H&R Block (ticker: HRB, exchange: New York Stock Exchange (.N))
News Release -
H&R Block Names Executives to CFO, CIO Positions
KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 9, 2004--H&R Block Inc.
(NYSE:HRB) today named two officers to its executive team. William L.
Trubeck will become the company's executive vice president and chief
financial officer effective Oct. 4, and Marc West was named senior
vice president, chief information officer effective Sept. 13.
Mr. Trubeck will be responsible for all aspects of financial
management for the company. Having served as the chief financial
officer as well as in other executive administrative positions of
several public companies, Mr. Trubeck brings a wealth of experience
and diverse background to his new position at H&R Block. Most
recently, he was executive vice president of Waste Management Inc. in
Houston, where he had also previously served as the company's CFO and
chief administrative officer. In addition, as CFO he has led the
corporate financial, treasury, investor relations, strategic planning
and other key financial activities for International Multifoods, SPX
Corp., Honeywell Inc., White & Case and Northwest Airlines Corp.
"Bill brings the financial and business acumen that can enhance
our executive management process," said Mark A. Ernst, H&R Block's
chairman and chief executive officer. "His depth of experience will
also benefit our already solid financial team."
Mr. Trubeck, 58, received his MBA from the University of
Connecticut and a bachelor's degree in business from Monmouth College
in Illinois. He currently serves on the board of directors of Yellow
Roadway Corp. in Overland Park, Kan., and Dynegy Inc. in Houston.
As chief information officer, Mr. West will oversee the company's
technology delivery and strategy. He joins H&R Block from Electronic
Arts, where he served as senior vice president and global chief
information officer since 2000 of the Redwood City, Calif., company.
There he built and led a world-wide technology team that was
responsible for architecture, enterprise systems, infrastructure
support, security and manufacturing, and distribution systems. The
team provided both high volume traditional enterprise systems and
Internet capabilities for EA.com, the fourth largest internet site in
terms of minutes providing online gaming for nearly 300,000 concurrent
players nightly. Such systems enabled the company to meet its users'
high volume demand while also providing them a secure environment.
West oversaw the annual distribution of more than 120 million units to
more than 60 countries.
In addition, Mr. West has more than 27 years experience in leading
technology and business operations for other companies, including
financial services firms such as Quick & Reilly, as well as Mobil Oil,
Move.com and Oracle.
"Marc's diverse background blending retail distribution with
financial services is a great addition to our leadership team. His
proven experience in delivering high quality products across multiple
distribution channels aligns well with our continuing commitment to
provide a superior, secure environment to the more than 20 million
clients using our online and retail services," said Jeffery W. Yabuki,
H&R Block's executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Mr. West, 45, received a master's degree in human resource
management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, and a
bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Maryland.
Both Mr. West and Mr. Trubeck will be based at H&R Block's
headquarters in Kansas City, Mo.
About H&R Block
H&R Block Inc. (www.hrblock.com) is a diversified company with
subsidiaries that deliver tax services and financial advice,
investment and mortgage services, and business accounting and
consulting services. H&R Block empowers clients to make tax and
financial decisions by providing a unique combination of tax services,
financial information and advice, and related products and services.
The company's mission is to help clients achieve their tax and
financial objectives by serving as their tax and financial partner.
As the world's largest tax services company, in 2004 H&R Block
served more than 21 million clients in the U.S. and 12 countries. H&R
Block Financial Advisors Inc. offers investment services and
securities products. With approximately 1,000 financial advisors
serving clients at approximately 360 branch offices, H&R Block
Financial Advisors Inc. is a member NYSE, SIPC, a registered
broker-dealer and investment advisor. H&R Block Inc. is not a
registered broker-dealer and is not a registered investment advisor.
H&R Block Mortgage Corp. offers a full range of retail mortgage
services. Option One Mortgage Corp. provides mortgage services and
offers wholesale mortgages through large financial institutions and a
network of 24,000 independent mortgage brokers. RSM McGladrey Business
Services Inc. and its subsidiaries serve mid-sized businesses and
their owners with tax, accounting and business consulting services, as
well as personal wealth management services.
CONTACT: H&R Block Inc.
Linda McDougall, 816-932-7542
Mark Barnett, 816-701-4443
SOURCE: H&R Block Inc.