: Biotechnology company, ZymeTx Inc. appointed Fred Hiller as acting CFO. He replaces G. Carl Gibson, who is stepping down as the company’s VP, controller, and treasurer to focus on new business opportunities. Gibson had been with Oklahoma City, Okla.-based ZymeTx since March 1997. Hiller has worked for over a year as a consultant for the company. He has also held various financial positions from financial controller to VP of finance in public accounting and consumer products companies, such as Touche Ross and Co., Elgin National Industries, Wilkinson Sword, and Columbia Pictures.
  • He’s Connected: San Diego, Calif.-based BakBone Software Inc., a global provider of storage management solutions, selectedAllan Canos to serve as the company’s financial backbone. As new CFO, Canos, replaces Robert Wilson, who will remain as a key strategic advisor to senior management. Canos was formerly BakBone’s corporate controller.
  • There’s only room for one CFO now that Dallas-based WebLink Wireless and Alexandria, Va.-based Metrocall, both wireless data and messaging companies, have agreed to merge. Vincent D. Kelly, CFO of Metrocall will serve as CFO of newly created WebLink Wireless, which will be headquartered in Alexandria, Va. The merger is expected to close by the last quarter of 2001.