September 1 1998 by Chief Executive
- Alain Couder, 52, was named chairman of Sacramento, CA-based Packard Bell NEC, a $5 bill ion computer developer, manufacturer, and marketer. Couder, formerly
COOof France’s Groupe Bull, is expected to become president and CEO no later than October 1. He succeeds Beny Alagem, who resigned.
- Marvin J. Girouard, 58, was named chief executive of Fort Worth, TX-based Pier 1. Imports, a $1.2 billion specialty retailer of decorative home furnishings, gifts, and related items. Girouard, formerly president and
COO, will retain the title of president as he succeeds Clark A. Johnson, 67, who will remain non-executive chairman until March 1, 1999.
- Carlos M. Gutierrez, 44, was named president and chief operating officer of Battle Creek, MI-based Kellogg Co., a $6.8 billion food company. In addition to assuming the previously empty positions, Gutierrez retains his title of executive vice president for global business development.
- Joel J. Kocher, 42, was named chairman and chief executive of Nampa, ID-based Micron Electronics, a $1.96 billion computer hardware company. Also president and chief operating officer, he succeeds Joseph M. Daltoso, 36, who has retired.
- Theodore E. Martin, 58, has announced he will retire by the end of the year as president and chief executive of Bristol, CT-based Barnes Group. Martin, who is Barnes’ third non-family chief executive, has lead the $650 million international manufacturer for three years.
- Doug Morris, 59, was named to the new position of chairman and chief executive of the combined PolyGram/Universal Music, a division of the Seagram Co., a global beverage and entertainment company. Formerly CEO of Universal City, CA-based Universal Music, Morris will assume the new position upon the completion of the combination, a result of Seagram’s acquisition of PolyGram Music. Morris will continue to serve as chairman of the Universal Music Group.
- Gary Mulloy, 53, has been named chief executive, effective January 1999, of Windsor, CT-based ADVO, a direct mail targeting services company with revenues of over $1 billion. Mulloy, previously president and
COO, will retain the title of president as he succeeds Robert Kamerschen, 62, who will continue as chairman.
- Frank R. Noonan, 55, was named chairman and chief executive of Purchase, NY-based R.H. Donnelley, a $162 million independent marketer of yellow pages advertising. Previously president, Noonan assumed his new titles after the separation of R.H. Donnelley from Dun & Bradstreet and the establishment of
RHDas an independent public company.
- Peter N. Parts, 45, has been named president and chief executive of Cortland, NY-based Smith Corona Corp., a $77 million maker of communications technology. Retaining his previous title of chairman, Parts replaces W. Michael Driscoll, 52, who retired.
- Gilbert E. Playford, 51, was named president and chief executive of Danbury, CT-based UCAR International, a $1.1 billion manufacturer of graphite and carbon products for industrial applications in various industries. Playford, previously president and CEO of LionOre Mining International Ltd., succeeds Robert D. Kennedy, 65, who remains chairman.
- Wilhelm Simson, 60, was named chairman of Munich, Germany-based VIAG Aktiengesellschaft, a $27 billion international holding company active in the energy, chemicals, packaging, logistics, and telecommunications markets. Simson, previously chairman and personnel director of SKW Trost-berg AG, VIAG’s Chemicals Division, replaces Georg Obermeier, who resigned.
- Yutaka Tanaka, 62, was named chairman and chief executive of Mishawaka, IN-based National Steel Corp., a $4 billion integrated steel company. Tanaka, previously vice chairman, succeeds Osamu Sawaragi, 69, who has retired.
- Rajiv L. Gupta, 52, was named chairman and chief executive, effective by the end of 1999, of Philadelphia, PA-based Rohm and Haas Co., a $3.1 billion specialty chemicals firm. Gupta, currently vice president for electronic materials and Asia-Pacific, will succeed J. Lawrence Wilson, 62, who will retire.