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10:09am EDT April 25, 2005
Independence Blue Cross (IBC) named Kathleen A. McEndy senior vice president - human resources and administration.

"We are delighted to have Kathy join IBC's senior management team," says President and CEO Joseph A. Frick. "Her significant executive experience and background in human resources, customer service and operations will help us refine our corporate structure and build upon the talented team already in place."

In her new role, McEndy manages human resources, business development, corporate planning and administrative services at IBC. Previously, she worked as senior vice president - human resources and administration at Keystone Mercy Health Plan, an affiliate of Independence Blue Cross. At Keystone Mercy, she provided strategic leadership and operational management of the company's HR initiatives for associates in Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Kentucky.

Prior to joining Keystone Mercy, McEndy spent 19 years at CIGNA Corp. in a number of executive level positions, including senior vice president - customer service and senior vice president of human resources.

McEndy is active in the Health Ministry Program for Women. She is a member of The Forum of Executive Women and The Human Resources Planning Group. She has an MBA from St. Joseph's University and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Fairfield University.


Phoenix Management Services named James Fleet managing director. In his new position, Fleet continues to manage client relationships and lead cases on a national level for Phoenix Management Services, as well as for the firm's investment banking division, Phoenix Capital Resources.

Fleet joined Phoenix to open its Providence, R.I., and its Boston offices. He is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, with a bachelor of science degree in economics/finance and a minor in information technology. He is a member of the Turnaround Management Association and the Association for Corporate Growth, and is active with the YMCA and Catholic Youth Organizations.


The board of directors appointed Peter A. Lankau president and CEO of Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings Inc. Previously, Lankau was president and chief operating officer of Endo. He replaces Carol A. Ammon, who continues as chairman of the board of directors.

In addition, Endo's board appointed Lankau to the Endo board of directors, expanding the number of directors to 11. Lankau had served as Endo's president and chief operating officer since April 2003. Prior to that, he was Endo's senior vice president, U.S. Business.


TMX Communications named Mitesh Patel executive director of technology. Patel oversees all phases of program development, from the first meeting with a client, to ensure that the creative concepts can be translated into customized digital and Internet-centric communications.

Patel joined TMX in 2000 as production director and managed all TMX production systems, including global delivery networks, tracking systems, final content creation and quality testing for clients such as Northwestern Mutual, GlaxoSmithKline, Schering-Plough, SAP and EMC Corp.

Patel is a certified green belt expert in Six Sigma methodologies. His background includes network design and support for Fortune 500 companies, as well as emerging new venture businesses. As the senior systems engineer for DuPont ESnet, Patel was responsible for worldwide area network design and support, proprietary communications system design, integration and support. He was also the primary technical point of contact for all DuPont ESnet clients.


Cephalon Inc. appointed Todd MacLaughlan general manager of CIMA LABS INC and vice president of Cephalon. He manages overall operations of CIMA LABS, focusing on growth of the company's drug delivery partner business.

Most recently, MacLaughlan served as vice president, Business Development and Alliance Management at Watson Pharmaceuticals. Previously, he was vice president, Licensing and Acquisitions - North America at Bayer Corp. His experience also includes roles of increasing responsibility in business development, product planning, sales and marketing with Monsanto's GD Searle unit. He began his career in the pharmaceutical industry with positions in marketing and sales at Allergan and Syntex.

MacLaughlan earned his bachelor of science degree from the University of Prince Edward Island and his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.


Peter Ricker was named vice president of advertising and marketing at Philadelphia Newspapers Inc., publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News.

Ricker is responsible for the advertising division, marketing and promotion, and Broad Street Magazines. For the last four years, he has been vice president of advertising at The Indianapolis Star, a Gannett publication. He previously held senior sales management positions in New Brunswick and Bridgewater, N.J., and at the Idaho Statesman. He started his career in newspapers at the Wichita Eagle more than 25 years ago.

Ricker has consistently been recognized as a top sales executives. He was named outstanding advertising executive in 1999 and is a seven-time winner of Gannett's President's Ring Award for superior performance.

He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico.