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12:34pm EDT June 22, 2004
Cosgrove named chairman, CEO of Cleveland Clinic

Internationally renowned heart surgeon Delos M. "Toby" Cosgrove was appointed CEO and chairman of the Board of Governors of The Cleveland Clinic.

Cosgrove, 63, will assume his new duties following a transition period spent working with current CEO Floyd D. Loop. Cosgrove joined the clinic in 1975. He currently serves as chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

"Toby Cosgrove is a proven leader," says Loop, who, after nearly 15 years as the Clinic's CEO, launched an internal search for his successor in January. "For an organization to succeed, it is imperative that each new CEO outperform his predecessor. Toby Cosgrove has the passion and vision needed to move The Cleveland Clinic forward to unprecedented heights."

Cosgrove's entrepreneurial skills have been evident throughout his career. He has 18 patents filed for developing medical and clinical products used in surgical procedures, including the Cosgrove Mitral Valve Retractor, the Stentless Aortic Valve, Low Velocity Aortic Cannula, and the Cosgrove-Baxter Annuloplasty System for use in valve repairs. He has the most patents of anyone in Cleveland Clinic history.

Cosgrove earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville and completed his clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Childre''s Hospital and Brook General Hospital in London.

Palmer & Cay

Chris Sachs, a 27-year veteran of corporate finance in Cleveland, was named CFO of Palmer & Cay. He is responsible for overseeing all finance and accounting functions for Palmer & Cay Inc. He will operate out of the company's Cleveland and Savannah, Ga., offices.

Sachs formerly served as treasurer for the M.A. Hanna Co. and its successor, PolyOne Corp. He was a member of Marsh's Midwest Enterprise Risk Management and March Advance Risk Solutions practices. After becoming a certified public accountant in 1977, Sachs obtained his law degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee and was admitted to the State Bar of Wisconsin in 1977.

Palmer & Cay is the second largest privately held insurance brokerage and benefits consulting firm in the nation and operates 38 offices in 22 states and the District of Columbia.

The Euclid Chemical Co.

The Euclid Chemical Co. appointed Nicholas Adams and Claude Bedard to new key roles within the executive management team.

Adams was named vice president and general manager, North American Construction Products Division; Bedard was named vice president and general manager, North American Admixtures Division.

Adams was formerly vice president of marketing for the company and has been with Euclid for 15 years. He has pursued aggressive marketing initiatives that have launched the company into many new markets.

Bedard was most recently president of Euclid Admixture Canada and has been associated with the company in successive leadership positions since 1992. He was the principal player in the start-up of Euclid business in Canada and has driven substantial growth, firmly establishing the EUCO brand in the Canadian market.

ECKART America

Anthony Ameo Jr. was named president of ECKART America, a provider of metallic and pearlescent special effect pigments, powders, pastes, dispersions and printing inks. Ameo is responsible for the overall operations of the company serving industries including graphic arts, coatings and plastics.

Prior to joining ECKART, Ameo was vice president and general manager of Sensient Technical Colors in St. Louis. Prior to Sensient, he spent nine years with the General Printing Ink division of Sun Chemical Corp.

CIGNA Healthcare of Ohio

CIGNA Healthcare of Ohio appointed J. Paul Brophy general manager of operations in Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania. A seasoned sales executive with almost 20 years of experience in the Ohio region, Brophy most recently served as vice president of CIGNA's cross-divisional sales team, OneCIGNA.

Brophy is responsible for new sales and account management in the markets he oversees and manages a sales force of 50. He is also responsible for fostering relationships with employers, providers, brokers and consultants in the state.

He earned his bachelor's degree from Xavier University.

Brulant Inc.

Brulant Inc. appointed George Droder partner and senior vice president. Droder will spearhead the development of Brulant's strategy, outsourcing and customer experience solution offerings. He will work with the senior executives of Brulant's clients to develop innovative strategies for optimizing operations and the return on assets, as well as driving revenue growth by enhancing customer acquisition and retention.

Droder previously was with Adjoined Consulting, a full-service management consulting and technology integration firm. There, he served as the managing officer of strategy services.

Design Engineering Inc.

Design Engineering Inc. appointed Thomas F. Miller to the newly created position of vice president of sales and marketing.Miller joins DEI after spending six years as marketing manager for CORSA Performance and has held similar positions with the Mr. Gasket Performance Group, ACCEL Performance, and other business units of the former Echlin Inc. He has spent nearly 30 years in the automotive industry.

MetroHealth System

Veteran health care financial planner and long-range forecaster Nancy Fisher Crum was named vice president and CFO of The MetroHealth System. She is a former director of staff benefits and senior finance executive for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

"Nancy brings a wealth of health care financial experience to the table because she has put in 22 years managing various aspects of the business, including individual product lines, payer analysis, decisions support systems and physician benefit administration," says John F. Sidera, MetroHealth president and CEO.

Crum earned her accounting degree from Bowling Green State University and completed a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist program through the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

"Managing the finances of a health care system is the business end of a very complex organization led by people whose first duty has to be giving patients the best quality health care they can each and every day," says Crum. "As I see it, our job in finance is to make sure the system makes the right financial decisions to let caregivers do what they do best.

Crum volunteers as the treasurer for the Substance Abuse Initiative of Greater Cleveland Board of Trustees. She is a native of Mentor and makes her home in Cleveland Heights.