CFOs on the Move

American International Group; SK-EarthLink; Employers Insurance Group; SRI/Surgical Express; Gateway Energy; US LEC Corp.; Knova Software; Portal S...
Lisa YoonJune 24, 2005

• American International Group Inc. named two key members to its finance department. The embattled insurance giant announced that David L. Herzog will serve as comptroller and has also been elected a senior vice president. Herzog had served as chief financial officer for AIG’s Worldwide Life Insurance operations since 2004. Previously, he served as chief operating officer and CFO of AIG’s domestic life insurance companies, a position he held since the acquisition of American General Corp. in 2001.

Robert A. Gender has been named treasurer and elected an AIG vice president. Gender had previously served as AIG assistant treasurer since 2000, with principal responsibilities for managing AIG’s banking relations, liquidity, and corporate finance. He joined the company in 1998 as director of financial analysis in its treasury department.

Herzog and Gender will report to chief financial officer Steven J. Bensinger.

• SK-EarthLink, a Los Angeles-based joint venture formed in March between SK Telecom and EarthLink, named its senior management team, including Todd Tappin as chief financial officer. Tappin previously served as CFO of Overture, a paid-search Internet service; earlier he was senior vice president of finance for News Corp.-Twentieth Century Fox.

• Employers Insurance Group Inc. (EIG) appointed William E. Yocke chief financial officer for the Reno, Nevada-based group’s two major companies, Employers Insurance Co. of Nevada and Employers Compensation Insurance Co. He will also serve as treasurer of the EIG Mutual Holding Company and EIG Inc. Most recently Yocke was senior vice president of the Willis Group, a London-based risk management and insurance intermediary; he has also served as CFO for AVRA Insurance Co.

• SRI/Surgical Express Inc., a Tampa, Florida-based surgical supply company, tapped Wallace D. Ruiz as senior vice president and chief financial officer effective July 1. Ruiz was previously vice president, CFO, and treasurer of Novadigm Inc., a developer of enterprise software; he has also served as vice president of finance for Tropigas International Corp. and finance chief for L. Luria & Son Inc. and Unisa Holdings.

• Houston-based Gateway Energy Corp. named Christopher Rasmussen chief financial officer, filling a position vacant since November.

• Business telecom carrier US LEC Corp. hired J. Lyle Patrick as chief financial officer. Most recently Patrick was CFO at MetroPCS, a Dallas-based wireless provider; he’s also held the top finance job at telecom providers Completel, McLeodUSA, and Consolidated Communications.

• Tom Muise is the new chief financial officer of Cupertino, California-based Knova Software Inc., a provider of resolution-management software. Previously Muise was CFO and vice president of operations for Embrace Networks; he’s also served as CFO of Solopoint, a provider of marketing technologies and communications services for the broadband market, and as senior director of corporate financial planning, analysis, and systems for Synopsys.

• Cupertino, California-based Portal Software Inc. named Maury Austin chief financial officer. Austin assumes the role from Ron Kisling who will remain with the maker of billing and revenue-management software as senior vice president of finance. Previously Austin was senior vice president and CFO of Southwall Technologies, a manufacturer of thin-film products; earlier he was CFO of Vicinity Corp., a provider of hosted enterprise marketing services.

• Zomax Inc. announced that chief financial officer Robert Rueckl will resign effective August 12 to pursue a new position. Minneapolis-based Zomax provides sourcing, production, and fulfillment services to help companies bring products to market.

• Eric Harnish was named chief financial officer of MaintenanceNet, a provider of maintenance contract management solutions; he will also continue to serve on the advisory board of the Carlsbad, California-based company. Most recently Harnish was vice president of finance for computer maker Gateway; earlier he worked in executive finance roles at Honeywell and AlliedSignal.

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