Auto Supplier Promotes 15-Year Veteran

Also, Edward Macek, former Johnson Controls exec, gets new job, more.
Ed ZwirnJuly 11, 2001
  • ArvinMeritor, a Troy, Mich.-based auto parts supplier, has promoted Carl Soderstrom, a 15-year veteran with the firm, to CFO, effective July 21. Soderstrom, who is currently the firm’s senior vice president, replaces Tom Madden, who has left for a position “outside the automotive industry.”
  • In another auto-industry-related move, Hella North America, a Plymouth, Mich. supplier of lighting, electronic equipment, and front- end modules, has named Edward Macek a former Johnson Controls executive, as vice president and CFO, replacing Chuck Koenig, who is retiring after 21 years with the firm. Macek was most recently corporate controller and treasurer of Technotrim, another auto sector firm.
  • WebWare Corp., a Sausalito, Calif.-based brand resource management technology company, announced the hiring of Robert Miller as CFO. Miller, formerly CFO at ObjectStream, an Internet infrastructure company, was “instrumental” as a consultant in helping WebWare with its recent $10 million series B round of venture capital financing, the announcement stated. Other, earlier CFO credits for Miller, according to the announcement, include GAF, PenWest, and Bugle Boy. Along with Miller, the firm also announced the hiring of Allen Berglund as executive vice president, and John Gonzales as vice president, strategic partners.
  • Robert Rouse, who spent 15 years at KPMG, most recently as partner, has been named CFO af Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Rouse replaces J. Preston Windus Jr., a 19-year veteran of the firm, who has been promoted to a new position as group vice president.
  • Gaiam, a Broomfield, Colo.-based firm focused on “natural health, personal development and renewable energy,” has tapped Yudi Bahl, whom it hired last month, as CFO, replacing Janet Mathews, who becomes vice president of business development.