Beckman Coulter

(BEC)

said Wednesday that its chief financial officer, Amin I. Khalifa, will resign this week to pursue other opportunities.

Khalifa will be replaced on an interim basis by James T. Glover, the company's controller and chief accounting officer.

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"In the four years that I have been with Beckman Coulter, the company has changed considerably, substantially reducing debt and improving operating margins," Khalifa said in a statement. "I am proud of our accomplishments. With the company in a strong financial position, it is an ideal time for me to explore other opportunities."

Shares of Beckman Coulter closed down $2.06, or 4.7%, to $42.