Cingular Wireless named Ralph de la Vega as its new COO. De la Vega comes to Cingular from a term as president of BellSouth Corp.'s Latin American operations. He replaces Mark Feidler, who is returning to BellSouth as chief staff officer. As second-in-command to CEO Stan Sigman, de la Vega is responsible for overall operations of the company, including technology planning, network operations, marketing, sales operational support and customer care.
Equifax Inc. appointed David Rubinger vice president of communications, overseeing global public relations and internal communications functions for the company. Rubinger has had a career as both a business journalist and a public relations executive. Since 1998, he has served as senior vice president for public relations firm Ketchum and previously was editor of the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Friedman's Inc. appointed Richard Cartoon as its CFO. Cartoon has more than 28 years of financial and strategic experience. For the past two years, he has served as executive vice president and CFO of Lodgian Inc. From 1986 to 1999, he served as senior manager and then partner with Ernst & Young's restructuring and reorganization group. Cartoon is also president of Richard Cartoon LLC, a management consulting firm.
Terry Stevens joined Highwoods Properties Inc. as its CFO. He previously served as executive vice president, CFO and trustee of Crown American Realty Trust, a commercial property REIT that merged with Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust in November 2003. At Highwoods, Stevens will oversee all financial operations.
Mylle Mangum was named CEO of IBT, a consulting company. She will focus on growth initiatives for the company. Mangum has more than 25 years of business management experience. Prior to joining IBT, she was CEO of both True Marketing Services and MMS Incentives. She was also president of Global Payment Systems and senior vice president of strategic planning and expense management for Carlson Wagonlit Travel.
Robert F. Stockwell joined LastMinuteTravel as its COO and CFO. Stockwell, one of the founders of S1 Corp., served as its CFO from 1994 until 2001. During his tenure at S1, the company launched the world's first Internet bank, earned revenue from software distribution of $250 million annually and expanded operations in more than 20 countries.
Lodgian Inc. promoted Linda B. Philp to vice president, chief accounting officer. Philp is responsible for all of the company's financial accounting, treasury and insurance functions. Previously, she served as Lodgian's vice president and treasurer. She will continue her responsibilities as the company's treasurer. Prior to joining Lodgian, Philp worked in finance for the Campbell Sales Co. and Pizza Hut.
Apparel maker Oxford Industries Inc. named Michael J. Setola as its president. Setola was previously chairman and CEO of Salant Corp., and in June 2003, Setola completed the sale of Salant to Perry Ellis International. Setola will be based in New York and have operating responsibility for Oxford's three menswear groups --Oxford Shirts, Lanier Clothes and Oxford Slacks. He will report directly to J. Hicks Lanier, chairman and CEO.
RTM RESTAURANT GROUP
Linda S. Harty was named CFO and partner of RTM Restaurant Group. Harty is responsible for the finance, treasury and tax functions for all concepts owned and operated by RTM Restaurant Group. She joined RTM Restaurant Group in July 2003, bringing with her more than 20 years of finance experience. Prior to joining RTM, she spent three years with the BellSouth Corp. as vice president and treasurer.