Good Chemistry

Roche appoints a new finance chief, and other movers.
Jennifer CaplanAugust 10, 2001
  • There seems to be some positive chemistry between Erich Hunziker and Swiss drugs and diagnostics group Roche Holding AG. Hunziker was selected to be the company’s new chief financial officer, replacing Anton Affentranger who was canned in May, just a day after archrival Novartis AG acquired a 20-percent voting stake in Roche. Hunziker has had some prior experience with the Basel, Switzerland-based drug giant. He held the CFO post at Cornage Holding, a pharmaceutical company Roche acquired in 1997.
  • Ron A. Marino, chief financial officer and treasurer at Datatec Systems, Inc., a Fairfield, N.J.-based licensing software provider, is leaving the company for a position at a wireless technology corporation in North Carolina. Isaac J. Gaon, company CEO, will temporarily fill the void while a replacement is found. Gaon had a two year stint as company CFO in the early 90’s, which should help him cover the financial bases in the interim.
  • Strateginet, Inc. is apparently rethinking its own strategy. Edward K. Moffly was tapped chief financial officer as part of an across the board management overhaul. Moffly, who was most recently CEO at Synergyx Communications Group, Inc., a Hollywood, Fla.-based telecommunications services company (now named, must have missed the good old days of number crunching. Before converting to CEOdom, he was chief financial officer at Tilt Wall Inc. an international provider of shell systems.
  • Managers at HCA Inc., a Nashville, Tenn.-based healthcare services company appointed Richard J. Shallcross chief financial officer of its Western Group. Shallcross has been around the block a couple times. He joined HCA in 1995 as vice president of finance for the company’s six-hospital Colorado division, and one year later moved to the Utah/Idaho division as chief financial officer. He stepped into his most recent position in 1997 as the chief financial officer of HCA’s Continental Division based in Denver, Colo. Before joining HCA, Shallcross was vice president of finance and chief financial officer at Rose Health Care System in Denver.

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