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Roche Holding CFO Quits After Five Months

Personality conflicts to blame. Plus, WD-40 Gets a new CFO.
Michelle GabrielleMay 9, 2001
  • A Small Dose Was All It Took: Roche Holding AG, a Basel, Switzerland-based pharmaceutical company, announced that CFO Anton Affentranger will step down at the end of May, just five months after he assumed the post. According to the company, Affentranger is leaving because of personality conflicts. Affentranger succeeded Henri B. Meier, who retired at the end of last year after 15 years at Roche. Before joining Roche, Affentranger worked as a partner at Geneva-based private bank Lombard Odier&Cie.
  • He’s So Slick: WD-40 Co., a consumer products company, announced that Michael J. Irwin has been named CFO, replacing Tom Tranchina. Irwin was VP of marketing of the San Diego-based company. Prior to joining WD-40 in May 1995, Irwin held various positions at Hybritech Inc., including financial analyst and manager of business development. Tranchina, who has served as WD-40’s CFO since 1998, will serve as VP of strategic integration.
  • What You See Is What You Get: And, what Fort Washington, Penn.-based ImageMax Inc. just got is SVP and CFO David B. Walls to replace Mark P. Glassman, who was appointed president and COO of the provider of integrated document-management products in March. Before joining ImageMax, Walls was at Campbell Soup Co. for five years, most recently as VP of finance of the Campbell Away From Home division, which consisted of four North American foodservice businesses.
  • From CFO to COO: Austin, Tex.-based Vitalz Inc., a provider of web-based scheduling and resource management software for healthcare organizations, appointed former I2 Technologies CFO Dave Cary as COO. Earlier this year, Vitalz and I2 Technologies announced a three-year deal to deliver a new web-based resource management platform.