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F. Joseph Becraft, 52, was named chief executive of San Antonio, TX-based Valero Energy Corp. Also the president, he succeeds …

F. Joseph Becraft, 52, was named chief executive of San Antonio, TX-based Valero Energy Corp. Also the president, he succeeds William E. Greehey, 60, who remains chairman.

Christos M. Cotsakos, 47, was named president and chief executive of Palo Alto, CA-based E*Trade Group Inc., an on-line brokerage firm. The former president, co-CEO, and COO of A.C. Nielsen Inc., a rating-services company, succeeds William A. Porter, 67, who remains chairman.

Douglas T. Elix, 47, was named president and chief executive of Integrated Systems Solutions Corp., IBM’s computer-outsourcing unit. The former CEO, IBM Australia/New Zealand, succeeds Samuel J. Palmisano, 44, who was named general manager of IBM’s personal-computer division, a position that had been vacant for several years.

Mickey P Foret, 50, was named president of Golden, CO-based Atlas Air. The former executive vice president and chief financial officer of  Northwest Airlines succeeds Michael A. Chowdry, 41, who remains chairman and chief executive.

Howard Goldberg, 56, was named president and chief operating officer of New Rochelle, NY-based Lillian Vernon Corp., a specialty-catalog company. The former senior vice president of Federated Department Stores’ Macy’s catalog succeeds Stephen S. Marks, 53, who resigned last July to join Hanover Direct.

Brian HaIla, 49, was named chief executive of Santa Clara, CA-based National Semiconductor Corp. The former LSI Logic Corp. executive vice president succeeds Gilbert F. Amelio, 53, who resigned in February to become CEO of Apple Computer.

Donald M. James, 47, was named president and chief operating officer of Birmingham, AL-based Vulcan Materials Co., an industrial-materials concern. The former senior vice president, South, construction materials group, and president of Vulcan’s Southern division fills a vacancy left since 1992.

Fred B. Parks, 48, was named president of Wellesley, MA-based EG&G Inc., a scientific instruments and support services concern. Also the chief operating officer, he succeeds John M. Kucharski, 60, who continues as chairman and chief executive.

Mark A. Pulido, 43, was named president and chief operating officer of San Francisco-based McKesson Corp., a distributor of pharmaceuticals and other health-care products. The former chief executive of Sandoz Pharmaceuticals Corp., a unit of Switzerland‘s Sandoz AG, succeeds David E. McDowell, 52, who resigned.

Richard P Simmons, 64, was named chairman, and William P. Rutledge was named president and chief executive, of Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Teledyne Inc., the resulting steel company from the merger of Allegheny Ludlum Corp. and Teledyne Inc. Simmons was formerly chairman of Allegheny Ludlum; Rutledge was formerly chairman and CEO of Teledyne.

Takeshi Tanaka, 60, was named president of Tokyo-based Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the maker of Subaru automobiles. The former vice president succeeds Isamu Kawai, 70, who was named to the vacant post of chairman.

Jerome F. Tatar, 49, was named president and chief operating officer of Dayton, OH-based Mead Corp., a pulp and paper company. The former vice president-operating officer succeeds Steven Mason, 60, who remains chairman and chief executive. The COO position is new.

Stephen W. Theobald, 50, was named president and chief executive of Oconomowoc, WI-based Stokely USA Inc., a producer of canned vegetables. The former vice chairman succeeds Vernon L. Wiersma, 45, who resigned.

Arthur F. Weinbach, 52, was named chief executive of Roseland, NJ-based Automatic Data Processing Inc., a computing services firm, effective in August. The former president and chief operating officer succeeds Josh S.Weston, 67, who remains chairman.

John R. Wendt was named president of Memphis, TN-based Maybelline Inc., a makeup company recently acquired by Paris-based cosmetics giant L’Oreal SA. The former senior vice president and general manager of L’Oreal’s U.S. mass-market cosmetic and fragrance division succeeds Robert Hiatt, who was named chairman.

Patrick Wright was named president and chief operating officer of Dublin, Ireland-based Jefferson Smurfit Group PLC, a paper and packaging group. The chairman and chief executive of Smurfit for Ireland and the U.K. takes positions that had been vacant for more than a year.

Ronald H. Zech, 52, was named chairman of Chicago-based GATX Corp., a leasing, transportation, financial-services, and bulk-storage concern. Also the president and chief executive, he succeeds James J. Glasser, 62, who retired.

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