Tuesday, April 29, 2003

The Chief Operating Officer of Diebold Inc., Wesley B. Vance, died over the weekend when the Beechcraft A-36 he was flying crashed (or here or here) into woods near Jackson, Ohio, southeast of Columbus. He was said to be practicing takeoffs and landings during a recertification test. Diebold makes automated tellers and security systems, and, more interestingly, voting machines (including those used in the mid-term Georgia elections). Vance had joined Diebold in October 2000 as president of its North America business unit and was named Chief Operating Officer in 2001. Its stock rose 0.79 on Monday.