CFOs on the Move: Week Ending February 2

Charles Schwab, Liz Claiborne, Zondervan, Maxim Integrated Products, Key Technology, ONEOK, Catalyst Biosciences, American Public Education, EqualL...
Sarah JohnsonFebruary 1, 2007

Christopher Dodds will retire as CFO of Charles Schwab in May. Dodds joined Schwab in 1986 and held a variety of titles, including corporate controller and treasurer, before becoming CFO in 1999. A 10-year veteran at Schwab, Joseph Martinetto, senior vice president and treasurer, will replace Dodds. Before joining Schwab, he worked at Transamerica Corp. as senior assistant treasurer and at First Interstate Bancorp in asset-liability management.

• Liz Claiborne has promoted CFO and senior vice president of finance and distribution Michael Scarpa to chief operating officer. He will continue to be responsible for the corporation’s finance, distribution, and logistics organizations, and will add manufacturing, sourcing, and information systems to his duties. Scarpa joined Liz Claiborne as budget manager in 1983. The retailer is searching for a new CFO.

• Zondervan has named Gary Wicker CFO. He joins the communications company from The Thomson Corp., where he held executive-level positions, including senior vice president of finance and controller of Thomson Learning. He also served as senior vice president of finance and CFO of Thomson Lifelong Learning Group and CFO of Thomson Legal and Regulatory Europe. He previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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Carl Jasper has resigned as CFO of Maxim Integrated Products. His resignation is connected to the company’s internal review of its stock option granting process, according to a company press release. A special committee found deficiencies related to the process of granting stock options to employees and directors. Alan Hale, a former CFO of Dallas Semiconductor, will serve as interim CFO while the company searches for a permanent replacement.

• Ronald Burgess will resign as senior vice president and CFO of Key Technology on February 23. In a press release, Burgess said his family has decided to relocate. The company is searching for a new CFO.

• ONEOK Inc. and ONEOK Partners has named Curtis Dinan senior vice president, CFO, and treasurer of both organizations. He was previously senior vice president and chief accounting officer for ONEOK. Dinan succeeds James Kneale, who became president and chief operating officer of ONEOK. Before joining the energy company in 2004, Dinan was an audit partner for Arthur Andersen and Grant Thornton.

• Catalyst Biosciences has appointed Erik Wiberg as CFO. He was most recently vice president of business development at ALZA Corp. He has also held equity research analyst positions with Smith Barney, Hambrecht & Quist, and UBS Securities.

• American Public Education has named Harry Wilkins CFO and executive vice president. For the past three years, Wilkins served on the board of directors for American Public Education and the board of trustees for its parent company, American Public University System. He also served nearly 10 years as CFO and chief operating officer for Strayer Education. He is a founding partner of the accounting firm Wilkins, Little & Matthews, and he was director of Wooden & Benson.

• EqualLogic has appointed Richard Haak as CFO. Previously, Haak was CFO of Enterasys Networks and vice president and corporate controller at PictureTel Corp. EqualLogic makes data storage systems.

• Communications company Intellon has named Brian McGee senior vice president and CFO. He was most recently vice president of finance and CFO of Lexar Media. Before joining Lexar, he held similar positions at several other technology companies, including Equator Technologies,, and Academic Systems.

• Monty Houdeshell has joined Autobytel as executive vice president of finance. He will become CFO of the automotive marketing services company after filing financials for fiscal year 2006. Most recently, Houdeshell served as CFO for RemedyTemp. Previously, he held the CFO title at Furon Co. and Oak Industries, and he held a variety of finance and administrative positions at Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. Houdeshell will be taking over from Mike Schmidt, who has served as CFO since May 2005 and is leaving the company.

• Gail Pierce is the new CFO of Clear Technology, a software provider for the insurance industry. Pierce most recently served as CFO of Newmerix. She also held senior financial management positions with The Dante Group and Client Systems, and she was the co-founder and CFO with Collaboratek.