Clicking On Up

DoubleClick and Bally Total Fitness gain new CFOs and more.
Jennifer CaplanAugust 7, 2001
  • Bruce Dalziel is clicking through the finance chain at Internet marketing and advertising company DoubleClick Inc. Managers at the company — which has been hit hard by a nasty decrease in online ad spending — announced that CFO Stephen Collins will be stepping down on August 10. Dalziel, currently vice president of finance and operations for the technology, data & research businesses at DoubleClick, will replace Collins. Dalziel joined the Internet ad specialist nearly a year ago as vice president of financial planning, analysis and investor relations. Before that, he spent 14 years at Prudential, serving in various executive positions. Collins will not disappear from the scene entirely, however. He will continue to work on strategic initiatives through the end of the first quarter of 2002, reporting to Kevin Ryan, company CEO.
  • Felicia Thornton has been tapped as the new CFO at Albertson’s, Inc. the Boise, Idaho-based retail food and drug chain. Thornton is a veteran of the supermarket wars. Before signing on at Albertson’s, she was vice president of retail operations at Kroger Co., a big competitor of Albertson’s. Thornton, who replaces Craig Olson in the CFO slot, will report to CEO Larry Johnston. She will also join Albertson’s executive committee. Thornton’s prior experience will no doubt come in handy in her new job. Besides overseeing the retail operations at Kroger, she served as a member of the grocery’s executive committee member. Thornton also did a stint as as vice president of finance and administration at Ralphs Grocery Co.. At Ralphs, she helped oversee the company’s $15 billion merger with Fred Meyer in 1998 and the $5 billion merger with Food 4 Less in 1995.
  • Managers at Bally Total Fitness have appointed Bill Fanellito the new position of senior vice president of finance. Fanelli will now be responsible for financial accounting and analysis, mergers and acquisitions, information systems, as well as the company’s membership service and collection operations. He will also continue to oversee Bally’s real estate, construction, and capital development plans. Fanelli, who was senior vice president of operations at Bally, will report to CFO John Dwyer.
  • Stacy Lafrance has been named chief financial officer at Aperian, Inc., a Phoenix-based provider of broadband Internet services. Lafrance has been serving as the company’s director of finance for the past twelve weeks. She replaces Doug Banister, Aperian’s CFO since September 1999. Prior to joining Aperian, Lafrance was corporate controller at Interact Commerce Corporation, a Scottsdale, Ariz-based provider of customer relationship management software. She also spent more than six years at Ernst & Young LLP, where she specialized in corporate audit, financial accounting and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reporting.

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