Pass the Excedrin

Bristol Myers-Squibb's Mee passes the torch to Frederick Schiff.
Michelle GabrielleApril 3, 2001
  • It’s All About Mee, Mee, Mee: New York-based pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. just prescribed a remedy to replace Michael Mee, who will step down from his position as CFO. Controller and SVP of finance Frederick Schiff will take on the CFO role. Mee will continue at the company as an advisor until the end of the year. In 2000, Mee took home $681,958 in salary, $275,945 in bonus, $200,000 in a long-term payout, and $30,688 in other compensation. In addition, Mee received $1,927,500 in restricted stock awards and $3,808,011 in exercised options.

Other Bristol-Myers executives were given new responsibilities as the company prepares for CEO Charles Heimbold’s retirement this year. Among these executives is Donald Hayden, who will take charge of investor relations while continuing to oversee strategy, E-business, and the Mead Johnson Nutritionals business.

  • What’s the Frequency, John? Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., a New York-based satellite radio broadcaster, announced the appointment of John Scelfo as CFO. Most recently, Scelfo served as VP of finance for the Asian operations of Dell Computer Corp. Prior to Dell, he spent 19 years with Exxon Mobil Corp. in various financial roles.
  • Atlanta-based Landacorp Inc. just landed a new CFO. Mark Rapoport will join the healthcare management company as CFO, replacing Stephen P. Kay, who had served as both CFO and COO of the company. Kay is leaving to pursue personal interests. Rapoport joins Landacorp from Atlanta-based iXL Enterprises, where he served as SVP and controller.
  • Prime CFO: Meridian Project Systems, an E-business and software provider, hired Gabriel Nacht as SVP and CFO. Nacht comes to Folsom, Calif.-based Meridian Project Systems from his position as SVP and CFO of Z-Spanish Media, a multimedia company focused in the Hispanic market.
  • Micropath Inc. paved a path for a new CFO to join the company. Paul Kowalski joins the Bellevue, Wash.-based provider of technology asset management services and products from eSociety Inc., where he was also CFO.
  • Leaving Home: RX Technology Holdings Inc., a provider of proprietary digital imaging systems for entertainment applications, just snagged Michael Schulman as its new CFO. Before joining Mandeville, La.-based RX Technology, Schulman served as CFO of World Homes Inc., a development company.
  • Lights, Camera, Action: Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Divio Inc., a digital video and imaging technology development company, announced the appointment of Robert C. McClelland as CFO. Before joining Divio, McClelland was CFO and VP of finance at Paradigm Technology Inc.
  • Analyze This: Roper Industries Inc. a Bogart, Ga.-based manufacturer of analytical instrumentation, industrial controls and fluid handling products, named Chris Hix as director of investor relations. He replaces Don Templeman who, after a brief transition period, will be moving to the company’s corporate development group. Most recently, Hix was CFO and VP of customer support for Somero Enterprises Inc. Prior to that, he spent eight years at Roper after joining the company in 1991 as VP and controller of its Amot Controls division.
  • There’s No Biz Like CFO Biz: Kansas City, Mo.-based, an B2B marketplace for gift retailers, appointed John Pendergast as its new CFO. Pendergast joins Ebizmix from eFunds Corp., where he was also CFO.
  • Palm Beach, Fla.-based biometrics company Cross Match Technologies Inc. just found its perfect match. Donald A. DiFrisco recently accepted the position of CFO & chief adminstrative officer. He will also serve as the company’s treasuer and assistant secretary. Most recently, DiFrisco was VP of finance and controller of Naperville, Ill.-based Concentra Preferred Systems.
  • And They’re Off: Chinook Communications Inc., a Lexington, Mass.-based broadband startup, announced the appointment of Elliot “Doc” Honan, as EVP and CFO. Prior to joining Chinook Communications, Honan served as CFO of Into Networks Inc..

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