Financial Executives: Keeping Track

James Fish Jr.; Edward Lehner; Diana Wilson; Amilcar Jordán; Ted Johnson; Thomas Sabol; Joseph Schmidt; L. Gary David

Waste Management, the $13.3 billion Houston waste disposal company, named James Fish Jr. CFO and executive vice president. He succeeds Steven Preston, who is leaving to pursue CEO opportunities. Fish, 49, joined Waste Management in 2001 and most recently served as senior vice president of the company’s Eastern Group. After beginning his career at KPMG Peat Marwick, he worked in finance and revenue management positions at Westex, Trans World Airlines and America West Airlines.

Ryerson, the $4.2 billion Chicago metal processor and distributor, appointed Edward Lehner CFO and executive vice president. He succeeds William Johnson, 55, who has been Ryerson’s interim CFO since April. Lehner, 46, joins the company after serving as CFO at PSC Metals. Earlier, he worked at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Nucor and Birmingham Steel.

Men’s Wearhouse, a $2.3 billion retailer of men’s clothing, named Diana Wilson interim CFO. Wilson, 64, replaces Neill Davis, who is leaving the Houston-based company to become president of Francesca’s Holdings, a retailer of women’s clothing. Wilson previously served as the company’s chief accounting officer, after joining the company as corporate controller in 1999.

Triple-S Management, a $2.1 billion health insurance company, appointed Amilcar Jordán CFO and vice president. He succeeds Juan Jose Roman, who is leaving the San Juan, Puerto Rico-based company to become CFO of transaction processing company Evertec. Jordán, 51, previously was a consultant in Puerto Rico. Earlier, he served as executive vice president for the corporate risk management group at Popular, Puerto Rico’s largest financial institution, where he also was corporate controller and senior vice president.

American Equity Investment Life Holding Co., a $1.3 billion West Des Moines, Iowa, life insurance company, named Ted Johnson CFO and treasurer. He replaces John Matovina, 58, who was named CEO and president. Johnson, 42, previously served as controller and vice president. Prior to joining American Equity, he was a senior manager with Ernst & Young.

Comverse Inc., an $862 million Wakefield, Mass., subsidiary of Comverse Technology, the communications systems and software company, appointed Thomas Sabol CFO. The appointment comes ahead of Comverse Technology’s planned spin-off of Comverse Inc. as an independent public company later this fiscal year. Sabol formerly served as CFO of Hypercom Corp., an electronic payment company. He has also served as director and later CFO of Suntron Corp. and as CFO and COO of Plexus Corp., and was a senior auditor at Kemper Corp. and Coopers & Lybrand. 

Universal Music Group, a $42 million Universal City, Calif., music label, named Joseph Schmidt CFO of the group’s East Coast Labels. Schmidt previously worked as vice president of finance for RCA Records and worked in finance at Sony Music, which owns RCA.

MusclePharm, a $20.8 million Denver-based nutritional supplement company, appointed L. Gary Davis CFO. He succeeds Larry Meer, who will become the company’s treasurer. Prior to joining MusclePharm, Davis was CFO and executive vice president at Bodybuilding.com, an online retail store that sells MusclePharm products, and CFO and vice president at US Ecology.

 

 

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