Silknet Software Inc., a provider of customer relationship management software to several major banks and others in the electronic commerce field, announced the appointment of Patrick J. Scannell Jr. as chief financial officer.

Mr. Scannell previously was executive vice president and CFO of Applix Inc., where he led a successful initial public offering. He has also held senior finance posts at Alliant Computer Systems and Data General Corp.

Since its founding in 1995, Silknet has secured more than $23 million from three rounds of venture financing. Silknet customers include BankAmerica Corp., Crestar Financial Corp., Cigna Healthcare, Transpoint, SBC Internet Services, Compaq, Microsoft, Geac Computer, and PC Connection.

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