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11:58am EDT September 27, 2004
Chemical Abrstracts Service appoints Bergner VP

Chemical Abstracts Service appointed Brian Bergner vice president, information technology. His principal responsibilities include maintaining and developing the technical infrastructure to support CAS‚ extensive worldwide database building and distribution operations.

"We are delighted to have attracted Brian Bergner to CAS and Columbus," says Bob Massie, president of CAS. "He has an extraordinary track record of technology leadership in the pharmaceutical industry, one of our principal customer sectors. Brian brings the skills and experience that will help CAS move to the next level of information delivery and analysis."

Prior to joining CAS, Bergner was director, information technology, for BASF Corp. and was responsible for all technology infrastructure in North and South America. He also is former vice president of global infrastructure and site services at Pharmacia Corp., where he was responsible for the overall strategy, direction, planning and execution of global infrastructure technology.

Other past positions include serving as vice president, global infrastructure, for Merck and Co.; vice president, technology and operations for Warner-Lambert Co.; and in various executive-level positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.

"I am looking forward to working with an excellent staff of IT professionals at CAS and am proud to be associated with an organization whose information services have become essential in the work of scientists around the world," says Bergner.

Bergner holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from Marquette University and continued his graduate studies at Marquette in electrical engineering.

He is a recognized expert in strategic planning and business integration, technology globalization, operational benchmarking and cost analysis, and is a frequent presenter on technology issues to scientific audiences. He also holds two patents and has authored numerous publications.


Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP partners Frank Carsonie and John Gleason were appointed to jointly assume responsibility for the growth and direction of the corporate practice group in the law firm's Columbus office.

Carsonie will continue to serve as a member of the firm's health care practice group; Gleason will continue to serve as a member of the trial and business reorganization practice groups.

"Frank and John have demonstrated their leadership talent and abilities," says David Paragas, partner-in-charge of the Columbus office. "They are both highly professional and dedicated to clients and the firm, the synergies they bring to the table made them an obvious choice to lead this crucial area of service for our clients in Central Ohio and beyond."

An adjunct professor at Franklin University, Carsonie is a member of the American Bar, Ohio State Bar and Columbus Bar associations, American Health Lawyers Association and the Society of Ohio Hospital Attorneys.

Gleason is a member of the American Bar, Ohio State Bar, Columbus Bar and Federal Bar associations, the American Bankruptcy Institute and the board of the Central Ohio March of Dimes.


René Stulz, a professor of finance at The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business, was recognized among the "Most Influential People in Finance" by Treasury and Risk Management magazine.

Treasury and Risk Management's global list of the "100 Most Influential" was included in the magazine's June 2004 issue. Individuals were selected for their immediate influence on the magazine's readership, which targets senior financial executives at corporations in the United States. Stulz was noted as one of only four academics who have taken their teachings to the marketplace.

Stulz is internationally recognized for his research and expertise in corporate finance, banking, international finance, risk management and investments. He is president of the American Finance Association and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. At Fisher College, Stulz serves as the Everett D. Reese Chair of Banking and Monetary Economics, and as director of the Dice Center for Research in Financial Economics.


Roger Gilcrest was apppointed as a partner at Schottenstein Zox and Dunn and is its newest patent attorney. Gilcrest joins the firm from Standley Law Group LLP, where he was managing partner.

"Joining SZD is a very exciting move. I bring a great deal of experience in patent law, which is a good complement to SZD's e-commerce, intellectual property and trademark practices," says Gilcrest.

SZD's existing practices in intellectual property, patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition and computer law will be complemented by Gilcrest's expertise. He also has experience in preparation and prosecution of domestic and foreign patent applications involving inventions in the chemical, biochemical/biotechnological and mechanical arts.

Gilcrest has litigated patent infringement claims in the federal courts and has appealed issues of patentability before the Patent Office Board of Appeals. Additionally, he has considerable experience in the preparation and prosecution of domestic and foreign applications for the registration of trademarks, and in litigation of trademark and unfair competition claims.

"We are very excited and pleased to welcome Roger to our firm, where he will fill a need for our clients in the rapidly growing area of patent law. He is a great new resource and is a terrific lawyer," says Jim Davidson, president of Schottenstein Zox & Dunn.


Chicago Title promoted Randy Berry to vice president, chief administrative officer, for Ohio. He is responsible for financial analyses, audit and regulatory compliance, banking administration and other statewide administrative functions.

Berry began his career with Chicago Title in 1987 as controller. Over the years, he has added responsibilities of technical, sales and marketing, as well as managing Central Ohio operations.

"I'm thrilled to serve Chicago Title in this new role," says Berry. "I'm ready for the new challenges that lie ahead."

"We chose Randy because of his exceptional track record with our company and his strong financial background," says Mike Nolan, Chicago Title's Ohio vice president. "He is responsible for much of the success we've already experienced in Central Ohio, so he was a natural choice."