Mather ankles to spend more time with family

Pixar Animation Studios has tapped former Fox exec Simon Bax to replace Ann Mather as the company’s chief financial officer and executive veep, when she retires from the toon giant in May.

Mather, who joined Pixar from the Walt Disney Co. in 1999, said she is ankling to spend more time with her family. While at the Mouse House, she served as senior veep of finance and administration of Buena Vista Intl.’s theatrical division.

“Working with everyone at Pixar during the last four years has been a wonderful experience,” Mather said. “The company has an extraordinary pool of talent, a strong management team and is set to continue to build on its phenomenal successes.”

Bax, 45, joins Pixar as the company is coming off of its fifth straight hit with “Finding Nemo” and is looking for a new distribution partner to replace the Walt Disney Co. when their current pact ends next year.

“With his talents and experience, it’s hard to imagine a better CFO for Pixar as we enter a very exciting decade ahead,” said Pixar CEO Steve Jobs.

Bax most recently served as chief financial officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment from 1994 through 2001, where he oversaw financial operations of the motion picture group, as well as Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox TV Studios.

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