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Wyeth Losing CFO Martin

He will leave in June.

Wyeth

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said Friday that Chief Financial Officer and Vice Chairman Kenneth Martin will leave in June, adding to a string of CFO departures among Big Pharma companies in the last 12 months.

Martin, 53, who had been financial chief since 2000, will "pursue personal interests," Wyeth said in a brief press release. The company will name a new CFO before Martin leaves.

Lately, a number of chief financial officers have been exiting giant drugmakers for unspecified personal reasons or retirement. In February,

Merck

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said Judy Lewent, 58, its CFO for 17 years, would retire in July.

After Lewent and Martin leave, no U.S. Big Pharma company will have had a CFO serving for more than five years. The longest-tenured CFO will be Andrew Bonfield, 44, of

Bristol-Myers Squibb

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, who started in September 2002.

Other recent changes in the CFO ranks include Dominic Caruso, who took over the job Jan. 1 at

Johnson & Johnson

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, succeeding Robert Darretta, who retired after nine years as CFO and 38 years at the company. Caruso had been vice president of J&J's group finance unit.

At

Eli Lilly

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, Derica Rice, formerly the controller, moved up to CFO 12 months ago when Charles Golden retired after serving 10 years as chief financial officer.