Ryan, Beck & Co. has named Richard Neff chairman, succeeding Fenwick Garvey, who resigned.

The company said Mr. Garvey resigned to spend more time with his family. He retains his post in Ryan Beck's equities trading department.

Mr. Neff, 48, is executive vice president and chief financial officer of DiGiorgio Corp., a wholesale food distributor, and president and chief executive officer of Las Plumas Lumber Co. He has been on Ryan Beck's board since 1994.

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