Steel Guy Named At ‘Special’ Firm

Many hats for Specialty Metals' Dennis Wanlass, veteran retailer new Wet Seal CFO, more.
Ed ZwirnJuly 5, 2001

Special Metals named Dennis L. Wanlass its new vice president and CFO. Wanlass was formerly vice president and CFO for Geneva Steel Co. He will report to Special Metal President T. Grant John and work out of the nickel-based alloy producer’s Huntington, WV office. A company press release said the new CFO will be responsible for banking relationships, treasury and cash management functions, investor and analyst relations, risk and credit management, accounting and finance.

The company also named Paul Totaro, who was acting CFO during the search period for this position, to the newly-created post of vice president of strategic planning and business development.

Seal of Approval Specialty retailer The Wet Seal has hired Walter Parks as executive vice president and CFO, the company announced. Parks joins the Foothill Ranch, Calif.-based apparel and accessory peddler after service since 1999 as executive vice president and administrative officer of Restoration Hardware. Before that, he worked for 11 years at Ann Taylor in a variety of positions, including a stint as CFO from 1997 to 1999.

Mapics, a maker of enterprise resource planning software, announced that it’s named John Stone as interim CFO, replacing William Gilmour, who it said is leaving for personal reasons.

Certus, a firm which provides consulting and business services for hospitals, announced the naming of Douglas A. Shannon as executive vice president and CFO. The move comes as part of a round of new management appointments that also includes placing Jeffrey Lane, a partner at Triumph Capital Group, one of the firm’s VC backers, as chairman.

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