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It was Soapy's design to assume the role of the despicable and execrated "masher.
He seemed content, at this stage in their conversation, to assume the role of listener.
Accordingly, at the May 1993 annual meeting, I will assume the role of non-employee chairman of the board of directors, with continued responsibilities for corporate strategy and oversight, as well as ensuring that General Dynamics' strong performance momentum continues into future years.
Silberg, who had previously served as the company's executive vice president, commercial operations & operational excellence, has now been named as president of Abraxis Pharmaceutical Products (APP), and Frank Harmon, who has served as executive vice president, global operations, will now report to Silberg and assume the role of chief operating officer for the APP division.
Dick DeVos will assume the role of chairman and Betsy DeVos, who currently serves as vice president-administration of The Windquest Group, will succeed her husband as president.
McGrath, who will remain chief financial officer until October 31, 2006 when he will assume the role of International Chairman.
Tony Peddie, formerly managing director of the distributor, will assume the role of managing director of NIKE Australia Pty.
Brophy will assume the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of insurance brokerage Hub International New England ("HUB New England").
Rick Singmaster, currently national sales manager with Prudential Annuities, will assume the role of national sales director for the Independent Broker Dealer channel, and Alex MacGillivrary, who is newly appointed, will assume the role of national sales director for the Wirehouse and Bank channels.
Enzo Cerra, currently Group Vice President, Mid-Atlantic region, will assume the role of Executive Vice President, marketing.
Ward will assume the role of chief executive officer and drive the completion of BBAN's network services rollout.