Marsh & McLennan Appoints Bischoff CFO

CFOs named at Entergy, Newell Rubbermaid and Pep Boys

J. Michael Bischoff of Marsh & McLennanMarsh & McLennan Cos., an $11.5 billion global professional services firm, named J. Michael Bischoff CFO. He succeeds Vanessa Wittman, who left to become CFO and senior vice president at Motorola Mobility, a unit of Google.  Bischoff, 64, pictured at right, has served as MMC’s interim CFO since March. Previously he was responsible for leading MMC’s corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, treasury and investor relations units. Bischoff joined the company in 1982.

Entergy Corp., an $11.2 billion integrated energy company based in New Orleans, appointed Andrew Marsh CFO and executive vice president effective in January. He will replace Leo Denault, who was promoted to chairman and CEO. Marsh, 40, currently serves as vice president of system planning for Entergy Services. Since joining Entergy in 1998, he has also served as vice president of planning and financial communications and vice president of strategic planning.

Doug Martin of Newell RubbermaidNewell Rubbermaid, a $5.8 billion marketer of consumer and commercial products, named Doug Martin CFO.  He succeeds Juan Figuereo, who is stepping down.  Martin, 49, pictured at left, is a 25-year veteran of the Atlanta-based company and most recently served as deputy CFO.  Prior to that, he was vice president of finance for Newell Consumer, the company’s largest unit, vice president of finance for its office products unit, and treasurer and corporate vice president. 

Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack, a $2 billion automotive service and retail chain in Philadelphia, appointed David Stern CFO and executive vice president.  He replaces Ray Arthur, who resigned to pursue other interests.  Stern, 45, most recently served as CFO, chief administrative officer and executive vice president at A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts.  Earlier, he worked at Coldwater Creek in positions including corporate controller and vice president of financial planning and analysis. From 2000 to 2007, Stern was CFO at Petro Services.

R.J. O’Brien & Associates, a Chicago-based futures brokerage and clearing firm with $2 billion in assets, appointed Jim Gabriele CFO and executive vice president of its holding company, RJO Holdings Corp. He succeeds Tom Anderson, who left the company last October.  Gabriele, 45, joins R.J. O’Brien from Barrington Partners, a consulting and investment banking firm, where he served as a management consultant.  From 2009 to 2011 he served as managing director for the U.S. office of Butterfield Fulcrum and co-founded the Midwest chapter of the Hedge Funds Association. Earlier, he helped establish and lead Caledonian Fund Services and was a managing director and CFO of ING’s global derivative unit from 1993 to 2001.

Myers Industries, a $755 million manufacturer of polymer products, appointed Greg Branning CFO. He replaces Donald Merril, who has left the company.  Branning, 51, joins the Akron, Ohio-based company from Danaher Corp., where he most recently served as CFO and vice president of finance for one of its   subsidiaries, Thomson Industries.  Previously, he was president of Acc-Sort Systems, another subsidiary of Danaher, and CFO at Joslyn Hi-Voltage.

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